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NBA injuries to monitor ahead of Wednesday’s slate on May 5th

We note some of the injuries to keep an eye on heading into Wednesday’s 9-game slate with the potential to affect basketball DFS lineups and betting lines.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a play during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on May 03, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

We’ve got 9 games on the schedule for Wednesday, May 5th, 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: Wednesday, May 5th

Norman Powell, SG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers

Powell (knee) has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported. Anfernee Simons ($3,100) could see some more playing time with Powell sidelined, as well as Robert Covington ($5,100) and Carmelo Anthony ($3,900).

Milwaukee Bucks injury report

Update: Middleton has been ruled out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (thigh) and Jrue Holiday (hip) are probable to play tonight vs. the Washington Wizards. Khris Middleton (knee) is being listed as doubtful to play. Giannis ($10,900) is a great play going up against the high-scoring Wizards. The total on this game is 243 and that seems low, if we’re being honest. Middleton being out hurts the Bucks a bit. It also opens up more minutes for Donte DiVincenzo ($4,600), Bryn Forbes ($3,300) and Pat Connaughton ($3,200).

Houston Rockets injury report

Christian Wood (ankle) has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. Danuel House Jr. (ankle) is also sidelined while DJ Augustin will be available to play. The Rockets only have 8 players available against the Sixers, so this one could get ugly fast.

Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets

Update: Jokic is fine and will start tonight vs. the Knicks.

The MVP favorite is being listed as probable to play tonight vs. the New York Knicks due to a toe injury. It doesn’t appear to be serious, but is worth noting considering how important Jokic is to the Nuggets and fantasy owners. At $10,700, Jokic is going to be a decent GPP play against the Knicks. New York is a solid defensive team and we saw what the Lakers did to the Nuggets on the defensive end on Monday. If the toe is bothering Jokic at all, we could see his minutes monitored a bit. With the Nuggets thing at guard with PJ Dozier, Monte Morris and Will Barton all sidelined, Facundo Campazzo ($4,600) and Austin Rivers ($3,400) are strong value options. Rivers played for the Knicks earlier this season, so a bit of a revenge narrative there.

Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers

Dame is dealing with a foot injury and, like Jokic, is being listed as probable to play tonight vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Every game is must-win for the Blazers, who are trying to steer clear of the play-in tournament in the West. Lillard ($9,400) is a good tourney play given the Cavs went to OT with the Suns on Tuesday night. It also could mean the Blazers just pull away early and don’t look back. The Blazers are favored by 12.5 points on the road, so Portland may not be the best option outside of cash games.

Jaylen Brown, SG, Boston Celtics

Update: Thompson has been ruled out with Brown, so we’re good to roll out Time Lord against the Magic, who now may also be down WCJ (see below). The only worry really is that the Celtics run away with this game. Otherwise, it should have a ton of value on both teams.

The Celtics ruled Brown (ankle) out for tonight’s game vs. the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Tristan Thompson (pectoral) is being listed as questionable. With Brown sidelined, Jayson Tatum ($10,100) is a good GPP play against a Magic team that is missing a big chunk of its rotation players. Robert Williams ($5,400) becomes a very attractive all-around play if Thompson is ruled out.

Wendell Carter Jr., C, Orlando Magic

Update: Carter has been ruled out vs. the Celtics, so Bamba is definitely in play in cash games. The Celtics won’t have Tristan Thompson and are thin on the interior as it is.

The long list of injuries gets longer for the Magic. WCJ is being listed as questionable due to an eye issue. Chuma Okeke (ankle) may not play again this season. Orlando is already without Terrence Ross, Michael Carter-Williams, James Ennis and Otto Porter (among others). If Carter is ruled out, Mo Bamba ($5,300) is in the perfect spot to smash value on DK. Moritz Wagner ($4,900) is also in play being the only other big behind Bamba. Wagner has played big minutes the past few games with Okeke out. Carter correlates more with Bamba at center. This price is actually insane for Bamba, who is averaging almost 30 DKFP over his past five games.