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Josh Hamilton bruised his left middle finger he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, leaving him questionable to play Saturday.

When they x-rayed Hamilton's finger Friday night, they claimed to have found a small fracture but said they weren't sure if it was new or an old lingering problem. He'll likely miss Saturday's game and will probably be questionable for Sunday. Consider him day-to-day for now and check back to see if he manages to work as a pinch-hitter at all.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points (8-12 FGA) with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 24 minutes in the Nuggets 103-92 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.

Nurkic was expected to be the Nuggets starting center this season but injury forced him to miss the first two months of the year. In his absence Nikola Jokic took hold of the starting job but on Wednesday Nurkic showed the talent that initially landed him the job. The Nuggets are looking to move some of their front court pieces with Joffrey Lauvergne being the man rumored they have on the trade block and such a move could create more playing time for Nurkic in the rotation. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Nik Stauskas scored 16 points (6-10 FGA) with three assists, two rebounds and one steal over 31 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Kings.

“Sauce Castillo” as all the cool kids are calling him these days had a very nice game on Wednesday. He’s been back and forth between bench and starting lineup all season long, something that could be messing with the youngsters head. Stauskas has been known for his shooting ability since his days at the University of Michigan and that ability was on display Wednesday as he knocked down 4-of-5 from three-point territory. Stauskas is a better scoring option than both T.J. McConnell and Kendall Marshall, so the competition to take his minutes is very scarce. However, it doesn’t matter how many minutes Stauskas gets each night, he’s not worthy of a roster spot in any format. The occasional DFS play is somewhat acceptable, though. Analysis: James Grande

Ish Smith scored five points (2-6 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with 10 assists and three rebounds over 31 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Kings.

Since arriving in Philadelphia, Smith has shown something to the rest of the league. He’s no slouch, and he continuously proves that on a nightly basis. Smith is putting up career numbers with the 76ers. He’s averaging career bests in minutes, points, assists, rebounds, and steals. Even if Smith is not the teams point-guard of the future, he’s making a quite a claim for himself. Smith, specifically, has become quite the commodity in DFS. He’s still not as expensive as other guards who are putting up virtually the same numbers he is.  Analysis: James Grande

Robert Covington scored 29 points (9-16 FGA, 4-6 FTA) with five rebounds, one assist and six steals over 32 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Kings.

Not Boogie Cousins, Rudy Gay, nor Jahlil Okafor were the leading scorers in Wednesday night’s affair, Robert Covington was. In fact, it was a career-high for Covington who splashed home 7-of-11 three-point attempts. Not only was he on fire from beyond the arc, he seemingly read the minds of all the Kings’ players and knew where they were going to pass the ball. He came away with six steals, making it the fourth time this year he’s come away with at least six thefts. Covington is a streaaaaaaaky shooter to say the least. Before Wednesday, he came into the game shooting 2-for-20 from deep over his last four contests. It’s hard to trust someone like that in many fantasy formats. Analysis: James Grande

Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points (11-18 FGA, 4-5 FTA) with 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks over 39 minutes in Wednesday’s loss against the Kings.

We’re beginning to see real encouraging signs with the 76ers and Jahlil Okafor has played a large part in that. The 76ers have only won eight games, sure, but they’re starting to play some good basketball, thanks to Okafor’s contributions. He’s now recorded at least 14 points and nine rebounds in three straight games and two of the aforementioned outings have gone for double-doubles. Okafor is just a rookie and has gone through his fair share of ups and downs. But now half of a season down, we’re beginning to see him mature before our eyes. Noel wasn’t on the floor on Wednesday and you saw how effective he could be. If Noel misses any more time on the flipside of the all-star break, Okafor could and should be considered a DFS stud. Analysis: James Grande

Darren Collison came off of the bench and scored 25 points (9-12 FGA, 5-6 FTA) with three assists and three rebounds over 32 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the 76ers.

If these last couple of weeks don’t open head coach George Karl’s eyes that Collison should be on the floor more, than who knows what will. Collison was electric from the moment he stepped on the court Wednesday, helping the Kings stage a 17-point comeback. He scored 25, tying his season-high, on a scorching 75-percent from the field. Collison’s last five games have been more of the same. He’s averaged 19.2 points on 66-percent field-goal, 54-percent from three and 92-percent from the free-throw line. Sure it’s hard to play Collison when you already have one of the better point-guards in the association, but Collison has earned it. Monitor his playing time coming out of the all-star break. We could begin to see the Kings implement a lot of two point-guard lineups. Analysis: James Grande

Rudy Gay scored 22 points (9-20 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks over 41 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the 76ers.

