The NBA slate on Saturday is somewhat lighter than most days with just six games, headlined by the primetime showcase between the Nets and Warriors on ABC. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some big names on the injury report, which is starting to become more important as the trade deadline and All-Star break draw closer. Here’s Saturday’s injury report in the NBA.
NBA Injury Report: January 29
Brandon Ingram (ankle) OUT
Jonas Valanciunas (illness) OUT
Update - Valanciunas has been ruled out, so Jaxson Hayes will likely get run for New Orleans in the starting lineup as a center. He’s worth a look in fantasy/DFS contests.
Update - Ingram has officially been ruled out, paving the way for Alexander-Walker to be a value play in fantasy/DFS lineups Saturday.
Ingram and Valanciunas both missed Friday’s contest with their respective ailments. If they don’t suit up, fantasy/DFS players can look for Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Jaxson Hayes to get more minutes.
Domantas Sabonis (ankle) available
Chris Duarte (ankle) available
Update - Both Duarte and Sabonis will suit up Saturday against the Mavericks.
Update - Rick Carlisle said he expects Sabonis to play Saturday, though we’ll have official confirmation soon. Duarte is a game-time decision.
Update - Duarte was a late add to the injury report. If he doesn’t play, Justin Holiday and Caris LeVert will be the primary beneficiaries of his absence.
Sabonis played Friday, but let’s see if the Pacers are cautious with his injury and give him the second night of the back-to-back set off.
De’Aaron Fox (ankle) OUT
Update - Fox has been ruled out, so DFS players can roll out Haliburton and Mitchell in at the guard spots. The former is the better fantasy play, but the latter might be a less costly option.
Fox is questionable with his ankle issue. It’ll be Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell in the featured roles if Fox cannot suit up against the 76ers.
Seth Curry (hip) available
Update - Curry is playing and will start for the 76ers Saturday. He’s a great value play in fantasy/DFS lineups and should get decent volume with the Kings focused on Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris.
Curry has progressed to questionable with his hip injury, signaling he’s close to a return. If he doesn’t come back, Furkan Korkmaz and Georges Niang are strong value plays in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Fred VanVleet (knee) available
Scottie Barnes (wrist) available
Update - Raptors are starting Barnes, so obviously he’s good to go. This will have a slight impact on Pascal Siakam’s value but both remain good DFS options.
Update - VanVleet is officially set to play after being on track to suit up. Trent Jr. and Anunoby will lose some value in fantasy/DFS lineups with VanVleet’s return.
VanVleet and Barnes have missed time with their injuries. Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam will get boosts if both players are out again Saturday.
Jimmy Butler (toe) available
Kyle Lowry (personal) OUT
Update - Butler will play Saturday and becomes a great fantasy/DFS option.
Update - The Heat continue to be without Lowry as he deals with a personal matter. Herro and Gabe Vincent are likely to get run at the point guard spot, although the former remains the stronger fantasy/DFS play.
Butler played Friday, so he’s likely to take the floor Saturday unless the Heat have another plan. Tyler Herro remains a strong DFS option regardless of Lowry’s status.
Kyle Anderson (protocols) available
Update - Anderson is good to go and with Ziaire Williams being ruled out, becomes a fringe fantasy/DFS lineup option. Desmond Bane is still the key player for the Grizzlies on the perimeter but Anderson can be a decent filler candidate.
Anderson is a rotation player for Memphis who would get additional run with Dillon Brooks sidelined. This designation suggests he will be cleared, meaning his status will come down to conditioning.
James Harden (hand) OUT
Paul Millsap (personal) OUT
Update - Harden has been ruled out, so that means Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills will see additional value in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Update - Harden was on track to play through his hamstring injury, but has been re-added to the injury report with a hand issue. He’s now questionable to play against the Warriors.
Harden missed Wednesday’s game with the hamstring injury but is expected to be good to go here. Millsap has requested a trade, so that’s why he’s out.
Klay Thompson (injury management) available
Nemanja Bjelica (back) OUT
Update - Bjelica is out, so that means more Porter Jr. and Kuminga minutes for Golden State Saturday. The Warriors likely play more small-ball lineups as a result of the big man being sidelined.
Thompson is likely to play as he doesn’t have a back-to-back coming up. Bjelica, who has gotten more minutes with Draymond Green out, is questionable. Look for Otto Porter Jr. and Jonathan Kuminga to see extended minutes if Bjelica can’t suit up Saturday.