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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won't play on Monday against New Orleans after entering COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The veteran has also been dealing with a thigh issue, and he is now in line to miss his fourth consecutive outing. As a result, Dennis Schroder will likely take his place once again, with the journeyman averaging 18.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds across 22 starts this year. Schroder should warrant consideration in all fantasy formats, although his shoddy shooting percentages can negatively affect category managers.
Forward Miles Bridges will be getting plenty of attention during free agency over the summer, with the Portland Trail Blazers rumored to be the latest team looking to acquire his services. The 24-year-old easily had the best season of his career in 2021-22, finishing with averages of 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. However, because he'll be a restricted free agent, the Hornets will have a chance to match any offers heading his way, which is expected given how well he played last year. Nonetheless, regardless of where he is playing this season, he'll continue to see plenty of interest from the fantasy community, and rightfully so.
Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown will unquestionably command some serious cash when free agency begins. He finished the 2021-22 season by averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals. But he played even better throughout his 45 appearances in the starting lineup. Based on Brown's efficient play, he'll probably draw plenty of interest over the summer. Without a doubt, Brooklyn would love to keep him on the roster. However, another Atlantic division team, the Boston Celtics, may have the 25-year-old on their radar. One thing is certain: Regardless of where Brown plays this year, he should continue to have a prominent role in any rotation. He likely won't be a consistent starter. But because many casual fans don't know Brown as well as others in the league, he could be a steal for fantasy managers toward the middle rounds of drafts.
Brooklyn Nets forward/center Nicolas Claxton is coming off the best season of his young career. He finished the 2021-22 campaign by averaging 8.7 points, 5.6 boards, and 1.1 blocks. Still, with free agency on the horizon, the 23-year-old could find himself on another team this upcoming season. However, the Nets appear determined to match any offers for Claxton, who is a restricted free agent. While the former Georgia Bulldog hasn't been the most consistent option for Brooklyn, the team is still looking to keep him moving ahead, especially considering how much he's developed playing alongside Kevin Durant. Nonetheless, Claxton could see a regular role in the starting lineup this season, but for fantasy managers to benefit, he'll need to stay healthy, which has been a problem.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke finished the regular season by averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 boards, and 1.1 blocks. He played even better during the postseason, filling in admirably when needed. However, the 24-year-old, who is eligible for a rookie contract extension over the summer, is hoping to improve in one area specifically, his three-point shooting percentage. Clarke has been miserable in that area throughout his career, draining only 29.4% of his attempts, including a hideous 22.7% during the 2021-22 campaign. He has a chance to establish a more prominent role in the rotation this season. Yet, unless Clarke receives consistent playing time and works on his accuracy from behind the arc, it will lower his fantasy attractiveness, especially for managers in category formats.
Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent (hamstring) is questionable for Monday's playoff battle versus Boston. He remains plagued by a nagging left hamstring strain. However, the injury is nothing new, so it's more than likely he'll be available for Game 4. But if Kyle Lowry (hamstring) plays, Vincent can be omitted from DFS consideration.
Miami Heat forward P.J. Tucker (knee) is questionable for Monday's playoff showdown with Boston. After spending weeks on the injury report because of a calf strain, the veteran is now suffering from left knee irritation. However, it didn't slow Tucker down in Game 3, as the veteran undoubtedly exceeded his DFS value by finishing with 17 points, seven boards, three steals, and a block. It's unlikely he'll miss Game 4. However, Markieff Morris could see some action if he does.
Miami Heat guard Max Strus (hamstring) is questionable for Monday's postseason meeting with the Boston Celtics. This ailment is nothing new, so the questionable tag should be taken with a grain of slate. With Jimmy Butler (knee) and Kyle Lowry (hamstring) uncertain for Game 4, Strus may see a substantial bump in production. However, even if Butler and Lowry can suit up, Strus still warrants DFS consideration based on how well he's played throughout the playoffs.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (neck) will likely suit up for Game 4 against Miami. Tatum took a hard fall on Saturday night and briefly lost feeling in his arm. However, the 24-year-old eventually made his way back, although his presence didn't make a difference. Head coach Ime Udoka didn't seem concerned about his availability, so DFS managers should consider the recent probable designation as his unofficial green light for Monday night. Still, even with Tatum on the floor, there's a chance the ailment could limit his productivity to some degree.
Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (hamstring) is back on the injury report leading up to Monday's postseason meeting versus Boston. Unsurprisingly, Lowry is questionable because of a nagging left hamstring strain, the same one he's been dealing with since suffering the ailment during the series with Atlanta. Nonetheless, based on how the veteran looked in Game 3 on Saturday night, there's a chance he may miss another one. If that's the case, Gabe Vincent will probably slide back into the starting rotation.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (knee) is questionable for the upcoming postseason showdown versus Miami. Williams has been dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee, resulting in a recent absence for Game 3 on Saturday. Nevertheless, if the 24-year-old isn't healthy enough to give it a go, Grant Williams will likely continue to benefit the most.