We’ve got nine NBA games on the docket for the final day of 2022. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: December 31
Reggie Jackson (Achilles) - available
Nicolas Batum (ankle) - OUT
Update - Jackson is in, but Batum is out. Powell and Mann likely take on some more minutes in this one.
If Jackson sits, John Wall will have more value as the lead point guard. Batum’s absence would mean more minutes for Norman Powell and Terance Mann.
Ben Simmons (illness) - available
Joe Harris (knee) - OUT
Update - Simmons is in for the Nets.
Update - Simmons is now questionable, which is not a good sign for him given he has an illness.
Simmons should be in. With Harris out, Seth Curry and Royce O’Neale remain Brooklyn’s top wing players.
Evan Mobley (ankle) - OUT
Darius Garland (thumb) - OUT
Update - Both Mobley and Garland have been ruled out for the Cavaliers.
If Mobley sits, Kevin Love becomes a filler play in DFS lineups. Garland’s absence would mean more run for Donovan Mitchell and Raul Neto.
Zach LaVine (injury management) - available
Alex Caruso (shoulder) - available
Coby White (knee) - available
Update - Both Caruso and White are in for Chicago.
Update - LaVine is not on the injury report, so he’s in. Caruso and White should also be in for Chicago.
LaVine said he expects to play but we’ll know more as the day goes on.
Jalen Brunson (hip) - OUT
Update - Brunson is out, which means Quickley is a great DFS add.
Immanuel Quickley will continue to be a solid DFS addition if Brunson is out.
Alperen Sengun (back) - OUT
Sengun has been scratched for Houston. Tari Eason is set to get more minutes on the interior, and Usman Garuba could also be seeing more time.
Luka Doncic (ankle) - available
Update - Doncic is in for Dallas.
Doncic has been on fire of late. He’s an excellent player to build a DFS lineup around and should be in for this game.
Devin Vassell (knee) - OUT
Update - Vassell has been officially ruled out for San Antonio.
With Vassell set to miss another game, Jeremy Sochan and Keldon Johnson have some added value in San Antonio’s offense.
Herbert Jones (conditioning) - available
Trey Murphy (ankle) - available
Update - Murphy is in for New Orleans.
Update - Brandon Ingram is still out, but he’s seemingly not on a day-to-day timeline. Murphy is questionable but Jones is officially available and will be a solid DFS play if he does take the floor.
Jones didn’t play Friday despite being cleared, so his conditioning isn’t up to the mark yet. The Pelicans might hold him out again Saturday.
Rudy Gobert (illness) - available
Kyle Anderson (back) - available
Anthony Edwards (hip) - available
Update - All three guys are in for Minnesota.
Update - Gobert, Anderson and Edwards are all questionable. Edwards is a new addition to the report and is likely a precautionary move rather than an actual injury. Anderson played Friday but might sit after just returning from this back issue.
Gobert was a late scratch Friday with an illness. If he sits again, Naz Reid is the big value play on this slate.
Tyrese Maxey (foot) - OUT
James Harden (injury management) - OUT
P.J. Tucker (injury management) - OUT
Update - Both Harden and Tucker have been ruled out for the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back set. Maxey is also out.
Maxey returned to the floor Friday, but struggled in his limited minutes. The 76ers might play him off the bench in a limited fashion again or just give him the night off.
Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz
Jimmy Butler (injury management) - OUT
Update - Well, that didn’t take long. The Heat have ruled out Butler for tonight’s game. Look for Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo to take on bigger scoring roles.
This is an all-time stunner for the Heat, who have made a player’s status clear ahead of time. There’s a good chance the team starts messing with this designation throughout the day but for now Butler is set to be in the lineup to close out 2022.