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Fred VanVleet, Kristaps Porzingis, Jerami Grant headline NBA injury report for Saturday, November 12

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Saturday, November 12 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

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Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against the Houston Rockets during the second half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on November 9, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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We’ve got eight games on Saturday’s NBA slate, with action starting at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s a look at the injury report for the day’s games, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: November 12

Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Ben Simmons (knee) - available
Kyrie Irving (suspension) - OUT

Simmons will continue playing off the bench, while Irving’s suspension has been extended for at least the next four games. Kevin Durant remains the clear fantasy play, but Cam Thomas and Joe Harris are nice value adds to DFS lineups.

Kawhi Leonard (injury management) - OUT

Leonard is making progress towards a return but remains out for now. Norman Powell and Luke Kennard are the value plays here, while Paul George retains his star status for fantasy formats.

Utah Jazz vs. Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal (protocols) - OUT
Kristaps Porzingis (groin) - available
Kyle Kuzma (illness) - available

Update - Kuzma is available and will start for Washington Saturday.

Update - Porzingis is good to go and might get some additional shot opportunities if Kuzma ends up sitting Saturday. Gafford and Hachimura lose some value in fantasy/DFS formats.

Beal has cleared protocols but remains out. That’s likely due to conditioning. Corey Kispert and Will Barton continue to be viable fantasy/DFS plays. Porzingis should be back in the lineup, which negatively impacts Daniel Gafford and Rui Hachimura’s value.

Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons

Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) - OUT
Al Horford (back) - OUT
Jaylen Brown (knee) - OUT

Update - Blake Griffin is getting the start for the Celtics ahead of Vonleh.

Update - Brown has been ruled out with a knee injury, which means Tatum and Marcus Smart will likely take the bulk of Boston’s shots tonight. Grant Williams and Derrick White could also seem some extended minutes and opportunities as Boston’s rotation loses a major piece in Brown.

Update - Brogdon has been ruled out and Horford is also taking a seat, which opens up some playing time for Noah Vonleh. Brown is questionable and if he doesn’t suit up, that means an even bigger scoring load for Jayson Tatum to shoulder.

Brogdon did not play Friday and doesn’t seem good to go Saturday. Derrick White and Payton Pritchard should continue to get run as the backup guards.

Cade Cunningham (shin) - OUT

Update - Cunningham is out once again for the Pistons. Ivey and Joseph will likely get the starting nod for Detroit. However, Saddiq Bey might be the best fantasy/DFS option in terms of shot opportunities.

Cunningham missed Friday’s game. If he sits Saturday, Jaden Ivey and Cory Joseph will be the primary backcourt pairing for Detroit.

Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers

Fred VanVleet (illness) - OUT

Update - The Raptors are starting Otto Porter Jr. and Thaddeus Young with VanVleet and Pascal Siakam out, so those two players likely hold more value than Flynn.

Update - VanVleet has officially been ruled out, potentially opening up some playing time for Malachi Flynn.

Update - VanVleet is officially being listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest.

VanVleet abruptly left Friday’s debacle against Oklahoma City with this illness, which puts his status today up the air. The Raptors have gotten funky with replacement lineups, so we’ll see what happens based on VanVleet’s final status.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Paul Reed (knee) - available
De’Anthony Melton (back) - OUT

Update - Reed is in while Melton is out for Philadelphia.

Update - Melton, a key rotation player for the Sixers, has been added to the report with a back issue. If he doesn’t play, Georges Niang should be in line for more work.

If Reed doesn’t play, Montrezl Harrell will be the primary backup center for the 76ers.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat

LaMelo Ball (ankle) - available
Gordon Hayward (shoulder) - OUT
Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) - OUT

Update - Ball is in for the Hornets, and Smith Jr. is out. Steve Clifford said Ball would play in small spurts, so he’s going to be getting inconsistent minutes here. From a fantasy/DFS standpoint, it’s hard to trust Ball with this type of minutes restriction in his season debut.

Update - Ball has been close to a return for a while and he’s now being listed as questionable for Saturday. If he plays, it’ll be a big boost for the Hornets. Smith Jr. would likely fall into a bench role if Ball is available.

With Ball and Hayward still out, Dennis Smith Jr .and Jalen McDaniels should be solid value adds to fantasy/DFS lineups.

Tyler Herro (ankle) - OUT

Update - Herro has been ruled out, which means more minutes for Strus and Robinson in Saturday’s contest.

Max Strus is likely to get the start if Herro sits out Saturday. Duncan Robinson could also see some extended run in Miami’s rotation.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Jerami Grant (ankle) - available
Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) - OUT

Update - Grant is in and Nurkic is out. This opens up some minutes for Drew Eubanks in Portland’s rotation.

The Blazers big men should be back on the court, which will provide a big boost for them on the boards. Both Grant and Nurkic will be solid fantasy plays here.

Christian Wood (knee) - available

Update - As expected, Wood is in for the Mavericks.

Wood is coming back from a minor knee injury. He will take away from shots from Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith in Dallas’ rotation.

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans

No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.