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Celtics' Avery Bradley (Achilles) taking a seat against Knicks

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

What It Means:

The Celtics are likely just taking it easy with Bradley as he comes back from an Achilles injury. Marcus Smart is in line to make his 15th start of the year.

Smart is averaging 11.4 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 33.8 minutes per game as a starter this season.


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Klay Thompson (person) planning on playing for Warriors Wednesday

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson (personal) flew to Portland to visit his ill grandfather today and intends to return to Bay Area to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

What It Means:

Thompson will apparently fly back in time for Wednesday night's game. If he doesn't make it, Pat McCaw, Ian Clark and Andre Iguodala would all see more time.

numberFire's models project Thompson for 22.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 4.4 3-pointers versus the Thunder.


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Evan Fournier (heel, foot) not playing Wednesday for Magic

Orlando Magic guard/forward Evan Fournier (heel, foot) will not play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Fournier suffered a setback last week when he attempted to return, but owners need to hold on for now. Jodie Meeks and Elfrid Payton both make for great DFS options with Fournier unavailable. Meeks could be worth an add in season-long formats.

Our models love Meeks as a value play Wednesday night with his $3,800 price tag on FanDuel. We project him for 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 3-pointers versus New Orleans.


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Anthony Davis active for Pelicans versus Orlando

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Davis said earlier that he would play and there's been no word of any sort of minutes restriction. Fire him up.

Davis is projected for 28.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in 37.3 minutes against the Magic, according to our models. He ranks 11th in the NBA this season with a 7.1 nERD.


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Rockets facing Milwaukee without Ryan Anderson (illness)

Houston Rockets forward/center Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Corey Brewer replaced Anderson last night, but it'll be the James Harden show per usual for Houston on Wednesday. He turned in a 40-point triple double on Tuesday and will have plenty of opportunity again versus Milwaukee.

Harden is our second-ranked fantasy option for the Wednesday night slate and we project him for 28.6 points, 11.1 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.5 3-pointers.


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Jon Leuer ruled out for Pistons ahead of game with Atlanta

Detroit Pistons forward/center Jon Leuer (knee) will not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

This will be Leuer's fifth consecutive missed game, meaning Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock and Aron Baynes will all see more run. Johnson carries the most fantasy appeal of the trio.

numberFire's models project Johnson for 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 long ones in 34.7 minutes versus the Hawks.


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Knicks give starting nod to Kyle O'Quinn

New York Knicks forward/center Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics, with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

What It Means:

Noah, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) are all out on Wednesday night, so O'Quinn is an intriguing DFS option with the increased opportunity.

Our models project O'Quinn for 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.3 blocks in 28.8 minutes versus the Celtics.


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DeMar DeRozan listed as starter for Raptors

Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

DeRozan seems good to go for the second half of a back-to-back.

Our models project him for 28.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 3-pointers versus the 76ers.


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Montrezl Harrell starting for Rockets, Clint Capela to the bench

Houston Rockets power forward Montrezl Harrell will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, sending forward/center Clint Capela to the bench.

What It Means:

Capela is still being worked back into the rotation and remains on a minutes limit. Expect Harrell to split time at center with both Capela and Nene, so he doesn't carry much fantasy appeal.

Our models project Harrell for 7.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes on Wednesday night.


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Jared Sullinger to make season debut for Raptors Wednesday night

Toronto Raptors forward/center Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Sullinger was just cleared for practice last Friday. He's been sidelined after undergoing a foot procedure and doesn't carry much value outside of deeper leagues.

With the Boston Celtics last season, Sullinger missed just one game and averaged 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.6 minutes per contest.


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