Ja Morant (back) will play Monday
Derrius Guice Ruled Out for Sunday
Gallinari has officially been ruled out of Monday’s second leg of a back-to-back set against the Utah Jazz due to a sprained left ankle, while Terrance Ferguson is still expected to miss a third straight game with a sore right hip. Gallinari was able to close out Sunday’s win, so it appears he may be sitting for precautionary reasons more than anything. Darius Bazley has typically been the primary backup power forward when Gallinari is available, and he should be considered the leading candidate to enter the starting lineup, especially with Abdel Nader already starting in place of Ferguson on the wing.
White is listed as probable for Monday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to right hamstring tightness, while Hutchison remains out with a sprained right shoulder. White is coming off of a solid fantasy performance in 32 minutes of action in Sunday’s overtime loss, so he should be able to suit up for tonight’s contest if the Bulls’ injury designation is accurate. White ended up closing the fourth quarter and the game over Tomas Satoransky, which led to his increased minutes total, but it remains unclear if that will be a trend moving forward. White continues to have a solid rookie campaign, as he has a 23.9% usage rate and is averaging 0.87 DraftKings and 0.82 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
VanVleet is listed as questionable on the Raptors’ injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls due to a right knee contusion. VanVleet was forced to exit Sunday’s loss midway through the second quarter, and he was replaced briefly by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson before Terence Davis subbed in to finish the half alongside Kyle Lowry in the backcourt. However, if VanVleet is unable to suit up, Norman Powell will more than likely receive the starting nod at the shooting guard position, and he would pretty regularly approach or exceed the 30-minute mark as a starter when Lowry was sidelined with an injury. Pascal Siakam has still been the main beneficiary with VanVleet off the court this season, as he owns a 33.3% usage rate and is averaging 1.32 DraftKings and 1.26 FanDuel points per minute in a 128.3 minutes sample size.
The Chiefs got some good news Monday, as Mahomes managed to avoid a break in his hand. It is bruised, but Mahomes has a chance to play this week. The Chiefs did admit they had to change their play calling once he was hurt, so the injury is bad enough to impact his grip.
Aron Baynes (calf) likely to play Monday, but will be on a minute restriction
Evans is currently considered doubtful to be able to play this week. He pulled his hamstring in the Bucs’ last game and is reportedly at risk of missing the rest of the season.
Smart has been added to the Celtics’ injury report and is now questionable for Monday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to an eye infection, while Hayward went through shootaround and intends to play after missing a month with a fractured left hand. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Hayward thus far, so he’ll presumably be close to a full-go in tonight’s contests and has a solid chance to rejoin the Celtics starting lineup regardless of Smart’s availability. Barring an unforeseen limitation, Hayward will virtually be a “free square” on DraftKings, where he is mistakenly priced, as he owns a 22.9% usage rate, 20.2% assist rate, and is averaging 1.16 DraftKings and 1.11 FanDuel points per minute on the season.
Brogdon confirmed with reporters at Pacers’ shootaround that he will play in Monday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing one game due to a sore right hand. In his absence, Aaron Holiday received the start at point guard in Saturday’s win, and he was serviceable for fantasy purposes in 28 minutes of action. There haven’t been inclinations that Brogdon will be limited in any way, so he’ll almost certainly reclaim his usual starting job and send Holiday back to a reserve role where he typically is allotted minutes in the mid-teens on a nightly basis. Brogdon escaped any egregious pricing errors across the daily fantasy sites, but he still remains fairly priced considering he has a 26.8% usage rate, 36.5% assist rate, and is averaging 1.21 DraftKings and 1.16 FanDuel points this season.
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