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Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton players to monitor on NBA injury report for Tuesday, Dec. 14

We take a look at the injury report in the NBA for Tuesday night’s three-game slate.

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 6, 2021 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA has only three games on the slate for Tuesday and we could see a few things shift before later on. The Golden State Warriors had their flight to NYC delayed from Indiana due to mechanical issues and that game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip-off at Madison Square Garden. The Brooklyn Nets won’t have five players due to health and safety protocols. We’ll go over all of that in the injury report below.

NBA Injury Report, December 14th

Raptors vs. Nets

Nets starting lineup — Mills, Duke, Durant, Griffin and Claxton will start for the Nets and Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe and Kessler Edwards will come off the bench.

Update — James Harden and Bruce Brown have been placed into COVID-19 protocols and are out vs. the Raptors. KD is going to play and he may be the 8th man on the roster. Any other players become unavailable and the Nets can’t field a team.

Kevin Durant (ankle), Will Play

KD is being listed as questionable to play due to an ankle injury. He missed a game last week to get some rest, but we’re unsure if the two injuries are linked at all. If KD sits, James Harden ($11,200) becomes the play on the slate. It’s only three games but Harden may be the highest owned player if KD is sidelined. Nic Claxton ($3,100), Bruce Brown ($4,300) and Patty Mills ($5,400) are my other top plays from BKN if KD sits.

Other injuries: Paul Millsap, James Johnson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jevon Carter, DeAndre’ Bembry (COVID-19 protocols), OUT

Warriors vs. Knicks

RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin (COVID-19 protocols), Out

The Knicks are expected to be missing Barrett and Toppin again as both players are in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Knicks have lost six of their past seven games. With all three players sidelined, the Knicks have a ton of NBA DFS value to choose from on the slate. Alec Burks ($6,300) is expected to return to the lineup and be active against the Dubs. Kevin Knox ($3,600) may get some run again, but with Burks back that may not be the case. Derrick Rose ($5,000) remains a decent play and should continue to see a bunch of minutes off the bench.

Otto Porter Jr. (injury management), Out

Porter Jr. is out due to injury management. He’s still dealing with the effects of a leg injury he suffered earlier in the season, so the Warriors are taking the necessary precautions on the second game of a back-to-back set.

Suns vs. Trail Blazers

Update — Ayton is expected to play tonight vs. the Trail Blazers.

Deandre Ayton (illness), Expected to Play; Devin Booker (hamstring), OUT

We don’t have an update on Ayton so far Tuesday after he missed Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a non-COVID related illness. JaVale McGee ($4,200) remains a strong play if Ayton sits again. Jae Crowder ($4,200) and Cameron Johnson ($4,400) are the two other names to consider. Devin Booker has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, which is considered week-to-week by the team. With Booker out, Cam Payne ($4,400) and Landry Shamet ($3,800) could be strong DFS plays.

Other injuries: Jalen Smith (illness), OUT