As expected, Will Barton and Gary Harris remain sidelined with their respective ailments, but Millsap will sit on the second leg of a back-to-back set and won’t play in Thursday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers for rest purposes, while Murray and Daniels are questionable for tonight’s contest. The absence of Millsap re-opens the door for Michael Porter Jr. to maintain his recent elevated playing time, and he should continue to see full starters’ minutes with increased usage for as long as Murray remains unable to suit up with a hamstring injury. The potential absence of Daniels is intriguing since he and P.J. Dozier have been absorbing most of the available reserve guard minutes, which could allow Bol Bol to assume a larger role in the second unit.
Brogdon was listed as questionable on the Pacers’ initial injury report, but he’s officially been cleared to play in Thursday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns despite still recovering from a cervical strain in his neck. However, Brogdon showed no ill-effects in Tuesday’s win, as he managed to log nearly 33 minutes and was more than serviceable for fantasy purposes. Head coach Nate McMillan also confirmed with reporters during his pregame Zoom conference that Goga Bitadze will be available off the bench for a second straight contest, but opposed to last time out, he plans to allocate at least some of backup center minutes to Bitadze in this afternoon’s contest.
Dragic was originally listed as questionable on the Heat’s injury report, and he’s officially been ruled out of Thursday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a sprained ankle, joining fellow backcourt member Jimmy Butler on the inactive list for this today’s contest. Given how depleted the Heat backcourt will be this afternoon, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro will likely handle nearly all of the available backcourt minutes with Andre Iguodala and Derrick Jones Jr. absorbing more playing time off the bench at the forward positions. Unsurprisingly, Nunn and Bam Adebayo have benefited the most with Dragic and Butler sidelined, as they each own at least a +2.2% increase in usage rate and are averaging a minimum of +0.12 more fantasy points per minute over their normal season-long averages.
As head coach Frank Vogel hinted following Wednesday’s loss, James has officially been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets to rest a lingering sore groin on the second leg of a back-to-back set, while Caruso is listed as questionable with neck muscle spasms. Caruso has been James’ direct backup thus far in the Orlando restart, so his status for tonight’s contest is now imperative for any potential Lakers’ value options, and if he’s unable to suit up or if Vogel opts to keep him in a reserve role, Quinn Cook could step into a major role in the rotation and become an excellent source of value on this evening’s slates.
As expected, LeVert and Harris have been upgraded from their original probable designations on the Nets’ injury report and will start in Wednesday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics after missing one game with their respective ailments, while Jamal Crawford was previously ruled out after exiting early in the second quarter of Tuesday’s win with a hamstring injury. The Nets are also set to get Jarrett Allen back from a one-game absence for rest purposes, so all of the Brooklyn ancillary pieces become much less viable for daily fantasy formats, especially since there’s no expectation that LeVert or Harris will be subject to minute restrictions in their return to the starting lineup this evening.
Howard was a late addition to the Lakers’ injury report earlier this afternoon, and he’s officially been ruled out of Wednesday’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a sore right knee. The masses’ gut instinct might be to flock to JaVale McGee as a potential value option on tonight’s slate, but there is no guarantee that his role will even change given the plethora of players that can man the five spot for the Lakers in a variety of lineup combinations. In fact, Markieff Morris should take on larger role with the second unit, while Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma could spend more time at center this evening as well.
Murray was originally listed as questionable on the Nuggets’ injury report, but he’ll miss a third straight contest and won’t play in Wednesday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs due to left hamstring tightness. This means the Nuggets will be forced to run it back with the same cast of characters as they did the last two games, while Michael Porter Jr. and Monte Morris should remain in the starting lineup for at least one additional game. Porter always has a monstrous ceiling in daily fantasy formats and remains a viable option in tournaments once again at his elevated price tag, but Morris may be the better point-per-dollar option of the two since he always has a clearer path to 30 minutes if the game manages to stay competitive.
As expected, LeVert and Harris have been listed as probable on the Nets’ initial injury report for Wednesday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics due to their respective ailments, while Crawford has officially been ruled out after exiting early in the second quarter of Tuesday’s win. The Nets are also set to get Jarrett Allen back from a one-game absence for rest purposes, so all of the Brooklyn ancillary pieces become much less viable for daily fantasy formats, especially since there’s no expectation that LeVert or Harris will be subject to minute restrictions in their return to the starting lineup this evening.
Despite never being listed on the first three versions of the Heat’s injury report, Butler has been ruled out and won’t play in Thursday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics due to a sore ankle. There hasn’t been any reports of his potential replacement in the starting lineup, but in past occurrences, Tyler Herro has been the one to start alongside Kendrick Nunn in the backcourt, leaving Goran Dragic to run the second unit and usually close the game amongst the other Heat starters.
Williams has officially completed his 10-day quarantine upon his return to the Orlando bubble, and he’ll be available to play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, after originally being listed as questionable on the Clippers’ injury report. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Williams following his extended hiatus, but more than likely, he’ll be eased back into regular rotation minutes for the time being. However, his presence in the lineup does lower the minute floors of players like Reggie Jackson, Landry Shamet, and Patrick Beverley moving forward.
Despite the Bucks only listing Wesley Matthews on their injury report for Tuesday’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, it appears head coach Mike Budenholzer has decided to pull some shenanigans against the undermanned Brooklyn squad and will start Hill and Robin Lopez at the guard and center position, respectively. It seems unlikely that DiVincenzo would be rested in this scenario, but there’s less certainty Brook Lopez ends up seeing any playing time given his veteran status and inferior opponent. This makes him an easy player to avoid in all daily fantasy formats this afternoon.
As expected, Curry has been downgraded from doubtful and won’t play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings due to a sore right lower leg. Head coach Rick Carlisle already confirmed that Trey Burke will join the starting lineup alongside Luka Doncic in the backcourt, and while that may make Burke seem like a great daily fantasy option, Carlisle is notorious for tinkering with wild rotations when one of his usual starters are hurt. This means that Burke isn’t a lock for substantial minutes, and Delon Wright is still firmly in play for tournament formats given the likelihood he runs the second unit while also seeing playing time with the Dallas starters.
The Nets announced that Crawford will be available to make his season and Orlando bubble debut in Tuesday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks after being listed as questionable on the injury report due to conditioning issues. Even with Brooklyn missing three starters in Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen, it appears highly unlikely that Crawford will be able to handle a significant amount of minutes given his conditioning level. but his presence in the rotation does make playing time for players like Tyler Johnson, Chris Chiozza, and Jeremiah Martin potentially more volatile.