James Harden (thumb) is a game-time decision for tonight's game vs Cleveland.

Terrence Jones just missed a double-double after scoring 19 points and pulling down nine rebounds during Saturday's win over the Mavericks. He also added six assists and one steal.

Perpetually in the shadow of James Harden, Jones doesn't often get the credit he deserves in a supporting role. He missed 6 games with a rib injury at the end of March and spent the final few games of the regular season trying to work his way back into game shape. He average just 9.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over the last three games so a showing like this is a nice indication that he's healthy and ready to go. Analysis: Howard Bender

Trevor Ariza scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to post a double-double in Saturday's 118-108 win over the Mavericks. He also kicked in six assists and three steals.

Ariza had just four double-doubles all year so this was a nice boost for the Rockets as they were forced to compensate in other ways for Dwight Howard's foul trouble. Ariza was more of a reliable three-point shooter all year, but in a slightly expanded role here in Game 1, he excelled. Analysis: Howard Bender

James Harden recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 assists during the Rockets' 118-108 win over the Mavericks on Saturday.

As always, Harden shines brightest on the Rockets. He actually became the first Rockets player with 20 points and 10 assists in a playoff game since Tracy McGrady did it back in May 2007. His 24 points were slightly below his average this season, but that's what happens when you dish the ball out 11 times to your teammates. Harden, as always, makes for a fantastic play in DFS, so continue to use him in spite of the high cost. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tyson Chandler scored 11 points and grabbed 18 boards to record a double-double against the Rockets on Saturday. He also added in two steals and one block.

The double-digit points are always a nice bonus, but Chandler is a rebound machine. He averaged 11.5 boards per game over the season, but he's now exceeded that mark four times in the last six games. He should continue to be a force on the glass throughout the series, especially if the Mavericks can continue getting Dwight Howard into foul trouble early. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points (10-14 FGA, 3-3 FTA) with eight rebounds and two assists during the Mavericks' 118-108 Game 1 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

While Nowitzki posted a decent stat line, his six turnovers were the most he's had in a game since he committed four against Boston back in the fourth game of the season. He's going to have to play mistake-free ball the rest of the way if the Mavericks are going to bve able to get past the Rockets in this series. And while he attempts that, he should still post strong stat lines you'll want a piece of for your NBA playoff DFS teams. Analysis: Howard Bender

Greg Holland's pectoral strain is apparently considered more "chest area than shoulder area," which is considered a positive.

The Royals, Holland and all of his fantasy owners will take any shred of good news they can get in this situation. The full extent of the injury has not yet been disclosed as Holland is still undergoing tests, but the fact that this isn't near his shoulder is certainly a plus. Once the Royals have all the details, they'll likely give a return timetable estimate. In the meantime, grab Wade Davis if you can and just hope for the best. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mike Olt could miss more time with a broken wrist than originally expected.

Olt was originally expected to be in a cast for three-to-four weeks, but now reports are saying four-to-six weeks. Even if he were to have the cast removed within four weeks, he would still have a fairly lengthy rehab stint and there will be obvious questions regarding his ability to hit for power right away. Of course, if Kris Bryant is hitting, then Olt's status really won't matter. Analysis: Howard Bender

Yasiel Puig's left hamstring is still causing him pain. He grimaced at second after his double and then jogged home very gingerly.

While it may be bothering him, Puig still managed to go 2-for-3 with the double, one RBI, a run scored and a walk. Check back with the lineups Sunday to see if he is going to play, but you should consider him questionable for the time being. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Harris (toe) is doubtful to return to Saturday's game.

Harris played just 10 minutes before he was forced to leave after re-aggravating the sprained big toe he's been suffering from lately. He's going to be questionable for Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is expected to get the start on Sunday in Game 1.

With Aaron Afflalo doubtful for Sunday's game, McCollum will get the starting nod. Allen Crabbe will also see a fair amount of time as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Gomes has been selected from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays DFA'd Grant Balfour to bring up Gomes who has allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings with a 7:1 K:BB for Triple-A Durham. He'll pitch out of the pen, likely in some mid-to-late inning situations. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.

There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender

Drew Smyly (left shoulder) will start Sunday for Double-A Montgomery and should return this month.

Smyly looked solid in his rehab start down in High-A ball and the rays will move him up to Double-A for this weekend. Barring any setbacks, he should be moved up to Triple-A Durham for a final rehab start before joining the team at the end of the month. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Chandler Parsons has returned to Saturday's game.

Parsons came back from the locker room as quickly as he left and everything seems to be fine. If it was his knee acting up, everything seems to be just fine now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chandler Parsons just limped off the floor and is being looked at by trainers on the bench. He is heading to the locker room.

The Mavericks will obviously update his condition soon but the fact that he walked off and to the locker room under his own power is an obvious good sign. He was dealing with a knee issue heading into the playoffs, so this could be a recurrence of the old injury. Analysis: Howard Bender


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