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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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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.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Clippers' Blake Griffin (knee) will be game-time decision Saturday

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will be a game-time decision to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

What It Means:

Griffin had swelling issues in the same knee just a few weeks ago. Expect him to sit Saturday to allow for a full four days of rest before Monday's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers. DeAndre Jordan erupted for 21 points and 23 rebounds the last time Griffin sat.

Griffin owns a 3.1 nERD this season, second to only Chris Paul (6.0) on the Clippers' roster. As a team, they rank second in numberFire's NBA Team Power Rankings.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Derrick Rose (back) missing second straight game for Knicks

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will not play Friday versus the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

The back injury Rose suffered Monday will now cost him two games. He's traveling with the team on their current road trip, however, so it shouldn't be too long of an absence. Brandon Jennings makes for another solid DFS play as the Knicks' starting point guard Friday night.

Jennings turned in 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes as the starter on Wednesday. He owns a -1.0 nERD through 20 contests this season.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Rodney McGruder (ankle) fine for Heat Friday night

Miami Heat shooting guard Rodney McGruder (ankle) is expected to play Friday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

McGruder was questionable after twisting his ankle Wednesday, but he never doubted his status. The Heat are banged up all over, so McGruder should continue to have plenty of opportunity. Over the last eight games, he's averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 treys in 33.7 minutes per game. With a $4,000 price tag on FanDuel, McGruder is a nice budget option for Friday's slate.

numberFire's metrics project McGruder to record 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 34.5 minutes against Cleveland.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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