Description: Pacers G/F Evan Turner had just two points in 21 minutes Friday at Philadelphia, his former team.
Insight: As predicted, Turner has averaged far fewer minutes with the Pacers than he did with Philadelphia. He has played 22.6 minutes, 8.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over 10 games with Indiana.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: The Bobcats won again, giving them five wins in the last six games and bringing them within two games of .500. Jefferson has been a big part of the resurrection of the francise with his 21.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg. He has put up 26.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 13 games since the All-Star break.
Description: Orlando center Nikola Vucevic suffered a left ankle injury Friday and had to go to the locker room, according to John Denton of orlandomagic.com. However, he was able to check back into the game 20 minutes later.
Insight: Vucevic injured the same ankle in January and missed two games, but he appears to have avoided a major sprain this time.
Description: Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (15.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Friday against the Blazers, according to Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com.
Insight: New Orleans was without both Gordon and Tyreke Evans (also out sick) Wednesday but both should play Friday.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans (illness) will return Friday after missing Wednesday's game, according to Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com.
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. Make sure he's in your lineup Friday against the Trail Blazers.
Description: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will move back into the starting lineup Friday, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Phoenix brought Bledsoe off the bench in his return from knee surgery on Wednesday but still played him 32 minutes. He'll replace Gerald Green in the starting lineup. Green has averaged 31.8 minutes, 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 threes and 1.1 steals in 46 starts this season, compared to 22.8 minutes, 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 0.4 steals off the bench. However, after he excelled with Bledsoe out of the lineup, look for the Suns to still try to get Green close to 30 mpg.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) is hoping to return Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed 15 of the last 16 games. Los Angeles plays Friday but then has off until Wednesday against the Spurs. Young will take minutes away from Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jodie Meeks.
Description: Golden State forward Harrison Barnes wore a first-team blue jersey at shootaround Friday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: That probably means he's starting at shooting guard in place of Klay Thompson (personal). Barnes has averaged 38.3 minutes, 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes in 16 starts this season.
Description: New York F/C Amare Stoudemire will return to action Saturday against the Bucks. SOURCE: Al Iannazzone, Newsday
Insight: Stoudemire (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) got a night off for rest purposes after playing six straight games. He has averaged 27 mpg, 17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg in those six games, so the Knicks want to make sure he stays in the lineup long term.
Description: Jazz center Enes Kanter, who has averaged 26.8 minutes, 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds over his last 22 games (six starts), is expected to start with Marvin Williams (back) likely out Friday.
Insight: Kanter has averaged 31.9 mpg, 15 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.2 apg and 0.8 bpg in 25 starts this season.
Description: If you have been using Suns shooting guard Gerald Green during his hot March (23.3 ppg) be prepared for the possibility that just back from the injured list Eric Bledsoe will replace him in the starting five.
Insight: Phoenix is 3-7 over their last 10 games and coach Jeff Hornacek is looking to make some changes, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Description: Portland PF LaMarcus Aldridge has a lower back contusion and he'll miss both Friday and Saturday's game,
Insight: Aldridge (23.4 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.7 apg) will be reevaluated next week. Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson will see more minutes with Aldridge out, but neither has Aldridge talent. Damian Lillard, Wes Mathews and Nicolas Batum should dominate the offense.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans did not play Wednesday due to an illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Portland
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. If he's dressed, fantasy owners must start him, but it appears it will be a game-time decision.
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) didn't practice Thursday and isn't expected to play Friday, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: Miles (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg) missed the last 10 games and probably will sit out an 11th Friday. Jarrett Jack has been starting in his place at shooting guard and Dion Waiters is seeing playing time as well.
Description: Cavaliers center Spencer Hawes is probable for Friday's game against Golden State despite rolling an ankle on Wednesday.
