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Kevin Martin is questionable for Monday's game with an illness.

It looks right now like Kevin Martin won't be able to go, so expect to see Andrew Wiggins to be the main focal point of the Timberwolves offense against Los Angeles. If the veteran does miss the game, It is possible to see Gary Neal get the start in his place. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-6 weeks with a left elbow sprain, but won't need surgery.

It has officially been called a ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. He will be judged week to week. The hope is that he'll be back to return full time in three weeks but no matter what this will be an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) a game-time decision Monday.

Never fun for Fantasy Owners when you get the "game-time" decision. Pekovic did not participate in morning shoot around, but he will warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. Right now we would guess that he is not going to play and if that's the case, Gorgui Dieng would step up into the starter role.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Chandler Parsons will not play on Monday.

Richard Jefferson will get the start again on Monday night for the Mavericks while Al-Farouq Aminu will continue to get his minutes increased. The Mavericks were hopeful to get Parsons back early this week but it looks like it could be a few more games. He has not played since February 20th.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Tyson Chandler will not play on Monday.

This will be a small lineup on Monday night for the Mavericks as one again Dirk Nowitzki will play center while we'll see J.J. Barea alongside both Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but we could also get a look at Bernard James getting time at the center position as well. Analysis: Drew Phelps

There are ten teams, mostly playoff contenders, that expressed interest in free agent to be center JaVale McGee.

This move was made official before midnight on March 1st which meant that McGee will be allowed to join a playoff-bound team if there were such a team. We will see how many will actually want to take the shot on the athletic freak.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play on Monday.

There is no specific injury from which Lowry is suffering, but there are a world of minor bumps and bruises apparently. He missed Saturday's game to get some rest, he'll miss Monday as well and now there is word that he may sit for the entire week. The priority is full-health heading into the playoffs so the team will not take any unnecessary risks. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Andersen (illness) did not participate in the morning shootaround and seems unlikely to play Monday..

At least it's an illness and not an injury, but it will still probably keep Andersen out of Monday's game. The Heat is going to be very thin on the frontcourt for Monday's game if he's out. Analysis: Howard Bender

Goran Dragic (back) sat out of the morning shootaround, but wants to play on Monday.

Dragic has been dealing with back spasms but would love to face his former team Monday. He will likely be a game-time decision and the Heat will re-evaluate him during pre-game warm-ups. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Knight (hip) is expected to start on Monday.

Knight left Saturday's game with a hip pointer, but seems to be doing well enough now that the team will use him for Monday's game. He's probably fine for season-long leagues but we'd be hesitant to use him in DFS immediately. Analysis: Howard Bender

Pistons recalled F Quincy Miller from the D-League.

Miller will provide some depth for the frontcourt. How much time he'll actually see on the floor is another story. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bradley Beal (leg) said he felt no pain after Saturday's game, he was just a little winded in the beginning.

After more than a week off to deal with a stress reaction, Beal returned to action over the weekend and looks like he'll be ready to resume his normal starting duties. The time off obviously didn't help his conditioning, but he'll get his stamina back soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wilson Chandler scored 14 points (6-10 FGA) going 2-for-5 from three-point range with eight rebounds in Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Pelicans.

After posting only six points in his previous game, Chandler got himself back on track Sunday in his return to the starting lineup. Although both Chandler and Danilo Gallinari play the same position, both players were in the starting lineup, so it appears his minutes won't be limited down the stretch if the team continues to go this route.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points (7-18 FGA, 5-6 FTA) going 2-for-8 from three-point range with four rebounds and one block in Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Pelicans.

Gallinari is now averaging 18.4 points and 3.0 three-pointers over his last five games as he tries to make the best of what appeared to be another lost season. As long as he continues to receive quality minutes down the stretch he remains a solid deep league option if nothing else.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Randy Foye scored 19 points (7-13 FGA) going 5-for-10 from three-point range with two steals in Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Pelicans.

Foye was in the Nuggets starting lineup for the first time this season on Sunday as the team turned to a small lineup to matchup better with the Pelicans. Although this was a nice showing from Foye, it is unknown if the Nuggets will continue to use this lineup on a regular basis, so there is a chance he will be heading back to the bench if things were to change.  Analysis: Matthew Beck
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