We’ve got just four games on Tuesday’s NBA slate but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a loaded injury report. Here’s a look at the players dealing with some issues ahead of Tuesday’s games, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 22
Nic Claxton (illness) - available
Update - Claxton is in and will get the start Tuesday against the 76ers.
Claxton was returning from a personal issue but is now questionable with an illness. The Nets don’t have to deal with Embiid in this game but still need some physicality down low against the likes of Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed. If Claxton is out, Ben Simmons likely takes on more minutes in the frontcourt.
Joel Embiid (foot) - OUT
Tobias Harris (hip) - available
Update - As expected, Harris will play Tuesday night for the 76ers.
The 76ers are going to without Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey in this game. Harris is a great fantasy/DFS option if he does play as he’ll be the unquestioned top offensive option. The Nets might be the team to back in this game on the betting lines.
Ja Morant (ankle) - available
Jaren Jackson Jr. (injury management) - available
Update - So much for Morant being week-to-week. The guard is going to suit up Tuesday and will start against the Kings.
Update - Morant has been upgraded to questionable, which suggests his ankle injury is not as severe as previously thought. He was initially listed week-to-week but it seems more like a day-to-day issue given this designation.
Jackson Jr. comes back in after missing a game, but Morant will stay out. Tyus Jones should take his place in the lineup, while Brandon Clarke loses some value with Jackson Jr. returning.
Saddiq Bey (ankle) - OUT, expected to miss next 3 games
Cory Joseph (hip) - available
Update - Joseph is in for the Pistons, as expected.
Joseph should be in and will be a decent value option alongside Jaden Ivey in the backcourt. With Bey out, Bojan Bogdanovic should continue getting most of the shots in this offense.
Nikola Jokic (protocols) - available
Jamal Murray (protocols) - available
Aaron Gordon (illness) - available
Bones Hyland (illness) - available
Jeff Green (knee) - OUT
Update - Jokic and Murray are both in for the Nuggets tonight. Hyland and Gordon are also in.
Update - Jokic and Murray are now listed as questionable, so there’s a chance they both suit up for this contest against the Pistons. It seems like this is a conditioning concern rather than actually getting out of the protocols but we’ll see.
Update - The illnesses keep coming in Denver. Hyland was probable with a hip issue but is now listed as questionable with an illness. He might have what Gordon has, but it isn’t COVID since neither have been put in protocols like Jokic and Murray.
With Jokic and Murray still likely sidelined, Michael Porter Jr. and Hyland should be the relevant fantasy players. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope might also be in the mix, especially if Gordon continues to sit with an illness.
LeBron James (groin) - OUT
Anthony Davis (back) - available
Russell Westbrook (thumb) - available
Update - Davis is in for the Lakers.
Update - The Lakers aren’t going to wait until the game to make a call on James. He has already been ruled out, making this his fifth missed game in a row.
Davis and Westbrook should be in but the Lakers badly need James back to be competitive in this game. The King has now missed four games with this groin injury.
Chris Paul (heel) - OUT
Landry Shamet (concussion) - OUT
Paul remains out, which means you can keep plugging Cam Payne and Devin Booker into lineups and hope to get more playmaking stats from them.