Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) said he returned too soon from his injury and will miss Monday's game, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.
Insight: Crawford played just 10 minutes in his return Saturday after missing three games with a left calf strain. He said he needs to strengthen the calf before attempting another comeback. Darren Collison will continue to start after averaging 33.6 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 threes his last five games.
Description: Make it 23 games in a row with 20+ points for Blake Griffin after he had 27 Saturday in the Clippers' win over the Hawks.
Insight: Griffin has the Clippers record for most consecutive 20-point games. The power forward's game has soared to new heights this season and he has produced 26.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.9 apg and 1.1 spg over his last 39 games.
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan has 33 double-doubles in 64 games this season after putting up just 12 in 82 games last season.
Insight: Jordan leads the NBA with 13.9 rebounds per game and a .663 field-goal percentage. Andre Drummond is the next closest player in field-goal percentage and he's shooting 61.7 percent. Throw in 10.3 ppg, 2.4 bpg and 1.0 spg and you have yourself a top-15 fantasy center despite his putrid .457 free-throw percentage.
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic played 30 minutes and had 16 points, six rebounds, three triples and two steals Saturday in his first start since Jan. 22.
Insight: Antic missed six weeks due to a stress fracture in his ankle before returning off the bench on March 5. He has averaged 23.6 minutes, 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 threes in 11 games since becoming the starting center on Jan. 3. Elton Brand and Mike Scott both saw less than 20 minutes Saturday night.
Description: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has averaged 31.3 minutes, 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.2 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.7 blocks in six games since he returned from a broken hand.
Insight: Leonard had 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks Saturday against the Magic and is finally exhibiting the star play he displayed in the playoffs last season. Part of the problem before Leonard's injury was opportunity, as he averaged 28.6 minutes per game in his first 41 games.
Description: Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged just 6.4 ppg on .346 shooting his last 14 games.
Insight: Antetokounmpo's minutes have dipped to 22.6 per game over his last five games and he has scored single-digit points in four straight. The 19-year-old has loads of potential but won't realize it this season, especially when the Bucks are more concerned with getting minutes to Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters.
Description: Magic small forward Moe Harkless had 12 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes Saturday at San Antonio.
Insight: Harkless has received extended playing time lately due to injuries, first to Arron Afflalo and now to Victor Oladipo, and has averaged 36 minutes, 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.7 threes and 1.2 blocks in six games.
Description: Philadelphia point guard Michael Carter-Williams has made just 21-of-72 (.292) from the field over his last five games.
Insight: MCW's shooting percentage slipped under 40 percent for the season during this recent slump. He made just 2-of-13 from the field and had four points Saturday against the Jazz, though he did add nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals.
Description: Jazz center Enes Kanter had a 13-10 double-double Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The Jazz have given Kanter 26.6 minutes per game over his last 20 games and he has recorded 14.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg in that span. However, he doesn't provide much in the assist, block and steal categories.
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks has scored double-digit points in 14 straight games and 23 of his last 26.
Insight: Burks has been good for 16.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game over his last 26 games despite coming off the bench in 21 of them. He had 19 points (three threes), two assists and two steals Saturday against the Sixers.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire had 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 28 minutes Saturday at Cleveland.
Insight: The 31-year-old has averaged 26.6 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. It's only a matter of time before Stoudemire's knees start bothering him again, so enjoy this production while it lasts.
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes filled up the box score with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four threes, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes Saturday against the Knicks.
Insight: In nine games since joining the Cavaliers, Hawes has delivered 15.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.2 3pg, 2.1 apg and 1.3 bpg. Anderson Varejao returned from a 12-game absence Saturday, but he's expected to come off the bench indefinitely while he works his way back from multiple injuries.
Description: New York center Tyson Chandler has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 11 consecutive games.
Insight: Chandler produced up double-digit points in seven of those 11, including Saturday when he had 15 points and 11 boards at Cleveland. After missing a lot of time in the first half of the season due to a fractured leg, Chandler has quietly posted 10.3 ppg, 12.1 rpg and 1.3 bpg his last 25 games.
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic will start at center Saturday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Antic missed six weeks due to a stress fracture in his ankle before returning from the last two and averaging 16.5 minutes, 10 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 threes. This is shaping up to be a three-way split between Antic, Elton Brand and Mike Scott.
Description: Atlanta forward Paul Millsap (knee bruise) will start Saturday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: After missing five games with a bruised knee, Millsap returned Friday and played 24 minutes. He'll have no issue playing Saturday even though it's a back-to-back. Mike Scott and Darren Collison saw more playing time while Millsap was out.
