Daily Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: Wednesday 3/15/17
If you can believe it or not, we are exactly four weeks away from the end of the NBA regular season on Wednesday. The NBA injury landscape is not bad tonight, but there are at least a half dozen guys that you need to keep an eye out for heading into roster lock.
San Antonio Spurs
Easily the best news of the day goes to the San Antonio Spurs with word that LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to play tonight and will have zero restrictions. That puts David Lee out of consideration, but the Spurs still have a big question mark with Tony Parker listed as questionable and Dejounte Murray already ruled out. If Parker misses his fourth straight game, Patrick Mills and Manu Ginobili will have some nice DFS appeal in a juicy matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nerlens Noel will be back tonight, but Wesley Matthews is questionable with a calf strain. Matthews noted during shootaround that he is dealing with some pain, but he might still try to play. Either way, Seth Curry has some added intrigue with Matthews not at 100%.
The Sacramento Kings rested and sat out half their team two nights ago, so we're assuming most of them will be back in action. Tyreke Evans is considered questionable tonight after spraining his ankle, and if Evans misses the affair, look for Buddy Hield and Ben McLemore to have some added appeal in tournaments.
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat
After getting poked in the eye, Goran Dragic's eye was gruesomely swollen shut, and it forced him to miss Monday's game. However, Dragic was back at Miami Heat practice on Tuesday looking much better, so it looks like he'll return tonight in a good spot against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets
Migraines will force Nicolas Batum to miss another game tonight, and he is reportedly undergoing a CT scan on his brain. Hopefully he is OK, but his absence on Monday led to Jeremy Lamb starting and scoring 26 points, while Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all had big games, as well.
Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons' knee woes are continuing as he has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is not the same knee he has had surgically repaired, but it is a big blow to an already career-worst season. With Parsons out, James Ennis and Vince Carter gain a lot of run, while Troy Daniels gets a bump, too.
Alex Len, Phoenix Suns
Alex Len says he will try to play on Wednesday after missing two straight games. Assuming he is back in the starting lineup, Derrick Jones Jr. will probably head back to the bench, while Alan Williams loses just a little bit of appeal.
Cameron Payne, Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have ruled out Cameron Payne after he experienced some soreness in his surgically repaired foot. Rajon Rondo started on Monday, and he will likely get another start on Wednesday as Chicago plays host to the Memphis Grizzlies. Rondo should have some fantasy value tonight. There is also news of Fred Hoiberg wanting to shorten his rotation, which is certainly helps Rondo and a guy like Nikola Mirotic.