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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: December 12
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Miles Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee will shift back to a bench role for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Plumlee has started the last five games, but hasn't been overly effective and has averaged just 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds across 17.1 minutes. With Dewayne Dedmon (leg), John Collins (shoulder) and Mike Muscala (ankle) all still out, Plumlee should still see a slightly elevated role, though the Hawks are set to experiment with Tyler Cavanaugh in the top unit instead. That sends Plumlee back to a reserve role.
6:17 pm (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving (quad) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Irving was held out of Monday's contest with a left quad contusion, but it was clearly nothing serious, as he should be back Wednesday following just a one-game layoff. As long as Irving doesn't experience any uptick in discomfort during shootaround or pregame warmups, he should rejoin the starting lineup at point guard, with Marcus Smart heading back to the bench in the corresponding move. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should see decreased minutes as well.
6:12 pm (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Horford will be rested for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Horford doesn't appear to be dealing with an injury, so it looks as though the Celtics will simply build in a day of rest for the big man in advance of a Friday/Saturday back-to-back set. With Marcus Morris (knee) sidelined, expect Aron Baynes to remain in the starting five, with Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye both in line for increased time off the bench.
6:11 pm (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall (knee) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

Wall came into Tuesday with a questionable designation, but with the Wizards currently headed into a back-to-back set, they decided it was in Wall's best interest to remain sidelined at least one more contest. He's slated to make his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Grizzlies, though additional word on that should come following the team's morning shootaround. With Wall out once again Tuesday, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky should see extended run at point guard, though it will likely remain a timeshare between the two.
6:08 pm (EST)
Tyler Cavanaugh Headshot

Cavanaugh will start Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In a bit of a surprising decision, the Hawks will give Cavanaugh his first start of the season as Miles Plumlee shifts to the bench. Cavanaugh, who began the year on a two-way contract, has worked his way into a consistent rotation spot of late, averaging more than 23 minutes per game over the last five contests. In that span, the 23-year-old holds averages of 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
6:07 pm (EST)
Willie Cauley-Stein Headshot

Cauley-Stein (back) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Suns, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Cauley-Stein has been sidelined for three consecutive games with a lower back strain, but should return to the lineup ahead of Tuesday's matchup. If all goes as planned Cauley-Stein will likely take back his role as the team's starting center, which sends Zach Randolph back to power forward and Skal Labissiere back to the bench. With Cauley-Stein expected back, Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson should both see less minutes in the frontcourt.
5:52 pm (EST)
Luke Babbitt Headshot

Babbitt (back) will play during Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, KL Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.

Babbitt has landed on the injury report over each of the past six games, but has ended up playing. Over that stretch, he's averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds across 17.5 minutes per contest.
5:46 pm (EST)
Eric Moreland Headshot

Moreland (illness) will play in Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

Both Moreland and Avery Bradley missed the team's morning shootaround with their own respective illnesses, but both are now expected to take the court as usual. That said, Moreland is seeing minutes in the mid-to-upper teens on a good night, so he hasn't had much utility in the majority of fantasy leagues. Look for that to remain the case Tuesday, so he can once again be avoided for fantasy purposes despite being cleared.
5:38 pm (EST)
Reggie Bullock Headshot

Coach Stan Van Gundy told the media that Bullock will see some minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Nuggets, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

While Bullock is unlikely to see enough minutes to be fantasy-relevant, the fact that Van Gundy saw it fit to mention Bullock's role in pregame is nonetheless noteworthy. The former North Carolina standout saw just seven minutes in Sunday's loss to Boston and prior to that had racked up seven DNP-CDs in the Pistons' last eight games.
5:36 pm (EST)
Maurice Harkless Headshot

Harkless (quad) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat, Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

Harkless has been sidelined for two consecutive games because of a bruised left quad, but could be nearing a return given his questionable designation. Look for Harkless to test out the quad during Wednesday's morning shootaround, with a decision on his availability likely coming shortly after. Evan Turner has started the last two games in his place, averaging 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals across 28.5 minutes during that span.
5:30 pm (EST)
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