NBA Injury Report, January 12: Updates for James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, LeBron, Kristaps Porzingis, more

Wednesday’s slate is loaded in the association, and that comes with a loaded injury report. The nine-game slate features some intriguing clashes, but none bigger than the Nets and Bulls clashing atop the East. After a low-key injury report on Tuesday, Wednesday’s roster features some of the game’s biggest starts. Here’s a look at the injury report from January 12.

NBA Injury Report: January 12

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers

Doubtful Marcus Smart (thigh)
Payton Pritchard (protocols) questionable

Smart was injured a few days ago but was considering returning to the game at the time. Turns out the injury was a bigger setback. Pritchard is questionable because of the protocols. With Smart and Pritchard potentially absent, look for Dennis Smith and Josh Richardson to be good value games in the Fantasy and DFS rosters.

Questionable Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles)
Questionable Caris LeVert (conditioning)

Brogdon and LeVert remain questionable, although the latter is more likely to cross the conditioning hurdle. Chris Duarte has been a great value game all season and will likely see additional ball handling tasks in this game.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Kelly Oubre (protocols) TBD

Oubre was recently put into league protocols so he’s probably out. Miles Bridges, PJ Washington and Gordon Hayward will have more playing time to absorb Oubre’s minutes.

Questionable Seth Curry (ankle)
Shake Milton (rear) OUT

Milton is absent, while Curry is questionable with an ankle injury. Tyrese Maxey is out of injury report so the point guard is good to go and will be a valuable game. Guys like Georges Niang and Furkan Korkmaz will be the main beneficiaries if Curry is left out.

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards

Mo Bamba (toe) questionable
Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) playing time decision

The Magic could lose a few players in the first zone. If Bamba and Carter Jr. are left out, Fantasy and DFS players should look for Mo Wagner and Robin Lopez as fallback options.

Bradley Beal (protocols) TBD

Beal entered protocols on Tuesday and he’s unlikely to test himself for Wednesday’s game even though the shooting guard would now be vaccinated.

Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks

Jimmy Butler (ankle) OUT
KZ Okpala (wrist) OUT

Butler and Okpala are both absent, which means Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are once again the main cast in fantasy and DFS contests.

De’Andre Hunter (wrist) questionable)
Doubtful Clint Capela (ankle)
Cam Reddish (ankle) questionable
Sharife Cooper (thumb) questionable

Hunter could return after a long absence and would get a big boost if Reddish were left out. Capela is unlikely to play, so John Collins is a solid game against a Heat team who are soft on the inside with Bam Adebayo on the outside.

Dallas Mavericks vs. New York Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis (protocols) To be determined

Porzingis will appreciate the chance to face his former team if he establishes clear protocols. If he’s out, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell will stand in line for more than minutes.

Questionable Kemba Walker (knee)
Nerlens Noel (protocols) questionable
Evan Fournier (thigh) questionable

Walker, Fournier and Noël represent a strong contingent of the New York rotation. Of the three, Fournier is the most likely to play after being able to dress earlier in the week.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Questionable Alperen Sengun (ankle)

Sengun was going to be re-evaluated this week, so the designation is a sign he might be set to return. Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. remain the best fantastic options for this Houston team.

Derrick White (protocols) TBD
Keldon Johnson (protocols) TBD
Devin Vassell (protocols) TBD

With a handful of rotating Spurs players still in protocols, Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker continue to represent high-value games in the Fantasy and DFS rosters.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert (protocols) TBD
Joe Ingles (conditioning) questionable

Ingles is out of protocols and could play, while Gobert is probably still out. Bojan Bogdanovic, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson remain this team’s most trusted options from a fantasy and DFS standpoint.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

James Harden (knee) questionable
Questionable Kyrie Irving (ankle)
Questionable Nic Claxton (hamstring)

Both Harden and Irving are questionable, which means Kevin Durant is likely going to play a big part in this game. Patty Mills and Cam Thomas are great backup options in case Harden and / or Irving can’t play. With Claxton’s status in doubt, look for Blake Griffin as a game of great value.

Alex Caruso (protocols) TBD

Caruso is about to be cleared. Ayo Dosunmu has carved out a role for himself and remains a great play even if Caruso returns. Coby White is a good pickup too, although it does have a few inconsistencies and this can sometimes lead to disappointing performance.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings

LeBron James (abdominal) probable
Russell Westbrook (sick) should play

James being listed on the injury report is a formality. Westbrook is battling a non-COVID illness and made the trip to Sacramento with the team, so he should be playing. Apart from these two stars, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony are good fantasy / DFS options.

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