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Welcome to Next Man Up, where we will take a look at the injury situation around the NBA and which players stand to benefit from those injuries. We will be examining the most DFS relevant injuries here and the fantasy spin associated with those injuries. Please note, some games on each night’s slate will not be included if there are no injury situations worth monitoring. As you know, a player’s injury status can change rapidly, so be sure to check for news before lineups lock.
Out: Brandon Knight, Chris Bosh.
Fantasy Spin: With Knight already ruled out for tonight, Ronnie Price should remain in the starting lineup this evening. Price struggled with his shot in his last game, hitting just two of 10 shots. He is still seeing a good amount of minutes and has been reasonably productive since he took over the point for Phoenix. He does have a tough matchup against a Heat defense that has been quite stingy against opposing point guards. It’s probably a better idea to avoid Price outside of tournament lineups. For Miami, Luol Deng remains an excellent play for as long as Bosh is out. Deng has played extremely well in his place, and while his salary has risen as a result, he is still cheaper than the top-priced forwards with the ability to outscore them.
Out: Tyreke Evans, Bryce Dejean-Jones, Omer Asik.
Questionable: Dante Cunningham.
Fantasy Spin: Eric Gordon has been a strong play at shooting guard over his past two games. He’s averaged 33.0 minutes and 22.5 points over that span. He does have a difficult matchup against a Spurs defense that is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to shooting guards on FanDuel and fifth-least on DraftKings. He could be an interesting under-the-radar tournament option as he should go lightly owned tonight.
Questionable: Rudy Gay, Seth Curry.
Probable: Rajon Rondo.
Fantasy Spin: Rudy Gay has now missed two consecutive games. It would be a mild surprise if he’s active tonight with the Kings on the tail end of a back-to-back. Look for Omri Casspi to see the biggest boost in Gay’s absence. Casspi, over the past two games with Gay out, has averaged 25.5 minutes, 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Rondo was able to play last night, but keep an eye on his status in case Sacramento rests him because of the back-to-back. If he were to miss, Darren Collison should earn the start at point guard.
Questionable: Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala.
Fantasy Spin: Curry could be held out again tonight as he’s dealing with an ankle injury, but signs point toward him being available. He was able to practice yesterday and is probably looking forward to a showdown with Russell Westbrook. If the Warriors take the cautious approach and hold him out, Shaun Livingston would likely make another start for the Warriors. Livingston, in his start on Tuesday, played 34 minutes and scored six points, adding six rebounds and three assists. He would be worth taking under consideration against a Thunder team that is generous to point guards.