DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  October 18 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: October 18
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London Perrantes Headshot

Perrantes is finalizing a two-way contract with the Cavaliers, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The former Virginia standout spent training camp with the Spurs but was waived last week in advance of the NBA's roster cutdown deadline. Expect Perrantes to primarily play for the Canton Charge of the G-League, but he could make a few appearances for the Cavs in the event of an injury to Derrick Rose or veteran Jose Calderon.
2:05 pm (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Davis (illness) will play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Grizzlies.

Davis came down with illness earlier this week, but he was able to take part in Wednesday's morning shootaround without any issues and has now been cleared to make his 2017-18 debut. He'll slot in at power forward alongside DeMarcus Cousins and should be one of the premier power forwards in the league for both season-long and DFS contests. Davis averaged 28.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 blocks across 36.1 minutes per game last season.
2:04 pm (EST)
Raul Neto Headshot

Neto (hamstring) won't play during the team's regular-season opener Wednesday against the Nuggets, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

The news isn't too surprising considering Neto was still limited in Tuesday's practice. While he's sidelined, rookie Donovan Mitchell will probably be the main beneficiary of Neto's absence and should see significant run behind starter Ricky Rubio.
1:52 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul is questionable for the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday against the Kings due to a knee bruise, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Paul was hampered by knee soreness during the team's season opener Tuesday against the Warriors, going 2-for-9 from the field. He bruised the knee, and also his shoulder, during the preseason, both of which may still be giving him some discomfort. Considering Wednesday's matchup is against the Kings, who many project to be one of the worst teams in the Western Conference, the team may opt to sit Paul, relying on their depth to pull out a victory. If Paul ends up sitting out, Eric Gordon would probably be the main beneficiary of his absence, though veteran Bobby Brown may see increased run as well.
1:49 pm (EST)
Lauri Markkanen Headshot

Markkanen will draw the start at power forward during Thursday's regular-season opener against the Raptors.

With both Nikola Mirotic (face) and Bobby Portis (suspension) sidelined for an extended period after an altercation during Tuesday's practice, Markkanen will be thrust into a starter's role. The No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft remains one of the few realistic options the team has at power forward, so it's possible he sees near 30 minutes per game. While his defense and rebounding are question marks at the NBA level, Markkanen should provide the team with plenty of floor spacing, as he drilled 42.3 percent of his looks from beyond the arc last season at Arizona.
1:32 pm (EST)
Quincy Pondexter Headshot

Pondexter (hamstring) "should be" ready to play Thursday, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.

Though it hasn't yet been confirmed, it appears Pondexter is recovering from his left hamstring strain well. With both Nikola Mirotic (face) and Bobby Portis (suspension) out for an extended period, Pondexter could end up seeing significant run at small forward while the team figures out a rotation.
1:27 pm (EST)
Norman Powell Headshot

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey hinted Tuesday that Powell may receive the starting nod at small forward in Thursday's season opener against the Bulls, Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto reports.

The Raptors aren't expected to reveal their lineup until game day, but for now, Powell seems to have the edge on the starting role after Casey heaped praise on C.J. Miles, Powell's chief competition, for his leadership skills on the second unit during the preseason. As the superior outside shooting threat of the two, Miles may prove to be a better fit as a scoring spark plug off the bench, whereas the long-armed Powell gives the top unit a defensive upgrade. Regardless of which player ultimately settles into a starting role, Powell and Miles' minutes counts could both be dictated based by matchups from game to game.
1:21 pm (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Mirotic (face) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after suffering facial fractures during an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis at Tuesday's practice, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Portis, who has been suspended eight games by the Bulls, reportedly struck Mirotic in the face, sending the forward to the hospital with a concussion and facial fractures. Mirotic is expected to undergo surgery in the near future, at which point the timeline may become more clear. Perhaps the most significant hurdle for Mirotic will be clearing concussion protocol. Regardless, with both he and Portis sidelined, rookie Lauri Markkanen figures to pick up increased minutes to begin the year.
1:18 pm (EST)
Bobby Portis Headshot

Portis has been suspended for eight games by the Bulls following an altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic at Tuesday's practice, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

It's unclear if Portis will face additional discipline by the league, as the eight-game suspension was handed down by the Bulls' organization. With both him and Mirotic (face) out for an extended period of time, Lauri Markkanen will probably see the bulk of the run at power forward.
1:08 pm (EST)
JaMychal Green Headshot

Green will start at power forward in the Grizzlies' season opener Wednesday against the Pelicans, Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reports.

After his contract situation was resolved in late September and he returned to the Grizzlies on a two-year, $17 million pact, Green's standing with the top unit was never in much question, especially after Zach Randolph reunited with former Memphis head coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento this summer. With Randolph out of the picture, Green's top challengers for minutes at power forward will likely be Chandler Parsons, Jarell Martin and Ivan Rabb, but health issues have limited the effectiveness of the former two players the last two seasons, while the rookie Rabb's inexperience could hurt his case for playing meaningful minutes right away. With that in mind, Green could take on an even more sizable workload in 2017-18 after averaging 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game -- all career highs -- last season.
1:08 pm (EST)
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