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Jimmy Butler records 28-point triple-double in Heat win

Miami Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler produced 28 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 3 turnovers in a 112-103 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday.

What It Means:

Butler notched his second triple-double of the season and his second in his last three games. He had a team-high 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Heat to their 16th victory of the season. He shot 9-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the arc and 8-of-11 from the line. Next up for Butler and the Heat is a meeting with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Butler scored 63.7 FanDuel points on Friday. Our models expect him to see 34.4 minutes and score 44.1 FanDuel points against the Bulls on Sunday.

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Andre Drummond scores 25, bring down 22 rebounds in Pistons' win

Detroit Pistons forward/center Andre Drummond produced 25 points, 22 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 1 turnover in a 108-101 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

What It Means:

Drummond was exceptional on Friday, completely dominating the glass and leading the Pistons in points scored, tied with Blake Griffin. Drummond was 9-of-17 from the field, including 0-1 from 3, and 7-of-9 from the line. He also played a game-high 41 minutes as the Pistons pulled off an upset and secured their ninth win of the season. Next up for Drummond and the Pistons is a clash with the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

Drummond scored 66.9 FanDuel points on Friday. Our models expect Drummond to see 34.2 minutes and score 46.1 FanDuel points against the Pelicans on Monday.

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Bulls' Denzel Valentine ejected from Friday's game against the Warriors

Chicago Bulls forward Denzel Valentine was ejected from Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Valentine picked up his second technical foul and was ejected. Prior to his ejection he was having one of his most productive games of the season, with 11 points off the bench.

Valentine will finish the game with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 14 minutes played.

Source: Tony Gill

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Marvin Williams (knee) will not return for Hornets on Friday

Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams will not return to Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a knee injury.

What It Means:

Williams is dealing with soreness in his right knee and will not return on Friday.

Williams will finish the game with 2 points, 1 block, and 1 rebound in 16 minutes played.

Source: Charlotte Hornets

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Marcus Smart (illness) starting for Boston on Friday, Grant Williams coming off the bench

Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Smart will rejoin the starting lineup after missing time with an illness. Grant Williams will return to the bench to accommodate. Our models expect Smart to see 32 minutes on Friday.

Smart's Friday projection includes 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 26.1 FanDuel points. He is priced at $6,100.

Source: A. Sherrod Blakely

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Grant Williams playing with Boston's second unit Friday

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams will come off the bench on Friday in the team's game against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Williams is being replaced by Marcus Smart, who is making his return from an illness.

Our models project Williams for 11.1 FanDuel points across 16.6 minutes of action.

Source: A. Sherrod Blakely

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Thunder's Abdel Nader starting Friday in place of injured Terrance Ferguson (hip)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Abdel Nader will start on Friday in the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

Nader is taking over at the three in place of Terrance Ferguson, who is missing Friday's game due to a hip injury.

Our models project Nader for 19.7 FanDuel points across 29.0 minutes of action.

Source: Joe Mussatto

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Update: Kings' Cory Joseph (back) will now start on Friday, per new report

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph will play on Friday in the team's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Joseph was considered questionable entering game day, and then he was said to be unlikely to play just a few minutes prior to the news of him officially starting. He'll be out there against his former team.

Our models currently project Joseph for 23.2 FanDuel points across 32.3 minutes of action.

Source: Jason Jones

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Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) available for Kings on Friday

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is available for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Bogdanovic will return after missing the Kings' previous game with a right knee contusion. Our models expect him to see 29.1 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

Bogdanovic's Friday projection includes 15.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 28.2 FanDuel points. He is priced at $5,700.

Source: Jason Jones

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Kings' Cory Joseph (back) unlikely to play Friday

Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph is unlikely to play on Friday in the team's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Joseph was considered questionable to play entering game day, and it seems he's on the wrong side of that tag for a game against his former team.

Our models currently project Joseph for 23.2 FanDuel points across 32.3 minutes of action.

Source: Jason Anderson

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