Nuggets' Darrell Arhtur out for Monday against the Hornets
by Brandon Wise |
(6:44 pm ET) Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur will not play Monday against the Hornets due to a leg injury. 

Arthur was considered doubtful heading into the game after missing Saturday's game against the Pacers.

Arthur is averaging 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Grizzlies rule out Zach Randolph, Tony Allen for Monday night
by Larry Hartstein |
(6:43 pm ET) Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (knee) and shooting guard Tony Allen (eye) won't play Tuesday night against the Jazz, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Randolph is missing his second straight game, while Allen is missing his fourth straight.

Memphis, an 8-point favorite over Utah, won't play again until hosting the Rockets on Friday.

Bulls' Thibodeau says Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson will play Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:41 pm ET) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson will both play Monday against the Raptors. Rose and Gibson were both listed as probable heading into the matchup with Toronto.

The Bulls are 4-point favorites against the Raptors Monday.

Trail Blazers to be without LaMarcus Aldridge for Monday
by Brandon Wise |
(6:31 pm ET) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockets with an upper respiratory illness, the team has announced.

Aldridge has not missed any games prior to Monday with the illness. Thomas Robinson will likely play in Aldridge's place.

The Trail Blazers are 2-point underdogs heading into their game against the Rockets. 

Kings list Casspi, Cousins, Evans, Sessions as probable Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5:45 pm ET) The Kings listed Omri Casspi (left knee bone contusion), DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis), Reggie Evans (hip contusion) and Ramon Sessions (lower back strain) as probable for Monday’s game at Golden State.

The Kings are 11 1/2-point underdogs.

Report: Hawks recall Adreian Payne from NBADL
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(3:41 pm ET) The Hawks recalled forward Adreian Payne from the NBA Development League on Monday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Payne has not appeared in a game for the Hawks this season.

Report: Rockets appear to be leader for Josh Smith
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(3:09 pm ET) Sources indicated the Houston Rockets are the front-runners to land forward Josh Smith, reports Yahoo Sports.

Smith was waived by the Pistons on Monday and is expected to clear waivers on Wendesday. If he clears waivers, Smith would be free to sign with any team.

The Rockets tried to lure Smith to the team when he was a free agent in 2013. Smith is also reportedly good friends with Rockets center Dwight Howard.

In addition to the Rockets, the Heat, Mavericks, Kings and Clippers have expressed interest in signing Smith.

Bucks unsure if Ersan Ilyasova will play Tuesday
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(3:01 pm ET) After practicing Monday, Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova is nearing his return and is hoping to play Tuesday against the Hornets, reports Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Ilyasova has missed the last nine games with a broken nose. In 19 games, Illyasova is averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.

With forward Jabari Parker out for the season, Ilyasova could see an increased role upon his return.

Wizards forward Paul Pierce expects to play Tuesday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(2:48 pm ET) Despite missing practice Monday, Wizards forward Paul Pierce told the media he plans to play Tuesday against the Bulls, reports The Washington Post.

Pierce missed Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves with a toe injury, but was able to play in the next two games.

The Wizards are 3 1/2-point favorites.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant will be game-time decision Tuesday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(2:38 pm ET) Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters Monday forward Kevin Durant will be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game against the Trail Blazers, reports

Durant has missed the last two games after suffering a sprained ankle during Thursday’s loss to the Warriors and was not able to practice Monday.

Forward Perry Jones has replaced Durant in the starting lineup the last two games and averaged 6.0 points in those two starts.

The Thunder are 1 1/2–point favorites.

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