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Pre-game injury round-up for NBA February 22nd slate

We track the statuses of several key players ahead of Saturday’s six-game NBA slate on DraftKings.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Amway Center. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s main NBA slate on DraftKings will consist of six games. Basketball action will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET, so you’ll want to keep track of injuries before then so you can make the final decisions on your DFS lineups. We’ve been keeping track of a few notable names you should keep an eye on ahead of tip offs, and here’s what you need to know:

Jimmy Butler

Butler won’t play for the Miami Heat in their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers for personal reasons, one NBA source told Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. Since Tyler Herro is still out with a foot injury, Andre Iguodala and Derrick Jones Jr. are candidates who could see a bump in minutes.

Luka Doncic

Doncic scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists against the Orlando Magic Friday on the ankle that was bothering him ahead of the All-Star break. Dallas has elected to rest him on the second night of a back-to-back against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. He isn’t the only key player the Mavericks are monitoring. Delon Wright could be more involved in Dallas’ offense with Doncic out.

Kristaps Porzingis

Porzingis is set to miss the second night of a back-to-back for a third straight time to protect his surgically repaired knee. Willie Cauley-Stein will also sit for personal reasons. This means Boban Marjanovic and Maxi Kleber could see some extended run and headline the Mavericks’ frontcourt rotation.

Kevin Love

Love missed the Cavaliers last game before All-Star Weekend with an Achilles injury and played just 23 minutes against the Washington Wizards on Friday. That seems to have caused his Achilles to flare up, as he’s been ruled out against the Heat with a sore Achilles. Larry Nance Jr. has averaged a double-double for the seven games he’s started this year. He seems like a likely candidate to get the call Saturday.