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NBA injuries to monitor ahead of Tuesday’s slate on May 11th

We note some of the injuries to keep an eye on heading into Tuesday’s 11-game slate with the potential to affect basketball DFS lineups and betting lines.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James before playing against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got 11 games on the schedule for Tuesday, May 11th, and there are plenty of big names on the injury report. 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, May 11th

LeBron James, PG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers

Update: James has been ruled out.

Reports surfaced that James was targeting Tuesday's game against the Knicks last week, but the Lakers haven't released any statements suggesting that their star will play. Dennis Schroder (health protocols) is out, but the rest of Los Angeles’ roster is relatively healthy. Kyle Kuzma ($5,600), Talen Horton-Tucker ($4,200), and Ben McLemore ($3,500) will likely see drops in production if James gets back on the hardwood.

Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers

Update: Embiid has been ruled out.

Embiid (non-COVID-19 related illness) has played in the Sixers’ last eight games but is questionable ahead of Tuesday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers. Dwight Howard ($4,200) could be in for another big game after going for 19 points and 14 rebounds in his last outing.

Chris Boucher, C, Toronto Raptors

Update: Boucher will start against the Clippers.

Boucher has missed his team’s last nine games with a sprained right knee and could return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. His return could deplete the value of Khem Birch, who’s been starting in his place. Freddie Gillespie’s ($3,200) production could also take a hit with Boucher back in the mix.

Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (hip), OG Anunoby (calf), and Pascal Siakam (shoulder) have been ruled out. Malachi Flynn ($5,300) and Gary Trent Jr. ($6,000) are likely to lead Toronto’s offense.

Charlotte Hornets injury report

Update: Graham is available to play.

The Hornets still won’t have key wings in Miles Bridges (health protocols), Gordon Hayward (foot), and Cody Martin (ankle), but Devonte’ Graham (knee) is questionable. It’s unlikely that Graham will cut into the production of LaMelo Ball ($8,700) or Terry Rozier ($8,100) if he returns, but Malik Monk’s ($4,200) minutes off the bench could take a hit.

Denver Nuggets injury report

Update: Morris is available to play but will have a minutes restriction if he does. Aaron Gordon is also active.

Monte Morris (hamstring) hasn’t played since mid-April but could return to make the Nuggets’ point guard rotation much stronger. Facundo Campazzo ($5,700) likely won’t be worth paying up for if Morris comes back against the Hornets, but Austin Rivers ($4,200) still might be. Aaron Gordon (calf) is probable, and JaMychal Green ($3,400) could return a ton of value if the starting power forward can’t go for some reason.

Boston Celtics injury report

Jaylen Brown (wrist) is out for the year, and Robert Williams (toe) has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat. Evan Fournier ($5,400) and Aaron Nesmith ($3,300) are the most immediate benefactors of Brown’s injury. Tristan Thompson ($4,600) should get a bump in minutes without Williams in the fold.

Memphis Grizzlies injury report

Jaren Jackson (injury management) has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after logging a season-high 27 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Jonas Valanciunas (back) is doubtful, so there are plenty of frontcourt minutes to go around in Memphis. Xavier Tillman ($3,600) should get the largest boost in fantasy value, but Kyle Anderson ($5,600) and Brandon Clarke ($3,400) should be affected positively as well.