There are eight games on Sunday’s NBA slate, a few more than usual now that the NFL season is starting to wind down. Eight games means a lengthy injury report, which will certainly impact how bettors approach this slate. Here’s Sunday’s injury report in the association.
NBA Injury Report: February 6
Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) questionable
Furkan Korkmaz (knee) questionable
Thybulle and Korkmaz are key rotation players on the perimeter, so look for Seth Curry and Georges Niang to get more looks if both are ruled out.
Zach LaVine (back) OUT
Coby White (groin) OUT
Update — LaVine will not play for the Bulls this afternoon against the Sixers. White is a game-time decision, so we’ve got some time before any word on him. With LaVine out, Ayo and DeRozan continue to get a bump while Nikola Vucevic isn’t a bad play in a revenge spot. It’ll be tough to trust Vuce outside of GPPs given the matchup vs. Joel Embiid.
LaVine is expected to play despite the designation, while White’s status is a bit more clouded. In any case, Ayo Dosunmu and DeMar DeRozan remain strong fantasy/DFS plays Sunday.
Cade Cunningham (hip) OUT
Cunningham continues to deal with a hip issue. If he’s out, Cory Joseph and Killian Hayes will be the natural replacements in fantasy/DFS lineups.
D’Angelo Russell (shin) available
Patrick Beverley (ankle) available
Josk Okogie (quad) OUT
Update — D’Lo is going to play for the T-Wolves against the Pistons today. We’re still waiting for word on Pat Bev and Okogie.
Russell looks like he could return, and Beverley should continue to play through the ankle injury. That means Jaylen Nowall loses some value in fantasy and DFS contests. If Okogie doesn’t play, Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince will take most of the wing minutes for Minnesota.
James Harden (hamstring) OUT
Nic Claxton (hamstring) OUT
Update — Harden and Claxton won’t play against the Nuggets on Sunday. The Nets remain on the road, so at least Kyrie Irving will be able to play. Brooklyn has been down bad lately, having lost seven in a row. It’s going to be tough to stop the streak with no Harden in the lineup. The Beard’s absence could also be a result of trade rumors swirling prior to the deadline this week on Thursday.
Harden sat out Friday’s game with this injury, which has become a nagging issue for him. If he misses Sunday’s game, Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills continue to be the top options for Brooklyn. Blake Griffin and Day’Ron Sharpe will take over Claxton’s minutes if he sits.
Aaron Gordon (hamstring) available
Austin Rivers (hip) available
Gordon and Rivers are both probable, and both are solid value plays in fantasy/DFS lineups against a weak Brooklyn defense.
Domantas Sabonis (protocols) available
Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) OUT
Isaiah Jackson (knee) OUT
Caris LeVert (trade) OUT
Update — There’s a reported deal between Indy and Cleveland involving LeVert, so chances are he won’t play tonight. It would be pretty shocking to see the deal get approved and pushed through so LeVert could suit up for the Cavs against his former team on the same day as a trade. Pretty sure it isn’t possible.
Sabonis is close to being cleared and would be the lone big man for Indiana. Brogdon is also close to recovering from his Achilles, which is huge for Indiana. The guard’s status would affect Caris LeVert, Justin Holiday and Chris Duarte in the rotation.
Darius Garland (back) OUT
If Garland doesn’t go, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Goodwin continue to be Cleveland’s top guard options. Cedi Osman could also get some looks as a ball-handler, which could lead to some more assists for the forward.
Mo Bamba (ankle) will start
John Collins (heel) available
Danilo Gallinari (hamstring) available
Lou Williams (hamstring) OUT
Collins was cleared of his shoulder issue but is now dealing with a heel injury. His status will affect Clint Capela’s value. If Gallinari sits, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter will get more run on the perimeter.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) OUT
Maxi Kleber (knee) OUT
If Kleber sits, Dwight Powell becomes a great fantasy/DFS play. If Kleber plays, he’s a strong value option himself given his shooting ability.
Josh Hart (knee) available
Hart is questionable, which means Jose Alvarado and Nickeil Alexander-Walker could be in line for bigger roles against the Rockets.
Kevin Porter Jr. (illness) questionable
Eric Gordon (heel) questionable
Update — KPJ has now been downgraded to questionable to play tonight vs. the Pelicans. Gordon is also questionable to play.
Porter Jr. left Friday’s game with this illness, but has been cleared of any COVID-19 issues and should be good for this contest.
Ivica Zubac (calf) questionable
If Zubac sits, Serge Ibaka and Isaiah Hartenstein will get most of the frontcourt minutes for LA. Those two will be worth considering in fantasy/DFS lineups.