We’ve got just six games on Monday’s NBA slate, 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: March 6
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Malcolm Brogdon (ankle) - available
Al Horford (injury management) - OUT
Jayson Tatum (injury management) - OUT
Jaylen Brown (injury management) - available
Update - Brogdon is in, but both Tatum and Horford are out for the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back. Blake Griffin, Mike Muscala and Grant Williams all look like good value plays in DFS lineups.
Brogdon got ruled out of Sunday’s game, and Horford has typically sat back-to-back sets. Tatum and Brown are more likely to suit up here but anything can happen after an overtime game.
Donovan Mitchell (finger) - available
Update - As expected, Mitchell is in for the Cavaliers.
Update - Mitchell is going through pregame warmups as part of his usual routine and he was present at the morning shootaround, so all signs point to him being good to go for tonight’s contest against Boston.
Mitchell suffered this injury in Saturday’s game and did return, so it wasn’t considered serious at the time. However, this designation does mean there’s a chance the star shooting guard does miss some games. If he sits, Darius Garland and Caris LeVert will get more shots and minutes in this rotation.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers
Tobias Harris (calf) - OUT
P.J. Tucker (back) - OUT
Update - Both Harris and Tucker have been ruled out Monday, opening the door for Niang, Melton and McDaniels to have bigger roles. We’ll see if either player is able to suit up for Tuesday’s contest.
Update - Neither player participated in the team’s morning shootaround, so it’s not looking promising at the moment for Harris or Tucker tonight. Niang and McDaniels could be in line to start.
Harris and Tucker both left in Saturday’s game. If both sit, look for De’Anthony Melton, Georges Niang and Jalen McDaniels to take on bigger roles in this offense. If the Sixers had a choice, they’d like to have Tucker in the lineup for defensive purposes since Harris’ offense can be made up more easily.
Tyrese Haliburton (calf) - available
Myles Turner (back) - available
Update - Both guys are in for the Pacers and both will start. It’s interesting to see Indiana push for wins as it slides further out of the play-in picture but maybe they feel confident with what they have going forward and don’t want to create bad habits by intentionally dropping games.
Update - Turner has been added to the injury report on the second night of a back-to-back. If he’s unable to suit up, Isaiah Jackson should see more minutes for the tanking Pacers.
Update - Haliburton is officially questionable for the Pacers.
Haliburton played Sunday but the Pacers are in the tank race and have no reason to risk their star guard unnecessarily. If he sits, Andrew Nembhard and Bennedict Mathurin will be the focal points of this offense.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons
Damian Lillard (injury management) - available
Jerami Grant (injury management) - available
Update - It looks like both guys are in for Portland.
We’ll see how the Blazers play this on the second night of a back-to-back.
Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles) - OUT
Jalen Duren (ankle) - OUT
Isaiah Stewart (hip) - OUT
James Wiseman (knee) - available
Killian Hayes (hand) - OUT
Update - Wiseman is in and will start alongside Bagley for the Pistons.
Update - Hayes is out, so Ivey and Hampton are both solid DFS plays. Hamidou Diallo is also set for big minutes going forward.
The Pistons are in tank mode and it’s all about evaluation now. If Wiseman sits, Marvin Bagley will be an excellent DFS play. If Hayes sits, Jaden Ivey and R.J. Hampton would get more playing time.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat
Kevin Love (ribs) - OUT
Update - Love has surprisingly been downgraded to out for the Heat.
Love should be available for the Heat.
Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (illness) - available
Update - In a bit of a twist, Porter Jr. is expected to play through his illness. He’s a great filler option, especially since his prowess as a three-point shooter gives him some upside.
Porter Jr. has been added late with an illness, and that usually means he’ll get ruled out. If he does ultimately get ruled out, Aaron Gordon will get more shots in this offense.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings
Jonas Valanciunas (calf) - available
Josh Richardson (personal) - OUT
If Valanciunas is out, Willy Hernangomez will likely continue to start with Jaxson Hayes also getting good minutes. Trey Murphy will get solid playing time with Richardson still out.
De’Aaron Fox (hamstring) - OUT
Fox previously played through a wrist injury and now dealing with a hamstring. If he sits, Davion Mitchell will be in line to get the start for the Kings. Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk would also see an uptick in minutes.