Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic: Out Saturday
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(7:04 pm ET) Pekovic (foot) has been ruled out Saturday against the Bulls.

He has missed the last three games with a foot injury, and even prior to the injury he was playing fewer than 15 minutes per game. Developing players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, both of whom are already better two-way players than Pekovic, will be the team's primary focus going forward. His next chance to play will be Monday against the Pelicans.


Wizards' Nene Hilario: Out Saturday
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(6:48 pm ET) Hilario (left calf tightness) has been ruled out Saturday against the Hornets.

Hilario has not been the model of health over his career, and he will miss a second straight game with this minor ailment. Jared Dudley will get the start at the four in a small-ball lineup. His next chance to return to action will be Tuesday in New York.


Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov: Starting Saturday
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(6:06 pm ET) Mozgov will start at center against the Pelicans on Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.

With Kevin Love (quad contusion) out, Mozgov figures to approach 30 minutes Saturday, making him a solid option in daily leagues. The Love injury doesn't seem very serious, so Mozgov's spike in value could be short lived.


Wizards' Nene Hilario: Game-time decision Saturday
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(5:48 pm ET) Hilario (calf) is a game-time decision Saturday against the Hornets.

He missed the Wizards' last game with the calf issue, but only saw 17-19 minutes in the three previous games, so there is limited upside if he is cleared to play. Jared Dudley figures to see a good chunk of the minutes at the four on Saturday, regardless of Hilario's status.


Pacers' Ian Mahinmi: Will start Saturday
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(5:26 pm ET) Mahinmi (back) will start Saturday's game against the Pistons.

He missed four games with the back ailment, but with Andre Drummond on the docket Saturday night, Mahinmi will return at the perfect time, and without a minutes cap. Look for Jordan Hill, Myles Turner and Lavoy Allen to all see fewer minutes as a result.


Hawks' Tiago Splitter: Ruled out for Sunday
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(3:38 pm ET) Splitter (hip) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Magic, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reports.

Sunday will mark Splitter's fourth consecutive missed game as a result of a nagging hip injury. The Hawks will have two more games before the All-Star break following Sunday's matchup, so it's unclear at this point if they will take the cautious route and hold Splitter out until after the break.


Pacers' Ian Mahinmi: Questionable to play Saturday
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(12:38 pm ET) Mahinmi (back) is questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Pistons.

Mahinmi has missed the previous four games due to soreness in his back. His upgrade to questionable is certainly a good sign, but no guarantee that he will be able to suit up come game-time. When he does return it is unclear if he will resume taking on us usual workload due to how well Myles Turner and Jordan Hill have played in his absence. Indiana's frontcourt situation will need to be something to monitor. Expect an update on Mahinmi's status closer to tip-off.


Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Posts 15 points in Friday victory
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(11:44 am ET) Gobert posted 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, an assist, three blocks and five steals over 38 minutes in Friday's 84-81 victory over the Bucks.

The Stifle Tower made up for a couple of recent contests where opposing big men have uncharacteristically gotten the better of him, posting a season high in steals while recording multiple rejections for the third time in five games. Gobert has been refreshingly proficient on the scoreboard in the 15 contests he's played in since a month-plus absence due to a knee injury. He's managed 10 double-digit scoring performances over that span--including four straight--along with five double-doubles. Gobert is averaging a solid 14.3 points, 8.3 ebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 steals over three February contests.


Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Double-doubles in Friday win
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(10:26 am ET) Jokic posted 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 26 minutes in Friday's 110-105 victory over the Bulls.

The rookie managed his fourth double-double in five games despite running into serious foul trouble for the second consecutive contest, and eventually fouling out altogether with 1:41 to play. Even with Pau Gasol sitting out the contest for Chicago, Jokic endured a sluggish first half before coming on after intermission. If he can keep from getting whistled so frequently, the 20-year-old clearly has the potential to continue providing outstanding production on the scoreboard and the glass for fantasy owners in all formats.


Warriors' Festus Ezeli: Out until after All-Star break
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(8:46 am ET) Ezeli (knee) is unlikely to return to action until after the NBA All-Star break, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He has missed the previous four games because of the injury.

Ezeli's agent and the team will bring more doctors to examine the cartilage issue that has sidelined the third-year center, who is averaging 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. The Warriors' first game following the All-Star break is Feb. 19 at Portland.


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