We’ve got nine games on the NBA slate for MLK Day Monday, with two doubleheaders anchoring the day’s action. NBATV and TNT will be airing four games nationally from this schedule. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: January 16
Gordon Hayward (hamstring) - OUT
Update - Hayward is out, and Cody Martin has also been ruled out with a knee issue. McDaniels and P.J. Washington will be heavily involved in this rotation Monday.
Hayward remains doubtful, which pushes Jalen McDaniels into the starting lineup again and makes him a great DFS value add.
Myles Turner (back) - available
If Turner doesn’t play, Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson will see more minutes in the frontcourt.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) - OUT
Jrue Holiday (ankle) - available
Bobby Portis (quad) - available
Joe Ingles (injury management) - OUT
Update - Antetokounmpo is going to sit out once again, and now there might be some concern among Bucks fans about the nature of his injury. This knee issue has plagued Antetokounmpo every 8-10 games but he’s not set to miss his third straight contest with the injury. Holiday, Portis and Brook Lopez all gain some value with Antetokounmpo out, and the Pacers could be worth backing against the spread with the Greek Freak sidelined.
Ingles is out, but the big players for Milwaukee should be in.
Herb Jones (back) - OUT
Update - Jones has been ruled out for Monday’s game.
If Jones is out, Trey Murphy and Naji Marshall will be featuring heavily in New Orleans’ rotation.
Fred VanVleet (back) - available
Update - VanVleet is in for Toronto.
Update - VanVleet has been upgraded to probable, so he’s likely going to play. Trent Jr. and Barnes are still set to start but will see less usage with Toronto’s point guard in the lineup.
Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes would get elevated in DFS lineups if VanVleet is ruled out.
Klay Thompson (injury management) - OUT
Update - Thompson has been ruled out for rest.
Jordan Poole and Donte DiVincenzo gain some value with Thompson likely to be out.
Bradley Beal (hamstring) - OUT
Update - Beal has been ruled out and is not going to make his return to the court today. Kispert and Avdija will get more minutes, but Kyle Kuzma is likely to get most of the shots in this Wizards offense with Beal being out.
Beal is questionable, which means he’s at least close to returning. If he sits, Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija continue to be good filler plays in DFS contests.
Tyler Herro (Achilles) - available
Kyle Lowry (knee) - OUT
Herro is back, so Max Strus might not see as much playing time. Lowry remains out, making Gabe Vincent a good player to back in DFS formats.
Trae Young (shoulder) - available
Clint Capela (calf) - available
Update — Capela is going to give it a go after being upgraded to questionable for today’s game.
If Capela plays, Onyeka Okongwu might not see as much run in the lineup. Young should be in.
Lauri Markkanen (hip) - OUT
Markkanen is a huge offensive piece for Utah. If he sits, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton probably get more shots overall while Walker Kessler takes a majority of the frontcourt minutes.
Anthony Edwards (hip) - available
Rudy Gobert (groin) - available
Edwards has played every time he has had this designation. If Gobert is ruled out, Naz Reid will be the filler play in DFS lineups.
Chris Paul (hip) - OUT
Landry Shamet (hip) - will play
Damion Lee and Mikal Bridges look to get more run with Paul out and Shamet questionable, but this offense likely flows more through Deandre Ayton Monday.
Ja Morant (hip) - questionable
Dillon Brooks (ankle) - available
If Morant doesn’t suit up, Tyus Jones likely gets the start for Memphis.
Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) - OUT
We’ll see how the Rockets handle Porter Jr., but Jalen Green would be in line to get more shots as he returns from a one-game suspension.
LeBron James (ankle) - questionable
James likely gets a questionable tag, but it’s hard to see the King not suiting up on MLK Day. Consider him to be closer to probable even if the designation is questionable.