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Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) will miss a fifth consecutive game Saturday versus Portland. He's recovering from a hamstring strain, and muscle injuries are notoriously tricky to overcome, so it's not fully clear when the Finnish forward will be ready for action again. Simone Fontecchio has broken into the starting unit following Markkanen's injury and should continue to benefit from the situation on Saturday. He's posted 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as a starter.
Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs (groin) is not listed on the injury report, indicating his availability for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers. The 22-year-old was ruled out late before the team's last game before the All-Star break but appears ready to play as the season resumes. With Markelle Fultz (knee) sidelined, Suggs may see a slight increase in usage, providing an opportunity for him to further showcase his skills. So far this season, Suggs has been averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game.
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 25-year-old missed the Magic's final game before the All-Star break and will continue to sit out as he manages his knee injury at the start of the stretch run. With Gary Harris (calf) also unavailable, Cole Anthony and Joe Ingles are expected to take on larger roles in Fultz's absence. Fultz has been averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 24 minutes per game this season.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (illness) is currently listed as questionable for the team's upcoming game against the Orlando Magic tomorrow. Despite playing 14 minutes and scoring 16 points in the All-Star Game, the 27-year-old might sit out Cleveland's first game after the break due to illness. Should Mitchell be unable to play, Caris LeVert is expected to see a significant increase in minutes, while Darius Garland is likely to experience a notable uptick in usage. Mitchell has been averaging 28.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in 35.5 minutes per game this season.
Detroit Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart (ankle) is currently listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Indiana Pacers. The 22-year-old has been sidelined for the past eight games due to an ankle injury and remains uncertain for the first game after the break. Initially expected to return for the stretch run, the team may choose to grant him additional time for full recovery. In the event Stewart is unable to play on Thursday, Simone Fontecchio is poised to see a significant increase in both minutes and usage. Stewart holds season averages of 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 30.6 minutes per game.
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (knee) is probable for Thursday night against Indiana. The designation is nothing for fantasy managers to be alarmed by, considering he's been on the injury report since returning from a lengthy absence caused by a knee injury. Of course, anything can happen, so Cunningham could miss this one. If that's the case, Jaden Ivey will likely see an uptick in usage and interest from DFS managers. At the same time, Marcus Sasser could be worth starting in most fantasy setups if Cunningham isn't available.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Nicolas Batum (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Knicks at home. The 35-year-old hasn't played since January 29th, but he participated in practice before the All-Star break and again on Wednesday without any limitations. Head coach Nick Nurse suggested the veteran is probable to make his return, barring any setbacks during pregame warmups. Batum holds averages of 5.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 25.5 minutes per game this season.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (hip) is not listed on the injury report, indicating he should be available for Thursday's home game against the Knicks. The 31-year-old returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the team's final two games before the All-Star break. Notably, over his last five games, Harris has maintained a 50 percent shooting accuracy from the floor. Additionally, his usage rate increases by almost four percent when Joel Embiid is off the floor. In games without Embiid, Harris has been averaging 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 34.4 minutes per game.
Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (back) is questionable for Thursday's game against the visiting Pistons. The 23-year-old missed the Pacers' three games entering the All-Star break because of back spasms, so hopefully, the extra time off allowed him time to get things right. Smith has averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds this season, so he's worthy of starting consideration in some fantasy setups. However, if he doesn't return versus Detroit, Isaiah Jackson should benefit. That said, Jackson will have a tough time doing anything meaningful for fantasy managers with Myles Turner (illness) off the injury report for Thursday.
Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith (ankle) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons. The 24-year-old sustained the injury in the team's last game before the All-Star break against the Raptors. Fortunately, the injury is not as severe as initially feared, but Nesmith is still expected to miss some time, although it shouldn't sideline him for an extended period. T.J. McConnell and Bennedict Mathurin will likely see increased minutes until his return. Nesmith has been averaging 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 27.1 minutes per game this year.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (illness) was absent from the team's practice on Wednesday, and his status remains uncertain for the Pelicans' game at home against the Rockets on Thursday. If Ingram is unable to play, Trey Murphy and Jordan Hawkins are the most probable candidates to see an uptick in minutes. Additionally, C.J. McCollum and Zion Williamson typically see the biggest increase in overall usage when Ingram is sidelined. This season, Ingram has been averaging 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 33.4 minutes per game.