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Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis headline NBA injury report for Thursday, February 17

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Thursday, February 17 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat looks on during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on February 15, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida.
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We’ve hit the last day of games ahead of the All-Star break and it’s a light slate with just five contests, with 76ers-Bucks on TNT being the marquee matchup. Here’s a look at Thursday’s injury report in the association as the league prepares for an extended break.

NBA Injury Report: February 17

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) available
Tyler Herro (knee) OUT

Update - Butler is officially available to play and will start Thursday.

Butler is on track to play and should be a strong fantasy/DFS option while Herro is out. The latter designation elevates Duncan Robinson as a nice filler play in lineups.

Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) OUT
Rui Hachimura (ankle) available

Update - Hachimura is in, but Gafford and Thomas Bryant remain backup options for Washington. All three could be value fantasy/DFS plays.

With Washington hurting in the frontcourt, Daniel Gafford looks to be a value add for Thursday’s slate.

Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Reggie Bullock (hip) OUT
Trey Burke (shoulder) OUT

Update - Bullock and Burke are both out, so Finney-Smith and Brunson should see extended minutes Thursday.

Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson are the two names to watch if both Bullock and Burke cannot go Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Grayson Allen (hip) OUT
DeAndre’ Bembry (thumb) OUT

With Allen doubtful and Pat Connaughton out until the end of the regular season, look for fringe players like Lindell Wigginton and Jordan Nwora to be good value adds to the fantasy/DFS lineup Thursday. Bembry, the team’s latest free-agent signing, has been ruled out with a thumb injury.

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Eric Gordon (groin) OUT
Kevin Porter Jr. (illness) OUT

Update - Porter Jr. has been ruled out, so Tate and Green will see additional value in fantasy/DFS formats.

Gordon is officially out, while Porter Jr. is doubtful. Christian Wood is not on the injury report, so he automatically becomes a good fantasy/DFS option. Jae’Sean Tate and Jalen Green are also strong plays with the additional minutes they’ll likely take on.