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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (elbow) will make his return to the court on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. He was expected to miss 2-3 weeks of action, but easily beat that timetable. The Cavs could certainly use his help with the roster being banged up with injuries. However, the Cavs are likely to limit Okoro during his first game back. He should get plenty of minutes once he's back to full speed. However, this is likely a wait-and-see type of situation in most fantasy formats.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (illness) has been downgraded to out for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He was expected to play, but will sit this one out due to a non-COVID related illness. The Pelicans are missing multiple key players, so the Nuggets appear to be playing it safe here. Austin Rivers has been hot recently and should continue seeing an increased workload. He's worth a look as a streaming option or possibly a sneaky DFS choice for Friday's slate.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (ankle) is expected to play during Friday's game, according to head coach Rick Carlisle. Sabonis has missed each of the last four games, but it sounds like he'll return against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. However, the Pacers are likely going to wait until pregame warmups before officially committing to Sabonis suiting up. His return should mean a decrease in value for Goga Bitadze. Although, Myles Turner (foot) is still out, so Bitadze should still have a role. It's uncertain if Sabonis is going to be limited or not during his first game back. Fantasy managers in season long formats should feel safe sliding him back into their lineups. Although, he could be a risky DFS option for Friday's slate.
Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (back) will be available for Friday's game against the Boston Celtics. He was listed as questionable coming into this game, but managed to play during their last contest as well. Danilo Gallinari (eye) will be on the court as well during Friday's game. That means, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Lou Williams could lose some streaming and DFS appeal. However, Bogdanovic should be able to continue having success, but it depends on how many minutes he plays on Friday. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Hunter or Gallinari to be limited for this game.
Charlotte Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Miami Heat. It's a shame that Oubre won't get to follow up his 39-point performance on Wednesday. However, he should be back soon and fantasy managers should monitor him in fantasy formats. Oubre appears to be heating up, so now might be the best time to snag him. Cody Martin should get increased playing time with Oubre sidelined here. However, he's not exactly a strong fantasy option and can be ignored in most formats.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (ankle) and center Jonas Valanciunas (illness) have been ruled out for Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Ingram will miss his third game in a row here as he continues to deal with a right ankle sprain. Valanciunas will miss his second game in a row due to a non-COVID related illness. Willy Hernangomez is expected to start at center. He'll have strong streaming appeal and sneaky DFS value after his solid outing on Thursday. Herbert Jones and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will continue to have increased roles with Ingram out. Both are possible streaming choices or DFS candidates for Friday's slate.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (knee) and center Anthony Davis (wrist) have been ruled out for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. James sat out last game due to this knee issue and he'll miss at least one more game. Davis suffered a wrist injury last game, but managed to play through the issue. However, he'll sit this one out, but hopefully won't miss more than just one game. In the meantime, Russell Westbrook (knee) has been cleared to play and will see his usage skyrocket. Dwight Howard should start at center, but will only have low-end streaming appeal. Talen Horton-Tucker and Carmelo Anthony should have increased usage and minutes here. Both could be possible streaming options with the Lakers limited here.
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (toe) will warm up with the intention to play on Friday, according to head coach Erik Spoelstra. Butler is coming off a strong game last time out, so hopefully he can continue that here against the Los Angeles Clippers. Fantasy managers can go ahead and move Butler into their starting lineups until further notice. Caleb Martin won't see as big of a role anymore and Max Strus could lose some value as well, assuming Butler plays.
Houston Rockets center Christian Wood (head) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Wood is reportedly dealing with a migraine, so the team might wait until pregame warmups to make a final decision. Alperen Sengun has been playing well for the Rockets this season and continues to gain momentum. He's worth snagging in most fantasy formats, assuming he's still available. Sengun would have an increased role and plenty of fantasy value with Wood sidelined here. Daniel Theis could see a few more minutes, but Sengun would be the biggest winner.
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (hamstring) was able to get through practice on Friday. Head coach Steve Nash confirmed that Harden will be available for Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Kyrie Irving (personal) will remain out, which means Harden will be the primary ball-handler for Saturday's game. The absence of Irving should give Harden a boost in fantasy value. James Johnson should head back to the bench and lose most of his streaming appeal. Harden is looking like a strong DFS option for Saturday's slate.
Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis (wrist) and guard Russell Westbrook (knee) are listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. Davis injured his wrist during Thursday's game and briefly checked out of the game. Luckily, he returned and continued to play well, but apparently the wrist issue is still bothering him. Dwight Howard would be asked to start if Davis sits out. However, he's nothing more than a low-end streaming option. Westbrook appears to be dealing with right knee soreness, so we'll see if he plays or is limited at all. LeBron James (knee) normally would see a spike in usage, but is questionable as well. Austin Reaves and Talen Horton-Tucker could see increased playmaking abilities if Westbrook is out. Horton-Tucker is looking like a strong streaming choice with the Lakers banged up. However, fantasy managers should check back before game-time to see the final decision on Davis and Westbrook.