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford (calf) will play Saturday against the Hawks, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Crawford (19.0 ppg) missed the last three games, and he'll come off the bench in his return after starting his last nine games. Crawford has averaged nine fewer minutes per game in his 37 games off the bench than in his 23 games as a starter. Los Angeles will stick with Darren Collison (19 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 3pg last four games) at shooting guard for now.
Description: Bucks PF/C Ekpe Udoh (knee) will not play Saturday, according to Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Udoh (3.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg) put up some shots prior to the game, but he isn't ready to return. He has played just one game (15 minutes) since late January due to a knee injury and isn't worth holding, especially with Jeff Adrien averaging 21.4 minutes, 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in seven games since he joined the Bucks.
Description: Washington G/F Martell Webster will play Saturday after missing the last two games due to back spams.
Insight: Webster averaged 32.9 minutes, 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 threes, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals over his first 22 games, but has generated just 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 treys, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals in 26.4 minutes per game his last 35.
Description: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play Saturday, according to the Wizards on Twitter.
Insight: Seraphin will miss his sixth straight game. Trevor Booker has been starting, but his playing time was cut down Wednesday to give more minutes to Drew Gooden, who had 12 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.
Description: Magic PF/C Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for a game Saturday against the Spurs, according to John Denton of orlandomagic.com.
Insight: The Magic are trying to match up with the Spurs by playing a big lineup. Tobias Harris will come off the bench and Moe Harkless will start at small forward with Victor Oladipo (sore ankle) out. O'Quinn has averaged 20.3 minutes, 8.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last eight games. Orlando will probably still find a way to get Harris 30 minutes Saturday.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is expected to play Saturday but only for one stint, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) missed the last 12 games due to back, knee and wrist injuries. The team acquired Spencer Hawes from the Sixers while Varejao was out and will continue to start him even after Varejao returns.
Description: Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey didn't play in the second half Friday night because interim coach John Loyer "just decided to" go with rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Insight: The Pistons continue to jerk Stuckey's minutes around, making him a frustrating player to own in fantasy. After averaging 28 minutes, 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists from Jan. 17 to Feb. 10, Stuckey has put up just 10.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.6 apg in 24.6 mpg his last 11 games.
Description: Memphis power forward James Johnson picked up a DNP-Coach's Decision Friday at Chicago.
Insight: He missed Monday's game with a sprained ankle and played just 14 minutes in his return to action on Wednesday. Johnson helped the Grizzlies on the wings when Tony Allen was out but he can be dropped in all leagues.
Description: Atlanta shooting guard Lou Williams did not play due to coach's decision Friday after playing just five minutes Wednesday. According to ajc.com, coach Mike Budenholzer opted for a bigger lineup Friday and Williams was not a part of it.
Insight: It's a curious time to bench Williams, as he had scored in double figures in seven straight games while averaging 14.4 ppg, 4.0 apg and 2.0 3pg prior to Wednesday's contest. His next longest streak of games with double-digit points this season is four.
Description: Portland small forward Nic Batum broke his nose during Friday's game, according to csnnw.com's Chris Hayes.
Insight: Portland is seeking a protective covering for Batum's face in advance of Sunday's game against the Rockets, Batum's agent said. He was able to play through the injury Friday but now that the Trail Blazers know his nose is broken they won't put him on the court without a mask.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (knee) said he likely will return to action Wednesday against the Cavaliers, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: He'll sit out at least two more games, adding to the 37 he's already missed due to a torn meniscus. Bledsoe averaged 33.5 minutes, 18 points and 5.8 assists before the injury and will reduce the fantasy value of both Goran Dragic and Gerald Green when he returns. However, all three players are still worth rostering in all leagues.
Description: Lakers center Pau Gasol (ankle) participated in practice Saturday and will play Sunday against the Thunder, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Gasol hurt his ankle Friday but X-rays were negative. Gasol had 27 points Friday, has scored at least 21 points in five straight games and averaged 21 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 bpg over his last 25.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended for one game for hitting Greg Stiemsma in the throat on Friday.
Insight: Mayo is averaging 11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg in a a nightmare season for the 26-year-old. They are the worst numbers of his career and he's having to endure it with a team that has won a league-worst 12 games.
Description: Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) is apparently targeting a Mar. 12 return, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) suffered an ankle sprain and has missed eight games. Dion Waiters, just back from injury himself, has looked good with additional minutes over the past two games.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao didn't play Friday against Charlotte, didn't even make the trip, so Saturday is also unlikely.
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries. Spencer Hawes Hawes is playing well with Cleveland averaging 14.7 points, 2.1 threes (53.6 percent from downtown), 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks in seven games and is worthy of fantasy consideration.
