Wed Jul 17 7:45pm ET
Players: Christian Wood
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off waivers.
The Pistons announced the move Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 Wood appeared in 21 games last season for Milwaukee and New Orleans, averaging 8.2 points. He's averaged 5.3 points in 51 career NBA games for Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee and New Orleans.
Wood, who can play forward or center, averaged nearly 17 points and eight rebounds during the eight games he played for New Orleans at the end of last season, but he was still waived by the Pelicans.
Denver Nuggets centerNikola Jokic's all-around play resulted in a double-overtime victory against the Jazz. With a stat line of 30 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, he was just three dimes short of his 14th triple-double of the season. Jokic converted on 11 of his 21 field-goal attempts, and he also came up with three steals. He bounced back in a major way from his eight-point outing against the Trail Blazers on Thursday. Considering Denver's next opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers, have the top seed in the Western Conference locked up, the Serbian is in a prime position to continue his streak of tremendous performances.
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (quad) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings. The team is likely going to take the cautious approach during the seeding games, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect Westbrook out there. Eric Gordon (ankle) is doubtful as well, which leaves the Rockets without a ton of depth. James Harden, Ben McLemore, and Danuel House will see their playing time and usage skyrocket if both players sit out.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings. He has been out since late July and was projected to miss roughly two weeks. He is nearing the end of that timetable, but we'll see when he actually gets out there again. The team is hopeful that Gordon could return for a few seeding games before the playoffs begin. Danuel House and Ben McLemore will continue to see more playing time until Gordon is ready. However, James Harden and Russell Westbrook (quad) are the only guys with great fantasy value every game.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (knee) is set to undergo surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. Simmons is set to leave the bubble to undergo this procedure and it's unclear when he'll return. There's a good chance that Simmons doesn't return at all during the postseason. This is a huge blow to the Sixers, but will open up opportunities for some other players. Al Horford should move into the starting five with Shake Milton and Joel Embiid seeing a higher usage going forward.
Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (leg) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He was originally listed as questionable for this one, but it sounds like shootaround went well for Curry. It's unclear whether or not he'll be limited at all coming back from his leg injury. Some of the Mavs guards will lose a few minutes, but most of them weren't playing well anyway. Curry could be an intriguing DFS option, assuming he plays his normal amount of minutes.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (hamstring) will suit up for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. He'll return from a four game absence, which means Monte Morris will head back to the second unit. P.J. Dozier might end up dropping out of the rotation altogether. Murray could be limited during his first game back, so he might be a risky DFS option for Saturday's slate.
Utah Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. He is dealing with left knee soreness, so the team will give him a day off during the second leg of the back-to-back set. Mike Conley (knee) is back in action, so Mudiay wouldn't have much of a role anyway. Conley is looking like a reliable DFS option for Saturday, assuming Donovan Mitchell (leg) remains sidelined.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (leg) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Mike Conley (knee) and Rudy Gobert (rest) are back in the lineup after sitting out the front end of the back-to-back set. Mitchell is dealing with a lower left leg strain, so the team might want to be cautious here. Conley and Gobert would be asked to do the heavy lifting if Mitchell is out again. Miye Oni could be a dart throw for DFS contests, assuming Mitchell is absent.
Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Miami Heat. He has not played in a game during the bubble yet. However, the team is 4-0 without Baynes, so his absence isn't hurting the team. Deandre Ayton is healthy and playing well, so the team is in no rush to get Baynes back on the court. He won't have much fantasy value anyway, so fantasy owners can continue to expect Ayton to carry the load down low.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers. He is dealing with left hip soreness, so it's unclear if he'll be ready in time for Monday's contest. The Lakers are likely going to use a committee approach to fill the void left by Green. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both healthy and will be asked to carry the load on offense. Both are going to be attractive DFS options like most nights, but maybe have a little bit more value with Green sidelined.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (rest) has been removed from the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. He sat out of the front end of a back-to-back set in order to rest. Tony Bradley and Ed Davis will lose minutes and fantasy value with Gobert back in the rotation. He was only out due to rest, so Gobert should be back to his normal amount of minutes on Saturday.
Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (knee) is not currently listed on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. He sat out of the front end of the back-to-back set due to right knee soreness. It's unclear whether or not the team plans to limit Conley in this one. Donovan Mitchell (leg) has been ruled out for this one, which means Conley should see an uptick in usage. Conley could make for an intriguing DFS option for Saturday's slate.
Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze mentioned on Friday that his left knee continues to give him problems. It has been something he has been battling with all season long. "Getting back from the hiatus. It hurt me a lot more. I basically couldn't run... It's hard for me to get back ready to play," says Bitadze. He underwent an MRI and the doctor said that everything was good. The team is likely going to hold out Bitadze until the knee issue goes away. The Pacers are fairly limited with Domantas Sabonis (foot) sidelined as well. Myles Turner will see plenty of playing time and is worth a look in DFS contests.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. The Nuggets are fairly banged up with Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) both out and Troy Daniels (hip) listed as questionable. Monte Morris is expected to get another start with P.J. Dozier backing him up off the bench. Neither player is a great fantasy option, but could be a low-cost pick for Saturday's slate.
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (hip) and forward Will Barton (knee) have been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. It's unclear when these two will get back on the court. There's a good chance that they both sit out during all the seeding games. Michael Porter Jr. will remain a must-have DFS option, while the Nuggets are banged up. Torrey Craig should see more minutes as well, but he won't be quite as attractive of a fantasy option.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (rest) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. It's the front end of a back-to-back set, so the Clippers will give their superstar forward a rest day. That means, Paul George will be asked to carry the load on offense, which will make him a popular DFS option. Lou Williams should get more chances with the ball as well.
Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Whiteside mentioned that he was dealing with a hip issue during Thursday's game. The team will keep him out of this one as a precaution. His playing time has taken a hit with the return of Jusuf Nurkic. Whiteside's absence won't make a huge impact on the rotation. Nurkic and Zach Collins will see increased playing time without Whiteside on the court. Both of them could make for intriguing DFS options for Saturday's slate.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel made his seventh start of the season on Friday, finishing a 121-92 loss to Memphis with 11 points and four rebounds. Steven Adams (leg contusion) sat this one out which gave Noel a rare start, but he had a tough matchup against Jonas Valanciunas and the whole team struggled in the contest. The team starts a back-to-back set on Sunday, so Adams' return might not be imminent and there's a really good matchup against Washington coming up. Only three teams have allowed more points to opposing centers this season, and the Wizards have also given up the most rebounds in the league to the position.
Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 27 points with six rebounds, four triples and two assists in a losing effort against the Nets. Bogdanovic is now red-hot from beyond the arc, after drilling six treys in his last contest. Over the past two games, the 27-year-old is averaging 31 points, 5.0 rebounds per game, 5.0 triples per game and 2.5 assists per game on 61.5/58/100 percent shooting splits. He bounced back in a big way after struggling in his first two bubble games and has held off Buddy Hield for minutes as the starting shooting guard. Bogdanovic is a good option in DFS on Sunday against the Rockets in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Philadelphia 76ers small/power forward Tobias Harris has emerged as an elite fantasy commodity in the wake of a 23-point, 15-rebound showing against the Orlando Magic on Friday. In four games inside the bubble, Harris is now averaging 23.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, becoming the No. 2 option with Ben Simmons (knee) out of the mix for the foreseeable future. He also played a game-high 40 minutes, adding four assists and two made triples to round out his stat line, even as Al Horford returned to the starting five. Owners can expect his price tag to continue climbing ahead of Sundays meeting with Portland, but theres no reason to believe that this production will slow any time soon.