The NBA enters trade deadline week Monday with eight games on tap, anchored by a doubleheader on NBATV. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 6
Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons
Jaylen Brown (illness) - OUT
Update - As expected, Brown has been ruled out for this game. Tatum is now the clear-cut top offensive option for Boston, with Brogdon serving as the secondary creator for the Celtics. Boston should have no problems with the Pistons even with Brown out.
These usually don’t go well for players on the day of the game. If Brown sits out, that’ll further elevate Jayson Tatum in the Celtics offense. Malcolm Brogdon should also see more usage in this scenario. Brown’s absence won’t mean much from a game standpoint, as the Celtics are double-digit favorites and should have no issues beating Detroit.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards
Caris LeVert (hamstring) - available
Update - LeVert is in for the Cavaliers and will likely have some sort of minutes restriction. He’s going to take some minutes away from Okoro but will probably remain in a role off the bench for now.
Update - LeVert is officially questionable for Monday’s game.
LeVert has missed the last few games, and he’s unlikely to play here on the second night of a back-to-back set. We’ll see how the Cavs handle their key players in this one.
Bradley Beal (foot) - OUT
Kyle Kuzma (ankle) - OUT
Update - Beal has been ruled out for the Wizards, which means Kispert and Avdija are good to go as filler plays in this Washington offense.
Kuzma is out, which elevates Daniel Gafford in the rotation. If Beal sits, that means more minutes and shots for Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons (knee) - OUT
T.J. Warren (shin) - available
Seth Curry (groin) - OUT
Update - Simmons is out Monday, but is expected to play tomorrow. Warren is in for the Nets. Thomas remains an excellent value play in DFS lineups with the current developments.
Curry is out, which means Joe Harris is likely to start. Warren is in and will take some minutes away from Royce O’Neale on the perimeter. Simmons would like to be in with Kyrie Irving gone but if he’s out, Cam Thomas becomes an excellent DFS play.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls
Keldon Johnson (ankle) - available
Jeremy Sochan (back) - OUT
Tre Jones (foot) - OUT
Update - Johnson is in for the Spurs, and he’s a solid fantasy addition as the unquestioned top scoring option in this offense.
Update - Jones didn’t participate in shootaround and has been ruled out, which elevates Branham in the rotation. Johnson remains questionable but did take part in the shootaround and seems set to play.
If Johnson is out, Josh Richardson and Doug McDermott will take on bigger roles in this offense. Malaki Branham is set to get big minutes if Jones is ruled out.
Alex Caruso (foot) - OUT
Patrick Williams (ankle) - available
Update - Williams is in and will get the start for Chicago. Caruso has been ruled out, which means more playing time for White.
Coby White will get more minutes if Caruso is ruled out. We’ll see how the Bulls handle the coming week with the trade deadline, especially since Caruso is a potential target.
Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
De’Aaron Fox (personal) - available
Update - Fox is available for this game with his personal issue resolved. He’ll likely be starting for the Kings tonight against a bad Rockets team, so back him as a nice filler play in DFS lineups.
Fox remains out. We’ll see how the Kings handle their players on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Eric Gordon (injury management) - available
Jae’Sean Tate (injury management) - available
Both guys are in and should see decent playing time in a potentially high-scoring contest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz
Luka Doncic (heel) - OUT
Christian Wood (thumb) - questionable, expected to play
Kyrie Irving (physical) - OUT
Update - Wood said he would suit up tonight for the Mavericks, who were set to be desperately shorthanded with Doncic out and Irving not yet in the picture. The forward coming back is great news for the team going forward in a loaded West playoff picture.
Doncic remains out, while Irving is arriving in Dallas and will have to clear his physical. Wood is questionable and if he’s able to play, he’ll be a strong DFS addition in his return to the floor.
Jarred Vanderbilt (back) - OUT
Update - Vanderbilt has been ruled out.
Vanderbilt is a trade target as a bench big man. If he does not play, Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler will see more minutes in the frontcourt.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry (leg) - OUT, expected to miss multiple weeks
There’s no confirmed timeline yet for Curry, but he’s not playing Monday. Jordan Poole should take on a more prominent role, as well as Draymond Green. Ty Jerome and Donte DiVincenzo will also be featured more in this rotation moving forward.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) - probable
The Greek Freak should be in for this game.
Drew Eubanks (back) - probable
Eubanks is likely going to start with Jusuf Nurkic sidelined. He should be in for this game and is a nice value play in DFS lineups.