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Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo is dealing with back spasms and is a game-time decision for Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.

This is the first news of Oladipo's back spasms, and it's unclear whether or not he'll take the floor. If he's unable to give it a go, Doug McDermott, Alex Abrines, and Andre Roberson could see additional minutes at the shooting guard.
6:54 pm (EST)
T.J. Oshie Headshot

Oshie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't play Friday against the Oilers.

Oshie's owners will hope his absence is limited to a single game, as he's been on a roll lately, notching eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. The severity of the American winger's ailment remains unclear, but more information regarding his availability for Saturday evening's game against the Predators should be released ahead of puck drop. With Oshie unavailable Friday, the recently recalled Riley Barber will make his NHL debut against Edmonton.
6:52 pm (EST)
Enes Kanter Headshot

Kanter (forearm) will play during Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.

As expected, Kanter will take the floor Friday after missing the team's previous 10 games. The Thunder could opt to limit his playing time however, as they've acquired big man Taj Gibson from the Bulls. That being said, Kanter will likely return to his normal role sooner than later, as the Thunder are making a playoff push.
6:52 pm (EST)
Patrick Patterson Headshot

Patterson (knee) will play during Friday's game against the Celtics, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

Patterson has missed the past six games due to a knee bruise, but is now recovered enough to play in Friday's game. That being said, his fantasy value has likely dropped, as he'll serve as the primary backup to newly acquired big man Serge Ibaka.
6:48 pm (EST)
Brooks Orpik Headshot

Orpik (lower body) did not take the ice for pregame warmups, and thus will not suit up for Friday's contest with the Oilers.

Orpik will miss his first game of the season as he deals with this mystery ailment. The veteran blueliner has yet to record a goal, but the Caps will miss the defensive boost he provides as shown by his excellent plus-32 rating. Aaron Ness will likely draw into the lineup for Friday's matchup.
6:48 pm (EST)
Paul Zipser Headshot

Zipser (ankle) will not be available to play through Saturday's game in Cleveland, ESPN's Nick Friedell reports.

Zipser is on the mend from tendinitis in his left ankle and appears to be nearing a return. However, it won't come until Tuesday's matchup with the Nuggets, at the earliest. Look for Denzel Valentine to see additional court time in the interim.
6:46 pm (EST)
T.J. Oshie Headshot

Oshie (undisclosed) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't play Friday against the Oilers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

The specific nature of Oshie's ailment remains unclear, but he'll be dearly missed by the Capitals and fantasy owners alike Friday, as he's been red-hot lately, racking up eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. More information regarding the American winger's status should be released ahead of Saturday's matchup with Nashville.
6:46 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry will not play in Friday's game against the Celtics due to a right wrist injury.

Lowry has been slumping as of late, hitting only 42.9 percent of his attempts over the past 16 games, and it could be due to a wrist ailment. The Raptors will evaluate his condition further over the weekend, but Cory Joseph, Delon Wright, and Fred VanVleet will likely all see an increased workload in his absence.
6:44 pm (EST)
Markus Granlund Headshot

Granlund has been diagnosed with mumps and won't play Saturday against the Sharks, Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports.

Five different Canucks players have been diagnosed with mumps, and at this point it isn't clear how long Granlund or any of the other ailing skaters will be sidelined due to the illness. However, Granlund's owners shouldn't have too much trouble finding a suitable replacement for the 23-year-old pivot's production, as he's only tallied 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 60 games this season.
6:39 pm (EST)
Joffrey Lauvergne Headshot

Lauvergne will suit up but not take the floor during Friday's game against the Suns, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Coach Fred Hoiberg seems to want Lauvergne to get acclimated to his new team before taking the floor, so he'll be held out of Friday's game. When he does take the floor, he'll be a stretch big man for the Bulls, as he's hitting 34.6 percent of his threes this season.
6:39 pm (EST)
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