It’s a six-game slate Thursday in the NBA, which is actually on the heavier side relative to most Thursdays in the league. TNT’s doubleheader will be the main attraction, with Suns-Hawks leading things off before Lakers-Clippers concludes the day. The injury report is fairly lengthy considering the number of games and features some big stars. Here’s Thursday’s injury report in the association.
NBA Injury Report: February 3
Cade Cunningham (hip) OUT
Update - Cunningham has been officially ruled out, so look for Hayes and Joseph to get most of the point guard minutes in Thursday’s game.
Cunningham suffered this injury in Tuesday’s game against the Pelicans. He returned to the bench but did not come back in the game due to the situation. His designation suggests the injury is not a long-term setback, which is good news. If he can’t play, Cory Joseph and Killian Hayes are the primary guards for Detroit Thursday.
D’Angelo Russell (shin) OUT
Patrick Beverley (ankle) available
Josh Okogie (quad) OUT
Update - The Wolves are playing mind games, as Okogie has actually been ruled out. Edwards gets a boost in fantasy/DFS lineups as a result.
Update - Beverley and Okogie are both in. Nowall is still a great play for DFS lineups, with Anthony Edwards likely taking a slight hit with Okogie back in the lineup.
Update - Russell has been ruled out, so Nowall is the value play in fantasy/DFS contests for this game.
Russell and Okogie missed the team’s Tuesday game, while Beverley did play. Jaylen Nowall and Anthony Edwards will be the biggest beneficiaries of any absences from the group above.
Deandre Ayton (ankle) available
Jae Crowder (wrist) available
Landry Shamet (ankle) OUT
Update - Both Ayton and Crowder are available, which means Smith and Johnson are likely going to see limited minutes against the Hawks.
Ayton and Crowder are probable, which will take some value away from Jalen Smith and Cameron Johnson in DFS contests. Shamet is out for this game and will be sidelined for at least another week with the ankle injury.
Trae Young (shoulder) available
De’Andre Hunter (ankle) available
Lou Williams (back) OUT
Update - Young and Hunter are both in for Atlanta, and both are likely to start.
Update - Williams has been ruled out, while Young remains a game-time decision. This could be a great time to add Cooper in DFS formats, while Bogdanovic remains a secondary ball-handling option.
Hunter is probable and is a great DFS play as he typically starts. Young is a game-time call and if he sits, look for Lou Williams, Sharife Cooper and Bogdan Bogdanovic to handle point guard duties for Atlanta.
Zach LaVine (back) available
Update - LaVine is officially in for the Bulls and becomes the fantasy/DFS star he typically is. Dosunmu and White are still value plays given the heavy minutes they’ll continue to take on with Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball still out.
Update - LaVine has been downgraded to questionable, which is not a good sign for his availability Thursday. Dosunmu and White are the primary beneficiaries should LaVine miss the game.
LaVine is popping up on the injury report with a new issue, but it seems like he’ll be able to play through the problem. If he unexpectedly cannot play, Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White have proven they can handle bigger roles.
Jimmy Butler (toe) available
Kyle Lowry (personal) available
Update - It appears that Lowry will be back from a personal matter Thursday, so Miami will have the point guard against San Antonio. Expect a slight dip in minutes for Tyler Herro but Gabe Vincent is truly the player who will see significantly less time on the court.
Update - Butler plans on playing, as does PJ Tucker. Lowry is a game-time decision, but he did go through Miami’s shootaround in the morning. The Heat could be back at full strength Thursday night.
Butler looks like he’s past the toe issue, so this questionable designation might be a sign of some gamesmanship. Lowry being questionable suggests he’s ready to return. If neither player suits up, Tyler Herro will be the trendy fantasy/DFS pick from this game.
Dejounte Murray (ankle) OUT
Jakob Poeltl (concussion) OUT
Jock Landale (concussion) OUT
Doug McDermott (ankle) OUT
Update - The Spurs have ruled Murray and McDermott out for Thursday’s game. White and Vassell will see some additional value in fantasy/DFS lineups, while Walker becomes a potential play in contests as well.
Both Spurs big men are out with concussions, so look for Keldon Johnson and Drew Eubanks to get most of the frontcourt minutes. If Murray sits, Derrick White and Devin Vassell will handle guard duties. McDermott’s absence would benefit Vassell and Lonnie Walker in fantasy/DFS contests.
De’Aaron Fox (ankle) OUT
Marvin Bagley (ankle) OUT
Update - Fox has been officially ruled out, so look for Haliburton and Mitchell in the backcourt for Sacramento Thursday.
Update - Bagley remains out, so the Kings will likely use Richaun Holmes and Chimezie Metu in the frontcourt. Alex Len will also be in play as a value option for fantasy/DFS contests.
Fox has missed six games with his ankle injury and it doesn’t look promising here. Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell remain the fantasy/DFS plays assuming Fox doesn’t suit up Thursday.
Klay Thompson (injury management) available
Stephen Curry (toe) available
Andrew Wiggins (knee) available
Otto Porter Jr. (injury management) OUT
Nemanja Bjelica (back) OUT
Update - Thompson is available. The Warriors are starting Moody over Jordan Poole, which is an interesting move for the team. That’ll improve Moody’s fantasy/DFS prospects Thursday.
Update - Porter Jr. has been ruled out, so look for Kuminga to get more minutes. Moses Moody is also in line for playing time.
Curry and Wiggins are technically off the team injury report, so they’ll be good to go. Thompson should be good to play, while Porter Jr. is questionable. Bjelica is out. Based on this iZnformation, Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney are the value plays on Golden State.
LeBron James (knee) OUT
Anthony Davis (wrist) available
Malik Monk (groin) available
Update - Monk is also available to play for the Lakers.
Update - James has been ruled out, while Davis will play. Expect the power forward to take command of the offense, especially with the Clippers a bit thin in the paint.
Update - James remains doubtful, while Davis and Monk are probable. The Lakers will likely have the same rotation they did for Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers.
James is set to miss another contest, while Davis and Monk should be trending towards playing despite having a game Wednesday. The Lakers might be more cautious with the big man, as he’s had a history with injuries.
Ivica Zubac (calf) OUT
Update - Zubac is out, so look for Ibaka and Hartenstein to take over the frontcourt minutes for the Clippers.
If Zubac doesn’t play, the Clippers will use Serge Ibaka and Isaiah Hartenstein at the center position.