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NBA injuries to monitor ahead of Tuesday’s slate on April 20th

We note some of the injuries to keep an eye on heading into Tuesday’s five-game slate with the potential to affect basketball DFS lineups and betting lines.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets shoots as Vernon Carey Jr. of the Charlotte Hornets defends during the first half at Barclays Center on April 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

We’ve got five games on the schedule for Tuesday, April 20th, and there are plenty of big names on the injury report. We also are looking out for players who were acquired prior to the NBA Trade Deadline last week. Some of those names are still in the process of joining their new team and getting into the lineup. Here we’ll be monitoring all the latest injury news with some analysis and how to approach the injury for DFS and fantasy basketball.

NBA Injury Report: Tuesday, April 20th

Kevin Durant, PF, Brooklyn Nets

Durant was injured over the weekend and is out for Tuesday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans due to a thigh contusion. KD shouldn’t be out long but it’s still notable given his hamstring issue this season. James Harden (hamstring) also remains sidelined for the Nets, who will have to shake off a tough loss to the Miami Heat. With KD out, DeAndre Jordan should see more time at center. At $3,900, Jordan has a strong floor if he’s going to play 20+ minutes. Kyrie ($9,900) is a good GPP play. He was $300 more the last time these two teams played; Irving had 24 points and 6 assists. Landry Shamet, Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown are all $5K or under and should bring back good value.

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers have already ruled out Lillard (hamstring) and Jusuf Nurkic (rest) for Tuesday vs. the Clippers. With Dame sidelined, CJ McCollum and Norman Powell are both interesting GPP plays. McCollum is very overpriced at $8,900. The last time the Blazers faced the Clips, CJ had 41.3 DKFP at $900 cheaper. Anfernee Simons ($3,900) and Enes Kanter ($6,100) are the two guys to target. Simons should get run at PG with Dame out. He’s played at least 29 minutes in back-to-back games. Kanter will start with Nurk sidelined and was priced as high as $7,500 earlier in the season while starting with Nurk out.

Charlotte Hornets injury report

Update: Graham is available to play on Tuesday and could cut in on some of Rozier’s usage.

The Hornets are saying PG Devonte’ Graham is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the New York Knicks due to a quad contusion. Gordon Hayward is also out and LaMelo Ball as well despite getting some good news on his timeline. Malik Monk also has an ankle injury and is out. So if Graham sits, Charlotte likely starts Terry Rozier ($8,000) and Miles Bridges ($7,500) in the back court. Bridges might be the hottest player on the planet. He’s giving us highlight reel dunks and putting up nutty stats, breaking 5.0x salary value in four of six games. PJ Washington ($5,400) is probably underpriced and could see more offense if Graham sits. This is also a tough matchup on the road vs. the Knicks, so this game may not be ideal for fantasy points.