By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
A huge NBA slate on Wednesday night will have hardcore DFS basketball players scrambling all sorts of directions by the time lineup lock rolls around.
Derrick Rose (pictured) is expected back for the Chicago Bulls, although his official status was questionable overnight. Everyone will likely take a wait-and-see approach once again, although it will be just great if he can make a healthy return without any setbacks.
One team suffering a late-season injury bug tonight is the Memphis Grizzlies, especially in the front court, where Zach Randolph and Jeff Green were both listed as questionable overnight with back problems. Guard Tony Allen (hamstring) is also out indefinitely.
Meanwhile the Spurs, off a 25-point pasting of the Thunder last night, are possibly going to be without Tony Parker tonight with an Achilles injury. F Tiago Splitter (calf) is also still out.
The Dallas Mavericks are still short-handed in the front court, as forwards Chandler Parsons and Richard Jefferson were both listed as questionable overnight.
As far as a non-contenders suffering some late-season woes, look no further than the Sacramento Kings.
Rudy Gay, despite scoring 33 points last night, is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and was non-committal about his availability to play at Utah tonight. Fantasy superstar DeMarcus Cousins is definitely out with a foot injury. Guard Nik Stauskas tried to return to action last night, but suffered a setback on his bad back.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has just had a miserable time down the stretch with several players sidelined, but that was tempered last night by the return of Kevin Martin, who took 31 shots and scored 37 points in a loss at Sacramento.
These injury situations, as well as, the possibility of resting players, left several games off the betting board overnight, until the personnel situation becomes more clear at the traditional open.
Still, DFSers will probably set their eyes on the Denver Nuggets, of all teams, as they are expected to possibly put up nearly 110 points on the Lakers tonight at home. Also, consider players from the Phoenix-Dallas tilt, as there was no overnight total listed, but the pace should be relatively high.
The San Antonio Spurs are already in all-out playoff mode it seems despite their playoff security. The Spurs are expected to score around 105 points tonight at home against fantasy juggernaut James Harden and the Rockets. Kawhi Leonard is the current fantasy king it would seem, as he is not suffering the sub-par nights that the typical scoring stars seem to be suffering after putting up astronomical fantasy performances.
Finally, with the troubled Twolves in town, Portland was installed as a huge 16 1/2-point favorite with a game total at 203. The likelihood of a blowout is obvious, but the Blazers are still predicted by linemakers to score nearly 110 points.