There are four games on Thursday’s NBA slate to begin the month of February, and there is only one more week until the trade deadline. TNT will have a doubleheader Thursday headlined by the biggest rivalry in the league when the Lakers face the Celtics. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 1
Lakers vs. Celtics
LeBron James (ankle) - OUT
Anthony Davis (Achilles, hip) - OUT
Update — The Lakers won’t have Davis or LeBron for Thursday’s matchup vs. the rival Celtics. This should make things pretty easy on Boston to pick up a win. Wood and Vanderbilt should soak up the frontcourt minutes while D’Angelo Russell will be tasked with carrying the offense.
Cam Reddish and Gabe Vincent remain out for the Lakers, who should have James in the fold. The real question is surrounding Davis, who missed the second night of a back-to-back against Atlanta. If he doesn’t play, Christian Wood and Jarred Vanderbilt should take on the bulk of the frontcourt minutes for LA.
Al Horford (rest) - available
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) - available
Luke Kornet (hamstring) - questionable
Both Boston big men are in, while Kornet is progressing towards a return. Porzingis is officially off the report, so his ankle injury was substantially less severe than everyone initially thought.
Pacers vs. Knicks
Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) - available
Bennedict Mathurin (toe) - OUT
Jalen Smith (back) - available
T.J. McConnell (illness) - available
Update: Haliburton, McConnell and Smith are in while Mathurin is out.
Haliburton is expected to play, but he’ll likely remain on a minutes limit for a while. If Mathurin and McConnell both remain sidelined, look for Andrew Nembhard and Aaron Nesmith to absorb those minutes with Buddy Hield also seeing more usage. Smith’s status will impact Isaiah Jackson’s DFS value the most.
OG Anunoby (elbow) - OUT
Quentin Grimes (knee) - OUT
Update: Both Anunoby and Grimes are out, which means DiVincenzo, Hart and Miles McBride should all have sizable roles in this game.
The Knicks have rattled off eight straight wins, the last two coming with Anunoby sidelined. If he doesn’t play, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo will have bigger roles. Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson remain out, which means Isaiah Hartenstein is a value add at the center spot.
Cavaliers vs. Grizzlies
Darius Garland (jaw) - available
Evan Mobley (injury management) - OUT
Donovan Mitchell (injury management) - available
Update: Mobley has been ruled out for injury management but both Mitchell and Garland are in for the Cavaliers.
We’ll see how the Cavaliers manage their top players on the second night of a back-to-back set. My guess is Mobley won’t play, while Garland has the chance to suit up and remain on a minutes limit. Mitchell has been playing heavy minutes for most of the season and could use a breather.
Luke Kennard (knee) - doubtful
Derrick Rose (hamstring) - doubtful
John Konchar (ankle) - questionable
The Grizzlies are still without Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart and Ziaire Williams while Steven Adams and Ja Morant are out for the season. Jake LaRavia and Brandon Clarke are also out. David Roddy, GG Jackson and Jaren Jackson Jr. are the players worth targeting as value adds to DFS lineups for Memphis, but there’s not much else to like about this roster right now.
76ers vs. Jazz
Joel Embiid (knee) - OUT
Nicolas Batum (hamstring) - OUT
Tyrese Maxey (ankle) - available
Marcus Morris (foot) - OUT
Update: Maxey is in for Philly.
Embiid remains out, and isn’t even with the team for the game. That means Paul Reed can be added to DFS lineups without much hesitation. De’Anthony Melton and Robert Covington remain out, which likely means more minutes for Danuel House and Kelly Oubre Jr. If Maxey doesn’t return, Patrick Beverley will be a good add in DFS lineups.