Insight: Hawes has averaged 16.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 threes and 1.0 blocks per game over his last nine games. It's always smart to get players on the floor in a game with the up tempo Warriors.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal didn't play Wednesday due to "an internal team matter," but should be back in the mix for Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: Neal has limited value with Gerald Henderson back from a five-game absence. He's averaging 11.9 ppg in seven contests with Charlotte, but most of that work was done getting a healthy workload. He'll be lucky to see 20 minutes as a backup to Henderson.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo should be ready to go for Friday's matchup against Phoenix.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February. Boston GM Danny Ainge said on a radio appearance Thursday that point guard Rajon Rondo probably won't play back-to-backs for the rest of the season, however, the Celtics were off Thursday so Rondo is expected to play.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 35 minutes Thursday against the Rockets.
Insight: Evidently Noah, aka the new-age Bill Walton, is going to flirt with a triple-double every night for the rest of the season. He's tied for second in the NBA with three, all of which came since Feb. 11. Noah has thrown up 13.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.1 spg his last 43 games and averaged seven-plus assists per game over his last 15.
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy gutted out a 37-minute, 21-point, seven-rebound performance Thursday against the Rockets, hitting four triples in the process.
Insight: An elbow to the face sent Dunleavy to the locker room with blood gushing from above his right eye and caused him to get 10 stitches, but he returned to start the second half and had his best scoring game since Feb. 25 after five straight games with single-digit points.
Description: Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova returned from an ankle injury Thursday and had 22 points, 10 boards, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.
Insight: Ilyasova missed one game. He has averaged 15.7 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last 10 games. For his career, Ilyasova has produced 12.7 ppg on .494 shooting after the All-Star break compared to 9.6 ppg on .416 shooting before it.
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy suffered a laceration above his right eye during Thursday's game and needed 10 stitches. However, he was able to start the second half, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Dunleavy was elbowed in the face and ran to the locker room with blood gushing from above his eye during the second quarter.
Description: Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is hopeful Nikola Pekovic's minutes restriction will be lifted at some point in the next week, according to Nate Sandell of 1500espn.com.
Insight: Minnesota hasn't played Pekovic more than seven minutes at a time since he returned from ankle bursitis. In six games since he rejoined the lineup, the center has averaged 27 minutes per game, but he still managed to produced 16.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg in that stretch.
Description: Boston GM Danny Ainge said on a radio appearance Thursday that point guard Rajon Rondo probably won't play back-to-backs for the rest of the season, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February, but he sat out four games in that span. The Celtics have four more back-to-backs in their last 17 games.
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum will not play Friday against the 76ers, the team announced. However, he'll be back Saturday.
Insight: Perhaps the Pacers wanted to protect Bynum from the vitriol Philadelphia's crowd would have spewed at him had he played. The center made his Pacers debut Tuesday and had eight points and 10 rebounds over 16 minutes, but he probably won't play much more than that as Roy Hibbert's backup. The Pacers signed him to serve as insurance in the playoffs should Hibbert get into foul trouble or injured.
Description: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek is contemplating whether or not to put Eric Bledsoe in the starting lineup Friday, according to Matt Petersen of suns.com.
Insight: Phoenix brought Bledsoe off the bench in his return from knee surgery on Wednesday but still played him 32 minutes. He had 15 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two steals and is a must start in all fantasy leagues even if he remains on the bench. We'll see how the Suns divide the playing time of Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris now that Bledsoe is back.
Description: Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said 10 days ago that he "doubted" Steve Nash (back) would play again this season and it's now official.
Insight: Nash (7.6 ppg, 4.7 apg) has been battling nerve issues in his back all season. Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall will continue to share point-guard duties, with Farmar serving as a better fantasy option.
Description: Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova (right ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: John Henson will start for the Bucks if Ilyasova can't play. Ilyasova has picked up his play as of late, averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds over his last nine games, but he missed his 14th game of the season Tuesday.
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss Friday's game against the Cavaliers due to the death of his grandfather, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: He's starting Wednesday's game against the Clippers and will travel to the Bahamas for the funeral afterward. He'll be back in time for Sunday's game against the Blazers. Steve Blake and Jordan Crawford will fill in for Thompson Friday, though Draymond Green may also see some extra minutes.
