There are eight games on Sunday’s NBA slate, which is a bit heavy given it is Selection Sunday for March Madness. There’s a doubleheader in the afternoon on ABC and one primetime game on ESPN. Here’s a look at Sunday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 13
Nerlens Noel (foot) OUT
Obi Toppin (hamstring) available
With Noel out and Toppin questionable, look for the Knicks to give Mitchell Robinson and R.J. Barrett more run. Evan Fournier might also get additional minutes on the wing.
LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) OUT
Kyrie Irving (mandate) OUT
Seth Curry (ankle) OUT
Update — Curry has been added to the injury report as questionable to play this afternoon. He would eventually be ruled out.
Aldridge is out with a hip injury, while the mandate keeps Irving off the court. Nic Claxton, Patty Mills and Seth Curry are elevated in fantasy/DFS formats for the Nets in this game.
Robert Covington (personal) OUT
Covington sits again, so Terance Mann, Nicolas Batum and Luke Kennard are all due to get more wing minutes. Those are the value plays in fantasy/DFS formats Sunday.
Killian Hayes (groin) OUT
Update - Hayes is out for Sunday’s game, opening up more minutes for Joseph and Cunningham.
If Hayes doesn’t go, it means more ball-handling duties for Cade Cunningham. Cory Joseph could be in the mix for some extra minutes as well.
Jalen Brunson (thigh) available
Dorian Finney-Smith (arm) available
Reggie Bullock (personal) OUT
Update - Both Brunson and Finney-Smith are in for the Mavericks. Both are solid value plays in fantasy/DFS formats, with Brunson having more upside.
If Brunson and Finney-Smith both sit, the Mavericks will likely deploy Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie in more rotations. Those two are worth snagging in fantasy/DFS lineups for Sunday’s contest.
Mo Bamba (calf) available
Update - Bamba is playing and will start against the 76ers.
Bamba is questionable with a calf issue. If he sits, it’ll be Wendell Carter Jr. and Moritz Wagner operating in Orlando’s frontcourt. This is a tough matchup for either player but the minutes will be there if Bamba is out.
Chris Duarte (toe) OUT
Lance Stephenson (ankle) OUT
Goga Bitadze (foot) OUT
Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) OUT
The Pacers have a host of rotation players out, so look for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to be the top fantasy/DFS options for this team.
John Collins (finger, foot) OUT
Update - Collins is out, so Capela and Gallinari are likely to be the primary frontcourt options for Atlanta. Onyeka Okungwu will also get extended minutes as a backup center.
Collins is dealing with two issues, which means either could flare up and cause him to sit. Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari are worth looking into as value options if Collins is out.
Christian Wood (illness) available
Eric Gordon (knee) OUT
Update - Gordon is out, which means more opportunities for Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
Wood is back after a stint with an illness. He’s going to be the primary offensive option in Houston, and is worth adding in fantasy/DFS lineups.
CJ McCollum (protocols) OUT
McCollum remains in protocols, and the Pelicans are still without Brandon Ingram. This means more looks for Jonas Valanciunas and Devonte’ Graham.
Dillon Brooks (ankle) available
Update - Brooks makes his return to the court, which is a huge boost for the Grizzlies. We’ll see what kind of minutes he gets but this is a nice development for Memphis.
Brooks is questionable and will be a big add for the Grizzlies once he’s back at 100 percent. If he is in, he’ll likely have a minutes cap. That means Desmond Bane remains a high-end play for at least a few more games.
Tre Mann (ankle) available
Update - Mann is in Sunday and has some upside despite facing a tough Grizzlies team.
Mann is a high-upside value option due to his ability to get hot from deep, but he’s questionable. Aaron Wiggins is a potential filler play if Mann is out.
LeBron James (knee) available
Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) available
Malik Monk (shoulder) available
Update - Monk is available and starting for the Lakers, making him a potential value add in fantasy/DFS formats.
Update - James is officially good to go and is coming off some massive performances recently. Look for him to keep it going against the Suns, who bounced him out of the playoffs last year.
All three of these players should be ready to go. James has been on fire offensively and is a lock for fantasy/DFS contests if he’s officially in.
Cameron Johnson (quad) OUT
Johnson is out once again, which elevates Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges in fantasy/DFS lineups.