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Nuggets' Wilson Chandler in the starting lineup on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Wilson Chandler is starting on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

The Nuggets will go with a small lineup against the Rockets, sending Kenneth Faried to the bench.

numberFire projects Chandler for 23.7 FanDuel points in 33.1 minutes on Wednesday.

Suns' Greg Monroe coming off the bench on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns center/forward Greg Monroe will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Tyson Chandler is back healthy and is getting the start tonight. Chandler, Monroe, and Alex Len could eat into each other's minutes with all three healthy.

numberFire projects Monroe for 16.2 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Suns' Tyson Chandler (illness) is starting over Greg Monroe on Wednesday

Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

With Chandler back healthy, it's unclear how the minutes will be divided between Chandler, Greg Monroe, and Alex Len moving forward.

numberFire projects Chandler for 14.6 FanDuel points on Wednesday.

Gary Payton II is starting for Bucks on Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Payton II is moving into the starting lineup on Wednesday with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting out.

What It Means:

Payton will make his first start of the season, and with Matthew Dellavedova out as well, there is a chance that Payton could see meaningful minutes. However, he is a risky fantasy investment.

Our models project Payton for 7.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,000.

Marcus Morris (knee) says he will play Wednesday for Celtics

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (knee) says that he will play Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Morris was questionable coming in to Wednesday with a sore knee, and even though he is not starting, he is planning on playing off the bench. There is a chance that his minutes will be monitored though. Aron Baynes is starting at power forward.

Our models project Morris for 20.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,800.

Rockets rule out Eric Gordon on Wednesday with a calf injury

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (calf) has officially been ruled out on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Gordon was listed as doubtful earlier in the evening in a surprise announcement, and now he is officially ruled out. Bobby Brown will likely get some more playing time now.

Our models project Gordon to average 14.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists over 29.2 minutes per game remaining this season.

Houston's P.J. Tucker will start for Ryan Anderson (illness) on Wednesday

Houston Rockets guard/forward P.J. Tucker is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Tucker should see a nice boost in minutes as starter with both Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon out tonight.

numberFire projects Tucker for 24.0 FanDuel points in 33.1 minutes of action.

Ryan Anderson (illness) out for Rockets on Wednesday, P.J. Tucker filling void in first unit

Houston Rockets forward/center Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Anderson was originally expected to play so he should have plenty of time to recover for Saturday's matchup with the New York Knicks. P.J. Tucker will replace Anderson in Houston's first unit tonight while Luc Mbah a Moute should see more minutes.

Anderson is averaging 21.6 FanDuel points in 17 games this season.

Wilson Chandler (back) active for Nuggets on Wednesday

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Wilson Chandler (back) is active on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

Chandler returns after sitting out on Monday with a sore back. With Paul Millsap (wrist) unavailable, it remains to be seen how the Nuggets' starting five will shake out.

numberFire's models project Chandler to score 23.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,300 on Wednesday.

Kevin Durant (ankle) officially active for Warriors on Wednesday

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (ankle) will start against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

What It Means:

As expected. Durant's return to the starting lineup after a one-game absence will send Omri Casspi back to the Warriors' bench.

Durant is averaging 45.4 FanDuel points per game this season, and numberFire's models project him to score another 45.7 FanDuel points tonight while coming with a price tag of $10,000.

Eric Gordon (calf) is doubtful for Rockets on Wednesday

Houston Rockets guard Eric Bledsoe (calf) is doubtful on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

This is a new injury for Gordon, and there has been no word on when he suffered the injury. If he is forced to sit on Wednesday, Bobby Brown will likely be asked to play more minutes.

Our models project Gordon to average 14.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists over 29.2 minutes per game remaining this season.

Chris Paul to play around 28 minutes for Rockets in home debut

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will play about 28 minutes on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

Paul continues to trend upwards after logging 20.8 and 24.2 minutes in his two previous starts since returning last Thursday. Eric Gordon (calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are both doubtful, so he may be asked to do more on offense tonight versus the Nuggets.

numberFire's models project CP3 to score 35.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,500 in 28.0 minutes on Wednesday night.

Rockets say Ryan Anderson (illness) is doubtful on Wednesday, P.J. Tucker will start

Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (illness) is doubtful on Wednesday, and forward P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup.

What It Means:

Anderson being out will move Tucker into DFS consideration, and it will likely force Luc Mbah a Moute to play more minutes as well.

Our models project Tucker for 19.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,200.

Toronto's Norman Powell (hip) is available to play on Wednesday

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell is available to play against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Powell is available to play after missing four games with a hip injury. OG Anunoby has been the starter in his place, so we'll have to see how playing time shakes out with Powell back in action.

numberFire projects Powell for 17.2 FanDuel points in 22.4 minutes of action.

