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Jalen SmithIndiana Pacers

Jalen Smith

Indiana Pacers • #25 C

Pacers' Jalen Smith (illness) out for Game 4 Monday

Indiana Pacers center Jalen Smith (illness) will not be available for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Monday.

What It Means

Smith will miss a second consecutive game as he deals with an illness, leaving the Pacers' frontcourt shorthanded for what could be the final game of the team's 2023-24 campaign. Injuries and illness have limited Smith to just 6 minutes per game this postseason after he averaged 17.2 minutes per game in the regular season. He's been available for just just 7 of the team's 16 playoff contests.

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Luke KornetBoston Celtics

Luke Kornet

Boston Celtics • #40 PF

Luke Kornet (wrist) good to go for Boston in Game 4 Monday

The Boston Celtics will have Luke Kornet (wrist) available for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

What It Means

Kornet was questionable heading into tonight's game due to the wrist sprain he suffered in Game 2 and that sidelined him for Game 3, but he'll play through it as the team tries to close out their series with the Pacers. Kornet has seen a bump in minutes off the bench with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined.

Our model projects him for 12.5 FanDuel points over 12.9 minutes in tonight's game, with 4.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists off the bench.

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Jrue HolidayBoston Celtics

Jrue Holiday

Boston Celtics • #4 PG

Celtics' Jrue Holiday (illness) available to play in Game 4 Monday

Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday (illness) will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

What It Means

Holiday has been battling an illness the past few days, but won't let it keep him out of tonight's pivotal game against the Pacers. The veteran played a key role in sealing the team's Game 3 win despite nearly missing the game with the same illness, nabbing a steal to cement the game in its final seconds.

It seems like Holiday is feeling better, as he was seen participating in the team's shootaround earlier in the day. Our model projects him for 33.7 FanDuel points against the Pacers tonight, with 14.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.

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Tyrese HaliburtonIndiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton

Indiana Pacers PG

Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) out for Game 4 Monday

The Indiana Pacers have ruled out Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Monday.

What It Means

Haliburton will unfortunately miss tonight's elimination game, leaving the Pacers shorthanded as they try to battle back from an 0-3 series deficit against the Celtics. Haliburton's absence could keep Ben Sheppard, who is projected for 11.5 FanDuel points over 17.5 minutes of action, in the starting lineup.

Andrew Nembhard stepped up for the Pacers with Haliburton sidelined in Game 3, notching 32 points with 4 rebounds and 9 assists in the close loss. He could likely be the heart of the team's offense again in Game 4, and is projected for 23.8 FanDuel points off of 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists tonight.

Source: The Athletic
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Tyrese HaliburtonIndiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton

Indiana Pacers PG

Woj: Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) "unlikely" to play in Game 4 Monday

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Indiana Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) is "unlikely" to play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

What It Means

Haliburton suffered a hamstring strain in Game 2 of the ECF and was subsequently held out of the team's close Game 3 loss. He is reportedly pushing to play as the Pacers try to stave off elimination, but Wojnarowski's sources make it seem like that could be wishful thinking. The star has not yet been ruled out and technically remains questionable, but it sounds like the team is preparing to be without him for the most important game of the season.

Ben Sheppard got the start with Haliburton sidelined for Game 3 and would be the presumed starter for Game 4. Our model projects him for 11.5 FanDuel points in the contest, with 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

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Dereck LivelyDallas Mavericks

Dereck Lively

Dallas Mavericks • #2 C

Update: Dereck Lively II (neck sprain) downgraded to out for Game 4 Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (neck sprain) will not play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

What It Means

Lively was initially listed as doubtful to suit up on Tuesday after suffering a neck sprain on Sunday, and has since been downgraded to out according to Chris Haynes of TNT. The rookie center had been playing 22.4 minutes a night off the bench for Dallas this postseason, meaning starting center Daniel Gafford could play heavier minutes than usual as the Mavericks work around Lively's absence. He played a playoff-high 28 minutes in Game 3 following Lively's early exit.

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Dereck LivelyDallas Mavericks

Dereck Lively

Dallas Mavericks • #2 C

Dallas' Dereck Lively II (neck) doubtful for Game 4 Tuesday

The Dallas Mavericks listed Dereck Lively II (neck sprain) as doubtful to play in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals series with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

What It Means

Lively suffered a neck injury on Sunday and was forced to leave partway through the Mavericks' Game 3 victory in Minnesota. He's now doubtful to play in the potential series finale on Tuesday as he deals with the injury.

Lively has been an important rotational player for the Mavericks this postseason, averaging 22.4 minutes per game with 8.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per night when healthy. If the rookie does miss Tuesday's game, expect Daniel Gafford to play even heavier minutes against the Timberwolves.

Source: NBA
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Maxi KleberDallas Mavericks

Maxi Kleber

Dallas Mavericks • #42 PF

Maxi Kleber (shoulder) questionable for Mavericks Tuesday

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (shoulder) is questionable to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

What It Means

Kleber hasn't been able to play since injuring his shoulder in the Mavericks' series finale against the Los Angeles Clippers on May 3rd, but it sounds like the veteran forward is nearing a return. He is questionable to play on Tuesday and could give the Mavericks some extra depth of the bench.

In his five healthy postseason games, Kleber averaged 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists across 22.2 minutes a night. He could play fewer minutes in his return after missing almost a full month and would be projected for 8.3 FanDuel points on 13.2 minutes of action if he does play.

Source: NBA
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Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks • #77 PG

Mavericks' Luka Doncic (knee, ankle) questionable for Game 4 Tuesday

The Dallas Mavericks gave Luka Doncic (knee sprain, ankle soreness) a questionable designation for Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals series with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means

Doncic is banged up heading into Game 4 of the Mavericks' Western Conference Finals series, but it doesn't seem like he'll be kept out of Tuesday's potential series-ending contest. Doncic's play has helped the Mavericks surge out to a 3-0 series lead so far.

Assuming he does play, our model would have the star projected for 47.1 FanDuel points against the Wolves, with 24.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 8.2 assists.

Source: NBA
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Mike ConleyMinnesota Timberwolves

Mike Conley

Minnesota Timberwolves • #10 PG

Mike Conley (calf) cleared for Timberwolves in Sunday night's Game 3

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mike Conley will play Sunday in the team's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means

Conley entered Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with a questionable tag due to a right soleus strain. Despite the ailment, he has received the green light to take the floor as the Wolves hope to avoid going down 3-0 in the series.

Our models project Conley for 11.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 27.5 FanDuel points acrsos 32.4 minutes of action.

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