Fri Sep 13 5:12pm ET
By WAYNE PARRY
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) New Jersey's governor has signed a bill allowing Atlantic City's Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association games.
Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino - and also owns the NBA's Houston Rockets.
When New Jersey lawmakers legalized sports betting last year, a provision in the law banned team owners from placing or accepting bets on any games involving their sport.
It was directly aimed at the Golden Nugget and enacted over protests that Nevada regulators allow Fertitta's casinos to take bets on pro basketball games as long as they don't involve the Rockets.
The bill Murphy signed Friday brings New Jersey in line with regulations in Nevada and Mississippi, which also allow Fertitta's casinos to handle NBA bets that don't involve the Rockets.
Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (quad) is questionable to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. Saric is dealing with a bruised quad, but that shouldn't linger into the regular season. The Suns may have Saric sit out in the meaningless game for rest. Frank Kaminsky would see more minutes coming his way, assuming Saric sits out.
Los Angeles Clippers guard/forward Landry Shamet (wrist) exited early during Sunday's preseason contest. Head coach Doc Rivers downplayed the injury after the game. Rivers said that if it was the playoffs then Shamet would be out there, but there is no reason to push it in the preseason. Shamet should be fine, and is someone worth looking at late in drafts.
Portland Trail Blazers guard/forward Rodney Hood (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. He is dealing with back spasms, so the team is likely just being cautious here. Hood will battle Kent Bazemore for playing time in Portland. He'll be worth a look in deeper leagues, but that's about it for the moment.
Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (thumb) was injured during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason loss. The team is calling the injury a Grade 1 sprain, but Davis will have an MRI done on Sunday. The Lakers next preseason game is on Monday, but it's safe to assume he's done for the preseason. Davis should be fine for opening night, so fantasy owners shouldn't have to worry.
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) was able to fully participate in Saturday's practice, according to head coach Steve Clifford. Vucevic is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, but has downplayed the severity. It's unclear whether or not Vucevic will suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He should be fine for the regular season, so fantasy owners don't have anything to worry about.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (foot) will be shut down for the rest of the preseason. Valanciunas is dealing with foot soreness, but the team doesn't appear worried about it. They want to give him as much rest as possible before the regular season. It's unclear whether or not Valanciunas will be ready for the regular season opener. Bruno Caboclo and Brandon Clarke will benefit in the absence of Valanciunas.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics. He was limited in camp earlier due to a left foot issue. Garland has some decent upside in the middle rounds of drafts, assuming he's healthy. The Cavs are rebuilding, so Garland should see plenty of action over the course of the season.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. Lowry has not played since undergoing thumb surgery in July. It's unclear whether or not Lowry will be ready for opening night. He'll be a steal in fantasy drafts, assuming he's healthy this season.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (rest) will sit out of Sunday's preseason contest against the Chicago Bulls. He made his preseason debut on Thursday, but played just 18 minutes off the bench. The Raptors are going to manage his workload after he played in the FIBA World Cup this summer. Gasol still holds fantasy value, but not anything like he used to.
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Alec Burks (ankle) is making solid progress, but still remains out of practice. He sprained his right ankle about a week ago and still has yet to practice. Burks needs to play during camp to earn his spot in the rotation. The Warriors need depth guys like Burks, but it's hard to justify drafting him in most settings right now.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) remains out of practice after suffering an injury over a week ago. He hurt his hamstring 10 days ago, but the Warriors are making sure he's fully healthy for the regular season. Omari Spellman and Marquese Chriss will continue to fill in at center. Looney does have some decent fantasy value, but will have to battle Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) for playing time.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (shoulder) could be sidelined the first ten games of the regular season, according to head coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers have not given a definitive timetable, but this sounds about accurate. That would have George returning around the middle of November. He'll still have great fantasy value, despite being sidelined for the first month or so of the season.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (quad) has been removed from the injury report for Monday's preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs. Holiday did not play in Friday's contest due to a left quad contusion. Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker saw more minutes without Holiday on the court. It appears Holiday is fine, so he'll be a stud for fantasy leagues this year.
Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio (rest) will not suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He'll be joined alongside by teammates Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Rubio may lose some of the ball handling to Booker in the regular season, but that won't kill his fantasy value. Rubio should see enough minutes to have middle round value in most formats.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (rib) is in danger of missing the beginning of the regular season after suffering a rib injury. Bledsoe fractured the cartilage between two of his ribs and was given a two or three week timetable. However, the team announced it's more of a pain tolerance issue than anything else. Bledsoe will be cleared to play as soon as the pain goes down. This injury shouldn't hurt his fantasy value because it sounds like a minor issue.
Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len (back) was able to get through Friday's practice without any setbacks. He is hopefully over his back injuries and was able to suit up during the last two preseason games. There is a good chance that Len can earn the starting center job in Atlanta. He'll have decent late round value in most formats because he has a path to reliable minutes in Atlanta.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (knee) was able to get through practice on Friday without any issues. He hasn't played in the preseason yet because of knee pain. There is a chance he gets out there for a game against the Heat on Monday. Huerter has some late round appeal in most formats, assuming he's healthy to begin the regular season.
Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph (calf) is likely going to miss the rest of the preseason, according to head coach Luke Walton. The Kings have just two games left, so it's not a huge deal to give Joseph a few days off. Joseph is battling and likely beating Yogi Ferrell for backup minutes at the guard position. However, there probably won't be enough minutes left behind De'Aaron Fox to warrant rostering Joseph.
Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum (Achilles) suffered an injury on Wednesday and could be shut down for most of the preseason. He did some pre-game work on Friday, but continues to deal with the right Achilles issue. However, the Hornets are rebuilding, so a veteran like Batum doesn't have great value on that organization. He could be a risky option to draft even in 12-team standard leagues to begin the season.
Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dwight Powell (hamstring) has been making progress, but won't play in the preseason. He suffered a left hamstring injury last week and the team is going to be cautious with him during camp. They will re-evaluate Powell before the season opener. Powell still should have value in almost all formats despite the injury. Maximilian Kleber would benefit the most, assuming Powell misses time in the regular season. Boban Marjanovic might get a few extra minutes as well.