Description: Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza had another huge game Saturday at Milwaukee with 28 points, seven rebounds and five threes.
Insight: Ariza has had the benefit of playing three of the NBA's worst teams -- Philadelphia, Utah and Milwaukee -- in Washington's four games this month and has averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 triples, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals.
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was money Friday in a win against the Bucks.
Insight: Friday featured one of Davis' more robust stat lines of the season: 29 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. A relative disappointment as a rookie (13.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg), Davis has been nothing short of sensational in his second year in the league (20.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.9 bpg in 54 games).
Description: Minnesota power forward Kevin Love was firing on all cylinders Friday against the Pistons.
Insight: Love netted 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He also posted 14 boards, five assists and two steals. Despite averaging only 2.3 apg for his career, Love has given out 37 helpers in his last seven contests (5.3 apg).
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony added 29 points Friday in a blowout win over Utah.
Insight: Anthony is often labeled as a selfish player but that certainly wasn't the case on Friday. His eight assists were a season-high. He also had four rebounds and two steals. Carmelo has now scored at least 20 points in 13 straight games.
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (20 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four steals) was impressive Friday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: Rondo (12.2 ppg, 8.2 apg) is quietly rounding into form. The C's are going nowhere this season but if Rondo stays and Boston lands a top-five pick in the draft, this team could be in the playoff mix in 2015.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol led the way with 18 points, ten rebounds and three blocks Friday in a win against Chicago.
Insight: Gasol put up similar numbers in Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn (18 points, seven rebounds on 7-for-14 shooting). He's looked sharp since the All-Star break, averaging 15.4 ppg over his last nine appearances.
Description: Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo played just three minutes before getting tossed Friday against the Pelicans.
Insight: Mayo was thrown out for elbowing Greg Stiemsma. He'll finish the night with zero points and could be facing a suspension. It's been a nightmare season for the 26-year-old and a suspension would just add insult to injury.
Description: It doesn't look like Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford is close to returning from a strained calf. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Crawford (19.0 ppg) has sat out three games in a row and we doubt he plays Saturday against the Hawks. Darren Collison has benefited the most from his absence, averaging 19 ppg over his last three appearances.
Description: Grizzlies swingman Mike Miller is in the lineup Friday against Chicago. SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal
Insight: Miller (6.9 ppg) took a shot to the face Wednesday against the Nets and needed six stitches to close the wound. He's been held without a point in two of his last three games. Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere.
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson missed shootaround with an illness but he's going to play through it Friday against Boston. SOURCE: Tim Bontemps, New York Post
Insight: Johnson has shot an efficient 15-for-24 (62.5 percent) from the floor over his last two contests. That includes an 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) clip from long range. Make sure he's in your starting lineup.
Description: Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph will be active for Friday's contest against Chicago. He sat out Wednesday's game because of an illness.
Insight: We reported earlier that Randolph was probable to play so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Randolph (17.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg) played poorly the last time these teams met, shooting just 4-for-15 with five turnovers. We'll see if he has better luck this time around.
Description: Houston guard Patrick Beverley (broken nose) is expected to play Friday.
Insight: Beverley took a shot to the face from Magic forward Tobias Harris on Wednesday. He has limited fantasy value averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, but his expected court time will stop fantasy owners from jumping on Jeremy Lin.
Description: Memphis power forward Zach Randolph is questionable for Friday's game against Chicago with an illness that kept hi, out of Wednesday's game.
Insight: Ed Davis got the start, but has proven he can't put up numbers. Kosta Koufos amassed 12 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes against Brooklyn and would seem to be the guy to use if Z-Bo can't go on Friday.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah, diagnosed with a sprained thumb, has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game with Memphis. SOURCE: Aggrey Sam, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Noah (12.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.8 apg) played through the injury on Wednesday so his status was never really in doubt. With two triple-doubles in his last three contests, Noah needs to be starting everywhere.
Description: Brooklyn shooting guard Joe Johnson is questionable for Friday's game against Boston due to illness.
Insight: Johnson missed the morning shootaround, but will be a game-time decision, according to Tim Bontempts of the New York Post. JJ is averaging 15.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg this season, but has averaged 20.0 ppg over his last two starts. Marcus Thornton would get the start if Johnson can't go.
Description: Atlanta forward Paul Millsap (knee bruise) is questionable for Friday's game against Golden State.
Insight: Millsap is nearing a return after participating in a 3-on-3 contact scrimmage, but the only info from coach Mike Budenholzer, according to an AJC report is that he's "getting closer." Elton Brand and Mike Scott's minutes will be determined by whether Millsap is on the court Friday.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Noah (12.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.8 apg) played through the injury on Wednesday and we imagine he'll do the same Friday against Memphis. With two triple-doubles in his last three contests, Noah needs to be starting in all formats.
