We’ve got a loaded nine-game slate in the NBA Sunday, with doubleheaders on ABC and ESPN. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 26
Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad) - OUT
Pat Connaughton (calf) - available
Update - As expected, Antetokounmpo is out for Sunday’s game.
Connaughton is back in, but Antetokounmpo knocked knees with a Heat player Friday and is likely to sit out this game. The Bucks manipulated the injury report for Antetokounmpo’s wrist injury, so there’s a chance he actually does end up playing in this one but we’ll know fairly quickly with a 1 p.m. ET tip.
Ben Simmons (knee) - OUT
Simmons is expected to re-evaluated after a week, and he’s claiming he was never healthy this entire season. Look for Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie to see more usage with Simmons out.
John Collins (back) - available
Update - Collins is available for the Hawks Sunday, and should get the start alongside Clint Capela on the interior. Bey likely goes to the bench with this move.
Collins is out of concussion protocol but now has a back issue. If he can’t suit up, Saddiq Bey is likely to start with Onyeka Okongwu getting big minutes as a backup center in the rotation.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) - OUT
Monte Morris (back) - OUT
Update - Morris has also been ruled out, which isn’t surprising considering he was a late add to this injury report. Bradley Beal likely takes over as the primary ball handler in this offense, and Corey Kispert should see more run in the rotation.
With Porzingis out, Daniel Gafford and Kyle Kuzma get elevated in fantasy/DFS formats.
D’Angelo Russell (ankle) - OUT
Anthony Davis (foot) - available
LeBron James (foot) - available
Update - As expected, Russell is out. Dennis Schroder will get the start. James and Davis are in for LA.
Both stars should be in for LA, while Russell likely sits out. Malik Beasley gets more shots with the point guard sidelined, while Austin Reaves likely gets more looks as a ball handler with the second unit.
Fred VanVleet (personal) - OUT
Update - VanVleet has officially been listed out for Sunday’s game.
VanVleet was out Saturday and is likely to miss this game as well. If he doesn’t play, Scottie Barnes probably gets the nod as the starting “point guard”, with Gary Trent Jr. also getting more looks in the backcourt.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) - OUT
Josh Giddey should be the lead point guard with SGA sidelined for Sunday’s game.
Rudy Gobert (illness) - OUT
Update - Gobert is out, so Reid is a fine play in DFS lineups.
Gobert is a late add with an illness and this tends to be a bad sign for the player. If Gobert does sit this one out, Naz Reid would be set to start and is a nice value play in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Draymond Green (knee) - OUT
Update - Green has been ruled out, which elevates Kuminga and JaMychal Green in the rotation. Kuminga is getting the start for Golden State.
If Green doesn’t play, look for Jonathan Kuminga to get more minutes in the frontcourt. Kevon Looney and JaMychal Green also get elevated in fantasy/DFS formats.
Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) - OUT
Jalen Green (groin) - OUT
Both starting guards are out for Houston, which means TyTy Washington and Jae’Sean Tate are set to see big minutes again in this rotation.
Damian Lillard (rest) - available
Jerami Grant (rest) - available
Both starters are in after skipping Thursday’s contest.
Ivica Zubac (calf) - OUT
With Zubac out, Mason Plumlee is in for big minutes against Denver.
Aaron Gordon (ribs) - available
Jamal Murray (foot) - available
Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) - available
Update - Everyone, including Gordon, is in for the Nuggets.
Update - Gordon has been ruled out, while Murray and Porter Jr. are probable.
Gordon didn’t play Saturday, so he seems set to sit out Sunday as well. Christian Braun and Bruce Brown are going to see more minutes in the rotation as a result.