After no games on Thanksgiving day, the NBA returns to action on Friday with 10 games as part of the league’s In-Season Tournament. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 24
Celtics vs. Magic
Jaylen Brown (groin) - available
Jrue Holiday (ankle) - OUT
Update: Holiday is ruled out for Friday’s game.
Update: Brown has been listed as available, but Holiday has been downgraded all the way to doubtful. White and Payton Pritchard can now be fired up in DFS lineups as the primary point guards for Boston.
Holiday will have a bigger role if Brown gets ruled out. Derrick White would also likely see more usage in that scenario for the Celtics, who would clinch a spot in the knockout round with a win.
Suns vs. Grizzlies
Drew Eubanks (ankle) - OUT
Kevin Durant (foot) - OUT
Update: Durant has been ruled out for the Suns due to a foot injury. Phoenix is probably still the favorite here given how poorly Memphis has played and the amount of injuries the Grizzlies are dealing with.
Update: Obviously Durant being listed as questionable will move the lines in this game significantly but the Suns should still be favored given how poorly Memphis has played. If Durant sits this game, Devin Booker will be the primary offensive initiator with Eric Gordon and Josh Okogie set to get more usage as well.
With Eubanks out, Chimezie Metu could see playing time behind Jusuf Nurkic at the center position. The Grizzlies are so banged up on the interior that Metu might be a value play in DFS lineups.
Desmond Bane (foot) - available
Update: Bane is in for the Grizzlies, but look for Williams and Roddy to still have decent roles given the long-term injuries Memphis is dealing with.
The Grizzlies are down so many key players already, and now Bane has popped up on the injury report. If he’s out, Ziaire Williams and David Roddy will be forced to pick up the slack for Memphis.
Bulls vs. Raptors
Zach LaVine (foot) - available
Coby White (ankle) - available
Update: Both LaVine and White are in for Chicago.
Update: LaVine participated in shootaround, which suggests he’ll play. White is now questionable, so we’ll have to see how this backcourt injury report shakes out completely before making a fantasy or betting suggestion.
DeMar DeRozan and Coby White would be Chicago’s primary perimeter scoring options if LaVine is unable to go in this game.
Precious Achiuwa (knee) - available
Thad Young (illness) - available
If both bigs are out, Chris Boucher likely gets elevated in fantasy/DFS formats as a value play for Toronto.
Heat vs. Knicks
Duncan Robinson (thumb) - OUT
Bam Adebayo (hip) - available
Update: Adebayo has been upgraded to probable, so he’s set to play on the first night of a back-to-back set for Miami.
Adebayo missed the team’s last game with this injury. If he sits out again, look for Thomas Bryant and Orlando Robinson to be featured in the rotation. If the sharpshooter Robinson can’t go, Kyle Lowry and Josh Richardson will be the top guards for the Heat.
Nuggets vs. Rockets
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time. Jamal Murray remains out for Denver with a hamstring injury.
Pistons vs. Pacers
Tyrese Haliburton (wrist) - available
Update: Haliburton is in for the Pacers, and Nembhard will also suit up.
Indiana’s star point guard has popped up on the injury report with a wrist issue. If he can’t go, T.J. McConnell would likely get the start with Andrew Nembhard also questionable. Buddy Hield and Bennedict Mathurin would likely see more usage if Haliburton sits.
Kings vs. Timberwolves
Keegan Murray (back) - OUT
With Murray out, Harrison Barnes and Chris Duarte should see more playing time in Sacramento’s rotation.
Jaden McDaniels (ankle) - OUT
Kyle Anderson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker get slight boosts with McDaniels being ruled out, although the former is the much more consistent DFS option.
Wizards vs. Bucks
Bilal Coulibaly (knee) - OUT
Update: Coulibaly is out for the Wizards.
The rookie hasn’t done much for Washington this year, but is playing about 25 minutes per game. If he doesn’t suit up, Corey Kispert likely absorbs most of those minutes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) - available
Update: Antetokounmpo will play in Friday’s contest.
Update: Antetokounmpo has been downgraded to questionable, which means he’s trending in the wrong direction for Friday’s game.
While we’ve seen the Greek Freak get ruled out before with this designation, it’s usually due to some sort of muscle ailment rather than an illness. Antetokounmpo should be in for this contest and has an excellent matchup with Washington’s porous defense.
Spurs vs. Warriors
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time. Draymond Green remains suspended for Golden State.
Pelicans vs. Clippers
Norman Powell (groin) - available
Update: Powell is active for the Clippers.
Powell suffered this injury in the team’s last game. If he’s unable to come back to the court Friday, Terance Mann and Bones Hyland likely see more playing time for the Clippers.