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Injuries to big names continue to impact daily fantasy basketball pool

(Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

There are 12 games on the schedule tonight, and with injuries impacting several big names, there are plenty of situations we recommend keeping an eye as tip-off time approaches if you plan on maximizing your FantasyScore potential.

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Who's hurt?

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (groin) is questionable after missing last night's game, and if he doesn't suit up, center Alexis Ajinca ($3,000 salary, 6.0% of cap) should make a solid source of cap relief.

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Another savvy bargain could be Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez ($3,000, 6.0%), who is in line to start tonight if guard Kyle Lowry (back) can't go.

In the high-rent district, monitor Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (calf). If he is unable to play tonight, forward Rudy Gay ($7,100, 14.2%) has the potential for a big game as the main cog in the Kings' up-tempo attack.

Check on the status of Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel (foot), as well. He was able to practice yesterday, and he has been on a tear heading into a friendly matchup tonight with the New York Knicks. If Noel takes the court tonight, he is worth owning at .

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Featured stud

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder vs. Hawks
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap

Oklahoma City players keep dropping like flies. Tonight, Enes Kanter (ankle, wrist) likely will join Kevin Durant (foot) and Serge Ibaka (knee) on the sidelines. Westbrook is already averaging 65.19 fantasy points over the Thunder's last 10 games, and his usage rate should only climb if Kanter doesn't suit up.

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G Dwyane Wade, Heat vs. Nuggets
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

Wade is healthy and thriving as the focal point of Miami's offense. He has delivered at least 40.00 fantasy points in seven of his last nine games and hasn't scored less than 36.25 during the same stretch. The vet draws a great matchup tonight against a Denver team allowing the fourth most points in the NBA.

F Nikola Mirotic, Bulls vs. Raptors
$4,800 salary | 9.6% of cap

The Bulls are missing multiple starters, Joakim Noah is playing limited minutes, and Mirotic just keeps scoring. He has notched at least 34.00 fantasy points in eight of his last 10 games, including five straight. He offers safe, solid production for a great price.

Make your team. Hit the hardwood. Win cash.

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G Alexey Shved, Knicks at 76ers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

With Tim Hardaway Jr. (wrist) expected to miss extended time, Shved's value continues to climb. He has topped 30.00 fantasy points in six straight games, and he is averaging 39.00 in two games since Hardaway has been sidelined. Look for Shved to post a big line in a battle between two of the NBA's worst teams.

C Steven Adams, Thunder vs. Hawks
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

He is averaging 31.00 fantasy points in the three games that Ibaka has missed. With Kanter likely to join Ibaka on the sidelines tonight, Adams should see all the reps he can handle.

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Bench

F David West, Pacers at Cavaliers
$5,300 salary | 10.6% of cap

He has scored 25.00 FantasyScore points or fewer in eight of his last 10 games, including five straight. West has been producing lackluster results since the All-Star break. There are just too many options in this price range with more potential.

HoopsHype and USA TODAY Fantasy Sports offer daily fantasy basketball advice throughout the 2014-15 season. Play for free or for prizes at FantasyScore today.

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