We’ve got eight games on Sunday’s NBA slate and the injuries are starting to pile up a bit across the league. While some teams are toying with the injury report, these are mostly legitimate issues. Here’s a look at Sunday’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 20
Mitchell Robinson (knee) - available
Update - Robinson is back in for the Knicks and should provide some much-needed help on the interior defensively.
Robinson returning would be a big boost for the Knicks, especially in a matchup against Deandre Ayton.
Chris Paul (heel) - OUT
Landry Shamet (concussion) - OUT
Paul has already been ruled out. Cam Payne and Devin Booker will continue getting most of the backcourt minutes for Phoenix.
LaMelo Ball (ankle) - OUT
We’ll get a better update on how long Ball is actually out for but the Hornets are going to be cautious. Dennis Smith Jr. and Terry Rozier gain some value in fantasy/DFS lineups with Ball sidelined again.
Saddiq Bey (ankle) - OUT
Cory Joseph (hip) - available
Cade Cunningham (shin) - out indefinitely
Update - Joseph is in while Bey is out for the Pistons.
Update - Bey has now been listed as questionable, so his injury was not as severe as previously thought. He’ll be a solid offensive option if he does take the floor Sunday.
Joseph will likely get the start so he’s a nice value add. Bojan Bogdanovic should get a lot of shots with Bey and Cade Cunningham both out for this contest.
Keegan Murray (back) - available
Update - As expected, Murray is in for Sunday’s game.
After missing Thursday’s game, Murray should be back in the mix Sunday. He’ll cut into Harrison Barnes’ minutes.
Ja Morant (ankle) - OUT
Jaren Jackson Jr. (injury management) - OUT
Morant is week-to-week with an ankle injury, while Jackson Jr. is getting a rest day. That means Tyus Jones and Brandon Clarke are set for big minutes in this game.
Kyrie Irving (suspension) - available
Nic Claxton (personal) - OUT
Update - Irving has been cleared and will play Sunday against the Grizzlies.
Update - Claxton has been ruled out, so the Nets are a bit thin in the frontcourt. Ben Simmons might get extended run as a small-ball center here .
Although the Nets have officially listed Irving as questionable, it’s likely due to conditioning. His suspension has essentially been lifted and now it’s just about how comfortable he is returning to the court.
Tyler Herro (ankle) - OUT
Bam Adebayo (knee) - available
Jimmy Butler (knee) - OUT
Duncan Robinson (hand) - available
Gabe Vincent (knee) - OUT
Update - Adebayo and Robinson are in for the Heat, so there’s at least some rotation players coming back from injury here.
Max Strus and Caleb Martin are decent value plays in this Miami setup, but there’s not much else to like here. Backing Cleveland on the game lines is the move here.
Kevin Love (thumb) - OUT
Update - Love has been formally ruled out.
Update - Love has been upgraded to questionable but the Cavaliers appear more likely to hold him out given the injury to his thumb.
Love has a hairline fracture in his thumb and is set to miss some time. He’s a backup big for this group, so his minutes will likely be split between Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.
Kevin Porter Jr. (back) - available
Alperen Sengun (groin) - available
Update - Both guys are in for Houston and both will get the start Sunday against Golden State.
Update - Porter Jr. has been upgraded to questionable and Sengun went through shootround, so it looks like both guys will be able to suit up for tonight’s contest.
Jalen Green will be the focal point offensively with Porter Jr. out. Usman Garuba and Tari Eason have more value in the frontcourt if Sengun doesn’t suit up.
Nikola Jokic (protocols) - OUT
Jamal Murray (protocols) - OUT
Aaron Gordon (illness) - OUT
Update - Gordon has been ruled out, which means the Nuggets are once again down three starters against the Mavericks. This one could get ugly.
Bones Hyland and Michael Porter Jr. will try to avoid another embarrassing showing. Betting on the Mavericks is the move here with Denver down two of its stars.
Reggie Bullock (neck) - available
Maxi Kleber (back) - OUT
Christian Wood will get some additional minutes with Kleber out.
Devin Vassell (ankle) - available
Keldon Johnson (ankle) - available
Jakob Poeltl (knee) - OUT
Update - Vassell and Johnson are officially not on the injury report, while Poeltl has been ruled out with a knee issue. Charles Bassey could be in play as a value add with Poeltl out.
We’ll see how the Spurs play this on the second night of a back-to-back set.
LeBron James (groin) - OUT
Anthony Davis (back) - available
Update - James has been ruled out and AD will start Sunday vs. the Spurs. Davis is a great play with James sidelined given the matchup. The total is at 230 and the spread is only Lakers -6, so this should be a good environment for fantasy basketball.
The Lakers willed their way to a win without James Friday, and he seems more likely to suit up Sunday. Davis should be good to go as the Lakers try to keep climbing back from this early season rut.