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DFS NBA Playbook: December 8
Ted Schuster
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Isaiah Thomas is unlikely to play Friday.

Thomas is recovering from a groin injury. When he has played, he's been a top player, averaging 26 points and 6.1 assists per game. Marcus Smart stepped in to start yesterday, and scored 13 points.
49 minutes ago
Nikola Jokic Headshot

Nikola Jokic might be in the starting lineup Thursday.

In his game yesterday, Jokic scored 14 points and had 11 assists in 21 minutes, and shot 5-for-7 from the field. If he steps up he will replace Jusuf Nurkic in the starting lineup.
52 minutes ago
Maurice Ndour Headshot

Maurice Ndour (ankle) will play Friday.

The forward played 10 minutes on Wednesday due to the Knicks getting blown out by the Cavaliers, but did not score a point. Ndour is not in the rotation and can be avoided.
1 hour ago
Vince Carter Headshot

Vince Carter remains questionable for Thursday.

This is a positive development as the veteran has been ruled out the day before each game. However, Carter's fantasy upside is limited so owners can look elsewhere.
2 hours ago
Seth Curry Headshot

Seth Curry remains without a timetable to return.

The positive is that Curry has been working out so he could be in line for a return possibly this weekend. Jonathan Gibson and Justin Anderson will receive more minutes while Curry is out, but they don't have much upside.
2 hours ago
George Hill Headshot

George Hill will not play Thursday.

This has been a frustrating season for the guard as Hill is having a strong season by averaging 20 points, but has been plagued by many ailments that has kept him sidelined. Fantasy owners need to hold on to Hill, but it would be nice if he can stay healthy for a long stretch of time.
2 hours ago
Darrell Arthur Headshot

Darrell Arthur started the second half of Wednesday's game in place of Kenneth Faried.

Faried was benched due to a coaches decision after the Nuggets appeared sluggish in the first half. There isn't much upside with Arthur or Faried so both can be considered deep options at this point.
2 hours ago
Gary Harris Headshot

Gary Harris could return in about a week.

Harris is expected to resume practicing here pretty soon, signifying that he is slightly ahead of schedule. He has missed the team's last 11 games with a sprained foot, but it seems to be that he could return in the next week to 10 days. His return will cut into some of Will Barton's playing time.
11 hours ago
J.R. Smith Headshot

J.R. Smith (knee) is questionable for Friday's game.

Smith hyper-extended his left knee, but an MRI determined no additional damage to his knee. If he is going to miss Friday's game, DeAndre Liggins will likely get another start.
11 hours ago
Donatas Motiejunas Headshot

Donatas Motiejunas had until Wednesday night for his physical with the Rockets and never showed.

At this point, Houston should just let him go. There was a difference in the money between the Rockets and the Nets, and that is the reported reason as to why he won't show up. This is definitely something to watch moving forward, because Motiejunas is a quality player who has averaged 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game over his career.
12 hours ago
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