There are six games on Wednesday’s slate in the NBA with ESPN hosting its traditional doubleheader. It’ll be Bulls-Hornets in the opener, followed by Warriors-Jazz in the late game. The injury report no longer features many health and safety protocol designations, but some of the league’s biggest stars do need the All-Star break badly. Here’s Wednesday’s injury report in the NBA.
NBA Injury Report: February 9
Darius Garland (back) available
Update - Garland is available Wednesday, and will have a minutes limit. LeVert is coming off the bench, so Cavaliers role players may still have some value for tonight’s fantasy contests.
Update - Garland plans to play, so it seems like he’ll be good to go. For those looking to use him in fantasy/DFS contests, it still might be best to wait for an official confirmation before plugging him into the lineup.
Update - LeVert is available to play for Cleveland Wednesday, so look for the guard to be more involved when it comes to ball-handling duties if Garland cannot suit up.
If Garland doesn’t play, look for Rajon Rondo and Cedi Osman to handle more backcourt duties. There’s a chance Caris LeVert makes his Cleveland debut, and he’ll take some of those opportunities as well.
Tre Jones (illness) OUT
Lonnie Walker (knee) available
Update - Jones has now been ruled out, so Murray and White get boosts in fantasy/DFS formats for Wednesday’s game.
Update - Both Jones and Walker have been listed as available to play in Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers.
Jones and Walker both went through the morning shootaround, so it would seem like they are on track to play. Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Keldon Johnson remain great fantasy/DFS plays Wednesday, and could see more value if Jones and Walker sit.
James Bouknight (wrist) OUT
Gordon Hayward (ankle) OUT
Update - Bouknight has been ruled out, so the guard rotation will continue to heavily involve Ball, Bridges and Rozier.
Bouknight hasn’t made a big impact this year anyway, so Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball are still fantastic plays. Hayward is out indefinitely, which means Kelly Oubre Jr. should continue seeing heavy minutes for Charlotte.
Ayo Dosunmu (concussion) OUT
Another backcourt injury for the Bulls and it’s the rookie phenom. This puts Dosunmu’s All-Star weekend plans in doubt as well. Look for Coby White and DeMar DeRozan to be the leaders for Chicago in the backcourt. Zach LaVine could also take on some point guard duties.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team.
Kevon Looney (quad) available
Klay Thompson (injury management) OUT
Nemanja Bjelica (back) OUT
Update - Looney, who would Golden State’s lone traditional big man, is expected to play. He’ll have a favorable matchup with Gobert out for Utah.
Thompson is out, which means Jordan Poole could be the big pickup Wednesday in fantasy/DFS contests. Looney’s availability would impact the likes of Jonathan Kuminga and Juan Toscano-Anderson, although both are likely to see additional run anyway with Thompson and Bjelica out.
Rudy Gobert (calf) OUT
Gobert is still out, which means the Jazz keep rolling with Hassan Whiteside and Udoka Azubuike. The latter seems to carry more weight in the rotation and could be the better option to grab in fantasy/DFS lineups.
LeBron James (knee) available
Anthony Davis (wrist) available
Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) OUT
Russell Westbrook (back) OUT
Update - James is in, while Westbrook is out. It is suspicious to have him sit ahead of the trade deadline, but he did have back troubles earlier in the season as well. Look for Austin Reaves to get more run at the guard spot Wednesday.
Update - James has been listed as questionable officially, while Westbrook is a new add to the injury report with a back issue. If he doesn’t play, look for Austin Reaves to get more minutes at the guard spot.
James and Davis both played Tuesday, so there’s a chance they get the night off against a weak Trail Blazers team. Anthony remains out and cannot face his former squad. Look for Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk to be the big contributors here outside of James and Davis.
Josh Hart (rest) OUT
Hart, who is now in Portland, has been ruled out for rest.
Patrick Beverley (ankle) OUT
Taurean Prince (ankle) available
D’Angelo Russell (shin) available
Josh Okogie (quad) available
Anthony Edwards (knee) available
Update - Edwards, who was a late scare with a knee issue, is good to go.
Update - Prince, Russell and Okogie are all available. If Edwards is ruled out, both Prince and Okogie will be great value pickups in fantasy/DFS lineups. Nowall also becomes a good add with Beverley out.
Update - Edwards was not initially on the injury report, so this is not a great look for the Timberwolves. He’s a game-time decision with a knee issue.
The Timberwolves have updated their injury report. Jaylen Nowall is a name to watch with both Beverley and Russell listed as questionable. Anthony Edwards looks to be in line for heavy minutes if both Okogie and Prince are ruled out.
De’Aaron Fox (ankle) available
Marvin Bagley (ankle) OUT
Update - It looks like Fox is over his ankle issue, while Sabonis is available to make his debut for the Kings Wednesday. With Bagley out, Sabonis becomes a great fantasy/DFS play.
Fox played Tuesday, while Bagley did not. We’ll see if the new acquisitions Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday are available Wednesday. Otherwise, Davion Mitchell, Alex Len and Richaun Holmes remain value options in Sacramento.