There are seven games on Friday’s NBA slate as the inaugural In-Season Tournament kicks off with a doubleheader on ESPN. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications. This report will be updated throughout the day as news arrives.
NBA Injury Report: November 3
Cavaliers vs. Pacers
Jarrett Allen (ankle) - available
Darius Garland (hamstring) - available
Update: Both guys are in for Cleveland.
Update: Both Allen and Garland went through the shootaround this morning, which sets them both up to play tonight against the Pacers.
Allen is listed as questionable for the first time since suffering his ankle injury, which is a sign he’s set to return. He’ll cut into Evan Mobley’s production a bit. If Garland returns, he’ll take some usage away from Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert.
Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) - available
Jalen Smith (knee) - available
Update: Both Haliburton and Smith are available for the Pacers Friday.
If Haliburton returns, Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard would see reduced usage though the former probably still gets in the starting lineup. If Smith is out, Isaiah Jackson will be the backup big man for Indiana.
Knicks vs. Bucks
R.J. Barrett (knee) - OUT
Update: Barrett has been ruled out, which means Hart is likely the best DFS filler play here.
Barrett missed the team’s last game due to a knee issue, but it also could’ve been a throwaway designation after the second game of a back-to-back set. If he does sit, Josh Hart and Quentin Grimes would see an uptick in minutes.
Nets vs. Bulls
Nic Claxton (ankle) - OUT
Spencer Dinwiddie (ankle) - available
Cameron Johnson (calf) - OUT
Update: Dinwiddie is in for Brooklyn.
Dinwiddie would be a solid play in DFS lineups if he suits up. Cam Thomas is a good play as well given his hot start to the season. Day’Ron Sharpe hasn’t gotten much playing time in Claxton’s absence so it’s hard to trust him as a value play.
Zach LaVine (back) - available
LaVine should be in and given his streaky ability, he has some upside in fantasy/DFS contests.
Wizards vs. Heat
Daniel Gafford (ankle) - available
Corey Kispert (ankle) - OUT
Update: Gafford is in and likely gets the start. Kispert is out, which means more minutes for Coulibaly, Shamet and Deni Avdija.
Mike Muscala will get the start if Gafford is ruled out. If Kispert is unable to play, Bilal Coulibaly and Landry Shamet will likely get more minutes.
Jimmy Butler (knee) - available
Butler should be in for Miami.
Warriors vs. Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) - OUT
This is an interesting development, since SGA didn’t appear to have any issues after the team’s last game. The Thunder aren’t on a back-to-back set either. Josh Giddey will be the lead point guard for this contest and gets a nice boost in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Mavericks vs. Nuggets
Kyrie Irving (foot) - available
Maxi Kleber (toe) - OUT
Update: According to Shams Charania, Irving is expected to make his return to the court tonight against the Nuggets. Doncic remains a star play, but Irving could be a nice fallback option with similar potential.
Grant Williams and Derrick Jones Jr. are in line for heavy minutes if Kleber sits out. Luka Doncic is a good star option for any lineup but his ceiling goes up if Irving remains out.
Nikola Jokic (back) - probable
Jamal Murray (quad) - probable
Both guys should be in, although these designations do set the stage for one of them to potentially be rested on the first night of a back-to-back set.
Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers
Santi Aldama (ankle) - doubtful
Aldama is unlikely to play, and the Grizzlies will likely play newly signed Bismack Biyombo meaningful minutes in this contest.
Scoot Henderson (ankle) - OUT
Shaedon Sharpe (thumb) - probable
Sharpe is an excellent value add with Henderson out. Deandre Ayton is also set to get more touches offensively, and has a favorable matchup with Memphis thin on the interior.