We’ve got five games on Saturday’s NBA slate anchored by a NBATV doubleheader featuring Timberwolves-76ers and Jazz-Trail Blazers. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: November 19
Gary Trent Jr. (hip) - OUT
Otto Porter Jr. (toe) - OUT
We don’t know exactly how Nick Nurse will align his team, but Scottie Barnes and Fred VanVleet should get the most run in this game for Toronto. Christian Koloko is also a good bet to get extended minutes.
Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) - OUT
Gary Harris (injury management) - OUT
Update - The Magic are playing it safe with Carter Jr., ruling him out for Saturday’s game.
Update - Harris is out while Carter Jr. is considered a game-time decision.
Update - Carter Jr. is officially listed as questionable but said Friday he expects to play. Harris might sit, which could open up some minutes for Terrence Ross and RJ Hampton.
Carter Jr. played in Friday’s win over the Bulls and should be good to go tonight but we’ll see if the Magic decide to rest him here.
Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) - available
Update - Haliburton is available for Saturday’s game, although he’ll be closely monitored and could have his minutes capped if he shows any signs of favoring the ankle.
Update - Haliburton is officially questionable for Saturday’s contest.
Haliburton suffered this injury late in Friday’s game against the Rockets and the team might decide to play it safe here. Bennedict Mathurin would be in line for more minutes if Haliburton takes the night off.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Tobias Harris (hip) - OUT
Tyrese Maxey (ankle) - OUT, expected to miss 3-4 weeks
De’Anthony Melton (back) - available
Furkan Korkmaz (knee) - OUT
Update - Harris is out once again with a hip issue.
Update - Melton is in for tonight, while Korkmaz has been ruled out. Maxey is expected to miss close to a month with his foot injury, so the Sixers are going to be have to figure out how to navigate this next portion of the season without him. James Harden will be back soon, so that softens the blow a bit for Philadelphia.
Maxey will get a MRI done to see exactly how bad the damage is. The Sixers would love to get Harris, who sat Friday’s game, back in the lineup to replace some of Maxey’s offensive production. Melton will likely have a bigger role as well assuming he powers through a back issue.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Keldon Johnson (ankle) - available
Devin Vassell (ankle) - OUT
Doug McDermott (calf) - available
Jakob Poeltl (knee) - available
Update - Poeltl is in for the Spurs.
Update - Johnson and McDermott are in while Vassell is out.
Johnson and Vassell are the keys here from a shot standpoint. If Poeltl sits, Charles Bassey or Gorgui Dieng would be in line for more playing time. Tre Jones would benefit most from Vassell’s absence, although Johnson would become the primary offensive option.
Kawhi Leonard (injury management) - available
Update - Leonard isn’t listed on the official NBA injury report, so we’ll say he’s good to go for this contest. He’ll likely still have a minutes limit for this game as the Clippers try to manage his workload early in the season.
Leonard made his return Thursday and started that contest for the Clippers. He played 25 minutes, recording six points, five rebounds and four assists. Paul George would be the beneficiary in fantasy/DFS formats if Leonard decides to sit this one out.