Josh Hart
Lakers' Josh Hart: Active Friday
Josh Hart, G, LAL
7:58 PM
News: Hart (Achilles) is listed as active for Friday's game against the Suns, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.

After leaving Monday's practice with a Achilles bursitis, Hart was was sidelined for Thursday's season opening loss to the Clippers. However, the injury was apparently not all that serious, as he is set to suit up Friday. Regardless, he does not figure to crack the rotation.

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Elfrid Payton
Magic's Elfrid Payton: Injures hamstring, will not return
Elfrid Payton, G, ORL
7:52 PM
News: Payton will not return to Friday's matchup against the Nets after injuring his hamstring.

Payton had accumulated four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3PT), one rebound, four assists, and a steal across 14 minutes before sustaining the injury in the second quarter. Both the severity of the issue, as well as his status for Saturday's matchup against the Cavaliers are unknown at this time. D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack figure to see increased time running point while Payton is sidelined.

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J.J. Barea
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Will start Friday
J.J. Barea, G, DAL
7:26 PM
News: Barea will start at point guard for Friday's contest against the Kings.

With Dennis Smith (knee) a late scratch, Barea will slide into the starting unit. He played well off the bench in the team's season opener, providing 13 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, and three rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench, and figures to see an increased workload Friday. He and Yogi Ferrell are the only two healthy point guards on the roster, rendering him an intriguing DFS play.

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Eric Bledsoe
Suns' Eric Bledsoe: Will play Friday
Eric Bledsoe, G, PHO
7:00 PM
News: Bledsoe (ankle) will play during Friday's game against the Lakers, Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic reports.

There were question marks surrounding Bledsoe's status for Friday after he twisted his ankle Wednesday, but Bledsoe himself noted that he will be available against the Lakers. He had an underwhelming debut, posting 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 29 minutes.

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Dennis Smith Jr.
Mavericks' Dennis Smith: Out Friday with knee effusion
Dennis Smith Jr., G, DAL
6:37 PM
News: Smith will not play during Friday's game against the Kings due to a left knee effusion, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks official website reports.

There was no indication Smith would be in danger of missing Friday's game before this news. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but it's giving him enough discomfort to prevent him from playing Friday. As a result, Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea will probably see extended run.

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Rodney Hood
Jazz's Rodney Hood: In starting lineup
Rodney Hood, G, UTA
6:32 PM
News: Hood (illness) is set to start at shooting guard in Friday's tilt against the Timberwolves.

Hood was dealing with a stomach bug during Wednesday's season opener, and came off the bench as a result. He logged just 18 minutes in the contest, while rookie Donovan Mitchell saw 26. Given his starting role Wednesday, Hood figures to take on a heavier workload in Minnesota.

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Devin Harris
Mavericks' Devin Harris: Won't play Friday
Devin Harris, G, DAL
5:57 PM
News: Harris will not play during Friday's game against the Kings due to the death of his brother, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Coach Carlisle told Harris to take all the time he needs. J.J. Barea seems most likely to absorb Harris' minutes in the meantime.

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Allen Crabbe
Nets' Allen Crabbe: Starting at two-guard
Allen Crabbe, G, BKN
5:52 PM
News: Crabbe will move into the starting lineup Friday against the Magic, Tom Lorenzo of Nets Daily reports.

Crabbe came off the bench in Wednesday's season opener, but with Jeremy Lin lost for the year with a torn patella tendon, the offseason acquisition will move into the backcourt alongside D'Angelo Russell. In 27 minutes Wednesday, Crabbe finished with 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3PT), seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. With increased opportunity, the 25-year-old could be a valuable three-point contributor in fantasy leagues.

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CJ McCollum
Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum: Starting Friday vs. Pacers
CJ McCollum, G, POR
5:21 PM
News: McCollum will start at shooting guard Friday against the Pacers, Jason Quick of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

McCollum was suspended for the Blazers' opener Wednesday in Phoenix stemming from an altercation during the preseason. As expected, he'll be back in full capacity Friday and will occupy his usual spot next to Damian Lillard in the backcourt.

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Marcus Smart
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Officially ruled out vs. Sixers
Marcus Smart, G, BOS
4:46 PM
News: Smart (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

Smart's absence doesn't come as a shock, as the guard was considered doubtful to play Friday morning after he missed shootaround. Coach Brad Stevens has elected to go with a bigger starting lineup in Smart's absence, starting Aron Baynes at center, but Terry Rozier should see some extended minutes off the bench still. Smart's next opportunity to play will be Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

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