DFS NBA Coach & Site-Specific Plays: October 20 Cover Image
DFS NBA Coach & Site-Specific Plays: October 20
James Grande
Denzel Valentine Headshot

Valentine did not practice Friday due to a sore knee, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

He should be considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's game against the Spurs until further notice. If he misses time, Quincy Pondexter and Paul Zipser will likely be the two main beneficiaries in his absence. Deeper reserves such as David Nwaba and Kay Felder could see more time as well. Regardless, we'll likely learn more about Valentine's status after Saturday's morning shootaround.
3:32 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood, who is dealing with a stomach bug, will play during Friday's game against the Timberwolves but noted that he's not "quite at 100 percent", Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hood played just 18 minutes while dealing with the illness during the team's season opener. While he was limited, rookie Donovan Mitchell saw 26 minutes (10 points, four assists) and Alec Burks saw 15 minutes (16 points). It's unclear how many minutes he'll play Friday, though the situation certainly seems fluid. For that reason, he makes for a risky DFS play.
3:29 pm (EST)
Zach LaVine Headshot

LaVine was seen doing "light work" during Friday's practice, which included layups and eurosteps, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.

While this may not be too different from the "unpredictable movements" he was cleared to do earlier in the month, it's worth noting that LaVine is continuing to progress well in his recovery. While he remains out, Justin Holiday should continue starting and see significant run at shooting guard.
3:20 pm (EST)
Domantas Sabonis Headshot

Sabonis will start at center during Friday's game against the Trail Blazers due to Myles Turner (neck/concussion) being sidelined, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com reports.

Sabonis excelled in his first game as a Pacer, needing just 19 minutes to score 16 points and snag seven boards. With Turner out, Sabonis will seemingly be in line for more minutes, especially since he can play both center and power forward. Friday will be a tough matchup for the second-year big man, however, as he'll be going up against the Trail Blazers and center Jusuf Nurkic.
3:04 pm (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) only did non-contact work during Friday's practice but will play in Saturday's game against the Pacers, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Waiters tweaked his ankle in the team's season opener against the Magic on Wednesday, but it doesn't appear to have been anything serious. Expect Waiters to assume his role as a starter in the backcourt next to Goran Dragic on Saturday.
3:04 pm (EST)
Wayne Selden Headshot

Selden (quadriceps) will be sidelined for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Selden will miss his second regular-season game in a row Saturday as he continues to battle back from a bothersome quad injury. Andrew Harrison will seemingly continue to start at shooting guard for the team.
3:00 pm (EST)
Myles Turner Headshot

Turner has been diagnosed with a concussion and sore neck and will miss Friday's game against the Trail Blazers, as well as Saturday's game against the Heat.

Turner played through the injury Wednesday and posted an impressive 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists. That said, after being diagnosed with a concussion, he'll sit out the team's two upcoming games with a return date likely on Tuesday against the Timberwolves. In his absence, Al Jefferson and Domantas Sabonis will probably fill in his minutes at center, while T.J. Leaf may also see extra run in the frontcourt.
2:53 pm (EST)
Omri Casspi Headshot

Casspi (ankle), who has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pelicans, is targeting a return date of Monday against the Mavericks, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

With this news, it appears Casspi will miss Saturday's game against the Grizzlies. In the meantime, the likes of Nick Young, Andre Iguodala and other wing depth are all candidates to absorb Casspi's workload.
2:35 pm (EST)
Elijah Millsap Headshot

Millsap's returning rights were traded to the Timberwolves from the Suns on Friday.

Millsap has struggled to find the floor during his first three seasons in the NBA, totaling 69 games played for two different franchises (Utah and Phoenix) and never averaging more than 5.3 points per game. He'll look to get a fresh start in the Wolves' G-League system.
2:30 pm (EST)
Hassan Whiteside Headshot

Whiteside won't play during Saturday's game against the Pacers due to a knee bruise, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Whiteside bumped knees with Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the team's opener. He did not practice Friday. As a result of his absence, Kelly Olynyk seems like the candidate most probable to start the game at center, with James Johnson possibly joining the starting five at the power forward spot.
2:21 pm (EST)
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