Ibaka has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Wednesday’s Game 6 matchup against the Boston Celtics despite dealing with a sprained ankle. Head coach Nick Nurse already confirmed with beat reporters on his Zoom conference call that Ibaka won’t be subject to a minute restriction, though he was only on pace to barely eclipse the 20-minute mark even prior to leaving Monday’s contest with an injury. However, Ibaka has largely been playing more minutes than Marc Gasol throughout the entire playoffs, so it’s certainly possible he sees a resurgence in his playing time this evening.
House Jr. is a late addition to the Rockets’ injury report, and according to head coach Mike D’Antoni, he won’t play in Tuesday’s Game 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to personal reasons that aren’t related to COVID-19. His absence will be a significant loss for Houston since House has logged at least 20 minutes off the bench in each of the first two games of this second-round series, so in his place, expect D’Antoni to distribute more playing time to Jeff Green, Ben McLemore, and Austin Rivers in the second unit instead of expanding his rotation.
Antetokounmpo will reportedly be held out of Tuesday’s Game 5 matchup against the Miami Heat after previously being listed as questionable on the Bucks’ injury report with a sprained ankle. Head coach Mike Budenholzer admitted to reporters that Antetokounmpo’s lack of mobility was the primary reason for being cautious with the reigning MVP following his exit just 11 minutes into Sunday’s win. In his absence, Donte DiVincenzo slotted into the starting lineup on the wing as Milwaukee went relatively small with Khris Middleton at power forward, and DiVincenzo will more than likely start ahead of Marvin Williams in tonight’s contest, while George Hill, Eric Bledsoe, and possibly even Pat Connaughton should also benefit from increased playing time this evening.
After briefly being a game-time decision, Antetokounmpo has been confirmed in the Bucks’ starting lineup and will play in Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the Miami Heat despite dealing with a sprained ankle. Antetokounmpo reiterated to reporters following Friday’s loss that the ankle “wasn’t bothering him at all” throughout the game, but that’s clearly not the case given the previous uncertainty about his status this close to tipoff. There’s been no report of a potential minute restriction for Antetokounmpo, but if his effectiveness is hampered by the ailments, players like Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe could be more intriguing options in tournament formats this afternoon.
Olynyk has been included on the Heat’s active roster and will be available to play in Sunday’s Game 4 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing one game due to a bruised knee, while Herro is also active, as expected, following his original probable designation on the injury report with a bruised hip. With Olynyk sidelined, head coach Erik Spoelstra opted to fill his spot in the rotation with Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr., but with Olynyk presumably healthy, both Leonard and Jones will likely find themselves on the outside of the regular frontcourt rotation moving forward.
Olynyk has officially been downgraded from questionable and won’t be active for Friday’s Game 3 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a right knee contusion, while Iguodala will be available to play despite sustaining a sprained ankle during Wednesday’s win. Olynyk has had just a minimal role off the bench thus far in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but in his absence, either Derrick Jones Jr. or Meyers Leonard could step into that vacated playing time, though Leonard has only played in two games throughout the duration of the seeding games and the playoffs, so it’s highly unlikely he sees enough minutes, if any, to become relevant in daily fantasy formats this evening.
As expected, head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Beverley will play in Thursday’s Game 1 matchup against the Denver Nuggets after missing all but one game of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series due to a strained calf. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Beverley, but given the presence of Lou Williams and Reggie Jackson in the backcourt rotation, it’d be at least mildly surprising if Beverley saw a normal allotment of minutes in tonight’s contest. However, his availability will still likely send Landry Shamet back to the bench to resume a reserve role, and possibly out of the rotation entirely, following five consecutive starts.
Bledsoe has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup against the Miami Heat after missing the first game of the series due to a strained hamstring. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Bledsoe, but either way, his return will be enough to send George Hill back to the bench to resume a reserve role following a relatively dismal fantasy performance in 36 minutes of action in Monday’s loss. Even with Bledsoe available, Frank Mason will remain on the active roster, which relegates Robin Lopez to the inactive list even though he was unlikely to see playing time in tonight’s contest anyway.
Bledsoe was originally listed as questionable on the Bucks’ injury report, but he’s now been listed on the official media sheet as inactive for Monday’s matchup against the due to a strained left hamstring. In his absence, George Hill will receive the starting nod at the point guard position, but Donte DiVincenzo should be expected to spend plenty of time manning the point as well, while Pat Connaughton and Kyle Korver may also see a few extra minutes trickle their way in the second unit this evening.
Nuggets to start Murray, Morris, Grant, Millsap and Jokic with Gary Harris off the bench. Harris’ presence should give the Nuggets some extra perimeter defense to throw at Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. Harris’ return is likely to eat mildly into the minutes of Monte Morris, Torrey Craig and/or PJ Dozier.
No surprise here. It’s expected that he’s going to come off the bench and will have a restriction on his playing time.
Gary Harris is expected to return to the floor Sunday night, but will be on a minutes restriction. He’s projected for 20 minutes in the RotoGrinders projections and isn’t a solid per-minute contributor, but he’s certainly on the value radar for single-game contests. Harris’ presence should give the Nuggets some extra perimeter defense to throw at Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. Harris’ return is likely to eat into the minutes of Monte Morris, Torrey Craig and/or PJ Dozier.
Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Dorian Finney-Smith are all expected to play Sunday, which has been the prevailing thought despite them previously being listed as questionable. With Porzingis on the shelf, expect Luka to continue doing a ton of heavy lifting with guys like Hardaway Jr. and Burke helping as ancillary scorers.
Patrick Beverley will not play Sunday, marking yet another absence in the opening round of the playoffs. It’s expected that Landry Shamet will continue to start, but Reggie Jackson should see a very similar allotment of minutes off the bench and is the preferred DFS target between the two. Lou Williams’ minute projection also rose very slightly as a result of Beverley’s absence.
Gabriel was never listed on the Trail Blazers’ injury report, but he’s now officially been ruled out and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to quad tendinitis. This leaves Portland even more shorthanded than they already were with Damian Lillard sidelined, and they now have just nine active players for tonight’s contest. However, head coach Terry Stotts is likely to utilize just a seven-man rotation, which makes players like Mario Hezonja, Hassan Whiteside, and Anfernee Simons more intriguing options in daily fantasy formats since they should have much higher minute floors this evening.