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Ja Morant, Devin Booker, Kawhi Leonard headline NBA injury report for Thursday, December 15

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Thursday, December 15 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedExForum on December 07, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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It’s a light slate in the NBA Thursday with just four games on tap, headlined by NBA TV’s doubleheader. Here’s a look at the injury report for the day’s games, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: December 15

Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets

Jimmy Butler (injury management) - available
Tyler Herro (ankle) - available
Kyle Lowry (rest) - OUT
Bam Adebayo (ankle) - OUT
Victor Oladipo (injury management) - OUT

Update - Lowry and Gabe Vincent are out, which means Bulter and Herro might get more playmaking opportunities. The Heat are mostly going to be intact if Adebayo plays, as Max Strus is also listed as probable. Oladipo is out.

Butler sat Wednesday, so he’ll likely play today. Herro started Wednesday, so we’ll see how the Heat approach him in this one. Oladipo likely won’t play back-to-backs so quickly after his return to the court.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Jrue Holiday (illness) - OUT

With Holiday out, Jevon Carter is the main man at point guard for Milwaukee.

Ja Morant (thigh) - available

Update - Morant is officially off the injury report, so unless he’s a late add he’ll be playing in tonight’s game.

Morant practiced Wednesday, so it seems like he’ll play. If he doesn’t, Tyus Jones is in line for heavy minutes as the lead guard.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz

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

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Devin Booker (hamstring) - available
Deandre Ayton (ankle) - OUT
Cam Payne (foot) - OUT

Update - Booker is in, which is a big boost for Phoenix. Ayton is out.

Bismack Biyombo likely starts if Ayton is out. Booker’s absence would elevate Landry Shamet and Mikal Bridges. Payne being out likely means a heavier workload for Chris Paul.

Kawhi Leonard (injury management) - OUT
Norman Powell (groin) - doubtful
John Wall (injury management) - available
Paul George (rest) - OUT
Reggie Jackson (Achilles) - OUT
Luke Kennard (calf) - OUT

Update - Leonard is out and George has also been ruled out, so the Clippers might just be punting on this game. Batum and Terance Mann are excellent plays in DFS formats with this latest news. Jackson has been ruled out, and Kennard is questionable. It might be best to avoid this game until we get a better idea of who is actually playing.

Wall sat Wednesday, so he’s likely to play today. Leonard played Wednesday and therefore is likely to sit. Powell likely remains out. Reggie Jackson will lose some value with Wall coming back in, while Paul George and Nicolas Batum are elevated in fantasy and DFS formats.