We have six games in the NBA Tuesday, with TNT’s doubleheader anchoring the slate. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 7
New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic
R.J. Barrett (illness) - available
Update - Barrett is in for the Knicks.
If Barrett doesn’t play, Evan Fournier and Obi Tobbin are set to get more playing time. Fournier has more upside in DFS formats as a three-point shooter.
Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons (knee) - available
Spencer Dinwiddie (physical) - OUT
Dorian Finney-Smith (physical) - OUT
Seth Curry (groin) - OUT
Update - Simmons is in and will start for the Nets. Curry is out again, elevating Joe Harris and Royce O’Neale in the rotation. Cam Thomas is getting the start and given his recent games, he might remain the best DFS value play on the board.
Update - Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith are out via coaches decision, so they are technically cleared to play but will not be seeing the floor here.
Simmons says he’s going to play, and should be a solid DFS addition given the number of assists he could potentially have with all the shooters around him. Cam Thomas looks like a solid option once again after going for 47 points against the Clippers, but he might be limited on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Trae Young (illness) - available
Dejounte Murray (migraine) - available
Update - Murray is in for the Hawks, but might be a bit limited as he recovers from a migraine.
Update - Murray has come down with a migraine and is questionable for tonight. If he sits, it’ll be the Trae Young show, with De’Andre Hunter also getting more shots. Griffin could be back in the starting lineup if Murray does sit.
Young will be back on the court and should take some usage away from Dejounte Murray. AJ Griffin will slide back to his bench role.
Jonas Valanciunas (quad) - available
Brandon Ingram (toe) - available
Update - Both Valanciunas and Ingram are in for the Pelicans, as expected.
Both players should be in for the Pelicans, and both are solid offensive options to back in DFS contests.
Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Zach LaVine (injury management) - available
Alex Caruso (foot) - available
Patrick Williams (ankle) - available
DeMar DeRozan (hip) - OUT
Update - Caruso and Williams are in and starting for the Bulls. Dosunmu is getting the start in the backcourt instead of White.
Update - DeRozan has been ruled out, which is sure to shift some lines in Memphis’ favor. LaVine will take on a bigger scoring role, and Coby White seems likely to start here.
Update - DeRozan has been added to the injury report and on the second night of a back-to-back, the Bulls might want to keep him healthy. We don’t know what Chicago will do at the trade deadline, and DeRozan is a potential trade chip for the Bulls. If he gets ruled out, that means more minutes for Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu in the backcourt.
We’ll see who suits up for Chicago in this one.
Ja Morant (wrist) - available
Morant got a break in the last game but he’s good to go in this one. Tyus Jones goes back to his bench role with Morant coming in.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets
Rudy Gobert (groin) - available
Kyle Anderson (back) - OUT
Update - As expected, Gobert is in and will get the start for Minnesota.
Update - Anderson has been ruled out.
Gobert should be in but Naz Reid will be a good fallback option if he’s not. Anderson is truly questionable, and Jaden McDaniels would get more minutes if Anderson’s back acts up ahead of the game.
Nikola Jokic (hamstring) - available
Aaron Gordon (ankle) - available
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) - available
Jamal Murray (injury management) - OUT
Update - Murray has been downgraded to out, which is a bit surprising. Everyone else is in for the Nuggets though.
Update - Murray has been downgraded to questionable, but it still seems like there’s a good chance he does play in this game.
Everyone should be in for the Nuggets.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (foot) - available
LeBron James (ankle) - available
Update - As expected, both guys are in for LA.
Both guys should be in for the Lakers. James is 36 points away from breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record as the league’s all-time leading scorer.