Lou Williams (hip) available to play Thursday
Lopez is a new addition to the Bucks’ injury report and has been listed out for Thursday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to a sore back, while Holiday is now also listed out with a right heel contusion despite originally being classified as probable overnight. The Bucks are now down six roster players with Lopez and Holiday unavailable, and while Milwaukee is particularly thin at the center and guard positions, there’s still several starting lineup variations that head coach Mike Budenholzer can utilize at his disposal. Even if Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t slide over to the center position to begin the game, he figures to spend a sizable portion of his time on the court without a traditional big man as Sandro Mamukelashvili is the only remaining option in that category. The smaller lineup combinations are great news for the minute floors of George Hill, Pat Connaughton, and Jordan Nwora, even if one or both latter two don’t initially crack the first unit this evening.
Harris was originally announced as a member of the Magic starting lineup, but he’s now been scratched from Wednesday’s season opener against the San Antonio Spurs due to a hamstring injury. In his place, Jalen Suggs will join the first unit alongside Cole Anthony in the backcourt, though the lineup change is unlikely to allot him more playing time since the high lottery pick in this year’s draft figures to be a key cog in Orlando’s rotation all season. However, the absence of Harris should enable R.J. Hampton to see an expanded role in the second unit whereas Franz Wagner should also have a longer leash as the starting small forward this evening.
Rozier was previously downgraded to questionable on the Hornets’ injury report, and he’s now officially been ruled out of Wednesday’s season opener against the Indiana Pacers due to a sprained left ankle. With Rozier unavailable, Kelly Oubre will join the starting lineup alongside Gordon Hayward on the wing, though Hayward will have his minutes monitored, according to reports, which may lead to increased opportunities for the likes of Cody Martin and Miles Bridges off the bench. It remains to be seen if head coach James Borrego entrusts James Bouknight to handle meaningful minutes this early in the season, but even if he does, it appears unlikely Bouknight would see enough playing time to become relevant in large-field daily fantasy tournaments this evening.
Gibson is a late addition to the Knicks’ injury report and won’t play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Boston Celtics as he deals with a personal matter, while Noel has been downgraded from doubtful to out because of a sore left knee. Their absences do leave a sizable void at the center position, which gives Mitchell Robinson a much stabler floor and more achievable ceiling in daily fantasy formats if he’s able to stay out of foul trouble. The Knicks also do have rookie Jericho Sims to help soak up some minutes at the five-spot, but if head coach Tom Thibodeau simply chooses to condense his rotation, expect to see a decent amount of Julius Randle as the small-ball center with either Obi Toppin or Kevin Know manning the power forward position alongside him this evening.
Lamb and Holiday were originally listed as questionable on the Pacers’ injury report, but Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle disclosed to reporters during his pregame media availability that he expects them to play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Charlotte Hornets despite battling their respective ailments. Indiana will be without Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren to open the 2021-22 campaign, so even with Lamb and Holiday active, there still should be plenty of minutes available for preseason standout Chris Duarte to see substantial playing time in his NBA debut, and he remains the most likely candidate to join Malcolm Brogdon in the starting backcourt this evening.
Richardson is a surprise late addition to the Celtics’ injury report and won’t play in Wednesday’s season opener against the New York Knicks due to a migraine, while Jaylen Brown technically remains listed as questionable but was already confirmed by several sources to be in the Boston starting lineup for tonight’s contest. With Al Horford still in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Grant Williams will receive the starting nod at the power forward position, but those and Richardson’s vacated minutes figured to be distributed amongst multiple players, making Williams, Romeo Langford, and other Celtics’ reserves difficult to target in any daily fantasy formats this evening.
Rozier was originally listed as probable on the Hornets’ injury report, but he’s now being listed as questionable for Wednesday’s season opener against the Indiana Pacers due to a sprained left ankle. Should Rozier be ruled out closer to tipoff, Kelly Oubre would appear to be the leading candidate to join the starting lineup alongside Gordon Hayward on the wing, especially if head coach James Borrego doesn’t believe that rookie James Bouknight is ready for extensive regular season minutes early in the season. In addition to Oubre, reserves like Miles Bridges and Cody Martin could see increased playing time if Rozier is unavailable this evening.
During his pregame media availability, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel originally categorized Nunn as a game-time decision, but he’s now officially been downgraded to out and won’t play in Tuesday’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors due a sprained right ankle. With fringe rotation players like Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, and Talen Horton-Tucker already unavailable, Nunn was slated to be a key cog in the Lakers’ second unit, and his absence should open playing time for Malik Monk and potentially rookie Austin Reaves if Vogel decides against condensing his rotation this early in the season. The removal of another body in the backcourt rotation could also gift Kent Bazemore a longer leash on the wing as a member of the starting lineup, adding to his appeal for large-field tournament contests this evening.
The Suns will stick with the same starting five as they look to get back on track in Game 6 after losing the last three games of the series. They will look to force a Game 7 on Thursday and should be led by Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton.
The Bucks will continue to run with the same starting five after taking the last three games of the series. Tonight, they will look to take home their first NBA Finals trophy since 1971 and should be led by Giannis, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday.
The Suns will stick with the same starting five as they look to get back on track in Game 5 after losing the last two games in Milwaukee. They will look to take a 3-2 series lead tonight at home in Phoenix and be led by Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton.
The Bucks will continue to run with the same starting five after evening the series at 2 games apiece with their victory on Wednesday. Tonight, they look to steal a game on the road to take a 3-2 series lead before heading back to Milwaukee on Tuesday night.