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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: October 22
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Dwayne Bacon Headshot

Bacon will start at small forward Monday against the Bucks, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Despite his standing as a rookie second-round pick, Bacon hasn't looked out of place in Charlotte's starting lineup for the first two games of the season, averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from distance in 19.5 minutes per game. It's expected that Bacon will lose out on his starting role on the wing once Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) rejoins the team, but he should at least maintain a decent-sized role with the second unit if his performance warrants it.
2:37 pm (EST)
Michael Carter-Williams Headshot

Carter-Williams (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bucks, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Carter-Williams will remain in street clothes for a matchup with his former team while he continues to await clearance for full-contact, full-court practices. It's unclear when Carter-Williams might get the green light to increase his activity, so until that happens, it will be difficult to forecast when his season debut might come. Rookie Malik Monk has been serving as the main backup to starting point guard Kemba Walker to begin the season.
2:33 pm (EST)
Devin Harris Headshot

Harris (personal) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

The Mavericks won't pressure Harris to return to the court after he left the team following the recent death of his brother, but his potential absence for a third straight game Monday would again limit Dallas' options in the backcourt. Along with Harris, Seth Curry (lower leg) is out and Dennis Smith (knee) is questionable Monday, so if all three sit out the contest, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea would be forced to handle major minutes.
2:27 pm (EST)
Dennis Smith Jr. Headshot

Smith (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

According to Sneed, Smith is listed as the starting point guard in the Mavs' game notes, which could imply that the rookie is gearing up for a return from a two-game absence due to the left knee effusion that he suffered in the season opener. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea have been pressed into larger roles while Smith has been out, but if the rookie proves healthy following Monday's morning shootaround, he should be in store for major minutes right off the bat.
2:17 pm (EST)
Josh McRoberts Headshot

McRoberts is listed as out for Monday's game against the Warriors with a lower-extremity injury, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

McRoberts failed to appear in any of the Mavericks' first three games while nursing the injury, which he may have sustained at some point late in the preseason. McRoberts has a long history of lower-body injuries, and since he'll play only a minimal role for the Mavericks even at full health, the team has little incentive to rush him back to the hardwood.
2:12 pm (EST)
Seth Curry Headshot

Curry (lower leg) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Warriors, Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official site reports.

Curry has begun to do some on-court work since sustaining the stress reaction in his left tibia during the preseason and was reevaluated over the weekend, but there won't be a concrete timetable for his return until he's able to practice without limitations. Yogi Ferrell opened the season as the Mavs' starting shooting guard before moving over to point guard the last two contests while rookie Dennis Smith (knee) was sidelined.
2:07 pm (EST)
Fred VanVleet Headshot

VanVleet (head) notched three points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four assists and two turnovers across 17 minutes during Saturday's game against the 76ers.

VanVleet was forced to leave Thursday's regular-season opener after taking a shot to the head. However, after gaining clearance from the medical staff, VanVleet was able to take the floor Saturday without issue. It appears he's avoided any sort of concussion and should be good to moving forward. Look for VanVleet to take on his usual role as the Raptors third point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Delon Wright come Monday's tilt with the Spurs.
1:27 pm (EST)
Michael Beasley Headshot

Beasley (ankle) recorded six points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover across 18 minutes during Saturday's 107-111 loss to the Pistons.

Beasley was dealing with a sore ankle going into Saturday's contest, so it's certainly promising that he was able to take the court for 18 minutes. With Lance Thomas failing to get off the bench himself, Beasley saw a fairly solid workload, though the two will still likely battle for minutes behind Kristaps Porzingis at power forward moving forward. Beasley's ankle injury should no longer be a concern.
1:15 pm (EST)
KJ McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels was waived by the Raptors on Sunday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

McDaniels was buried on the depth chart on the wing and hadn't seen the floor over the Raptors first two games of the season. That prompted his release Sunday, which now leaves the Raptors with an open roster spot. McDaniels could field some interest elsewhere in the NBA, but if not, he'll likely head to the G-League in an attempt to restore his value.
1:05 pm (EST)
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes in Saturday's 107-91 loss to the Rockets.

Barea came off the bench Saturday even with a depleted backcourt, but dropped 19 points in 22 minutes, which tied him for the team-high in points with Yogi Ferrell with 19 less minutes. Barea's sharpshooting will likely be limited as the Mavs get healthier in the backcourt, but he has shown flashes of scoring prowess when presented capped minutes.
1:02 pm (EST)
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