We’re almost into 2022. It’s New Year’s Eve and the NBA doesn’t care about your plans, they’re going to schedule a ton of games anyway. At least it gives us one last NBA DFS slate in the year 2021. Aside from the usual players in COVID-19 protocols, there are a few key injuries we’re going to monitor heading into the slate. Check below for the latest injury reports for each game, plus a bit of analysis.
NBA injury report, December 31st
Deandre Ayton (protocols) OUT
JaVale McGee (protocols) OUT
Jae Crowder (protocols) OUT
Elfrid Payton (protocols) OUT
Update — Jalen Smith is going to start in place of McGee against the Celtics.
Jayson Tatum (protocols) OUT
Dennis Schroder (protocols) OUT
Aaron Nesmith (protocols) OUT
Enes Freedom (protocols) OUT
Marcus Smart (hand) Available
Update — Smart is going to start and won’t have a minutes restriction against the Suns this afternoon.
Alex Caruso (foot) OUT
Lonzo Ball (protocols) OUT
Alfonzo McKinnie (protocols) OUT
Tony Bradley (protocols) OUT
Update - Caruso is expected to miss the team’s next two games, including Friday’s contest against the Pacers.
Malcolm Brogdon (protocols/Achilles) OUT
Chris Duarte (protocols) OUT
Isaiah Jackson (protocols) OUT
Jeremy Lamb (protocols) OUT
Luka Doncic (protocols) OUT
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) OUT
Reggie Bullock (protocols) OUT
Brandon Knight (protocols) OUT
Tim Hardaway Jr. (protocols) OUT
Jimmy Butler (ankle) AVAILABLE
KZ Okpala (wrist) OUT
Duncan Robinson (protocols) OUT
Marcus Garrett (protocols) OUT
Kyle Lowry (protocols) AVAILABLE
Gabe Vincent (protocols) OUT
Max Strus (protocols) OUT
PJ Tucker (protocols) OUT
Update - Butler will play Friday for the Heat, which is a big boost for a team struggling to get enough players on the floor. Lowry will also be able to play for the Heat.
The Heat had their previous game on Wednesday postponed. We’ll see if they get enough bodies to play against the Rockets.
Kenyon Martin Jr. (protocols) OUT
Jae’Sean Tate (protocols) OUT
Garrison Mathews (protocols) OUT
Bogdan Bogdanovic (protocols) OUT
Kevin Huerter (protocols) OUT
Gorgui Dieng (protocols) OUT
John Collins (protocols) OUT
Darius Garland (protocols) OUT
Jarrett Allen (conditioning) Probable
Ricky Rubio (knee) OUT
Update — Allen is being listed as probable to return to the lineup from the COVID-19 list tonight vs. the Hawks. It’ll impact how we approach Evan Mobley and Kevin Love on the late slate. Dean Wade also gets a downgrade. Mobley should be fine. Love likely comes off the bench with Mobley and Allen in the front court.
Paul George (elbow) OUT
Reggie Jackson (protocols) AVAILABLE
Nicolas Batum (protocols) OUT
Ivica Zubac (protocols) OUT
Update - Jackson is set to start Friday, so his conditioning level is up to the mark to get back on the court. It’s a big boost for the Clippers, who are attempting to tread water while Paul George recovers from an elbow injury.
Fred VanVleet (conditioning) AVAILABLE
OG Anunoby (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Scottie Barnes (conditioning) OUT
Precious Achiuwa (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Khem Birch (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Dalano Banton (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Update - Barnes has been ruled out, but the Raptors are getting a slew of players back with VanVleet, Anunoby and Baton all set to play. This is big news for Toronto, who hopes to be a playoff contender by the end of the season.
Update - Barnes has been upgraded to questionable, so he’s trending in the right direction for a return to the floor. Achiuwa and Birch are available to play.
Dejounte Murray (protocols) OUT
Lonnie Walker (knee) AVAILABLE
Update - Walker said he’s available to play, so the forward should see some minutes Friday.
Xavier Tillman (protocols) OUT
Dillon Brooks (protocols) OUT
Julius Randle (protocols) OUT
Danuel House Jr. (finger) OUT
Evan Fournier (ankle) AVAILABLE
Kemba Walker (knee) OUT
Update - Walker has been ruled out for Friday’s game. The Knicks will start Miles McBride in Walker’s place.
Update - Fournier will start in Friday’s game.
Update - The Knicks will start Obi Toppin instead of Julius Randle in this contest. Fournier is officially a game-time decision.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) AVAILABLE
Kenrich Williams (ankle) AVAILABLE
Josh Giddey (protocols) OUT
Aleksej Pokusevski (protocols) Active
Update - Gilgeous-Alexander and Williams are both set to play in Friday’s contest.
Anthony Edwards (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Jarred Vanderbilt (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Taurean Prince (conditioning) AVAILABLE
Karl-Anthony Towns (protocols) OUT
D’Angelo Russell (protocols) OUT
Update - Edwards is set to play Friday against the Jazz. He’s part of three Timberwolves players who will all suit up in Utah after initially being listed as questionable.
Donovan Mitchell (back) AVAILABLE
Mike Conley (rest) OUT
Joe Ingles (back) OUT
Update - Ingles has been ruled out with a back issue.
Update - Mitchell will play, and reportedly won’t have a minutes limit. With Conley resting, look for Mitchell to be the primary ball handler in this contest against the Timberwolves.
Anfernee Simons (protocols) OUT
Jusuf Nurkic (protocols) OUT
Robert Covington (protocols) OUT
Nassir Little (ankle) AVAILABLE
Update - Little, who was already probable, is set to play in Friday’s game.
LeBron James (abdominal) AVAILABLE
Avery Bradley (head) AVAILABLE
Both James and Bradley will play Friday.