Deandre Ayton

Friday’s action on DraftKings is headlined by a nine-game NBA slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET. The featured contest is the NBA $400K Excellent 8’s, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Excellent 8’s [$100K to 1st].

Since it is the first game back out of the All-Star break for many teams, there is a lot of lineup news to unpack. Below is how DK Live covered some of the most notable slate-impacting news to come out as of Friday morning. To see these updates in real time with push notifications, download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive. NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can also change throughout the day, and value can unexpectedly open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with DK Live until lineups lock for full injury and lineup news.


Brandon Ingram (ankle) not listed on injury report at Blazers — Ingram ($6,800), who missed New Orleans’ final three games prior to the All-Star Break with an ankle ailment, appears to be all clear to play on Friday. The former lottery pick did not pop-up on the Pelicans’ injury report, which makes sense considering Ingram was able to log a few minutes of action in Sunday’s All-Star Game. This is great news for people searching for some mid-tier value. Tomorrow will mark the first time since Nov. 26 that Ingram’s salary is below $7K, despite the fact that he’s still averaged 1.26 DKFP per minute when sharing the court with Zion Williamson ($8,000). Ingram’s a high-ceiling option going up against a poor defense. — Garion Thorne


Deandre Ayton (ankle) probable to play at Raptors — Ayton ($8,900), who missed Phoenix’s final two games before the All-Star Break due to an ankle injury, has been listed as probable to suit up Friday against Toronto. The former first-overall pick has been a dominant DFS force when healthy in 2019-20, exceeding 55.0 DKFP in three of his past four starts. However, on paper, this isn’t a promising matchup. The Raptors have conceded the fewest DKFP per contest to opposing centers this season, while also allowing the second-fewest made field goals per game inside the restricted area (15.6). Ayton will catch a break with Marc Gasol (hamstring) on the mend, but there are better places to spend $9K. Aron Baynes ($3,000) and Dario Saric ($3,000) are probable, too. — Garion Thorne


Mike Conley (rest) will not play vs. Spurs — Sometimes the All-Star Break just isn’t long enough. Utah will continue to be cautious with Conley, as the veteran guard will not play against San Antonio on Friday due to load management. However, this does likely mean that the 32-year-old will be available on Saturday when the Jazz square-off with the Rockets. It’s probably too early to suggest that Conley’s “back” from his November struggles, yet he has looked quite good so far in February. In four contests, Conley’s averaged 20.3 points and 4.8 assists with a .598 true shooting percentage. His absence should open up some extra volume for Jordan Clarkson ($5,400). — Garion Thorne


Kevin Love (Achilles) not on injury report at Wizards — Love missed Cleveland’s last game with a sore Achilles, but is expected to go on Friday against Washington. Love does not accumulate large minute totals anymore, and now has to share the court with Andre Drummond, who was acquired at the trade deadline. He is not a great fantasy option. Furthermore, he will shift Larry Nance back to the bench. This Cleveland team also made a coaching change on Thursday, with John Beilein resigning. There is a lot of uncertainty as to what the Cavs’ rotation will look like going forward. — Anthony Amico


T.J. Warren (back) questionable to play at Knicks — Warren ($6,100), who headed into the All-Star Break on the heels of a 35-point performance in a win over Milwaukee, has been listed as questionable to play Friday due to a back issue. Fortunately, with Indiana’s roster now at full strength, this might actually simplify the team’s rotations. For instance, if Warren were to sit out against New York, Jeremy Lamb ($4,800) would suddenly return to DFS viability. Lamb’s been relegated to a reserve role in the Pacers’ past two contests, yet he’d surely be starting in such a scenario. Warren’s absence would also assist Victor Oladipo ($6,400), though a salary boost above $6K makes the former lottery pick far less appealing. — Garion Thorne


Kemba Walker (knee) has been ruled out against Timberwolves — Walker played 29 minutes in the All-Star game, but he will be unable to go when the Celtics return from the break on Friday against Minnesota. This will have the largest impact on Marcus Smart, who has averaged an additional 10.3 DKFP in six games played without Walker this season. Jaylen Brown has seen a 3.9% increase in usage in those games as well, while Jayson Tatum has seen a 4.7% increase in usage without Walker on the floor on the year. Walker’s next chance to play will be on Sunday against the Lakers. — Anthony Amico


Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) and Mason Plumlee (foot) will play vs. Thunder; Will Barton (knee) is questionable — The injury report is great news overall for the Nuggets, who have been extremely thin over the last month, despite sitting in the No. 2 seed in the West coming out of the break. Plumlee had been out for the last month, while Porter Jr. missed the last six games, but both will be back in Denver’s rotation in Oklahoma City. Barton, who’s missed the last four games, is still questionable to return from his knee issue, but it sounds like he’ll return soon, if not on Friday. With the rotation nearing full strength, don’t count on all the value plays we had prior to the break. — Julian Edlow


Elfrid Payton (ankle), Wayne Ellington (ankle) are questionable vs. Pacers — Both players are dealing with an ankle injury but of different natures. Payton is dealing with a sore right ankle while Ellington is being listed with a strained right ankle. Prior to the All-Star break, Payton was playing on a whole different level, averaging 44.3 DKFP and a 21.4% usage rate over the course of the Knicks’ last five games. If he’s out, Frank Ntilikina could end up drawing the start, a role he’s averaging 17.2 DKFP in. As for Ellington, his absence could open up additional minutes off the bench for Damyean Dotson, who played just six minutes in their 114-96 loss prior to the All-Star break. Unless we get word prior, both players could be closer to game-time decisions. — Steve Buchanan


DeMar DeRozan (back) says he’ll play at Jazz — You may recall DeRozan was a surprising scratch after lock just before the All-Star break, tweaking his back in warmups against the Nuggets. That caused him to miss the final two games before the break, but DDR says he’s good to go when the Spurs return to the floor on Friday night in Utah. It’ll make a full 10 days off for the Spurs’ wing, who claims this is the best he’s felt all season. Obviously, the value plays we used the last two games in San Antonio’s backcourt will no longer be as strong of plays. — Julian Edlow


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