It’s a loaded Sunday slate in the NBA, which is a rare occurrence during football season. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 12
Hornets vs. Knicks
Gordon Hayward (hamstring) - available
The veteran forward should be in for Charlotte.
Wizards vs. Nets
Delon Wright (MCL) - OUT, will miss 4-6 weeks
With Wright out, look for Landry Shamet and Johnny Davis to see more playing time in the backcourt. Shamet has more upside as a three-point shooter, but the Wizards might give Davis significant run to evaluate his long-term fit with the roster.
Nic Claxton (ankle) - available
Ben Simmons (hip) - OUT
Claxton returning will cut into Day’Ron Sharpe’s minutes, although the starter might be eased in.
Grizzlies vs. Clippers
Xavier Tillman (knee) - OUT
Tillman remains out, which means you can keep rolling with Bismack Biyombo and Santi Aldama in DFS lineups. Biyombo is likely to keep getting the start for Memphis.
Pacers vs. 76ers
Jalen Smith (back) - available
Update: Smith is in for Indiana.
If Smith remains out, Isaiah Jackson will take over the backup center role for Indiana.
Pistons vs. Bulls
Alec Burks (forearm) - available
Jaden Ivey (illness) - available
Jalen Duren (ankle) - OUT
Update: Both Burks and Ivey will be back for the Pistons.
The Pistons could get some key backcourt players in this game, which would likely cut into Killian Hayes’ minutes. He’s been a solid value add in DFS lineups so far. Marvin Bagley is likely to get the start at center with Duren out.
Alex Caruso (toe) - OUT
Patrick Williams (finger) - available
If Caruso doesn’t play, that opens up more minutes for Coby White and Jevon Carter in the rotation.
Nuggets vs. Rockets
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Mavericks vs. Pelicans
Herbert Jones (knee) - OUT
Naji Marshall (knee) - available
Update: Marshall is in, but Jones remains out. Hawkins and Daniels are still likely to get the start for New Orleans in this game.
Given how Dallas is playing offensively, the Pelicans will hope to have both wing defenders in. If both are out, Jordan Hawkins and Dyson Daniels are the filler plays for fantasy/DFS purposes.
Heat vs. Spurs
Jimmy Butler (knee, personal) - available
Kyle Lowry (rest) - OUT
Update: Lowry is a late scratch on the second night of a back-to-back. Butler likely becomes the primary ball-handler for Miami, but we could now see Dru Smith get some run at the point guard spot.
Update: Butler is listed as available for Sunday’s game.
Butler was listed as probable for Saturday’s game, but quickly was ruled out due to a personal issue. We’ll see if he’s able to rejoin the team and play the second night of a back-to-back set given he sat out Saturday.
Thunder vs. Suns
Devin Booker (calf) - OUT
Eric Gordon (shoulder) - OUT
Bradley Beal (back) - available
Update: Beal is in, but Booker and Gordon are both out. Allen likely gets the start for Phoenix.
Booker is likely out, while Gordon is questionable. Grayson Allen looks like he’s in line for another start, with Beal and Kevin Durant being the top fantasy options for Phoenix.
Timberwolves vs. Warriors
Anthony Edwards (illness) - available
Naz Reid (neck) - available
Update: Both Edwards and Reid are going to be in for Minnesota.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert are already going to be big factors here, but would take on more of a role if Reid is out. Edwards sitting this game likely means more usage for Kyle Anderson and Jaden McDaniels.
Stephen Curry (rest) - available
Klay Thompson (rest) - available
Andrew Wiggins (neck) - available
Draymond Green (rest) - available
Update: Wiggins is probable with a neck issue, and everyone is officially good to on the second night of a back-to-back set.
We’ll see how the Warriors manage their stars on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers
Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) - OUT
The Blazers continue to be banged up in the backcourt. Shaedon Sharpe looks like an automatic play here, with Skylar Mays being a potential value add simply due to the lack of other guards on the team.
LeBron James (calf) - OUT
Anthony Davis (hip/groin) - available
Jaxson Hayes (ankle) - available
Update: James has been ruled out, which means Davis, Russell and Austin Reaves are going to be the primary offensive players for the Lakers. Rui Hachimura and Taurean Prince could see more minutes at small forward with James sidelined. We’ll see if James is able to suit up Tuesday or if this calf injury lingers.
Davis and Hayes should be in after playing in the last game. James being included here is interesting since the team is not on a back-to-back set. If the King sits, Davis will become the focal point of the team. D’Angelo Russell would also see more usage in a scenario where James is ruled out.