We’ve got nine games in the NBA Wednesday, anchored by a doubleheader on ESPN. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 8
Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland (thumb) - OUT
Donovan Mitchell (groin) - OUT
Update - Things were trending this way for the Cavaliers once they put both guards on the injury report. LeVert and Raul Neto are starting in place of Garland and Mitchell. The Cavaliers should not have any issues with the Pistons even with both guards out.
Both Cavaliers backcourt stars are questionable for tonight’s contest and given when they were added to the injury report, there’s a good chance one or both of them sit. Cleveland isn’t on the second night of a back-to-back set, so we’ll see how the Cavaliers play this. If one or both players are ruled out, Caris LeVert will see more playing time against Detroit.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (foot) - available
Kyle Kuzma (ankle) - OUT
Monte Morris (back) - OUT
Update - Morris has been ruled out, while Beal is back in for Washington.
Update - Kuzma is out, while Beal and Morris are both considered game-time decisions.
Kuzma’s ankle isn’t too serious as he’s been upgraded to questionable after missing Monday’s game. If Beal sits, Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija will get more playing time. If Kuzma doesn’t return, Kristaps Porzingis will see more shots in this offense.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
Joel Embiid (foot) - available
Update - As expected, Embiid is in and will start tonight.
This is injury report abuse at this point. Embiid should be good to go.
Jaylen Brown (illness) - OUT, injured during game
Robert Williams (ankle) - OUT
Al Horford (knee) - OUT
Update - Brown was available to play, but suffered a facial contusion in the first half of the game and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest.
Update - Both bigs are out for Boston.
Update - Brown is officially good to go for the Celtics. Williams has been downgraded to questionable and Horford is also questionable. If either sits, Blake Griffin should see more minutes in the frontcourt for Boston.
Both players should be in for Boston.
Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat
Kyle Lowry (knee) - OUT, expected to miss next three games
Gabe Vincent (ankle) - available
Victor Oladipo (ankle) - OUT
Update - Vincent is officially in and he’s one of the best value plays on the board with Lowry being out. The guard should be in Miami’s starting lineup or be a prominent part of the rotation.
Vincent is a nice DFS addition with Lowry out. Tyler Herro and Max Strus gain value with Oladipo being sidelined.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors
Tre Jones (foot) - OUT
Keldon Johnson (ankle) - available
Jeremy Sochan (back) - OUT
Update - Johnson is in for San Antonio.
Update - Jones has been ruled out, which makes Branham a good value add.
Josh Richardson and Malaki Branham are viable DFS plays, but Johnson is the best fantasy/DFS option if he suits up.
Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (groin) - OUT
Anthony Edwards (injury management) - available
Kyle Anderson (back) - OUT
D’Angelo Russell (personal) - OUT
Update - Gobert, Anderson and McLaughlin are out, while Russell has officially been traded. Jaden McDaniels, Nowall and Naz Reid should see big minutes here for Minnesota.
Update - Russell has been involved in trade talks and has now been quickly ruled out with a personal matter, so there could be a deal going down here shortly. Either way, look for the Timberwolves to use Jaylen Nowall and Jordan McLaughlin in the backcourt, although the latter is questionable for tonight.
Update - Gobert and Anderson are questionable, as expected.
We’ll see how Minnesota handles its guys on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Jarred Vanderbilt (back) - OUT
Update - Vanderbilt has also been ruled out, so it does seem like a trade is on the way. The big man is part of the Russell deal involving the Timberwolves, Jazz and Lakers.
If Vanderbilt sits, Walker Kessler would be in line for more playing time.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Kyrie Irving (physical) - available
Luka Doncic (heel) - OUT, expected to miss three more games
Update - Irving is officially available and will start for the Mavericks in his team debut.
Irving should immediately be the focal point of this offense with Doncic out. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a strong play, while Josh Green and Jaden Hardy offer some value as they get more run in the rotation.
Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Drew Eubanks (back) - available
Update - As expected, Eubanks is in for the Blazers.
Eubanks does have some value as he’s set to start for Portland. The big man is averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over the last seven and while those numbers don’t look great on paper, Eubanks’ price point is probably low enough in DFS formats to back him as a value add.