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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 26
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Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown (illness) will be active and available to play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Bulls, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Brown sat out of Tuesday's practice with an illness, but after receiving treatment over the last 24 hours or so, he's feeling better and will be available to play Wednesday. However, the fact that Brown is averaging just 5.5 minutes over the first four games of the series likely means he's set to spend most of the game on the sidelines, so he won't be a viable fantasy option for Wednesday's DFS slate despite being healthy.
6:52 pm (EST)
Jamal Murray Headshot

Murray (sports hernia) is expected to undergo surgery on Thursday, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Murray played through nearly the entire 2016-17 season with a sports hernia, but will finally address the issue now that the offseason is here. Sixers' GM Tim Connelly said the surgery will address a "couple" of injuries, so it sounds like Murray may have been more banged up than originally expected. That said, with a full offseason ahead of him, Murray should have plenty of time to recover ahead of training camp, where he's fully expected to take over as the team's starting point guard of the future with Emmanuel Mudiay struggling to show improvement.
6:17 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown (illness) is probable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Bulls, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports.

Brown, who missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, is being listed as probable for Game 5. That being said, he's only played a minute in each of the past two outings for the Celtics, so his availability likely won't affect much of the game or the fantasy landscape. A final word on his status should be announced around pregame warmups.
5:47 pm (EST)
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Livingston (finger) is considered questionable for Monday's second-round opener against the winner of the Clippers/Jazz series, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Livingston missed the final three games of the Warriors' first-round matchup with what was listed as a sprained right index finger. His absence was largely considered precautionary, however, and with nearly a week off before the start of the second round, Livingston could have enough time to make a full recovery. Look for his status to be updated again over the weekend, but if he's ultimately held out, Ian Clark would likely operate as the team's backup point guard again.
4:10 pm (EST)
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes is questionable for Monday's Game 1 matchup against a to-be-determined opponent, Connor Letourneau of the San Fransisco Chronicle reports.

Barnes was sidelined for the entirety of the Warriors' sweep of the Trail Blazers due to a right foot sprain and is being considered questionable for Game 1 of the next round. His questionable designation Wednesday doesn't indicate much about his status considering the length of time between then and Monday's game, but additional updates about Barnes' availability should be announced at some point during the week as the team continues to practice and Barnes continues to recover.
4:07 pm (EST)
Khris Middleton Headshot

Middleton (illness) is probable for Thursday's Game 6 against the Raptors after not practicing Wednesday while back home recovering, Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News reports.

While battling an illness, which was determined to be just a sore throat, during Monday's Game 5, Middleton provided eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five steals and three rebounds across 36 minutes. Though the illness seems fairly minor, the Bucks likely don't want to take a chance of him making things worse by exerting himself too much during practice, and have ultimately opted to let him stay home to rest and recover. He should be considered probable for Thursday's tilt, with more information on his status likely coming after the team's morning shootaround. Though, with the Bucks facing elimination, there seems to be little reason for Middleton to sit out unless he faces a severe, unexpected setback.
1:09 pm (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Though Rondo was preparing an attempt to play in Game 5, he's ultimately been ruled out after going through his own individual practice session, which seemingly didn't pan out the way that the Bulls and Rondo hoped. He also had another X-ray Tuesday night, which revealed no changes. That being said, the fact that he put up shots and was able to participate in an individual practice session is a reason for optimism for a Game 6 or 7 return, depending on how the series swings.
11:15 am (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward (illness) registered a team-high 27 points (9-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and two steals across 41 minutes in Tuesday's 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series.

Hayward returned with a vengeance after a bout of food poisoning resulted in him playing just nine minutes in Game 4. In addition to clearing 40 minutes for the third time in the series, Hayward paced the Jazz scoring attack and was able to capitalize on the open looks he received early in the contest. While Hayward indicated after the game that he was still a little weak coming back from the illness, it certainly didn't show in his numbers, which have been outstanding throughout the entire first round, save for Game 4. He should be in store for another hefty workload as the Jazz look to close out the series in Utah on Friday.
10:46 am (EST)
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert played 36 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series, tallying 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 FT), 11 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and one assist.

The Jazz eased Gobert back into action by playing him only 24 minutes in Game 4 following a two-game absence due to a hyperextended knee, but he faced no restrictions Tuesday. The towering center made up for his lack of sharpness from the field by focusing his efforts on the defensive end, where he was able to wreak havoc in the passing lanes. The five steals were two more than his previous high on the season.
10:38 am (EST)
Boris Diaw Headshot

Diaw scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt) and added three assists across 14 minutes Tuesday in a 96-92 win over the Clippers in Game 5 of the series.

With Rudy Gobert (knee) back in action for the last two games, the Jazz have decreased their reliance on Diaw, who had seen 20-plus minutes in the first three contests of the series. Diaw is still starting at power forward, but the production he offered in Game 5 is probably going to be his ceiling most nights unless he sees his playing time trend upward again.
10:35 am (EST)
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