It’s a massive 10-game slate in the NBA Wednesday, anchored by ESPN’s doubleheader. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: December 14
LaMelo Ball (ankle) - available
Ball has been upgraded to questionable and is set to make his return to the court after missing 11 games with an ankle sprain. Ball previously missed 13 games with an ankle injury he suffered in the preseason and then had another injury after just three games in the court.
Andrew Wiggins (groin) - OUT
Klay Thompson (injury management) - OUT
Stephen Curry (ankle) - available
Draymond Green (hip) - available
Update - Curry and Green will start for the Warriors. Donte DiVincenzo is getting the start as well.
Update - As expected, Thompson is out for tonight’s game. Curry has officially been listed as questionable as the Warriors attempt to decide if they want to punt on this game or not. Green is likely to play.
This is the second night of a back-to-back, so Thompson should rest. We’ll see how the Warriors handle the rest of their lineup. Jordan Poole should be a big factor in this one for Golden State.
Trae Young (back) - available
Clint Capela (Achilles) - available
Update — Young is going to be available to play tonight vs. the Magic.
Update — Young is a game-time decision for tonight’s game vs. the Magic. The Hawks are already without Dejounte Murray and John Collins. If Young sits, The Holidays and Bogdanovic get a boost.
Capela comes back in, so Onyeka Okongwu loses some value. Aaron Holiday could be the lead guard if Young sits, although Bogdan Bogdanovic might be the true beneficiary in terms of shots and playmaking opportunities.
OG Anunoby (hip) - OUT, expected to miss at least a week
Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. will see more usage with Anunoby out.
Kevin Huerter (ankle) - OUT
Huerter has been ruled out, which means Malik Monk and Davion Mitchell should see more minutes in the backcourt. Harrison Barnes is also in line to get more shots.
Jalen Brunson (foot) - available
Update - Brunson is in for the Knicks.
Update — Brunson won’t have a minutes limit if he plays vs. the Bulls.
Brunson suffered this injury at the end of New York’s last game, so we’ll see how the Knicks handle him. If he sits, Immanuel Quickley could be a nice filler play.
Jimmy Butler (injury management) - OUT
Tyler Herro (ankle) - available
Update - Herro is in and will start for the Heat.
Kyle Lowry, Max Strus and Herro will see more shots with Butler out.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Maxi Kleber (knee) - OUT
Update - Kleber has been ruled out.
If Kleber sits, Christian Wood will see decent minutes in Dallas’ rotation.
Bradley Beal (hamstring) - OUT
Kristaps Porzingis (back) - OUT
Update - Beal and Porzingis are both out, so Kispert and Gafford can be put into DFS lineups as filler plays.
Beal is close to returning from the hamstring injury he suffered over a week ago, while Porzingis left the team’s game Monday with the back issue. Corey Kispert and Daniel Gafford might lose some DFS value respectively if both players are in.
D’Angelo Russell (knee) - OUT
Update - Russell is out and Rivers is getting the start for him.
If Russell sits, Austin Rivers and Jaylen Nowall will be in line for big minutes in the backcourt.
Norman Powell (groin) - OUT
Kawhi Leonard (injury management) - available
John Wall (injury management) - OUT
Update - Wall has been ruled out due to injury management, so he’s likely going to play tomorrow. Reggie Jackson steps in as a strong value add with Wall out.
It’s the first game of a back-to-back, so Leonard’s status is up in the air. If he also sits, Nicolas Batum and Robert Covington should see time in the forward rotation for LA.