Sunday’s NBA slate features 11 games, which means a lengthy injury report comes with it. Some teams have managed to overcome injuries this season, while others have succumbed to understaffing. Here is Sunday’s injury record in the association.
NBA Injury Report: January 23
Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks
Cam Reddish (ankle) should play
Nerlens Noel (knee) questionable
Kemba Walker (knee) questionable
Reddish might not be able to fit into that rotation just yet. Walker and Noel are questionable, so look for Alec Burks and Mitchell Robinson to be potentially strong DFS options on Sunday.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
Aaron Nesmith (ankle) available
Marcus Smart (conditioned) available
Update – Smart is ready to play and apparently won’t have a minute limit. He’s a decent play in fantasy/DFS contests, but recognize that Boston’s offense will continue to run through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Both guards are likely to leave, which means Dennis Schroder and Payton Pritchard are losing value in both fantasy and DFS formats.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat
Anthony Davis (knee) OUT
LeBron James (abs) available
Update – Davis was ruled out for Sunday’s game, so the Lakers will rely offensively on James and Russell Westbrook. It also means that Dwight Howard will likely start in central Los Angeles.
Davis is a game-time decision, which is huge for the Lakers. It would be a massive comeback for the big man, and fantasy/DFS players would surely field him. James should play as usual.
Tyler Herro (protocols) OUT
Kyle Lowry (staff) OUT
PJ Tucker (calf) available
Herro and Lowry are out, which means Gabe Vincent and Jimmy Butler become the team’s primary ball handlers. Tucker doesn’t have much fantasy/DFS relevance as he’s primarily a defensive player.
Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic
Zach LaVine (knee) OUT
Alex Caruso (wrist) Out 6-8 weeks
LaVine remains out, while Caruso is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a wrist injury. Lonzo Ball also came out. Fantasy/DFS players should keep rolling with Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White in Chicago’s first backcourt.
Terrence Ross (knee) OUT
Gary Harris (back)
Update – Ross and Harris are absent. Look for Franz Wagner, Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs to get more minutes with two key players in the rotation for Orlando.
Update – Harris was added to the injury report with a back problem. He’s a trade candidate for the Magic as the deadline approaches, so getting that many games to increase his value will be key for Orlando and Harris.
With Ross questionable, Franz Wagner is more valuable in fantasy and DFS lineups.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell (staff) OUT
Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) available
Cody Zeller (knee) OUT
Nassir Little (knee) available
The Trail Blazers have a host of role players, but Little and Smith Jr. continue to be added value. They are both likely to play.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets
Kevin Huerter (hip) available
Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee)
Danilo Gallinari (Achilles) available
Update – Both Huerter and Gallinari fit on Sunday, so Hunter becomes a bit less valuable in fantasy/DFS contests. However, he’s still likely to start for Atlanta.
De’Andre Hunter is probably the best value play on the board, assuming Atlanta’s perimeter rotation continues to suffer the injury bug.
Gordon Hayward (foot) OUT
Hayward was a late addition to the injury report with a foot problem, so look for Miles Bridges and PJ Washington to absorb his minutes on the wing.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Seth Curry (ankle) OUT
Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) OUT
Danny Green (hip) OUT
With Curry, Green and Thybulle out, look for Furkan Korkmaz and Tyrese Maxey as solid replacement options in Philadelphia’s rotation.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Dallas Mavericks
Desmond Bane (protocols) TBD
Kyle Anderson (protocols) TBD
Steven Adams (ankle) available
Brandon Clarke (back)
Update – Adams is there, but Clarke is out so those who supported Jackson Jr. can keep him in line.
Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. will have higher prize money in DFS contests, especially if Adams is ruled out for this match.
Luka Doncic (neck) available
Doncic has been a surprise addition to the injury report with a neck problem but is expected to play despite the injury.
Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Nic Claxton (hamstring) OUT
Joe Harris (ankle) TBD
Update – Claxton was ruled out, so look for Sharpe to be the value play in this game for the Nets.
Claxton is still struggling with hamstrings, so look for Day’Ron Sharpe and LaMarcus Aldridge as filler options.
Patrick Beverley (ankle) OUT
Update – Beverley was ruled out, so Russell becomes a strong play in fantasy and DFS lineups.
Beverley doesn’t have much of an offensive role, but D’Angelo Russell will see additional ball-handling duties if the veteran playmaker is seated.
Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets
Will Barton (hamstring) available
Bones Hyland (illness) OUT
Update – Hyland was added to the injury report late and was released ill.
Barton has found a way to consistently appear on the injury report, but the illness changes each time. It’s likely though, so that’s good news for Denver.
Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors
Rudy Gobert (ankle) available
Bojan Bogdanovic (finger) available
Donovan Mitchell (concussion)
Update – Bogdanovic and Gobert are good for Sunday’s game, which will give the Jazz a boost.
Gobert solved that problem on Friday, so he will probably adapt. Bogdanovic has already dealt with this issue but is expected to play. Mitchell is still sidelined with concussion protocols.
Klay Thompson (injury management) OUT
Draymond Green (disc) OUT
Update – Thompson was ruled out. Look for Jordan Poole and Juan Toscano-Anderson to get more minutes accordingly. Andrew Wiggins also gets a boost in fantasy/DFS contests.
Thompson is a solid fantasy/DFS game despite some shooting difficulties. Green’s injury situation has turned into a problem area for the Warriors, who can’t afford to lose their defensive star for any length of time.