We’ve got six games on the NBA slate Thursday, with one national game on NBA TV. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: December 29
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Tyrese Haliburton (knee) - available
Update - Haliburton is in for the Pacers. Mathurin is likely still going to get decent minutes but Haliburton will take on most of the workload here.
If Haliburton doesn’t play, Bennedict Mathurin will see an increased role in this offense. Buddy Hield would also gain some value as a scorer.
Blake Griffin (illness) - OUT
Malcolm Brogdon (illness) - OUT
Update - Both Brogdon and Griffin are out, which means Horford and White are in as DFS plays.
There’s something going around across the sports world, and now the Celtics are impacted. Griffin and Brogdon are under the weather and if both sit, Al Horford and Derrick White gain value in DFS formats.
Fred VanVleet (back) - OUT
Christian Koloko (knee) - available
Update - VanVleet is out for the Raptors, but Koloko is in and could start. The big man is in line for heavy minutes in Toronto’s rotation regardless of his role.
If VanVleet doesn’t play, Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn will gain some value. Koloko sitting out could mean more minutes for Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes in the frontcourt.
Jalen Brunson (hip) - OUT
R.J. Barrett (finger) - OUT, expected to miss a week
Update - Brunson has been ruled out, so Quickley should be put in lineups.
If Brunson is out, Immanuel Quickley likely takes over as the starting point guard for New York. Cam Reddish and Quentin Grimes get some more play with Barrett out.
Keldon Johnson (back) - available
Devin Vassell (knee) - OUT
Doug McDermott (knee) - available
Update - Johnson is in and Vassell is out. That elevates Johnson as San Antonio’s top scorer and also means Sochan could see more shots in the offense.
Johnson and Vassell would gain some projected points if one or the other sits. If both play, Jeremy Sochan likely loses some scoring opportunities.
Dorian Finney-Smith (groin) - OUT
Reggie Bullock (illness) - OUT
Update - Bullock has been ruled out.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Christian Wood stand to benefit significantly if Bullock is ruled out.