Despite originally being listed as probable on the Hornets’ injury report, Hayward is now listed as doubtful for Thursday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors due to a strained left hip. In his absence, Miles Bridges or one of the Martin twins are the likeliest candidates to join the starting lineup at small forward unless head coach James Borrego finally fully embraces his three-guard lineup by inserting LaMelo Ball into the first unit alongside Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham in tonight’s contest. However, either way, Ball should have a higher minute floor than normal and becomes an intriguing option for daily fantasy formats across the industry this evening.
Despite still being listed as questionable on the Timberwolves’ injury report, head coach Ryan Saunders confirmed that he expects Towns and Okogie to play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies barring any setbacks during shootaround and pregame warmups. Towns has admitted that his dislocated wrist isn’t fully healed, but he showed no ill effects in his return to the court by logging 37 minutes of action in Saturday’s loss. Ed Davis was the odd man out of the frontcourt rotation in that contest, while Naz Reid and Jarred Vanderbilt combined for roughly 28 minutes filling in at the backup center spot and even playing alongside Towns at the power forward position for certain stretches of the game.
Despite being listed out on the Knicks’ original injury report, Toppin has been upgraded to probable and appears to be on track to play in Wednesday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets after missing all but one game this season due to a strained right calf. The newly-signed Taj Gibson will be available to make his season debut in tonight’s contest, but his exact role in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotations remains unclear, and Toppin likely finds himself first in line for playing time off the bench at the frontcourt positions given the premium of his draft capital over the fall. Toppin saw 23 minutes as a reserve in his lone game of the year, and if he logs anywhere near that in his return, it’s likely Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and possibly even Julius Randle, who’s among the league leaders in minutes played, see a reduction in playing time this evening.
Wall is still technically listed as questionable on the Rockets’ injury report, but head coach Stephen Silas confirmed with reporters that he is likely to play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers barring some kind of setback during pregame warmups. Silas wasn’t as sure about Eric Gordon, who remains questionable with lower left leg tightness, and a decision will be made on his status once he tests out the injury in a pregame workout. If Gordon is unable to suit up, Ben McLemore, David Nwaba, and Sterling Brown would pick up the slack on the wing, but there’s been speculation of DeMarcus Cousins playing more minutes alongside Christian Wood in the frontcourt, and a matchup with large Lakers squad might be the perfect spot for Silas to test out those new lineup combinations.
Oladipo has been listed as questionable on the Pacers’ initial injury report for Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors due to right knee injury management. However, Oladipo has yet to play in the second leg of a back-to-back since sustaining a season-ending injury during the 2019 season, so appears highly unlikely to suit up for tonight’s contest. If this is the case, Aaron Holiday would likely rejoin the starting lineup and start alongside his brother, Justin Holiday, on the wing, while Edmond Sumner would be a candidate to receive playing time in the second unit with T.J. McConnell still away from the team as he tends to a personal matter.
Simmons and Embiid have both been listed as probable on the Sixers’ initial injury report for Tuesday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to their respective nagging ailments. This means the Sixers are on track to get Simmons back into the lineup following a two-game absence, but they are still down to just 10 available players and will continue to be without the services of Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Shake Milton, and Matisse Thybulle in tonight’s contest. Tyrese Maxey will more than likely start in the backcourt alongside Simmons, but he still appears to be the most impacted by Simmons presence in the starting lineup since he’ll spend much less time on the ball from an offensive creation standpoint, which does limit his floor and ceiling at an elevated price tag across the daily fantasy industry.
Ennis was originally expected to sit on the second leg of a back-to-back, but he’s officially been listed as questionable on the Magic’s injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to right hamstring injury management. Meanwhile, Evan Fournier will miss his sixth consecutive game, so Dwayne Bacon will continue to start alongside Cole Anthony in the backcourt, and if Ennis is unable to suit up, Aaron Gordon will likely slide up to the small forward position and allow Gary Clark to receive the start at the four this evening.
