We have just four games on Thursday’s NBA slate, but things could get crazy on the injury/availability report with the trade deadline hitting at 3 p.m. ET. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: February 9
Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic
Jamal Murray (knee) - OUT
Update - Murray is out, and Hyland has been traded to the Clippers. Brown is set to get the start, and Christian Braun could also be heavily involved in this game as a ball handler.
Murray sat in the team’s last game, and Bruce Brown got the start instead. If Brown is available, he’ll likely start again if Murray is out. Bones Hyland would also have a bigger role if Murray is sidelined.
Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks
Devin Booker (injury management) - OUT
Booker has been ruled out after playing 26 minutes in his return to action from a groin injury. The Suns won’t push him here, which means more minutes for Damion Lee and Cam Johnson.
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets
DeMar DeRozan (hip) - available
Alex Caruso (foot) - available
Patrick Williams (ankle) - available
Update - Everyone is in for the Bulls, which is good news for the team trying to get out of the play-in mix as the trade deadline passes. We’ll see if the relief helps this team come together and get some key wins to get into the No. 6 spot.
If DeRozan is out, Ayo Dosunmu likely gets the start while Zach LaVine is elevated in fantasy/DFS formats. The Bulls are expected to be active at the trade deadline, so this lineup could change significantly before game time.
Day’Ron Sharpe (foot) - available
Dorian Finney-Smith (physical) - available
Spencer Dinwiddie (physical) - available
Nic Claxton (hamstring) - OUT
Update - Claxton is out, which is typically the case when a player gets added this late to an injury report. Sharpe likely gets the start in the middle for Brooklyn tonight.
Update - Claxton is a late add with a hamstring injury and if he sits, Sharpe will get more playing time for Brooklyn.
Update - Sharpe is in for the Nets, who are getting some reinforcements soon after they dealt Kevin Durant to the Suns early Thursday morning. Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson will join this loaded rotation.
Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith will have roles in this contest. If Sharpe is ruled out, Nic Claxton will get more run in the middle.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) - available
Joe Ingles (injury management) - OUT
Brook Lopez (illness) - available
Update - Lopez and Giannis are in for Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo and Lopez should be in for Milwaukee.
Anthony Davis (foot) - available
LeBron James (ankle) - OUT
D’Angelo Russell (trade) - OUT
Jarred Vanderbilt (trade) - OUT
Malik Beasley (trade) - OUT
Update - Davis is in for LA.
Update - James has been ruled out, and the Lakers don’t really have many players available tonight with several guys going out due to trades and the new additions not being cleared yet to play.
Russell, Vanderbilt and Beasley are expected to make their debuts as Lakers in 2023 Saturday. Davis and James should both be in for LA.