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has scored 22 or more points in three of the past four games.
Insight: Bosh had 24 points, seven rebounds and two threes Wednesday against the Nets. He added the 3-point shot to his regular arsenal in January and has made 1.4 triples per game over his last 25 games.
Description: Philadelphia shooting guard James Anderson has produced 17.5 ppg, 4.0 3pg, 3.0 rpg and 2.3 apg his last four games.
Insight: Anderson had 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and five triples in 31 minutes Wednesday against Sacramento. His long-range shot has really come along over his last 11 games as he has made 2.8 threes per game in that span. He made just 1.1 threes per game with a .299 3P% his first 53 games.
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay drained 5-of-12 from the field and 16-of-19 from the free-throw line to reach the 20-point mark for the third straight game Wednesday against the Sixers.
Insight: Gay had 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals at Philadelphia. He has averaged 23 ppg on .486 shooting his last 11 games after a brief slump in mid-February. In 41 games with the Kings, Gay has made over 49 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Description: Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo scored 24 points with two threes Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Insight: Afflalo threw up scoring efforts like this regularly earlier this season, but he came in averaging 16.9 ppg over his last 27 games. That's still good, but nowhere close to the 21.9 ppg he put up in his first 29 games.
Description: Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans will not play Wednesday due to an illness, according to Jennifer Hale of WVUE Fox 8.
Insight: Evans has averaged 22 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg in six games since he joined the starting lineup in place of Al-Farouq Aminu. With Eric Gordon also out sick Wednesday, look for Aminu, Anthony Morrow and Austin Rivers to play most of the SG/SF minutes.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo will sit out Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back.
Insight: Rondo has averaged 34.6 minutes, 14.4 points, 10.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 threes since the start of February, but he still hasn't progressed to playing back-to-backs yet. Phil Pressey will start in his place Wednesday against the Knicks.
Description: Washington F/C Kevin Seraphin (knee) will play Wednesday, according to the Wizards on Twitter.
Insight: Seraphin missed the last seven games. With Nene out with a knee injury until next month, Seraphin will split time at power forward and backup center with Trevor Booker and Drew Gooden, limiting the fantasy value of all three.
Description: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he'll hold Andrew Bynum out of practice Thursday to protect his knees with the hope that he'll be able to play Friday and Saturday.
Insight: Bynum had eight points and 10 rebounds over 16 minutes in his team debut Tuesday against the Celtics. He probably won't play much more than that as Roy Hibbert's backup. The Pacers signed him to serve as insurance in the playoffs should Hibbert get into foul trouble or injured.
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill (knee) missed Wednesday's practice and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Hill is dealing with knee soreness and missed the last five games. Ryan Kelly has averaged 34.9 minutes, 18 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 threes, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals the last two.
Description: Lakers swingman Nick Young (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and is doubtful for the next two games, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Young (16.8 ppg) suffered a non-displaced fracture in his knee on Feb. 5 and missed the next six games before returning on Feb. 23. He obviously returned too soon the first time. The Lakers will continue to go with Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Kent Bazemore and Xavier Henry on the wings.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Wizards, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut with Henderson back.
Description: Marcus Morris will start in place of P.J. Tucker on Wednesday, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Tucker is suspended for hitting Blake Griffin on Monday.
Insight: If Eric Bledsoe wasn't making his return from an injury we probably would see a starting lineup that included Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Gerald Green with Tucker out, but Bledsoe is being eased back into action after missing two and a half months with a torn meniscus.
Description: Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) is not expected to play this season. SOURCE: Marc Narducci, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He was hoping to return on April 4th so he could debut against his hometown Celtics but that was always a bit of a longshot. Noel is definitely a part of the team's plans, just not this season.
Description: ESPN's Arash Marzaki reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee fracture) is officially out for the season.
Insight: So is Steve Nash (nerve/back issues). Bryant only played in six games this season, generating 13.8 ppg over that span. Bryant, who is expected to be back for the start of next season, turns 36 in August.