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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: March 28
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Cameron Payne Headshot

Payne was assigned Tuesday to the D-League's Windy City Bulls.

Payne played just two minutes during Sunday's matchup against the Bucks in his short stint back in the NBA, recording two rebounds. He'll be sent back down to the D-League in time to participate in the team's Tuesday tilt against the Erie BayHawks. He's averaging 18.0 points and 5.0 assists across 22.9 minutes per game in four appearances with the Windy City Bulls this season.
5:17 pm (EST)
Al Jefferson Headshot

Jefferson will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left ankle.

An X-ray on his left ankle came back negative earleir in the week, but the sprain appears to be severe enough where the Pacers still want to give Jefferson at least a couple weeks off for further recovery. That two-week timetable rules him out for the next eight games, with his next opportunity to take the court being the team's regular season finale, which is an Apr. 12 matchup against the Hawks. The Pacers are fighting for one of the final spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so if they end up missing out, there's a chance Jefferson doesn't play another game the rest of the season.
5:17 pm (EST)
Rodney Stuckey Headshot

Stuckey's (knee) MRI revealed a left patellar tendon strain and he is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Stuckey left Sunday's matchup against the 76ers with a sore knee, prompting the team to schedule an MRI in an effort to get an official diagnosis. With the results coming back positive, the Pacers will hold him out for four to six weeks to recover. With that timetable, he won't be back before many fantasy formats' playoffs come to a close, so Stuckey is likely a strong candidate to drop in the majority of leagues. In his absence, Monta Ellis, Aaron Brooks, and C.J. Miles will probably see additional run.
5:10 pm (EST)
Ronnie Price Headshot

Price (lower leg) is questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Hawks, K.L. Chouinard of ATLand29.com reports.

Price has missed the past five contests with a lower leg contusion and his status for Tuesday's game is in question. As a result, Tyler Ulis will probably continue to pick up heavy minutes at the point guard slot if Price ends up being sidelined once more.
4:48 pm (EST)
Leandro Barbosa Headshot

Barbosa (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks, K.L. Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

Barbosa sat out Sunday's matchup against the Hornets with a left hamstring injury and his availability for Tuesday's game is in question as he's now dealing with right hamstring spasms. In his absence, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker will probably continue to pick up heavy minutes at the guard slots along with Ronnie Price (leg) -- who's listed as questionable -- if he ends up playing.
4:46 pm (EST)
Cristiano Felicio Headshot

Felicio (back) was unable to practice Tuesday.

The Bulls are off the schedule until Thursday against the Cavaliers, but with Felicio still dealing with soreness in the lower-back area, it doesn't seem promising that he'll be able to return to action. He's missed the previous three games with the injury, allowing Joffrey Lauvergne to take on an elevated role off the bench. In those contests, Lauvergne is averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.7 minutes per game.
4:31 pm (EST)
Jeff Green Headshot

Green (back) is listed as out in the Magic's game notes for Wednesday's tilt with the Thunder.

Green is still plagued by lower-back soreness and will be sidelined for a fourth straight game as a result. With the non-contending Magic simply running out the clock on the season, there's little incentive for the team to rush the veteran forward back into action. Mario Hezonja will continue to see increased minutes as the primary backup at power forward for the duration of Green's absence.
4:25 pm (EST)
Chasson Randle Headshot

Randle was assigned to the D-League's Westchester Knicks on Tuesday.

It's likely just a one-day assignment for Randle, who should rejoin the parent club in time for Wednesday's game against the Heat. Randle appears to have fallen behind Ron Baker on the depth chart for the top backup role behind starting point guard Derrick Rose, as he's seen a combined four minutes over the Knicks' last two contests.
4:14 pm (EST)
Marshall Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee was assigned to the D-League's Westchester Knicks on Tuesday.

It's likely just a one-day assignment for Plumlee, who should rejoin the Knicks in time for Wednesday's game against the Heat. The rookie center has appeared in each of the Knicks' last three games, but has seen no more than five minutes in any of those contests.
4:12 pm (EST)
Maurice N'dour Headshot

Ndour was assigned to the D-League's Westchester Knicks on Tuesday.

It's likely just a one-day assignment for Ndour, who should rejoin the Knicks in time for Wednesday's game against the Heat. The rookie big man is averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per game over 24 appearances on the season.
4:11 pm (EST)
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