Next Man Up: Daily NBA Injury Report – March 21
March 21, 2016 | Matt Terelle
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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.
Nuggets at Cavaliers
Out: Danilo Gallinari, Mo Williams, Kenneth Faried.
Questionable: Kevin Love.
Fantasy Spin: The Nuggets will be without both Gallinari and Faried tonight in their showdown with the Cavaliers. Darrell Arthur should get the start at power forward and is coming off a productive game on Saturday where he had 13 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes. He should remain a strong value play this evening. D.J. Augustin has been extremely productive coming off the bench over his past five games. He’s averaging 28.2 minutes, 16.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists over that span. He still has an attractive price on DraftKings and FanDuel. For Cleveland, Love is listed questionable with an illness, but there’s been some rumors out that he also has a back injury. Either way, he didn’t go to shootaround this morning. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he doesn’t play tonight. Look for Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye to see the biggest boost if Love is out. Frye has put together a strong string of games and in his last start for Love he posted 21 points and seven rebounds.
76ers at Pacers
Out: Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington, Richaun Holmes.
Questionable: Ty Lawson.
Fantasy Spin: The 76ers will be without Covington and Holmes for yet another game. Hollis Thompson is the top value for Philadelphia with all the injuries. He’s hit double-digits in points in nine-of-10 games now. Carl Landry had a big game on Sunday off the bench, scoring 26 points in 25 minutes. Landry likely won’t duplicate that performance again and the 76ers don’t let him play much more than 25 minutes in a game, which caps his upside. He’s a decent option based off his cheap price alone, but keep in mind before his outburst last night he had played just 23 minutes combined over his previous two games.
Magic at Celtics
Out: Jae Crowder, Nikola Vucevic.
Fantasy Spin: Vucevic is still hampered by a groin strain and will not suit up tonight. Dewayne Dedmon and Jason Smith have been splitting his minutes since he went down. Smith is the better daily play as he’s shown to have a decent ceiling. The problem is he’s also shown to have a really low floor. He should be avoided in cash games. For Boston, Evan Turner should continue to benefit from Crowder’s absence. He’s hit 30 minutes played in two straight games. His price is still reasonable considering his box score-stuffing upside.
Warriors at Timberwolves
Out: Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Looney, Festus Ezeli.
Probable: Gorgui Dieng.
Fantasy Spin: The Warriors were without Bogut on Saturday night and started the game with a small lineup, shifting Draymond Green to center and inserting Brandon Rush into the starting lineup. Rush played 27 minutes and scored 10 points, adding three rebounds. If Rush were to start again tonight, he would be a solid value play at near-minimum pricing. For Minnesota, Dieng was on the injury report on Friday with the same hip injury and was able to play. He should be fine for tonight.
Kings at Bulls
Out: E’Twaun Moore, Cameron Bairstow, Ben McLemore.
Doubtful: Willie Cauley-Stein.
Questionable: Pau Gasol.
Fantasy Spin: The Kings have been without McLemore for the past seven games. Darren Collison has been starting alongside Rajon Rondo in the meantime and has put together a nice seven-game stretch as a result. He’s averaging 35.4 minutes, 15.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 5.3 assists over that time and he’s still way too cheap on DraftKings and FanDuel. He should remain locked into lineups while his price is so low. For the Bulls, Taj Gibson should continue to start at center for the Bulls if Gasol is unable to play tonight. Gasol is being called a game-time decision for tonight, so be sure to keep an eye on the situation. Gibson’s stock would take a considerable hit if Gasol returns.
Wizards at Hawks
Questionable: Brad Beal, Marcin Gortat, Alan Anderson.
Fantasy Spin: The Wizards continue to play it safe with the oft-injured Beal. He should be okay for tonight as Washington hasn’t played since Saturday. Gortat has been listed as questionable with a sore back for the last week or so, but it hasn’t really impacted his playing time, so he should be able to suit up tonight.
Grizzlies at Suns
Out: Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Chris Andersen, Brandan Wright.
Fantasy Spin: The Grizzlies got Zach Randolph back on Saturday night, but they are still struggling with injuries. Their starting lineup on Saturday was: Randolph, Tony Allen, Ray McCallum, Lance Stephenson, and Ryan Hollins. McCallum finally took over starting point guard duties from uninspiring D-Leaguer Briante Weber. McCallum played 35 minutes and scored 14 points against Chris Paul and the Clippers on Saturday. He has a significantly easier matchup on tap tonight against Phoenix’s defense. The Suns are currently allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards on both FanDuel and DraftKings, so get McCallum in those lineups if you need a cap-saving option at the position.