Friday’s NBA slate features a 11 games, which means there’s a long injury report to go along with that. The league is still putting players and coaches in health and safety protocols, although that number is far less than it was a month ago. Here’s a look at Friday’s injury report in the NBA.
NBA Injury Report: January 21
PJ Washington (hip) available
Washington is good to go Friday, although he’ll be behind guys like Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and Mason Plumlee in the rotation.
LeBron James (abdominal strain) available
Update - As expected, James is available to play.
LeBron James has been banged up but should be good to go against the Magic tonight. With the weirdness going on with Russell Westbrook being benched earlier in the week, one could benefit from looking into both Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Monk as value options in DFS for tonight’s showdown.
Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) available
Update - Carter Jr. is playing Friday but is reportedly going to have a minutes limit. That likely takes him out of any fantasy/DFS consideration for the day’s slate.
Wendell Carter Jr. could possibly return to the court against the Lakers tonight but in the event that he’s limited, one could still lean on Mo Bamba as a strong fantasy option. He’s averaged 31.3 fantasy points in DFS over the last three games and his 32 point performance against the 76ers on Wednesday earned him 49 DFS points.
Nicholas Batum (protocols) available
Marcus Morris Sr. (personal) available
Update - Batum is available for Friday’s game and becomes a solid DFS play as a creator on the perimeter for the Clippers. Morris is also set to play, which likely impacts Terrace Mann’s ceiling in tonight’s contest.
With Batum and Morris potentially out yet again for the Clippers, Ivica Zubac continues to be a strong DFS and fantasy play. The big man put up 32 points and 10 rebounds against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Seth Curry (ankle) OUT
Danny Green (hip) OUT
Matisse Thybule (shoulder) OUT
Update - Curry is out, which means guys like Maxey ($6,000) and Furkan Korkmaz ($4,100) get some additional value in fantasy and DFS lineups.
With Seth Curry questionable, fantasy users should still look into Tyrese Maxey as an option. He’s averaging 27.8 fantasy points over his last five outings.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee soreness) OUT
Clint Capela (ankle) available
Danilo Gallinari (ankle) OUT
Update - Capela is playing Friday, but his presence likely affects John Collins ($7,200) ahead of Hunter.
Clint Capela’s ankle injury has opened up De’Andre Hunter as an effective weapon in the paint, so keep him a look in your lineups.
Tyler Herro (protocols) OUT
Kyle Lowry (personal) OUT
New role players have continually stepped up for the Heat as of late as guards like Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry, and Jimmy Butler have missed time. Any one of Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, or Caleb Martin would present themselves as a strong value play for tonight’s game.
Aaron Nesmith (ankle) OUT
Marcus Smart (reconditioning) OUT
Update - Both Nesmith and Smart have been ruled out, meaning Schroder ($6,700) and Payton Pritchard ($3,200) are viable fantasy and DFS options Friday against Portland.
Keep tabs on the status of both Smart and Nesmith heading into tonight’s home game against the Blazers. Dennis Schroder is right there for the taking if Smart isn’t able to suit up.
Gary Trent Jr. (ankle) available
Gary Trent Jr. could potentially return from a two-week hiatus for tonight’s game but in the event that doesn’t happen, Scottie Barnes’ role only increases.
Kyle Kuzma (neck) OUT
Kuzma has been ruled out with a neck injury, which means Rui Hachimura ($3,300), Montrezl Harrell ($4,600) and Daniel Gafford ($4,300) could carry some additional value in fantasy and DFS formats.
Lonzo Ball (knee) OUT
Zach LaVine (knee) OUT
Alex Caurso (conditioning) minutes limit
Update - Caruso remains on a minutes limit with his conditioning, so Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White remain strong fantasy/DFS plays Friday.
The Bulls continue to re-adjust in life without Lonzo Ball or Zach LaVine and that presents the opportunity for Coby White and Alex Caruso to continue to present themselves as viable fantasy options.
Kevin Durant (MCL sprain) OUT
Paul Millsaps (personal) OUT
Nic Claxton (hamstring) OUT
Update - Claxton has been ruled out as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Aldridge and Day’Ron Sharpe will be Brooklyn’s primary interior players in Claxton’s role.
As the Nets navigate the next month without Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge becomes a primary inside presence for the Brooklyn while Kessler Edwards could be a potential fantasy sleeper.
Desmond Bane (protocols) OUT
Kyle Anderson (protocols) OUT
Dillon Brooks (ankle) OUT
The Grizzlies are still without both Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks at shooting guard and that only increases the value of Ja Morant as a No. 1 fantasy option. Brandon Clarke has also been a solid hand for the last week and a half and is worth a look for DFS users.
Bryn Forbes (trade) available to make debut
Forbes, who was acquired in a trade with the Spurs, is available for the Nuggets Friday.
Jerami Grant (thumb/protocols) OUT
Jerami Grant continues to sit out as the Pistons have been sending feelers out to trade him by the deadline. Saddiq Bey had himself a solid 30 point, seven rebound performance on Wednesday and could be a primary starter in fantasy lineups for tonight.
Rudy Gobert (ankle) available
Hassan Whiteside (protocols) OUT
Update - Gobert is playing Friday, so the Jazz will likely stick with their traditional rotation sans Mitchell.
Rudy Gobert could potentially miss tonight’s game against the Pistons with an ankle injury. With Hassan Whiteside also out for this game, look for Royce O’Neale to step it up in the post.
Draymond Green (disc) OUT
Klay Thompson (injury management) OUT
Andrew Wiggins (foot) available
Update - Wiggins is listed as available to play, so he’s likely to start and become a key part of the offense with Thompson and Green out.
Update - Wiggins has been added to the injury report with a foot issue and is officially questionable for the contest.
Both Green and Thompson are out, so look for Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole to step into larger roles offensively. Stephen Curry is still the focal point of this team but these supporting players will be strong fantasy/DFS options Friday.