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Damian Lillard's Shooting Woes Continue In Loss

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard connected on just four of 15 shots to score only 13 points in the 24-point loss to the Rockets on Monday. Lillard did salvage his line with 11 assists and six rebounds but did have four turnovers in 35 minutes of action. After his smoking hot start, Lillard has hit a wall and is shooting just 21.7% from the floor and 18.2% from three while averaging just 14.7 points in his previous three games. We know this funk won't last much longer, so hang in there owners.

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Malcolm Brogdon Returns To Practice

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (illness) went through his first practice on Wednesday since testing positive for COVID-19. He recovered from the virus a week ago and has reportedly looked good since then. His conditioning will be the biggest issue for Brogdon, but the team doesn't seem too concerned. Victor Oladipo is leaning toward playing during the restart, so that'll mean the team will be almost at full strength. Brogdon was playing extremely well before the shutdown. He should continue to have reliable DFS value during the restart.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Needs To Be Mentally Ready

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) recently mentioned that he needs to be mentally right to return for the upcoming NBA restart. "I'm more 90% mental, 10% physical," Oubre said. Oubre has been 100 percent cleared by the medical staff and head coach Monty Williams has seen encouraging signs during practice. The organization has not officially ruled out Oubre for the restart, so we'll see if he feels ready in time to play. It sounds like he's doing better, but is fantasy value will likely be limited. Williams mentioned earlier during the shutdown that he plans to somewhat limit his starters during the restart. Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, and Dario Saric would benefit if Oubre sits out. Bridges would be the best DFS option out of the bunch.

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Kemba Walker Sits Out Wednesday's Practice

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (knee) sat out of practice for the second time this week. Theyve got him on a one-day off, one-day on plan, said head coach Brad Stevens. Walker experienced soreness in his left knee when he went through individual workouts. The team has already mentioned that they plan to limit Walker during the restart. They hope to get him get to full health by the start of the playoffs. It's unclear whether or not Walker will actually get 100 percent healthy in time for the postseason. His fantasy value will take a hit while he's banged up and limited.

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Alex Caruso Expected To Have Bigger Role

Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso is expected to have a fairly significant role in the rotation during the upcoming NBA restart. He mentioned that he'll likely have increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rajon Rondo (thumb) sidelined. Caruso, Dion Waiters, and J.R. Smith are all expected to see more minutes without Rondo available. It sounds like Caruso is going to benefit the most, but he won't be a great DFS option. He's averaging 5.4 points over 17.8 minutes per game this season. He'll be a low-cost DFS option for smaller slates.

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Victor Oladipo Leaning Toward Playing During Restart

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (knee) recently announced that he was going to sit out of the upcoming restart, but it seems he has changed his mind. The star shooting guard is now leaning toward playing during the restart later this month. He had some strong practices and is fully participating in 5-of-5 scrimmages. It's not official that he is playing, so we'll have to wait and see. Aaron Holiday, Justin Holiday, and T.J. McConnell will all lose playing time and value if Oladipo returns.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Expected To Join Starting Five

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is reportedly expected to take over Avery Bradley's spot in the starting five. Bradley decided to opt out of the upcoming NBA restart. On Monday, Rajon Rondo (thumb) was injured and is expected to undergo surgery and miss at least a month of action. The team has Alex Caruso, J.R. Smith, and Dion Waiters as depth at the guard spot. The Lakers were 17-3 when Caldwell-Pope started over Bradley. Hopefully the success continues during the restart. Caldwell-Pope should have decent DFS value while in the starting five.

Edmond Sumner Says Time Off Has Helped His Health

Indiana Pacers guard Edmond Sumner (knee) mentioned that he has been dealing with nagging injuries since his final season in college. However, he says that the time off during the shutdown has given him a chance to rest and recover. "This is probably the best Ive felt, especially [with my] knee, Sumner said. He has played well in a limited role with the team this season, but probably won't have a huge impact down the stretch. It appears Victor Oladipo is leaning towards playing during the restart, which will basically kill any fantasy value that Sumner would've gained. However, he is someone to monitor if case a guard or two goes down.

Kawhi Leonard Says He's Feeling Good

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard says he's feeling good and ready to begin the NBA restart in Orlando. You know, was able to work out, get strong and prepare for this moment now that were in," says Leonard. He'll be an important part to the Clippers championship dreams, so he'll likely see a lighter workload until the playoffs start. The team may decide to rest him for a game or two as well. Paul George and Lou Williams are going to benefit the most when Leonard isn't available. However, it appears Leonard is healthy and ready to go after another title.

Michael Beasley Tests Positive For COVID-19

Brooklyn Nets forward Michael Beasley has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and was sent home to self-quarantine. Beasley recently signed with the team to hopefully fill the void left by some of the players opting out. However, his chances of playing during the NBA restart are getting slim. Rodions Kurucs and Joe Harris could be looking at significant playing time. Both could be valuable DFS options if given heavy minutes in the rotation.

Eric Gordon Looking Good During Recent Practices

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (knee) is reportedly looking good in each of his first two practices, according to head coach Mike D'Antoni. "He hasn't missed a rep. Looks good. Shooting the ball extremely well," says D'Antoni. Gordon has been bothered by knee issues throughout this season. Gordon mentioned recently that he feels like his knee issues are finally behind him. He could have some cheap DFS value alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

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