Description: Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford won't be in the lineup Thursday against the Lakers.
Insight: Crawford's calf has been bothering him for about a week. There's a decent chance he'll be back for Saturday's game with Atlanta. Until then, expect Darren Collison to absorb most of his minutes.
Description: The Spurs are going with a different look Thursday against the Heat. Instead of starting Tiago Splitter at center with Tim Duncan at power forward, Duncan will slide over to the five with Boris Diaw at the four spot. Splitter will come off the bench. SOURCE: Dan McCarney, San Antonio Express-News
Insight: Miami's lack of a true center (Chris Bosh starts there most nights) allows the Spurs to play a bit smaller. Diaw scored 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting the last time he faced the Heat.
Description: Joakim Noah is trying to recruit Carmelo Anthony to play in Chicago next season. SOURCE: Chris Broussard, ESPN
Insight: The two spoke during All-Star weekend with Noah telling Carmelo "if you really want to win a ring, you should come to Chicago." Anthony will become a free agent this summer. He's second in the league in scoring at 28.1 ppg.
Description: Golden State guard Stephen Curry hurt his leg Wednesday against Boston. Despite the injury, he expects to suit up Friday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Curry (23.8 ppg, 8.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) was limited to 22 minutes on Wednesday but if the game had been close, he probably would have seen more playing time. Fantasy owners have no reason not to start him on Friday.
Description: Celtics guard Avery Bradley is expected to miss the next two weeks with a bruised ankle. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Bradley's MRI came back negative. The Celtics are angling for a high draft pick and won't be rushing Bradley back into action. With Gerald Wallace out for the season, Jerryd Bayless (8.6 ppg) has emerged as the team's best option at shooting guard.
Description: The Kings have signed controversial forward Royce White to a ten-day contract. SOURCE: Kings on Twitter
Insight: White will get his feet wet in the D-League and depending on how that goes, he could get another ten-day contract with the big club. Even if White sticks, he's not likely to be a major fantasy asset.
Description: Pacers star Paul George blames last night's poor performance on a stiff back. SOURCE: Indianapolis Star
Insight: George had the worst shooting night of his career on Wednesday, missing all nine of his attempts in a 22-point loss to Charlotte. Despite the injury, George fully expects to play Friday against the Rockets.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back, knee, wrist) won't play Friday against Charlotte. SOURCE: Bob Finnan, The News-Herald
Insight: Varejao (8.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is dealing with back, knee and wrist injuries and will miss his 12th straight game. Spencer Hawes will likely retain his starting job even after Varejao returns as the team will probably have to ease him back in after the long layoff.
Description: Sacramento will be without veteran power forward Carl Landry Wednesday is out indefinitely, according to coach Michael Malone.
Insight: Knee tendinitis has caused Landry to miss the last four games. Even when healthy, he isn't much of a fantasy option (4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg in 18 contests). His minutes will go to Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams.
Description: Clippers small forward Jared Dudley left Tuesday's game with back spasms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers.
Insight: Dudley began the season as the starting small forward but averaged just 8.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.5 3pg in the first 42 games. In 20 games since losing his job to Matt Barnes, he has averaged 17.7 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg and 0.6 mpg which means he can be released from all fantasy rosters.
Description: Phoenix F/C Miles Plumlee (right knee sprain) has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game after missing Wednesday's practice. SOURCE: Paul Coro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Plumlee (8.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg) has been battling a right knee sprain and missed Tuesday's game. With Plumlee out, rookie Alex Len made his first career start and split minutes with Shavlik Randolph. Neither did enough to be fantasy worthy. Markieff Morris also saw time at center.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will return from his knee injury sometime within the next week. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: He could be back as early as Sunday, though it's more likely Bledsoe (18.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.3 rpg) will return Monday against the Clippers or Wednesday versus Cleveland. We haven't seen him play in a game since December 30th.
Description: Joakim Noah's triple-double Wednesday against the Pistons was his third of the season.
Insight: Only Indiana guard Lance Stephenson has produced more triple-doubles than Noah. Wednesday Noah (ten points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks) became the first center since David Robinson in 1993-94 to post three triple-doubles involving assists in the same season.
Description: Trevor Ariza dropped 26 points on Utah Wednesday in a 104-91 Wizards victory.
Insight: Ariza has been lighting it up lately. Over his last five games, the former UCLA Bruin has averaged 23.8 ppg on 60.3 percent shooting. He's been lethal from downtown, connecting on 23 of his last 34 three-point attempts (67.5 percent). Make sure Ariza is in your lineup Saturday against Milwaukee.