We’ve got six games in the NBA for the first day of March, which is yet another sign of the regular season slowly starting to come to a close. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 1
Marvin Bagley (ankle) OUT
Update - Bagley has been ruled out, which means Grant and Stewart will be prominent frontcourt players for Detroit Tuesday night.
If Bagley doesn’t play, look for Isaiah Stewart and Jerami Grant to see additional value in fantasy/DFS formats.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) OUT
Porzingis remains out with the knee issue. At this point, it’s best to assume he’s not playing again this year. Look for Daniel Gafford, Kyle Kuzma and Rui Hachimura to continue taking the majority of Washington’s frontcourt minutes.
John Collins (foot) OUT
Lou Williams (hamstring) OUT
Update - Collins is officially out, so Capela and Gallinari are good to insert in lineups.
Collins remains doubtful, so Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari continue to have some upside as fantasy/DFS replacements. Gallinari has more juice as a scorer, but Capela has 26 rebounds in two games since the break.
Kevin Durant (knee) OUT
Kyrie Irving (vaccine requirement) OUT
Cam Thomas (hand) available
Andre Drummond (knee) OUT
Update - Drummond is out, while Thomas is in. Curry and Mills are still high-upside plays, while Claxton and Griffin will get additional frontcourt minutes for Brooklyn.
Update - Irving is ineligible given Canada’s vaccine requirements, meaning Seth Curry and Patty Mills are nice fantasy/DFS plays today. Thomas, who would be in line for some minutes at those spots, is questionable as well. Drummond is questionable, opening up minutes for Nic Claxton and Blake Griffin.
Durant has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game, meaning Thursday is the more likely opportunity for him to make his return to the court.
Fred VanVleet (knee) OUT
OG Anunoby (finger) OUT
Update - Both VanVleet and Anunoby have been ruled out for Tuesday’s game. This means Trent Jr., Birch and Barnes are all in play as fantasy/DFS filler options.
Update - VanVleet is officially questionable, as is OG Anunoby. The latter is surprising given the injury, but we’ll see if the two-way forward can go. If he doesn’t play, Scottie Barnes continues to be a great fantasy/DFS play.
VanVleet didn’t play in Monday’s win over the Nets, so we’ll see what his status is for the rematch today. If he doesn’t go, look for Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch to be potential fantasy/DFS options.
Usman Garuba (wrist) OUT
Kevin Porter Jr. (ankle) OUT
Update - Porter Jr. has been ruled out, which means Gordon, Green and Tate are in line to get extended opportunities against the Clippers.
Porter Jr. is questionable with the ankle issue. If he doesn’t go, those in fantasy/DFS contests could look at Eric Gordon, Jalen Green and Jae’Sean Tate as fallback options.
Klay Thompson (illness) OUT
Nemanja Bjelica (quad) OUT
Andre Iguodala (back) OUT
Update - Bjelica has been ruled out, so Kuminga becomes a high-upside play in line for more minutes tonight.
Thompson has been ruled out again, opening up minutes for Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole. With Iguodala out and Bjelica questionable, Kevon Looney and Jonathan Kuminga could be high-upside value plays due to the sheer number of minutes they’ll get.
Anthony Edwards (knee) OUT
Update - Edwards has been ruled out, which means Prince is good to go as a value play in fantasy/DFS lineups. Jaden McDaniels is getting the start for Minnesota, so he’s another option in lineups.
Edwards has been listed as questionable. If he doesn’t go, look for Taurean Prince to be a nice fantasy/DFS addition Tuesday.
Trey Burke (shoulder) OUT
Burke remains out with the shoulder injury. Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson continue to be the best options around Luka Doncic in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Avery Bradley (knee) OUT
LeBron James (knee) available
Austin Reaves (ankle) available
Update - James and Reaves are both available for Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks.
James is expected to play despite the questionable designation, and the same goes for Reaves. The Lakers are in shambles right now but James remains a strong fantasy/DFS anchor in lineups and Reaves can get hot at times, making both viable plays Tuesday.