Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Wednesday 12/21/16
Not only are the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second game of a back-to-back, but they have a few starters who might be out tonight. Kevin Love is questionable with a knee injury after missing last night while J.R. Smith left last night's game and has a broken thumb. Smith's absence will open minutes for Iman Shumpert and DeAndre Liggins. If Love is out again, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will get a good boost while Tristan Thompson is also a nice value play at center. Channing Frye will also be a solid punt option at power forward.
The Utah Jazz can't seem to get all five of their starters on the floor this season. George Hill is still out, and Rodney Hood could be in doubt tonight after leaving last night's game early. We can probably assume Derrick Favors will be back tonight after resting last night, but make sure you double check the Jazz's lineup.
Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks
Dwight Howard is dealing with a nagging back injury, and it looks like he will come down to a game-time decision tonight. If he is out again, Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder will have to take on more of the scoring load, and the Atlanta Hawks might go small again and shorten their rotation.
Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have been playing well above expectations this season, and it's been almost entirely without their prized free agent signing, Chandler Parsons. Parsons dressed but didn't play last night, which could put him in line to see some minutes tonight. He is not on the fantasy radar, but he will take minutes away from James Ennis and Troy Williams.
Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder
Victor Oladipo is out again on Wednesday, opening up a lot of minutes in the Oklahoma City Thunder backcourt. Andre Roberson played 40 minutes in OKC's last game, and he is by far the strongest value play on the Thunder without Oladipo in the lineup.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans
Tyreke Evans say out the front half of a back-to-back last night, so it looks like he could be ready to play tonight. He hasn't played more than 15 minutes since his return, and it looks like he is still on a minutes limit.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
Rudy Gay is reportedly feeling better and hopes to play on Wednesday. With Omri Casspi potentially out again after missing last night's game, the Kings could use Gay back in the lineup. Garrett Temple would likely move back to the bench upon Gay's return.
Evan Turner, Portland Trail Blazers
Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu were out last night, and there has been no update yet as of Wednesday afternoon about their status for tonight's game. Allen Crabbe played 36 minutes with Turner out and could be in line for big minutes off the bench again if Turner misses Wednesday's game.