There are nine games on Sunday’s NBA slate, with the action starting in the 3 p.m. ET afternoon window. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: January 8
Joel Embiid (foot) - OUT
PJ Tucker (illness) - OUT
The 76ers are down a few starters Sunday. Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed might get more minutes with Embiid out, while Tobias Harris, Georges Niang and Danuel House Jr. will benefit from Tucker’s absence.
Jalen Duren (ankle) - OUT
Update - Duren has been ruled out Sunday.
Marvin Bagley is also out for Detroit so if Duren sits, the Pistons likely lean on Isaiah Stewart in the middle.
Jusuf Nurkic (illness) - available
Update - Nurkic is in and will start for Portland.
Nurkic should be in for Portland.
Gordon Hayward (hamstring) - OUT
Update - Hayward is out for Charlotte.
With Hayward out, Jalen McDaniels remains a great DFS value play for Charlotte.
Bennedict Mathurin (shoulder) - available
Jalen Smith (hand) - available
If Mathurin sits, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield gain some value in DFS formats. Smith sitting would mean more minutes for Isaiah Jackson, who was recalled from the G-League recently.
Tyler Herro (back) - available
Bam Adebayo (thigh) - available
Update - Adebayo is in for the Heat.
If Herro sits again, Max Strus is the automatic filler add. Adebayo being ruled out would complicate things, as Miami doesn’t exactly have a traditional center on the roster behind him.
Ja Morant (thigh) - OUT
Brandon Clarke (knee) - OUT
Steven Adams (illness) - OUT
Update - Morant has been ruled out, so Jones is a good add in DFS lineups. Adams is also out.
If Adams is in, he’s a nice value play with Clarke already out. Morant being ruled out would elevate Tyus Jones in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Anthony Edwards (hip) - available
Naz Reid (back) - available
Update - Reid is in for the Timberwolves. Edwards is also in.
Both players left Friday’s game early, so there’s a good chance neither suits up. Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gobert all look like good plays in Sunday’s DFS lineups.
Luka Doncic (ankle) - OUT
Update - Doncic has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
We’ll see how the Mavs handle Doncic on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Darius Garland (thumb) - available
Update - Garland is in, and Isaac Okoro is in the starting lineup so LeVert will be coming off the bench here.
Garland played in the last game, so he should be in. If he doesn’t play, Caris LeVert likely starts at point guard for Cleveland.
Chris Paul (hip) - OUT
Update - Paul has been ruled out for this game.
The Suns are also down Cameron Payne, so this could be a rough spot for Phoenix. Damion Lee looks to be in line for big minutes if Paul cannot suit up.
Clint Capela (calf) - OUT
Onyeka Okongwu remains a good filler play with Capela sidelined.
Paul George (hamstring) - OUT
Nicolas Batum (ankle) - available
Luke Kennard (calf) - OUT
Update - George and Kennard are out, while Batum is in.
If George and Batum sit, Kawhi Leonard and Norman Powell are elevated in DFS contests. Kennard’s absence would mean big minutes for Terance Mann.