Rondo has been listed as questionable on the latest version of the Laker’s injury for Saturday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers due to back spasms that forced him to be scratched from the active roster earlier in the week. Rondo has yet to see any playing time during the Lakers’ stay in the Orlando bubble, but if he does end up being available, Alex Caruso and potentially J.R. Smith figure to see a reduction in minutes with the second unit moving forward whereas Dion Waiteouts should remain firmly out of the rotation with an extra body available to soak up guard minutes off the bench.
Despite originally being listed out on the Rockets’ injury report, Westbrook has officially been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing the previous six games due to a strained quad. Westbrook will test out his ailing quad in pregame warmups before a final decision is made on his status for tonight’s contest, but if he’s cleared to return, it’d be unlikely that he would be subject to a minute restriction since the Rockets tend to hold their players out until they’re ready to handle a full allotment of minutes. If Westbrook is able to suit up, Danuel House Jr. would likely be relegated to a reserve role, while Ben McLemore would almost certainly find himself out of the regular rotation entirely.
The Mavericks have added Finney-Smith to the injury report, and he is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a strained left hip and sore right hip, while Kristaps Porzingis remains questionable because of a sore right knee that forced him to be a late scratch from Sunday’s win. Luka Doncic and Trey Burke are also still listed as probable with their respective ailments, but if Porzingis and Finney-Smith are unable to give it a go, the Mavericks could find themselves extremely thin in the frontcourt which could lead to expanded roles for the likes of Justin Jackson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Boban Marjanovic regardless if they start or come off the bench this evening.
Dort was originally listed out on the Thunder’s initial injury report, but his status has been upgraded and is now listed as questionable for Thursday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets after missing Game 1 due to a sprained left knee. In his absence, Terrance Ferguson ended up receiving the starting nod alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and was largely irrelevant in daily fantasy formats during his 16 minutes of action. Ferguson was apart of the committee that spent time trying to defend James Harden in the previous contest, but if Dort is cleared to play, Ferguson would more than likely be relegated back towards the end of head coach Billy Donovan’s rotation and be a likely candidate to pick up a DNP-CD this afternoon.
Porzingis has officially been upgraded from questionable to probable, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, for Wednesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a sore right knee that has occasionally caused him irritation during this Orlando restart. However, there haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Porzingis, so he should be expected to see a full allotment of minutes, especially after being wrongfully ejected following a questionable technical foul call early in the second half of Game 1.
Beverley is a new addition to the Clippers’ injury report and is listed as questionable in advance of Wednesday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks due to a lingering left calf strain that has already forced him to miss several of the seeding games during the restart in the Orlando bubble. Beverley was limited to just 20 minutes in Game 1, but that was mostly because of foul trouble and didn’t seem to be hindered by the injured calf too much at all. If Beverley is unable to suit up, Landry Shamet may take on a slightly larger role in the second unit, but make no mistake, Reggie Jackson and Lou Williams figure to benefit the most, though Williams already logged 31 minutes last time out, leaving little room for an increase in workload this evening.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed with reporters during his pregame Zoom availability that he expects Jones Jr. to be cleared and available to play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers after originally being listed as questionable on the Heat injury report due to a strained neck. However, there’s no guarantee that Jones will even be apart of the forward rotation given the likely condensed minutes and Kelly Olynyk also absorbing some playing time at power forward alongside Bam Adebayo in the frontcourt.
Anunoby and Ibaka have been downgraded on the latest version of the Raptors’ injury report and are listed as doubtful for Friday’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets due to their respective ailments, while Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, and Fred VanVleet are listed out for rest purposes. It’s a bit strange that Marc Gasol is the only Toronto starter that’s been excluded from the injury report, so it would not be surprising if he’s a healthy inactive or plays very limited minutes in today’s contest. This will pave the way for Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Chris Boucher, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to take on primary roles in the offense and makes them all viable options for daily fantasy formats this afternoon.
Porzingis has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful on the latest Mavericks’ injury report for Thursday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns due to a bruised heel, while Curry was upgraded from questionable to probable with a sore right leg that has forced him to miss three of the previous five games. The last time Porzingis was unavailable for a game in the Orlando bubble, Boban Marjanovic ended up receiving the start at the center position and was stellar for fantasy purposes in 25 minutes of action. However, head coach Rick Carlisle may be the most finicky coaches in the NBA with his starting lineup and rotations, so it’d be far from surprising if someone like Maxi Kleber started at the five instead this afternoon. Still, Marjanovic is always worth a flier in tournament formats if his ownership permits and today will be no different if he does draw another spot start.
LeVert, Harris, and Allen were all originally listed as doubtful on the Nets’ injury report, but they’ve all now been upgraded to probable for Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers despite dealing with their respective ailment. Now that all three starters appear on track to play, ancillary Nets rotation players become much less appealing options in daily fantasy formats, though Rodions Kurucs may still find himself in consideration for tournament formats since head coach Jacque Vaugh opted to start him and Garrett Temple over Lance Thomas and Tyler Johnson, respectively, in the previous game.
Mitchell has been included on the Jazz’s initial injury report and is questionable for Saturday’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets due to a peroneal strain in his lower left leg, while O’Neale is probable with right calf soreness but is fully expected to return from a one-game absence this afternoon. As for Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert, they weren’t included on the injury report after sitting out Friday’s first leg of this back-to-back set due to rest purposes, and if Mitchell is unable to suit up, they’ll become fantastic daily fantasy options along with Jordan Clarkson, who should assume starters’ minutes even if he remains in his usual sixth-man role off the bench.
Adams is a late addition to the Thunder’s injury report and is listed as questionable for Friday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a lower left leg contusion. Adams was able to return to the game in Wednesday’s win, so it would be somewhat surprising if he’s unable to suit up for today’s contest. However, if he is unavailable, Nerlens Noel would instantly become of the top value options of the slate since he’d be the only true center on the Thunder’s active roster with Mike Muscala already ruled out and still in the concussion protocol.
Both players will be game-time decisions. Holmes’ absence would land Alex Len on the punt play radar – Len seemed to hop Harry Giles in the rotation yesterday but it’s possible Giles gets more involved with Holmes out. That’s still a very fluid situation. If Bazemore sits, we could see DaQuan Jefferies get more involved off the bench, but there won’t be any big winners from a DFS perspective.
Westbrook is still listed as questionable on the Rockets’ injury report, but according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the team is planning on being without their All-Star guard for Thursday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a right quad contusion. There was only one game prior to the Orlando restart where both Westbrook and Eric Gordon were inactive, and in that contests, Ben McLemore ended up receiving the start alongside James Harden in the backcourt, but he logged just 15 minutes while Austin Rivers came off the bench and saw nearly 33 minutes off of action.
Finney-Smith has been added to the Mavericks’ injury report and is now listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks due to a right hip injury, while Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry were already ruled out with their respective ailments. In Porzingis’ absence, Maxi Kleber is the overwhelming candidate to join the starting lineup, and he’s managed to record between at least 28 minutes as a starter in the four previous games Porzingis has been sidelined for rest, culminating in a stellar fantasy performance in just over 33 minutes of action in last Monday’s loss. On top of that, Kleber and Luka Doncic both own a minimum of a +1.3% increase in usage rate and are averaging at least +0.10 more fantasy points per minute with Porzingis, Curry, Jalen Brunson, and Dwight Powell off the court this season.