NBA PLAYER NEWS
DeAndre Jordan double-doubles in Clippers' win on Wednesday
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan racked up 14 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 37.2 minutes of action as the Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
The Clippers snapped a 9-game losing skid in this one, and Jordan posted his third double-double in his last four games. He's averaging 10.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per game this year.
numberFire's models expect Jordan to double-double again, projecting him for 12.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in 31.6 minutes of action against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
Suns' T.J. Warren double-doubles with 20 points in loss to Bucks
Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren racked up 20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist in 43.1 minutes of action as the Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime on Wednesday.
That gives Warren 20-plus points in back-to-back games, and he's averaging career-highs in all of points (18.7), rebounds (6.2) and assists (1.3) per game on the year.
numberFire's models project Warren for 15.9 points, 6.7 boards and 1.2 assists in 30.0 minutes of action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
Hornets' Nicholas Batum (elbow) travels to Cleveland, listed as questionable for Friday
Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Nicolas Batum (elbow) traveled with the team to Cleveland, but is questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Batum is dealing with an ulnar nerve contusion, which he has reportedly says doesn't feel as bad as his past elbow injury, which sidelined him for six weeks. If Batum can't play on Friday, look for Jeremy Lamb to see an increase in minutes.
If he does suit up, numberFire's models project Batum for 15.6 points, 6.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 33.6 minutes of action against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Jeremy Lamb has a strong offensive showing in Hornets' win over Wizards
Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Jeremy Lamb racked up 24 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 37.3 minutes of action as the Hornets scored a 5-point win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
That was Lamb's fourth 20-plus point game of the year, bringing him up to a career-high 16.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.8 minutes per game.
numberFire's models project Lamb for 16.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes of action against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Will Barton's 20 points not enough as Nuggets get blown out by Houston
Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton dropped 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 36.0 minutes of action in a 30-point blowout loss against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
That makes back-to-back 20-point games for Barton, who is averaging a career-high 14.9 points per game while shooting a career-best .547 effective field goal percentage.
numberFire's models project Barton for 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.6 minutes of action against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Malcolm Brogdon plays 41 minutes in Bucks' victory on Wednesday
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon tallied 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a huge 41.3 minutes of action in a win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Brogdon was leaned on for big minutes with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) getting the day off, and while he didn't contribute big numbers, he did enough to help the Bucks score a win without their superstar.
Accounting for Giannis' return, numberFire's models project Brogdon for 10.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 29.4 minutes of action against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
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