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Darius Garland, Kawhi Leonard, Deandre Ayton headline NBA injury report for Sunday, October 30

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Sunday, October 30 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls
Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before the game against the Chicago Bulls on October 22, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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We’ve got eight games on Sunday’s injury report, with NBA TV having the lone national broadcast with the Timberwolves taking on the Spurs. Here’s the injury report for the day’s action, along with relevant fantasy and lineup information.

NBA Injury Report: October 30

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Zion Williamson (hip) - available
Herbert Jones (knee) - OUT

Update - Williamson will play and immediately becomes a stud for fantasy/DFS lineups. Jones is out, so Nance Jr. could still see some run in this contest.

Both players missed Friday’s game but Williamson is reportedly close to returning. Jonas Valanciunas and Larry Nance Jr. will benefit the most if either player or both are out Sunday.

Kawhi Leonard (injury managment) - OUT
Robert Covington (health protocols) - OUT

Leonard’s situation is a bit concerning now, as this will be the third game in a row he’s missed. With Covington out, Nicolas Batum and Norman Powell should be in bigger roles for this contest.

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics

Malcolm Brogdon (back) - available

Update - Brogdon is going to play Sunday.

Update - Brogdon has been upgraded to probable and could be a value addition to DFS lineups Sunday.

If Brogdon sits out, look for Derrick White and Marcus Smart to take on most of the guard minutes for Sunday’s contest.

New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Quentin Grimes (foot) - OUT

Grimes remains out, so Evan Fournier and Immanuel Quickley continue to be viable fantasy/DFS options.

Darius Garland (eye) - OUT

Garland continues to sit out after suffering an eye injury in the season opener. It’s unknown how much longer he’ll be out but this is starting to get worrying for the Cavaliers. Caris LeVert and Cedi Osman should be taking most of the point guard minutes here.

Golden State Warriors vs. Detroit Pistons

Jordan Poole (ankle) - available
Klay Thompson (injury management) - OUT

Update - Poole is available for Sunday’s game and will get the start with Thompson out.

Update - Thompson is out with injury management, so that means Moody could potentially start if Poole doesn’t end up playing. Otherwise, it looks like Poole might start.

Poole suffered the injury late in Saturday’s loss to Charlotte. If he can’t play, Moses Moody seems to be in line for major minutes.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs

Kyle Anderson (back) - available
Jordan McLaughlin (heel) - OUT

Update - Anderson is going to play, which takes away from Prince’s potential minutes.

If both Anderson and McLaughlin can’t go, Jaylen Nowall and Taurean Prince will see more playing time against San Antonio.

Devin Vassell (knee) - OUT
Josh Richardson (back) - OUT
Jeremy Sochan (illness) - OUT

Update - Richardson is out, and Sochan is a new addition to the injury report with an illness. Keita Bates-Diop and Romeo Langford are getting the start Sunday for San Antonio.

Vassell is out and Richardson is questionable, so there’s a lot of backcourt minutes up for grabs. The Spurs also waived Josh Primo, so it looks like rookies Blake Wesley and Malachi Branham could be in the rotation Sunday.

Orlando Magic vs. Dallas Mavericks

No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.

Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns

Eric Gordon (injury management) - OUT
Jabari Smith (ankle) - available

Update - Smith will play and could be in line for more shots with Gordon sidelined. The rookie has been a bit forgotten since the team is bad but he could keep growing as the season goes on before breaking out later on.

Gordon is out, so that means more minutes for Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. If Smith sits, Jae’Sean Tate and Tari Eason would be in line for additional playing time.

Deandre Ayton (ankle) - OUT

Ayton is out for at least a week with the ankle sprain. Jock Landale is likely to get the start, while Bismack Biyombo and Torrey Craig also get minutes in the middle.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) - available
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) - available

Update - Both Porter Jr. and Caldwell-Pope are good to go for Sunday’s game.

If Caldwell-Pope sits, Bones Hyland and Bruce Brown should command most of the shooting guard minutes. Porter Jr. is not officially on the injury report but the Nuggets might manage his minutes as well.

Anthony Davis (back) - available
LeBron James (foot) - available

Update - Both Davis and James are in, which is big news for the Lakers. They are still winless on the season and badly need both guys to keep playing at a high level in order to get back on track.

The Lakers continue to list James on this report for some reason. The concern is Davis, who’s absence was clearly felt in Friday’s loss. If he can’t go, the Lakers might experiment with the lineup a lot. Russell Westbrook is still likely to come off the bench in this one.