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  • Jason Kidd said that the Mavs’ starting center job is “up for grabs” and that he “will start [Dereck] Lively with the big group and see how that goes.”
    There were reports early on that suggested that Lively would be more of a long-term project, but it appears that he has improved greatly over the last few weeks. He’ll compete with Richaun Holmes and Dwight Powell for the starting role, with Powell being the incumbent starter. He started in 64 of his 76 appearances, though he played just 19.2 minutes per game. Lively could end up as one of the best bigs in fantasy hoops if he were to secure the starting job.
  • CHA Point Guard #1
    The Hornets announced Thursday that LaMelo Ball (right ankle sprain) will be re-evaluated in one week.
    Ball was injured during the Hornets’ November 26 game against the Magic, with a recent MRI confirming the sprain. It was reported on November 28 that Ball suffered a “serious sprain” of the ankle and will be sidelined for an extended period. Just how long he’ll have to sit won’t truly be known until he’s re-evaluated on December 7.
  • PHX Small Forward #25
    Nassir Little (personal reasons) is not on the injury report for Friday’s game against the Nuggets.
    Little was not available for Wednesday’s game in Toronto due to the birth of his child. He’ll be back on Friday and in the rotation. However, it’s unlikely that Little gets the minutes needed to be of value in most fantasy leagues.
  • CHI Point Guard #12
    Chicago will start Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic against the Bucks on Thursday.
    Caruso and Dosunmu will start in place of Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, which takes away a lot of Chicago’s offense. White and Vucevic should be in for big scoring nights as they taken on a larger offensive workload.
  • MIN Small Forward #23
    The Timberwolves will start Mike Conley, Troy Brown Jr., Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert against the Jazz on Thursday.
    After starring late in the game on Tuesday to help Minnesota pull off a win after Anthony Edwards went down, Brown Jr. has been rewarded with a starting nod. Chris Finch said that Edwards could be back as early as Saturday, so this could just be a one-game start for Brown Jr. There is optimism that he could have a solid performance after he scored 17 points in 21 minutes on Tuesday, but that isn’t guaranteed.
  • PHX Shooting Guard #8
    Grayson Allen (illness) is not on the injury report for Friday’s game against the Nuggets.
    Allen should be back in action after missing the last two games due to illness. With Devin Booker (ankle) listed as questionable for Friday’s game, Allen’s transition back into the starting lineup would be simple if the Suns star cannot play. But if Booker does give it a go, Josh Okogie would be relegated to the bench.
  • PHX Shooting Guard #1
    Devin Booker (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play on Friday against Denver.
    Despite reports that Booker is not expected to play on Friday, the team has decided to list him as questionable. However, managers should be prepared to not have him in the lineup. Grayson Allen (illness) is no longer on the injury report and should start in place of Book.
  • CHI Small Forward #11
    DeMar DeRozan (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Bucks.
    DeRozan joins Zach LaVine (right foot soreness) on the sideline for Thursday’s game. Those absences will boost the usage of multiple players, most notably Nikola Vucevic, Coby White, and Patrick Williams. With there being another opening in the starting lineup, either Ayo Dosunmu or Torrey Craig will be the next man up.
  • LAL Small Forward #23
    LeBron James (left calf contusion) and Anthony Davis (left hip/groin spasm) are available for Thursday’s game against the Thunder.
    This was the expected outcome, as James was initially questionable for Thursday’s game and Davis probable. They’ll be joined in the starting lineup by D’Angelo Russell, Max Christie (starting for Cam Reddish), and Taurean Prince.
  • LAL Small Forward #5
    Cam Reddish (right groin soreness) has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Thunder.
    Reddish will sit out the second game of the Lakers’ road back-to-back, which means a return to the starting lineup for Max Christie. The second-year wing offers limited streaming value as a spot starter, so fantasy managers shouldn’t feel obligated to pick him up.
  • DET Point Guard #7
    Killian Hayes, Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Livers, Isaiah Stewart, and Jalen Duren will start Thursday’s game against the Knicks.
    With his team losing 15 straight games, Pistons coach Monty Williams is searching for a spark. So he’s changed things up with the starting lineup. Hayes and Livers are in, while Jaden Ivey and Ausar Thompson will come off the bench. Of the two demoted players, Thompson’s defensive production gives him a better shot at retaining his fantasy value.