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Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Domantas Sabonis headline NBA injury report for Wednesday, December 21

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Wednesday, December 21 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

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Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball up the court during the game against the Boston Celtics on December 13, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
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We’ve got a massive slate in the NBA Wednesday with 11 games on tap, anchored by a doubleheader on NBA TV. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the

NBA Injury Report: December 21

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Khris Middleton (knee) - OUT

Middleton hasn’t been immediately ruled out but he’s unlikely to play. Grayson Allen and Jordan Nwora will be the filler options in DFS lineups, while Jrue Holiday gains some value as Milwaukee’s second scoring option.

Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers

No notable day-to-day injuries at this time.

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks

Clint Capela (calf) - OUT

With Capela out, John Collins and Onyeka Okongwu are the primary big men for the Hawks.

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum (personal) - available
Marcus Smart (illness) - OUT
Grant Williams (illness) - available

Tatum is back in. If Smart gets ruled out, Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick White gain value in fantasy/DFS formats. Payton Pritchard might also get some playing time.

Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets

Andrew Wiggins (groin) - OUT
Klay Thompson (injury management) - OUT
Donte DiVincenzo (illness) - OUT

Update - Wiggins and DiVincenzo have both been officially ruled out.

Thompson is out as he usually doesn’t play back-to-back games. Jordan Poole and Moses Moody are in line for big minutes, especially if DiVincenzo also sits.

Patty Mills (illness) - available
Kyrie Irving (calf) - OUT

Mills missed a few games with an illness but should be back in the rotation for the Nets.

Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks

Gary Trent Jr. (quad) - OUT

Trent Jr. has missed a few games, so we’ll see if he can suit up. If not, that means more playing time for Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby in the backcourt.

Quentin Grimes (ankle) - OUT

Grimes, who has been inserted into the starting lineup for New York, is unlikely to play the second night of a back-to-back with an ankle issue. Evan Fournier likely takes over the starting spot for tonight’s game.

Orlando Magic vs. Houston Rockets

Franz Wagner (ankle) - available

If Wagner is out, Paolo Banchero will be the primary playmaker and offensive option for Orlando.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert (ankle) - available
Kyle Anderson (back) - OUT

Naz Reid benefits the most if Gobert is ruled out again. Anderson not playing would open up more time for Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Jusuf Nurkic (calf) - available
Damian Lillard (wrist) - available
Jerami Grant (back) - available
Josh Hart (ankle) - available

Update - Everyone is in for Portland.

If Nurkic sits, Grant will get a boost in fantasy value for this contest.

Josh Giddey (illness) - available

Update - Giddey is in for the Thunder.

Update - Giddey has been upgraded to questionable and typically when this happens, the player is going to come back into the lineup. Giddey is a nice all-around play in DFS lineups as Oklahoma City’s second offensive option.

With Giddey out, Aaron Wiggins likely supports Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the Thunder backcourt.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings

LeBron James (ankle) - available
Russell Westbrook (foot) - OUT
Austin Reaves (ankle) - OUT

Update - Reaves have been ruled out. James is in.

Update — Westbrook has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Kings.

Patrick Beverley should get big minutes if Westbrook is ruled out. Kendrick Nunn is also a value add. Lonnie Walker should see more shots with Reaves likely to sit this one out.

Domantas Sabonis (hand) - available
Harrison Barnes (quad) - available

Update - Both Sabonis and Barnes are in for the Kings.

If Sabonis sits, the Kings likely use Richaun Holmes as the primary center. Barnes sitting would mean more minutes for Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Terry Rozier (hip) - OUT

Update - Rozier has been ruled out.

With Rozier unlikely to play, Kelly Oubre Jr. will likely get the start.

Paul George (knee) - available
Reggie Jackson (Achilles) - available
Norman Powell (groin) - available

Update - Everyone is in for the Clippers.

Powell could return from a long absence. He’d likely take some minutes away from Nicolas Batum. If George sits, Kawhi Leonard is the top option in this offense. If Jackson sits, John Wall and Luke Kennard will headline the backcourt for the Clippers.