We’ve got a rare loaded Tuesday slate in the NBA with 10 games on tap, with one national game on NBA TV. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: December 27
LeBron James (ankle) - available
Dennis Schroder (ankle) - available
Update - James and Schroder are both in.
Both guys should be in for LA.
Deni Avdija (back) - available
Update - Avdija is in for Washington.
If Avdija doesn’t play, Will Barton and Corey Kispert should see more minutes along the perimeter for Washington.
Eric Gordon (injury management) - OUT
Gordon typically doesn’t play back-to-backs due to injury management, so he’s out tonight. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. remain the best DFS targets on Houston.
Robert Williams (illness) - available
Update - Williams is in for Boston.
It usually goes south for players who get added to the report with an illness and questionable tag. If Williams doesn’t suit up, Al Horford and Blake Griffin will dominate the frontcourt rotation for Boston.
Clint Capela (calf) - OUT
De’Andre Hunter (ankle) - OUT
Update - Hunter has been ruled out, opening up minutes for Bogdanovic and Johnson.
With Capela out, John Collins and Onyeka Okongwu will be solid value plays. If Hunter sits, Bogdan Bogdanovic will gain some value and Jalen Johnson should see more minutes in Atlanta’s rotation.
Kawhi Leonard (injury management) - TBD
John Wall (injury management) - OUT
Update - Wall is out, so Reggie Jackson is good DFS option in this game even with the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Leonard didn’t play Tuesday, so there’s a good chance he suits up Wednesday against his former team.
Devin Booker (groin) - OUT
Landry Shamet (Achilles) - OUT
Cam Payne (foot) - OUT
Losing Booker is bad, but also losing Shamet only adds to the pain. Damion Lee and Mikal Bridges are the big fantasy plays with these two wings out.
Keldon Johnson (back) - will start
Doug McDermott (knee) - OUT
The Spurs played Monday, so there’s a chance they rest some guys on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Jalen Brunson (hip) - OUT
Update — Brunson has been ruled out vs. the Mavs. So Quickley, Grimes and Miles McBride could see increased minutes. really all the Knicks’ starters are good DFS options since Thibs is just going to play them 40+ minutes.
Update — Brunson is being called a game-time decision now. It’s going to go up to tip-off potentially, making it a tough spot for DFS. You’ll need ot be ready to pivot onto or off of Brunson depending on how the news goes.
If Brunson can’t suit up for this game, Immanuel Quickley will likely be the primary point guard with Quentin Grimes taking on a secondary playmaking role.
Kemba Walker (injury recovery) - probable
Dorian Finney-Smith (groin) - OUT
Update - Walker has been upgraded to probable, so he’s likely to play tonight.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock remain strong plays with Finney-Smith out. If Walker doesn’t play, Spencer Dinwiddie gains more value in DFS formats.
LaMelo Ball (shoulder) - probable
Ball should be in but if he’s not, Terry Rozier will take on a bigger role in the offense.
Andrew Wiggins (groin) - OUT
Draymond Green (foot) - probable
Wiggins remains out, so Jonathan Kuminga and Donte DiVincenzo retain their recent roles. Green should be in but if he gets downgraded, look for Anthony Lamb to get more minutes.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (wrist) - probable
Aaron Gordon (shoulder) - questionable
Update - Usually, a late add and questionable designation means Gordon eventually won’t play. We’ll see what happens, but look for Michael Porter Jr. and Christian Braun to get more minutes if Gordon sits.
If KCP gets downgraded and doesn’t play, Bones Hyland and Bruce Brown gain some value as DFS plays.
Domantas Sabonis (thumb) - OUT
Update - Sabonis has been ruled out vs. the Nuggets tonight.
Update - Sabonis didn’t go through shootaround and Len was seen working with the starter, so it seems like the Kings might be without their star big man tonight.
Sabonis will try to play through the pain of a fractured thumb but if he sits, Richaun Holmes is likely to get the start for Sacramento. Alex Len is also in the mix for a starting spot if Sabonis doesn’t play.