Tyler Zeller will replace Trevor Booker (ankle) in Nets' starting lineup on Wednesday night

Brooklyn Nets forward/center Tyler Zeller will start on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Trevor Booker is out with an ankle injury, so Zeller will make his first start of the season. He's averaging 16.8 minutes in eight games this season.

numberFire's models currently project Zeller to score 14.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,400 in 15.9 minutes on Wednesday night.

John Collins making first NBA start for Hawks on Wednesday in place of Luke Babbitt (back)

Atlanta Hawks rookie power forward John Collins will start against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in place of Luke Babbitt (back).

What It Means:

Collins will join Dewayne Dedmon in the frontcourt as the Hawks opt to go big against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The first-round pick scored a career-high 21 points with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 36 minutes off the bench on Monday.

numberFire's models project Collins to score 33.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,200 in 33.6 minutes on Wednesday night.

Damian Lillard (ankle) officially active for Trail Blazers on Wednesday

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (ankle) said he will play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Lillard suffered a minor ankle injury on Monday night but he was never concerned about his status for tonight versus the 76ers.

numberFire's models project Lillard to score 41.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $9,000 on

Aron Baynes starting for the Celtics on Wednesday, Marcus Morris remains questionable

Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

The Celtics are going big with their starting lineup against the Heat with Baynes starting at center, although he probably won't see much over 20 minutes. Marcus Morris remains a game-time decision.

numberFire projects Baynes for 13.1 FanDuel points, although he could see more if he exceeds his 15.1 projected minutes.

Clippers' Patrick Beverley out for the season after undergoing knee surgery

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) will miss the rest of the season.

What It Means:

Beverley's right knee surgery required a repair of a microfracture and meniscus, so he has a long recovery ahead of him. Sindarius Thornwell will likely remain in the starting lineup, with Lou Williams and Austin Rivers seeing all the minutes they can handle.

Over 11 games, Beverley averaged 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.4 minutes.

Raptors' Delon Wright (shoulder) expected to miss a month

Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (right shoulder) is expected to miss a month with a dislocated shoulder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

The Raptors say that they don't expect Wright to undergo surgery, so the plan is probably rest and rehab for the third-year guard. While he is out, Fred VanVleet will likely take on a larger role, and OG Anunoby could see some extra run until Norman Powell (hip) comes back.

Over 14 games this season, Wright is averaging 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists over 20.9 minutes per game this season.

Clippers' DeAndre Jordan 'coming up in trade conversations'

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has had his name come up in trade talks, according to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.

What It Means:

In talking about the Clippers' struggles, Bontemps said that the Clippers and multiple teams are discussing potential trades involving the All-Star Jordan. There's a chance that he and others are moved as the season goes on, which means the Clippers could be headed for a rebuild around Blake Griffin.

Through 16 games, Jordan is averaging 10.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game this season. His 1.3 nERD leads the team and ranks 15th among all NBA centers.

Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge projected for third straight 20-point game Wednesday

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge could be in line for another strong game Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Even against the talented Pelicans' frontcourt, Aldridge is projected for 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds on Wednesday. He has scored at least 37.3 FanDuel points in three of his last four games, and our models project him to make it four of five tonight.

Our models project Aldridge for 38.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,300.

Source: numberFire

Nuggets' Trey Lyles prepared for expanded role without Paul Millsap (wrist)

Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles suggested that he's ready to take on a larger role with Paul Millsap sidelined.

What It Means:

According to The Denver Post's Gina Mizell, Lyles said, "I'm a guy that can go in and kind of fit into any rotation and combination of guys." In the Nuggets' last two games, Lyles played 16 and 18 minutes while tallying 18 points and 14 boards in the process. He figures to share the forward load with Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried for as long as Millsap's out.

For Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets, our models like Lyles to play 9.4 minutes and produce 7.5 FanDuel points at a price of $3,800.

Kings' Zach Randolph projected for third straight double-figure scoring effort Wednesday

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph could be in line for another strong game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, who are playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

What It Means:

We have Randolph projected for 14.3 points and 6.6 rebounds on Wednesday in just 24.3 minutes of action. Randolph has posted at least 12 points and 5 rebounds over his last two games, and as long as he sees more than 20 minutes, he could be in line for another productive outing on Wednesday.

Our models project Randolph for 25.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,900.

Source: numberFire

Orlando's Evan Fournier projected for his usual output on Wednesday against Minnesota

Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier is projected for 19.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Fournier is averaging 19.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists this season, and is projected to just about hit those exact marks against the Timberwolves. On Monday, he had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block in 31 minutes against the Indiana Pacers.

numberFire's projections would give Fournier 29.8 FanDuel points in 34.4 minutes of action.

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