– Jamal Crawford is OUT
NOTES: Devin Booker is expected back for this one which should shift Josh Jackson to the bench. Jackson and Kelly Oubre Jr. in particular take big hits with Booker back.
– Myles Turner is Q Turner is IN
– Cory Joseph is Q Joseph is IN
– Darren Collison is Q Collison is IN
NOTES: Turner practiced on Sunday which bodes well for him playing tonight. He had a shoulder injury so his conditioning should be fine. If he's available he's playable against a Suns team that gives it up to centers. Both Collison and Joseph have been regulars on the injury report lately and neither has missed a game. If Collison misses, Joseph should start and get a nice boost while Aaron Holiday would likely back him up. If both Collison and Joseph happen to miss, it becomes a great spot for all of Victor Oladipo, Tyreke Evans, and Holiday.
– Robert Covington is OUT
– Jeff Teague is Q Teague is IN
– Derrick Rose is PROBABLE
NOTES: If Teague misses, Rose would likely start and he'd become a very interesting play. Tyus Jones would likely take on more minutes off the bench while Josh Okogie would have minutes upside. If for some reason both Teague and Rose miss, Jones and Okogie would be in line for huge minutes.
– Nerlens Noel is OUT
– Alex Abrines is Q
Notes: Terrence Ferguson has been starting and getting a bunch of minutes with Abrines out. If Abrines returns, it would likely ruin his value. Patrick Patterson has picked up some extra run off the bench with Noel out.
– Kent Bazemore is OUT
– Miles Plumlee is OUT
– Jeremy Lin is DOUBTFUL Lin is OUT
– DeWayne Dedmon is DOUBTFUL Dedmon is OUT
– Taurean Prince is PROBABLE Prince is IN. He's on a 15-minute limit.
– John Collins is PROBABLE Collins is IN
NOTES: The Hawks surprisingly used a tight rotation with Dedmon out last game, playing all five starters 30+ minutes in a regulation game. Lin saw 26 minutes off the bench. Prince came off the bench and played just 11 minutes in his first game back from a long layoff. I'd expect him to begin to chip away at Deandre' Bembry's minutes going forward. Omari Spellman started in place of Dedmon last game and played well in 30 minutes. I'd assume he'd see the start again here if Dedmon misses but no guarantees. The Hawks could potentially use Alex Len to match up against Steven Adams. If Lin is out, it should help Trae Young's minutes upside and I'd expect Tyler Dorsey to see more run off the bench, but the Hawks have a few ways they could go with Justin Anderson and Daniel Hamilton available as well. Kevin Huerter has averaged 38 MPG over his past seven games and I'd expect something similar tonight which makes him appealing for cash.
EDIT: Spellman is starting again. Jaylen Adams is expected to take the backup PG minutes with Lin out.
– Josh Richardson is PROBABLE
NOTES: He's been having some issues with knee tendinitis which could potentially limit his minutes upside or make him one of the first off the court for the Heat if this one starts getting ugly.
– Giannis is PROBABLE
NOTES: Obviously, just monitor this situation. Every starter gets a boost if Giannis is unexpectedly out with Ersan Ilyasova making for an outstanding value.
– Gary Harris is Q
– Trey Lyles is Q
NOTES: Harris has now missed four in a row and Malik Beasley has been playing big minutes while Monte Morris has been getting 25-30 mins off the bench. Torrey Craig continues to start but has taken a hit in minutes the past couple games with Will Barton back and Juancho Hernangomez still getting a handful of minutes off the bench. Barton has played 16 and 14 minutes the last two and I'd expect, given the nature of his injury and how long he was out, that the Nugeets will continue to bring him along slowly. If Harris returns, it hurts both Beasley and Morris significantly.
– LeBron James is OUT
– Rajon Rondo is OUT
NOTES: Another 23 FGAs for Kyle Kuzma last game. That's now 85 the past four games since returning from injury. The Lakers are coming off an absolutely horrendous loss at home to the Cavs, a game in which the Lakers rode Kuzma and Brandon Ingram for heavy minutes. I do expect Michael Beasley to get more than the seven minutes he saw in the last one after putting together a couple decent games the last couple game previous.
EDIT: So after the Lakers's disastrous loss the other night, it looks like Luke Walton may make a change to the starting lineup. Stay tuned for that.