There are nine games on Sunday’s main slate and we’ll be keeping an eye on all the latest injuries and lineup news heading into lock at 7:00 p.m. ET. Below is a table tracking each notable player, and we’ll drop in updates throughout the day with useful information for both DFS and season-long fantasy basketball.
UPDATE: Jae Crowder (illness) available to play vs. Warriors
Jenkins says Kyle (heel) currently going through pregame workout to see if he's able to play tonight against Warriors. Says Jae Crowder (illness) is able to go. https://t.co/WJ4QKM8w87— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) December 10, 2019
UPDATE: KAT, Teague, Wiggins and Shabazz Napier will all play vs. Suns
UPDATED: Timberwolves Status Report for Dec. 9 at Phoenix:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 10, 2019
Shabazz Napier - Right Hamstring Strain
Karl-Anthony Towns – Right Knee Tendinopathy
Jeff Teague – Left Ankle Soreness
Andrew Wiggins – Left Thumb Sprain
Jake Layman - Left Toe Sprain
UPDATE: Marvin Bagley (thumb) out vs. Rockets; Bogdan Bogdanovic will play
Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) and Cory Joseph (back) are AVAILABLE tonight vs Houston.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 10, 2019
Marvin Bagley III (thumb) is OUT.
Bagley will not return to the lineup tonight, so nothing changes for the Kings rotation. Bogdanovic isn’t a bad value play at $4,800 vs. Houston. Fast-paced game.
UPDATE: Cory Joseph (back) will start vs. Rockets
UPDATE: Fred VanVleet (knee) ruled out vs. Bulls
With FVV out, Norman Powell will start in his place tonight vs. Chicago. Powell is a solid value play in DFS and is worth picking up if you own VanVleet in season long. Kyle Lowry also becomes more appealing on DraftKings as well.
UPDATE: Derrick Favors (personal) remains out; Jahlil Okafor will start ahead of Lonzo Ball vs. Pistons
Alvin Gentry says Jahlil Okafor will start tonight.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) December 9, 2019
Lonzo Ball is also coming off the bench.
Derrick Favors is back but likely won’t play tonight after his first day back with the team after missing time after his mother’s death.
There’s a bit to digest here. So Favors remains out, nothing new there. Ball will go to the bench and Okafor will start with Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick, Kenrich Williams and Brandon Ingram. This shouldn’t impact the minutes distribution all that much, may just be game planning by Alvin Gentry, but we’ll see. The Pelicans are pretty toxic right now, so not sure how appealing I view them in all fantasy formats.
UPDATE: Gordon Hayward doesn’t have minutes limit, but will be monitored
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says there is no set minute restriction tonight for Gordon Hayward, but the team will monitor him appropriately while he’s on the court.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 9, 2019
This basically means Hayward will play a normal amount of minutes is everything goes according to plan. If the game is a blowout, we may not see much Hayward, but I don’t think that should impact him in DFS. In season-long, I’d probably hold off on starting Hayward in the interim. Also he’s starting, for what it’s worth.
UPDATE: Patrick Patterson will start for Kawhi Leonard
With Kawhi resting Patterson is starting #PacersClippers— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) December 9, 2019
UPDATE: Jacob Evans (hip) available vs. Grizzlies
Jacob Evans will be available for the Warriors tonight after a 21-game absence for an adductor strain. Damion Lee, previously listed as probable, will be out. In total: 12 available players, their most since the opening week.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 9, 2019
UPDATE: Celtics SF Gordon Hayward (hand) will be available to play vs. Cavs; Marcus Smart ruled out
Celtics make it official: Gordon Hayward is available tonight.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) December 9, 2019
Marcus Smart, Robert Williams both out.
So Hayward is going to be back tonight, so we can roll him out in DFS at $3,000 on DK. We still don’t know how many minutes he’ll play, but regardless, this price is just too low and the matchup is too good. Smart (eye) is out, so we should see someone hop into the starting lineup. It could be Hayward, or possibly Grant Williams or Semi Ojeleye.
UPDATE: Timberwolves injury report lengthy vs. Suns
Timberwolves Status Report in advance of tonight's game at Phoenix:— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 9, 2019
Shabazz Napier – Right Hamstring Strain
Karl-Anthony Towns – Right Knee Tendinopathy
Jeff Teague – Left Ankle Soreness
Andrew Wiggins – Left Thumb Sprain
Jake Layman – Left Toe Sprain
So Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Napier are both probable, while Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins are questionable again. All four of them played last night vs. the Lakers, so there’s a chance this isn’t as serious as it seems. KAT and Bazz will likely play, so let’s focus on the other two. If Teague is out, we’ve seen Jarrett Culver play some point guard, plus Napier would likely play more minutes as well. Josh Okogie will also handle the ball more.
If Wiggins is sidelined, Culver and Robert Covington will play more wing minutes, plus we could see more Jordan Bell and Keita Bates-Diop off the bench.
UPDATE: Ja Morant (back) will return to lineup, Jae Crowder (illness) questionable vs. Warriors
Update: Ja Morant, previously listed as probable (back soreness), will be available for tonight's game at @warriors.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 9, 2019
In addition, Jae Crowder (illness) has been added to the report as questionable. https://t.co/J9jOoLSM7t
So Morant is expected to be back in the lineup after going through shootaround this afternoon. It also does not appear that Morant will have restrictions, so he should be in the starting 5 and get his usual allotment of minutes. This is a great matchup vs. the Dubs, so I’m OK rolling Ja out in GPPs on DraftKings at a nice price of $6,900. Tyus Jones should go back to the bench and gets a downgrade.
