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DFS NBA Playbook: March 27
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Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol (foot) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Kings.

Gasol is expected to miss a second consecutive game Monday, with a left foot strain the reasoning behind his recent absences. Zach Randolph picked up the start at center on Sunday against the Warriors, posting a solid 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 29 minutes. He's the favorite to start again, while Brandan Wright may see a slightly bigger role as well.
6:14 pm (EST)
Chris Johnson Headshot

Johnson was released by the Orioles on Monday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Johnson was 18-for-67 with three homers and a 2:17 BB:K (.269/.310/.493) before being released by the Orioles. He played in 113 games with the Marlins last season, slashing .222/.281/.329 with five homers and 24 RBI. The 32-year-old will try to catch on as a reserve infielder somewhere else.
6:12 pm (EST)
Lance Thomas Headshot

Thomas (hip) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Pistons, Steve Popper of The Record reports.

Thomas will be missing a third straight game, as he continues to deal with a sore hip. With Thomas on the sidelines, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will likely take over some extra minutes there, although the fact that Carmelo Anthony (knee) is back in the lineup likely means Kuzminskas won't approach the 36 minutes he logged on Saturday. Kyle O'Quinn could also benefit with a few extra minutes at power forward.
6:08 pm (EST)
P.J. Tucker Headshot

Tucker will start Monday's game against Orlando, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.

With DeMarre Carroll (back) set to miss a second straight game, Tucker will remain in the starting five at small forward, as was the case Saturday versus Dallas. In that game, Tucker played 34 minutes and amassed nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals.
6:00 pm (EST)
DeMarre Carroll Headshot

Carroll (back) will not play Monday against Orlando.

A sore back will keep Carroll out for the second straight game, meaning P.J. Tucker will be in line for another start at small forward. In Saturday's win over the Mavs, Tucker played 34 minutes and finished with a well-rounded line of nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Consider Carroll day-to-day and questionable for Wednesday's home matchup with Charlotte.
5:58 pm (EST)
Carmelo Anthony Headshot

Anthony (knee) will return to action Monday against the Pistons, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

Anthony missed a pair of games with a sore left knee, but he'll return to action Monday as the Knicks host Detroit. Likely due in part to the knee issue and general wear and tear, Anthony's numbers have waned since the All-Star break, and he's averaging 17.7 points on only 38.5 percent shooting (30.2% 3PT) in the month of March. With only a handful of games remaining in what will be another lottery season, the Knicks will likely give Anthony a few more games off down the stretch.
5:55 pm (EST)
Robbie Grossman Headshot

Grossman (groin) will take 5-6 at-bats and play a few innings in the field during a minor league game Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

Grossman took part in full baseball activity Monday and is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, albeit in a minor league game. If all goes well for the 27-year-old, he should be back in a Grapefruit League game shortly after. According the MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, barring any setbacks, the Twins still expect Grossman to be ready for Opening Day.
5:51 pm (EST)
Emmanuel Mudiay Headshot

Mudiay remains on the fringe of the Nuggets' rotation, having appeared in only five games in the month of March.

Mudiay limped into the All-Star break nursing a back injury, and his standing in coach Mike Malone's rotation never truly recovered, as he's appeared in only six games since the break. In those games, he's been relegated to mostly mop-up duty, averaging just 8.3 minutes, which he's translated to 4.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. With the Nuggets in the thick of the race for the eighth seed out West, Malone has been content to go with Jameer Nelson as the starting point guard, with rookie Jamal Murray coming on on relief. It's certainly a discouraging development for Mudiay, who struggled as a rookie but was considered a bounceback candidate in Year 2. For the season, Mudiay is averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds, but he's shooting just 37.1 percent from the field and an even uglier 31.1 percent from three.
5:43 pm (EST)
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