Westbrook has been included on the Wizards’ initial injury report and is currently listed as questionable for Saturday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to left quad soreness. Westbrook ended up logging 33 minutes in Friday’s loss, and he has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set following head coach Scott Brooks’ claims in the preseason that the team plans to rest him on one side of the back-to-back all season. This likely puts Westbrook closer to doubtful than questionable, and if he’s held out, Raul Neto would likely step into the starting lineup once again, and Troy Brown Jr. may be able to finally see some playing time with the second unit after being a DNP-CD in three straight contests.
Sexton and Dotson have been included on the Cavaliers’ initial injury report and are currently listed as questionable for Thursday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies due to sprained ankles they sustained in Wednesday’s loss. Cleveland will still be without Darius Garland and Dante Exum because of their respective ailments, so if one or both of Sexton and Dotson are unable to suit up, they would be scarcely thin at the guard positions and would likely allow Lamar Stevens to remain in the rotation. It’s also possible that Cedi Osman takes over more of the playmaking responsibilities with the dearth of initiators left on the Cavaliers active roster.
Curry has been included on the Sixers’ initial injury and is currently listed as questionable for Thursday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets due to a sore left ankle, while Terrance Ferguson is away from the team as he tends to a personal matter and will join Mike Scott and Furkan Korkmaz on the inactive list for tonight’s contest. If Curry is unable to suit up, the Sixers would suddenly be down to eight regular rotation players, which could lead to some nominal minutes for some combination of Isaiah Joe, Dakota Mathias, or Paul Reed, but the main beneficiary would be Shake Milton, who would likely step into the starting lineup alongside Ben Simmons in the backcourt. Curry’s potential absence would also elevate the minute floor of Danny Green while one or both of Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle could see extended run off the bench this evening.
George has been listed as questionable on the Clippers’ initial injury report for Wednesday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors due to a sore ankle that forced him to miss Tuesday’s loss, while Marcus Morris has been upgraded to questionable and appears to have a chance to make his season debut following an extended injury absence. Interestingly, Kawhi Leonard was excluded from the Clippers’ injury report, and if he does suit up for tonight’s contest, it would be the first back-to-back he will have played in over three years. There have been no reports if Leonard will have his minutes limited if he plays, but that’s certainly a fair assumption after he logged 37 minutes yesterday evening.
Wood is a new addition to the Rockets’ injury report and is now listed as questionable for Wednesday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers due to a sore left knee. The Rockets are already without rotation players Danuel House Jr. and Ben McLemore for tonight’s contest, so if Wood is unable to suit up, DeMarcus Cousins should be expected to handle a large portion of the center minutes with some combination of P.J. Tucker or Bruno Caboclo filling in at the five when he’s off the court. The more time Tucker spends at the center spot, the more minutes will be available for the likes of David Nwaba, Jae’Sean Tate, and Sterling Brown at the forward positions.
Doncic has been listed as probable on the Mavericks’ initial injury report for Monday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets after missing one game due to a left quad contusion. The likely return of Doncic to the starting lineup will relegate Jalen Brunson to the bench to resume his usual backup point guard role following his phenomenal fantasy performance in just under 38 minutes of action in Sunday’s loss. Doncic has been a bit more inconsistent in the early portion of the young season, but he’s still leading the Mavericks by a wide margin with a 37.9% usage rate while averaging 1.45 DraftKings and 1.39 FanDuel points per minute in a 155.9 minutes sample size thus far.
Brandon Goodwin available to play Saturday. With Rajon Rondo on the shelf, Goodwin will act as the backup PG behind Trae Young and should see somewhere in the range of 12-15 minutes. He’s not a DFS option.
Kleber has been upgraded from questionable and is now listed as probable on the Mavericks’ injury report for Friday’s matchup against the Miami Heat due to a sprained left ankle. Kleber still figures to be an integral member of head coach Rick Carlisle’s second unit for as long as Kristaps Porzingis remains sidelined as he recovers from right knee surgery, but Kleber, along with many of the Mavericks starters has had their playing time capped by three consecutive blowouts. This means that Kleber may be in line for more than the 19.3 minutes he’s averaged over this span in tonight’s contest,