DFS NBA Playbook: January 11th
Jon Impemba pores over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS NBA players for today's contests
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K. Irving - PG
Irving scored a team-high 31 points (12-23 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Saturday's 124-117 loss to the Hornets.
He matched Kemba Walker shot for shot for three quarters, but it was the Charlotte superstar who found another gear in the fourth. Irving has scored 30-plus in five straight games and six of the last seven, averaging a massive 29.4 points, 7.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks over that stretch as he tries to carry the Celtics up the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Added 9:42 pm (EST)
J. Hart - SG
Hart (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Kings.
Hart will miss his second straight contest as he tends to tendinitis in his right knee. Now that the Lakers are officially eliminated from the playoffs, there is no need to rush Hart back until he is 100 percent healthy. Look for Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson to see increased action as long as Hart remains sidelined.
Added 9:42 pm (EST)
L. James - SF
James is probable for Sunday's matchup with the Kings due to a left knee contusion.
Now eliminated from the playoffs, the Lakers may opt to exercise more caution when it comes to lingering injuries, as James apparently tweaked his knee late in Friday's loss to the Nets. Look for more updates on his status to come either after the team's morning shootaround or just before tip. If James is ruled out, look for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and Moritz Wagner to all potentially see more minutes off the bench.
Added 9:36 pm (EST)
J. Noah - C
Noah will not return to Saturday's matchup with the Timberwolves as he continues to battle soreness in his right knee.
Noah was listed as probable for the contest before getting clearance to take the court Saturday but it appears his knee soreness was too much to endure. His next opportunity to play will come Monday against the Thunder but should be ruled out, look for Jonas Valanciunas and Ivan Rabb to potentially see increased minutes.
Added 9:25 pm (EST)
J. Tatum - SF
Tatum suffered a bruised lower back during Saturday's loss to the Hornets.
Tatum may land on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Spurs. If he's forced to sit out, Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown could see expanded roles.
Added 8:52 pm (EST)
H. Giles III - PF
Giles (thigh) has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Suns, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento reports.
Giles was a game-time decision after exiting Thursday's win over the Mavericks due to a thigh contusion. Saturday's game against the Suns is the first of a back-to-back set, so there is a chance Giles is ready to return for Sunday's tilt against the Lakers. In his absence, look for Marvin Bagley to see increased action.
Added 8:39 pm (EST)
P. Gasol - C
Gasol (ankle) is expected to be out a month as he tends to a left ankle injury, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Gasol has only played in three games since joining the Bucks and has missed the last six contests due to the ankle injury. With Nikola Mirotic (thumb) out for two-to-four weeks as well, Milwaukee will have to rely heavily on Brook Lopez, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova in the front court to close out the regular season. Look for more updates on Gasol's status to come as the playoffs near.
Added 8:15 pm (EST)
M. Kleber - PF
Kleber will come off the bench during Saturday's matchup against the Warriors, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Kleber started Thursday's game against the Kings, but he'll return to the bench Saturday in favor of Dirk Nowitzki. Kleber has three double-doubles across his past eight appearances.
Added 8:03 pm (EST)