DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  March 30 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: March 30
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Devin Booker Headshot

Booker (ankle) is a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup against the Clippers, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Booker's status for Thursday's action is in question after he missed Tuesday's game against the Hawks with an ankle injury that he may have aggravated during his 70-point outburst Friday against the Celtics. With the Suns well out of the playoff picture, coach Earl Watson likely won't want to risk Booker injuring himself any further if there's reasonable doubt that he should see the floor. If he happens to miss Thursday's contest, it seems likely that Derrick Jones would draw a second consecutive start.
8:26 pm (EST)
Kevon Looney Headshot

Looney (hip) is doubtful to take part in Friday's action against the Rockets.

After missing Wednesday's win against the Spurs with a left hip strain, the Warriors are doubtful that Looney will be ready for Friday's tilt against the Rockets. He's spent most of the season bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the D-League, so his probable absence likely won't affect the fantasy climate.
7:51 pm (EST)
Richard Jefferson Headshot

Jefferson (knee) will miss Thursday's tilt against the Bulls, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

Jefferson missed Wednesday's practice with knee tendonitis, but was expected to play during Thursday's game. However, things have seemed to take a turn for the worse and Jefferson will not suit up against the Bulls. In his absence, look for normal rotational guys to see extra run -- though James Jones and Derrick Williams could make extended appearances as well.
6:39 pm (EST)
Cristiano Felicio Headshot

Felicio (back) will suit up for Thursday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Cody Westerlund of CBS Chicago reports.

The Bulls' reserve big man has missed the past three outings due to a bruised lower back, but should see the floor Thursday after logging a full practice Wednesday. He'll likely hover around the 15-minute range behind starter Robin Lopez.
6:31 pm (EST)
Alexis Ajinca Headshot

Ajinca is dealing with a hip injury and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

It's unclear exactly when Ajinca picked up the injury, but it's giving him enough discomfort that he's now been added to the team's injury report. Ajinca has averaged just 12.0 minutes per game in March, so if he's ultimately held out, his absence shouldn't cause any drastic changes to the team's regular rotation. Look for his status to be updated after Friday's morning shootaround.
5:45 pm (EST)
Jahlil Okafor Headshot

Okafor (knee) will not travel with the Sixers for their upcoming two-game road trip against the Cavaliers and Raptors, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Sixers continue to insist they're not entertaining the idea of shutting Okafor down for the season, but the fact that there will only be five more outings left on the schedule following the team's upcoming two-game road trip could change the minds of the coaching brass. Either way, his next opportunity to see the court will be Tuesday against the Nets, although he'll likely need to show significant improvement over the weekend and log a full practice before being cleared. Richaun Holmes should be in a line for another start and big minutes over the next two contests, with Shawn Long potentially sticking in the rotation as his backup.
4:23 pm (EST)
Robert Covington Headshot

Covington (knee) won't play in Friday's game against the Cavaliers or Sunday's game against the Raptors, Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Covington sat out Wednesday's game against the Hawks after undergoing an MRI on his right knee, and he won't be traveling with the team on the weekend road trip. It remains unclear what the specifics of Covington's injury are. Look for Justin Anderson to get the start at small forward once again in Covington's absence. Covington's next chance to play will be on Tuesday against the Nets.
4:16 pm (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A recent MRI on Waiters' left ankle came back negative, but the Heat aren't ready to clear him, so he'll remain out for a seventh straight game on Friday vs. the Knicks. The fact that he's been ruled out a day in advance may suggest he's in line to miss a few more contests, although his next opportunity to see the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets. Look for Josh Richardson to continue to start in his place, likely affording him a 30-plus minute role yet again.
4:16 pm (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol (foot) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "He feels a little better. It'll be a game-time decision, but right now, I just don't see it", coach David Fidzdale said.

It doesn't sound like the Grizzlies are very optimistic about Gasol's chances of suiting up, but there's always the possibility of a player recovering quicker than expected, so continue to monitor his status up until tip. We should get additional word after Friday's morning shootaround, although if he's ultimately ruled out, Brandan Wright and Zach Randolph would be in line to see an uptick in minutes.
4:03 pm (EST)
Lance Stephenson Headshot

Stephenson passed his physical and officially joined the Pacers on Thursday, Pacers play-by-play man Scott Agness reports.

The Pacers are off Thursday before taking on the Raptors on Friday, but Stephenson will not make his debut until Sunday's game in Cleveland. Stephenson, who is playoff-eligible, could be limited over his first few games with the team, but the Pacers are desperate to right the ship as they chase a postseason spot, so they'll likely give Stephenson an opportunity to assert himself. Still, Stephenson will probably come off the bench, and it's best to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to assessing his late-season fantasy value.
3:55 pm (EST)
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