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Nemanja Bjelica (ankle) not playing for Timberwolves Friday

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will not play against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

What It Means:

It's a new injury for Bjelica. Cole Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad should see more time as a result.

Bjelica is averaging 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers in 16.8 minutes per game. He owns a -0.4 nERD through 22 contests.


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Seth Curry (knee) returns as Dallas takes on Pacers

Dallas Mavericks point guard Seth Curry (knee) will play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

What It Means:

A knee sprain held Curry out of the past three contests. He will compete with Devin Harris and Deron Williams for playing time in the backcourt, but is worth a look in both standard leagues and daily formats.

Curry is averaging 10.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 27.9 minutes per game this season. He's adding 1.4 3-pointers, but is only connecting on 30.7 percent of his attempts from deep after hitting at a 45.0 percent clip last year. His true shooting percentage has plummeted from .603 percent with the Sacramento Kings last season, to .509 percent this year in Dallas.


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Norman Powell starting for Raptors on Friday

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Norman Powell will be starting in place of DeMarre Carroll (rest) on Friday versus the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

In his four previous starts this season, Powell has played extremely well, averaging 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game. With a $3,500 salary on Friday, he makes an excellent value DFS option against the Celtics.

Our models project Powell for 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 threes in 25.4 minutes on Friday.


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Lions' DeAndre Levy (knee) expected to play for first time since Week 1

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (questionable, knee) "finally appears ready" to return, reports The Detroit Free Press.

What It Means:

Levy is trending toward playing after he was more involved in practice this week. According to beat writer Dave Birkett, "all indications" point towards Levy being activated. He's been out since Week 1 and should provide a huge boost for Detroit's defense over the season's final stretch.

Detroit's defense ranks second-worst in the league this season in terms of Adjusted Net Expected Points allowed per play, ahead of only the Cleveland Browns.


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Kevin Love (back) playing as Cleveland takes on Heat

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love (back) said he will "give it a try" against the Miami Heat on Friday night.

What It Means:

The Cavaliers may limit Love's workload due to his history with back problems, but he's going through his pre-game routine per usual. LeBron James may log more minutes at the four on Friday.

Our models have Love projected for 18.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.1 3-pointers in 32.1 minutes of action.


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Cavaliers' J.R. Smith will not play Friday night

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith (knee) will not play against the Miami Heat on Friday night.

What It Means:

This makes two straight games missed for Smith due to a hyperextended left knee. Consider him questionable for Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies as well. DeAndre Liggins started in Smith's place on Wednesday but attempted only two shots in 20 minutes. Iman Shumpert will also likely see minutes bump on Friday.

Smith has played pretty poorly this season with 7.8 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game while shooting only 31.1 percent from the floor. His -1.3 nERD rating ranks him 399th out of 441 NBA players.


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Kevin Love (back spasms) will be a game-time call for Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love (back spasms) will be a game-time decision on Friday versus the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Head coach Tyronn Lue said Love's back "locked up" Wednesday night, which doesn't sound good, but the fact he hasn't been ruled out entirely is a promising sign. LeBron James or James Jones will start at power forward if Love isn't available, according to Lue.

If Love does play tonight, our models project him for 18.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.1 3-pointers in 32.1 minutes of action.


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Nikola Vucevic (eye) playing for Magic versus Charlotte

Orlando Magic forward/center Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

What It Means:

Vucevic will wear goggles to protect his right eye, but his status was never really in doubt for Friday. He's averaging 27.6 minutes per game and should be right around that mark tonight against Charlotte.

numberFire's algorithms have Vucevic pegged for 14.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.0 minutes on Friday night.


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Saints' Kenny Vaccaro drops appeal, suspended rest of season

New Orleans Saints defensive back Kenny Vaccaro has dropped the appeal of his four-game ban for Performance-Enhancing Drugs and will be out for Weeks 14-17.

What It Means:

This upgrades the fantasy outlook of Cameron Brate, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Saints in both Weeks 14 and 16. Vaccaro will only be able to return this season if New Orleans earns an unlikely playoff bid. He showed considerable improvement in his fourth year in the league.

The Saints' secondary ranks 24th in the league in schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play heading into Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers. numberFire's models currently project Brate for 41 yards and 0.31 touchdowns on 3 catches in Week 14.


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Broncos say quarterback decision won't be made until Saturday

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said a decision won't be made on quarterback Trevor Siemian's (foot, questionable) availability for Week 14 until after Saturday's walkthrough.

What It Means:

Siemian sat out last Sunday's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but reports out of practice this week suggest he will be back under center in Week 14. If he can't go, rookie Paxton Lynch would be a significant downgrade for Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Our models project Siemian for 221 passing yards, 1.36 touchdowns and 0.80 interceptions on 33 passing attempts as our 23rd-best quarterback fantasy option in Week 14.


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