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Boston Celtics center Al Horford (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. The veteran big man is sitting out due to back stiffness, but really it's a rest day for Horford. The Celtics don't want to push Horford too hard after he played during Friday's contest. His absence will mean increased run for Grant Williams, Luke Kornet, and Blake Griffin. Between the three of them, Williams has the highest upside and appears to be the best streaming option.
Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) won't play on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. He's battled Achilles soreness on and off over the last few seasons, so he could be back on Saturday versus the Utah Jazz. Boston will also be without Payton Pritchard (heel), so Derrick White may see more work than usual.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (hip) will suit up for Friday's clash in Portland. Tatum had been listed as questionable because of a left hip contusion. However, he's good to go. The C's will also have Jaylen Brown (face) and Marcus Smart (illness) in the lineup, so all three players could thrive against a Portland team that has struggled defensively in 2022-23.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (illness) will play in Friday's meeting with Portland. Jayson Tatum (hip) and Jaylen Brown (face) are also good to go, so the Celtics will have their top three players available for this one. With that said, Smart has struggled of late, amassing 11 points or less in each of his last five games. However, the 29-year-old should be starting in every fantasy lineup, especially considering the Trail Blazer's struggles on the defensive end this season.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (hip) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The superstar forward suffered a left hip contusion after taking a hard fall during Wednesday's contest. The organization is likely going to wait until closer to game time before making a final decision on Tatum. That being said, fantasy managers will have to check back for another update on Friday. The Celtics would likely use a committee approach with Grant Williams, Blake Griffin, and Al Horford if Tatum sits out.