With Cousins and Rondo getting most of the attention each night, Gay has quietly gone about his business and put together a very nice 2015-’16 campaign thus far. Gay is shooting his second-best percentage he’s ever shot throughout his 11-year career. He’s averaging his second-lowest points per game total since becoming a full-time NBA starter, but that’s not an issue because the efficiency has gone up and he still remains an 18-point scorer per night. He’s also contributing with his second greatest rebounding season of his career. Gay will never get the notoriety that his other teammates get, but he’s a very reliable fantasy option. Analysis: James Grande

Rajon Rondo scored 14 points (7-13 FGA) with 15 assists, eight rebounds and three steals over 36 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the 76ers.

Rondo has done a great job revitalizing his career in Sacramento and is making sure he gets himself a multi-year contract during the offseason. Rondo has seemingly taken the one-year deal he got from the Kings as a challenge, and has responded in a big way. He recorded his 27th double-double of the season on Wednesday and has now recorded at least 15 assists in four straight outings. As amazing as Rondo has been throughout his career, he’s actually averaging a career-high 11.9 assists per game. With a beast inside like DeMarcus Cousins, Rondo’s job gets a bit easier. He’ll continue to feed Cousins and continue to rack up the assists. Rondo will remain an elite play at point-guard for the remainder of the season. Analysis: James Grande

DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points (8-18 FGA, 12-17 FTA) with 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the 76ers.

The Boogie-man was at it again, scaring all the women and children and coming away with a monster double-double in Wednesday’s comeback win. Other than being a head case at times, Cousins has been flat out amazing this season. He’s fourth in the league in scoring and fourth in the league in rebounding. He’s also tied for third amongst all centers in assists per game. Right now, Cousins is as sure fire as sure fire gets in terms of a fantasy stud. Over his last 19 games, Cousins has secured 16 double-digit rebounding games and 15 games of 20-plus points. He’s the number one fantasy center in the game and is a top-five fantasy player overall. Analysis: James Grande

Jamal Crawford scored 18 points (4-17 FGA, 8-10 FTA) while going 2-for-8 from three-point range with five rebounds and four assists over 38 minutes in the Clippers 139-134 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Crawford continues to be lightsout off the bench and show why he is a perennial candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man Award. Over the last five games Crawford is averaging 20.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game which has made him a very nice value play on most DFS sites as his role off the bench has kept his price tag down despite his recent production. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

J.J. Redick scored 27 points (9-14 FGA, 7-8 FTA) while going 2-for-5 from three-point range and pulling down three rebounds over 38 minutes in the Clippers 139-134 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Redick came out firing against the Celtics which helped the Clippers get to an early lead and he did not let up as he dropped 27 points on 64.3-percent shooting. Redick came up big in the overtime period as he drew consecutive fouls while attempting three-point shots but it was eventually all for not as the Celtics came back and won. Over the last five games Redick is averaging 17.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Chris Paul scored 35 points (13-21 FGA, 6-9 FTA) while going 3-for-8 from three-point range with five rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and one block over 48 minutes in the Clippers 139-134 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Paul did just about everything he could on Wednesday to get the Clippers out of Boston with a win however he was matched by All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas in what was one of the league's highest scoring affairs of the season. Paul shot a ridiculous 61.9-percent from the field on 21 shots on his way to a season's best 35 points. Paul will head into the All-Star game averaging 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.6 three-pointers per game. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

DeAndre Jordan scored 21 points (6-11 FGA, 9-17 FTA) with 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks over 42 minutes in the Clippers 139-134 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Like many teams the Celtics deployed the "hack-a-jordan" strategy on Wednesday in an effort to take advantage of Jordan's poor 42.3-percent shooting from the charity stripe but Jordan flipped the script on the Celtics and hit 9-of-17 shots from the line for a 52.9-percent rating which helped boost Jordan's point production. Jordan also continued to dominate the glass but that has come to be expected as he leads the Western Conference in rebounding and ranks second in the NBA behind Andre Drummond. Over the last 10 games Jordan is averaging 13.2 points, 16.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Evan Turner scored 14 points (6-14 FGA, 2-4 FTA) with six rebounds and six assists over 31 minutes in the Celtics 139-134 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

Turner was instrumental in the Celtics win on Wednesday as he hit multiple key shots in overtime including what would be the shot to give the Celtics a lead they would not relinquish. Turner has been great off the bench and during the month of February he is averaging 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. Turner's ability to fill the stat sheet has made him a great value play in DFS where his production has easily exceeded his price tag. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Marcus Smart scored 17 points (4-8 FGA, 6-7 FTA) while going 3-for-5 from three-point range with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block over 32 minutes in the Celtics 139-134 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

Smart kept the Celtics in this game during some stretches as he played his typical high energy defense while also showing his improved scoring touch that has many in Boston excited to see what the future holds for the 21 year old point guard. Over the last five games Smart is averaging 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 three-pointers per game while shooting 40.5-percent from the floor and an impressive 42.3-percent from beyond the arc. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

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