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Jimmy Butler, Devin Vassell, Michael Porter Jr. headline NBA injury report for Thursday, December 8

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Thursday, December 8 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Miami Heat v Memphis Grizzlies
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 5, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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We’ve got just three games on Thursday’s NBA slate, which makes for a light injury report. 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 8

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat

Paul George (hamstring) - available
Kawhi Leonard (ankle) - OUT
Luke Kennard (injury management) - available
John Wall (injury management) - available
Norman Powell (groin) - OUT
Terence Mann (concussion) - OUT

Update - Leonard and Powell being out is not surprising, but Mann is the late scratch with concussion issues. Kennard gets a bump now as he’s back in, as does Wall. George will be the top offensive option if he suits up.

The Clippers are on the second night of a back-to-back set, so we’ll see how they handle their players tonight.

Jimmy Butler (conditioning) - available
Tyler Herro (ankle) - available
Max Strus (shoulder) - available
Kyle Lowry (rest) - OUT

Update - Butler and Herro are both in and starting. Strus isn’t starting but should be in the rotation.

Update - Lowry is out as a precaution, and Gabe Vincent is also out with a knee injury. This could give Butler and Herro some additional value as initiators in the offense.

Butler should be back in the lineup. Herro and Strus will also be back in.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Porter Jr. (knee) - available

Update - Porter Jr. is in for the Rockets.

If Porter Jr. is out, look for Jalen Green and Eric Gordon to get most of the shots in this offense.

Devin Vassell (knee) - OUT

Update - Vassell has been formally ruled out.

The Spurs have a ton of other rotation players down, so Keldon Johnson is likely the only viable DFS play.

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Michael Porter Jr. (heel) - OUT
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (wrist) - available

Update - MPJ remains without a timetable for return, so this is starting to become a bit of a concern for the Nuggets. KCP should be in for Denver.

Aaron Gordon continues to be a great third option in Denver’s offense with Porter Jr. out.

Josh Hart (ankle) - available

Update - Hart is in for the Blazers.

Hart should be in line for big minutes and is a solid filler play in DFS lineups.