If Crowder is out, we should see more Solomon Hill, Marko Guduric and Grayson Allen.
UPDATE: Danilo Gallinari (ankle) ruled out vs. Jazz
Danilo Gallinari is out for OKC vs Utah due to an ankle sprain.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 9, 2019
This is a bit of a surprise since Gallo wasn’t on the injury report heading into Monday night’s slate. We could see Nerlens Noel jump into the starting lineup at PF alongside Steven Adams, or the Thunder could go with a smaller lineup and start Dennis Schroder with Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. I’d say Noel and Abdel Nader are the biggest benefactors with Gallo out.
UPDATE: Fred VanVleet (knee) questionable vs. Bulls
Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) is listed as questionable for tonight's game in Chicago.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 9, 2019
FVV is officially questionable to play tonight vs. Chicago. If VanVleet can’t go, expect Norman Powell to jump into the starting lineup and play big minutes for coach Nick Nurse. Powell is $4,900 on DraftKings, so he’d be a top value play if VanVleet can’t play.
UPDATE: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cory Joseph probable; Marvin Bagley questionable vs. Rockets
Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) and Cory Joseph (back) are PROBABLE tonight vs Houston.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 9, 2019
Marvin Bagley III (thumb) is QUESTIONABLE.
De'Aaron Fox (ankle) is OUT.
Bogdanovic and Joseph were both able to play Sunday, so it’s good news that they are on track to go on the second of a back-to-back. Bogdanovic is a decent value at $4,800 on DK. Joseph should continue to start at PG with De’Aaron Fox sidelined. Bagley was initially ruled out but has been upgraded to questionable. Still, it seems unlikely he’ll return yet.
UPDATE: Kawhi Leonard (load management) ruled out Monday vs. Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers will hold Kawhi Leonard out of tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers with knee maintenance.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 9, 2019
As expected, Leonard will not play on the second of a back-to-back to manage his knee injury. With Leonard now out, we can target Paul George heavily in DFS in a revenge narrative. The Clippers will also be without Rodney McGruder, Landry Shamet and JaMychal Green, so the Pacers are in a good spot at home.
UPDATE: Aron Baynes (calf) likely to play vs. Timberwolves
Aron Baynes (calf) will likely play tonight, says Monty Williams. Will have him on minutes restriction. #Suns.— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 9, 2019
Baynes is on track to play tonight for the Suns at home vs. Minnesota. If he does, he’ll be on a minutes restriction, however, so at $5,200 on DraftKings I’m hesitant to play him. Baynes is another body down low though, so this maybe impacts Karl-Anthony Towns? But not enough to scare us off KAT tonight.
UPDATE: Marcus Smart (eye) questionable to play vs. Cavs
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart (eye infection) may not play tonight, and Rob Williams (sore left hip) will not play tonight.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 9, 2019
Smart has an eye infection and may not be able to play tonight. If that’s the case, we could see Hayward jump back into the starting lineup, or Stevens may opt to leave Grant Williams in there again. Semi Ojeleye is also a candidate to start, while Brad Wanamaker would likely see more minutes at guard if Smart can’t play.
UPDATE: Gordon Hayward (hand) went through shootaround, on track to return vs. Cavaliers
#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward went through this morning’s shootaround with the intention of playing tonight, according to Brad Stevens.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 9, 2019
Hayward still has to meet with trainers and we may have to wait closer to game time to see if he’s in, but it looks like the forward will return tonight vs. Cleveland. At $3,000 on DK, Hayward is a prime value option given his minutes aren’t too limited. We’ll keep an eye on updates to see if Hayward will start or come off the bench.
UPDATE: Malcolm Brogdon (hand) says he’ll play vs. Clippers
Malcolm Brogdon says he’s good to go tonight vs LAC. It was a matter of pain tolerance when he sat out in New York. He dislocated his right fifth metacarpal and had ligament/tendon damage - “but people play with hand injuries all the time,” he added.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) December 9, 2019
Brogdon appears on track to play tonight vs. L.A. at home. We’re still awaiting word on Kawhi Leonard, but if he sits, Brogdon is in a decent spot against the Clips. His price is down, though we should be concerned a bit about the hand. It could make Brogdon reluctant to shoot, which would hurt his fantasy value. I’d lean against Brogdon in DFS for better options. In season-long, if you play the matchups, I’d bench Brogdon if you have a player in a more appealing spot.
NBA Injury Report, Dec. 9
|C||Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||PHX||Knee||Will Play||$9,300|
|SG/SF||Kawhi Leonard||LAC||IND||Rest||OUT||$8,300||Patrick Patterson will start for Leonard|
|PG/SG||Malcolm Brogdon||IND||LAC||Hand||Will Play||$7,300||Brogdon will start, wear brace on shooting hand|
|SG/SF||Andrew Wiggins||MIN||PHX||Thumb||Will Play||$7,300|
|PG/SG||Fred VanVleet||TOR||CHI||Knee||OUT||$7,000||Norman Powell will start|
|PG/SG||Ja Morant||MEM||GSW||Back||Will Play||$6,900||Not expected to have minutes limit|
|C||Aron Baynes||PHX||MIN||Calf||Will Play||$5,200||Likely to have minutes restriction|
|SG/SF||Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||HOU||Knee||Will Play||$4,800|
|PG/SG||Cory Joseph||SAC||HOU||Back||Will Play||$4,200||Joseph will start|
|SF/PF||Gordon Hayward||BOS||CLE||Hand||Available||$3,000||Hayward won't have minutes limit, but will be monitored|