The calendar has flipped to February in the association and that means the trade deadline and All-Star break are approaching fast. This is the time of year where teams either gear up for the stretch run or shuffle the deck with an eye to the future. Injuries have played in a big part in how teams think, with several top names potentially being sidelined to start the month. Here’s Tuesday’s injury report in the association.
NBA Injury Report: February 1
Brandon Ingram (ankle) available
Josh Hart (knee) OUT
Update - Ingram is available for the Pelicans tonight and should get most of the touches offensively. His efficiency could be down with Jerami Grant likely to be on him most of the night, but this does drop Alexander-Walker a bit in DFS contests.
Update - Hart has been ruled out Tuesday, so look for Jose Alvarado and Devonte’ Graham to get more minutes in the backcourt.
Ingram has missed some time and the Pelicans are really struggling with both him and Zion Williamson off the floor. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Josh Hart will be the primary beneficiaries of Ingram’s absence if he sits Tuesday.
Jerami Grant (thumb) available
Grant will be back in action for the Pistons after missing significant time with ligament tears in his thumb. He’s a target for contenders at the trade deadline, so his performance carries major weight for Detroit.
Bradley Beal (wrist) OUT
Update - Beal is expected to miss at least a week with his wrist issue.
Beal is out again, which was expected based on Monday’s report. With the shooting guard sidelined, look for Spencer Dinwiddie and Corey Kispert to get more run. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a value option in fantasy/DFS lineups as well.
George Hill (neck) OUT
Hill is out with a neck injury. This means more minutes for Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen. The former was always going to be a strong fantasy/DFS candidate, while Allen gets enough minutes to now merit more consideration as a utlility option.
Jimmy Butler (toe) available
Kyle Lowry (personal) OUT
Update - Butler is in, Lowry is out. The Heat should be better than they were Monday against the Celtics with the two-way forward back.
Butler missed Monday’s game and the Heat were a disaster without him. Lowry is still dealing with a personal issue. Look for Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent if both Heat stars cannot go Tuesday.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team.
Nikola Jokic (toe) available
Update - Jokic is in for the Nuggets, which is big news. The center might swing the line slightly back towards Denver, but the Timberwolves should still be slightly favored. Jokic is a fantasy star, and likely helps other Nuggets players retain some value as the defense will be focused primarily on him.
Jokic is questionable and if he sits, it’s best to fade Nuggets players entirely. The MVP contender manufactures such a high percentage of the team’s offense it’ll be hard to trust anyone with him out. Aaron Gordon would likely be the focus of the offense if Jokic does miss Tuesday’s game.
D’Angelo Russell (shin) OUT
Patrick Beverley (ankle) available
Josh Okogie (quad) OUT
Update - Beverley is in as expected, while Russell and Okogie are out. Both Nowall and Edwards become better plays in fantasy/DFS lineups with these injury designations.
Update - Beverley is expected to play, while Russell is likely out. This means Nowall still has great value in the backcourt for DFS contests.
Minnesota’s backcourt remains banged up. Jaylen Nowall is the value play if both Russell and Beverley sit. Anthony Edwards has been a revelation this season and likely gets more run if Okogie misses the game.
Klay Thompson (injury management) OUT
Stephen Curry (toe) OUT
Andrew Wiggins (knee) OUT
Nemanja Bjelica (back) OUT
Otto Porter Jr. (injury management) OUT
Update - As you can see, the Warriors are going to be missing a lot of big names. Look for Spurs players to have a field day in fantasy/DFS formats, while Poole and Jonathan Kuminga are value plays for Golden State.
Thompson has sat on the second game of back-to-back sets, so there’s no surprise here. Jordan Poole and Juan Tascano-Anderson are the main beneficiaries here for fantasy/DFS purposes, although the former is the more bankable asset.
James Harden (hand) available
LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) OUT - will miss at least 4 games
Update - Harden is available and will not have a minutes limit Tuesday.
Update - Harden has been upgraded to probable, which is a great sign for the Nets. Irving will retain his fantasy value, but Mills will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Harden plays.
Harden picked up the hand strain Saturday and is in line to miss another game. Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills shined in Saturday’s loss, so they’re the natural picks to make up for Harden’s loss. With Aldridge out, managers can go for Blake Griffin and Nic Claxton in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Deandre Ayton (ankle) available
Jae Crowder (wrist) available
Update - Both Crowder and Ayton are expected to play Tuesday, which means McGee and Smith get downgraded in DFS lineups. Bridges still holds value ahead of Crowder, but will see less minutes on the perimeter as a result.
Update - Both Crowder and Ayton have been upgraded to questionable, which is a great sign for the Suns. The latter would a huge boost in fantasy/DFS slates with Brooklyn’s frontcourt banged up, while Crowder is a valuable defender on the perimeter.
Ayton and Crowder are both out, which means JaVale McGee, Jalen Smith and Mikal Bridges are set for more minutes Tuesday. Look for them to be good value plays in DFS contests.