We’ve got eight games on Wednesday’s NBA slate, anchored by a doubleheader on ESPN. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 15
Mavericks vs. Wizards
Luka Doncic (rest) - available
Kyrie Irving (foot) - OUT
Update: Irving has been ruled out, which means Doncic will be the lead guard for the Mavericks in this game. Grant Williams and Tim Hardaway Jr. should absorb some of Irving’s usage, but Doncic remains the focal point of this offense.
Update: Irving has officially been listed as questionable.
We’ll see if the Mavericks rest either guard on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Knicks vs. Hawks
RJ Barrett (illness) - OUT
Update: Barrett has been ruled out, which means Hart and DiVincenzo should see more minutes for New York tonight.
We’ll see if Barrett is able to play after having a random migraine before the last contest. If he doesn’t suit, that means more playing time for Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo.
Trae Young (personal) - available
Update: Young has been removed from the injury report, so he’s good to go for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks.
Young missed Tuesday’s game due to a personal issue, so we’ll see if he can return Wednesday. If he doesn’t play, that’ll mean more usage for Dejounte Murray and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Celtics vs. 76ers
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) - OUT
Jaylen Brown (illness) - OUT
Update: Porzingis and Brown have both been ruled out, which likely means Horford and Sam Hauser will get the start for Boston. The Celtics will lean heavily on Tatum and Holiday offensively.
Update: Brown has been added to the report as questionable with an illness. Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday would see more touches if Brown is sidelined, and the Celtics would likely be a betting underdog in that situation.
Al Horford and Luke Kornet would be Boston’s best bigs if Porzingis is ruled out, but the Celtics might opt to play more small ball in that case. That would likely mean Horford takes most of the minutes at center, with Kornet getting a quick burst here and there.
Joel Embiid (hip) - available
Nicolas Batum (personal) - OUT
Tobias Harris (neck) - available
Update: Embiid is in on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Update: Embiid is officially questionable, while Batum is out. Harris is probable.
Update: Embiid is not listed on the injury report, so he appears to be available for tonight’s game against the Celtics.
We’ll see if Embiid plays on the second night of a back-to-back set. This is a national TV game, so the league does have rules about resting stars in these cases.
Bucks vs. Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo (injury management) - OUT
Update: Antetokounmpo has been ruled out, which means Damian Lillard will be the focal point for Milwaukee offensively. Bobby Portis likely gets the start in Antetokounmpo’s place and should be a solid value add in DFS lineups.
Antetokounmpo is dealing with a calf injury but is expected to suit up.
OG Anunoby (finger) - OUT
Gary Trent Jr. (foot) - OUT
With these two key guys out, Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes are set to get most of the touches. Gradey Dick is worth looking into as a DFS value play, especially with his upside as a three-point shooter.
Magic vs. Bulls
Alex Caruso (toe) - available
Patrick Williams (finger) - available
DeMar DeRozan (personal) - OUT
With DeRozan out, look for Zach LaVine to be the focal point for this Chicago team offensively. We’ll see if Caruso is able to suit up, with Coby White taking his minutes if he can’t go. Williams should be in.
Timberwolves vs. Suns
Anthony Edwards (rest) - available
Karl-Anthony Towns (rest) - available
Rudy Gobert (rest) - available
Update: Everyone is in for Minnesota.
We’ll see if anyone rests on the second night of a back-to-back for Minnesota.
Bradley Beal (back) - OUT
Devin Booker (calf) - available
Eric Gordon (shoulder) - available
Update: Beal has been ruled out for the Suns as a late scratch. Gordon and Grayson Allen will be absorbing those minutes, although Allen is likely to get the start with Devin Booker back.
The big news here is Booker coming back for the Suns, giving the team its “Big 3” for the first time this season. His presence will cut into Kevin Durant’s shot attempts but we’ll see how the shots ultimately get distributed when all three stars play.
Kings vs. Lakers
Anthony Davis (hip/groin) - available
LeBron James (calf) - available
Update: Both James and Davis are in for the Lakers.
Update: James is questionable for Wednesday’s game, while Davis is probable.
Both guys played Tuesday, and there’s rules about resting stars on national TV games. We’ll see if the Lakers sit one or both guys citing injuries.
Cavaliers vs. Trail Blazers
Darius Garland (neck) - OUT
Isaac Okoro (knee) - OUT
With Garland sidelined, Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert are worth backing in fantasy/DFS formats.
Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) - OUT
Update: Sharpe is in and will be a great fantasy option as Portland’s lead guard.
Brogdon remains out, while Shaedon Sharpe is probable with a knee issue. Sharpe is the beneficiary of Brogdon’s absence, averaging 42.1 minutes per game over the last six contests.