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NBA Daily Fantasy Injury Report: Starting Lineups & Today’s Breaking NBA News for DraftKings & FanDuel Picks Tonight | 10/23/21

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Blowouts ruled the NBA landscape once again last night aside from a couple of notable exceptions. With this article, the work of the other staff members and the amazing NBA DFS projections , those scenarios can be handled much more easily. That allows for pivoting at the drop of a hat, and the NBA Starting Lineup page is an extremely important tool as well. We have eight total games for NBA DFS but only seven of those games are on the main slate. All games will be a part of the NBA Injury Report so you have all the information we can get to you.

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Remember to always place players from the later games in guard, forward, and utility slots on DraftKings. Allow maximum flexibility to react to the news that comes out after lock, which will happen in NBA. Additionally, take advantage of the wealth of Awesemo NBA content to get ready for these slates.

Teams playing the second back-to-back game:

Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns

These teams could wind up throwing curveballs on the NBA Injury Report that we don’t exactly expect so just be aware when starting to build through the day.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

Hawks – Danilo Gallinari – Questionable

Gallinari could make it back into the lineup tonight and he would likely play more than 15 minutes like Solomon Hill did in the first game. Still, the Hawks have Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter playing off the bench and Gallinari would mix with that duo.

Cavaliers – Darius Garland – Questionable

Since Garland did not play last night, we should assume he is truly questionable. Ricky Rubio would most likely draw a second straight start and he has a double-double in both games so far on a usage rate over 25%. Rubio didn’t see his minutes get stretched last night with just 28 but he can still be played with a role of nearly 30 minutes. Collin Sexton shot the ball over 20 times without Garland last night and his usage is almost 29%.

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

Heat – Kyle Lowry, Dewayne Dedmon – Questionable

The initial read for Lowry is the questionable tag wouldn’t seem serious for the NBA Injury Report. He did suffer a minor ankle sprain but returned to the game after it happened. The 24 minutes played was more due to the Heat running Milwaukee off the court. Tyler Herro would likely move into the starting lineup since he was the direct replacement for Lowry and the sixth man in the rotation. Herro’s 36.2% usage in game one was eye-popping and he played minutes without Lowry and Jimmy Butler on the court.

Dedmon may not seem like the most important cog, but he was the replacement for Bam Adebayo. If he’s out, KZ Okpala likely fills in as the backup but with the value already present on this slate, he wouldn’t seem at all necessary.

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Pacers – Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren – IR

At this juncture, the Pacers have no new injuries. They did play an overtime game last night and have been playing a very short rotation. Only eight players have logged more than 10 minutes in either game so far. Keep an eye on how their injury report develops through the day. It needs to be pointed out that rookie guard Chris Duarte was priced at $6,000 on DraftKings las night and inexplicably is only $3,900 in salary tonight.

Dallas Mavericks at Toronto Raptors

Mavericks – None

Raptors – Pascal Siakam – IR

The only thing that has changed for the Raptors is the salary for Scottie Barnes on DraftKings. They have not priced him accurately at all and the same can be said for Precious Achiuwa. 

Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls

Pistons – Cade Cunningham – Out

Since the No. 1 pick didn’t play in the first game, we have a status quo Injury Report for the Pistons. Frank Jackson started and played over 28 minutes but had just nine fantasy points with a 14.8% usage rate.

Bulls – Coby White – IR

Chicago is the exact team it was last night and will be for the foreseeable future. It is noteworthy that Zach LaVine has had a usage rate of 32.5% despite three new teammates around him.

New Orleans Pelicans at Minnesota Timberwolves

Pelicans – Zion Williamson – Out

Josh Hart – Questionable

Hart missed last game and it was a bit of a surprise that Herbert Jones started for him. He did see 29 minutes of court time but produced just 14.75 points on DraftKings. With the quartet of Brandon Ingram, Devonte’ Graham, Nickell Alexander-Walker, and Jonas Valanciunas, it will be hard for any bench player to step into a starting role and find fantasy relevance.

Timberwolves – None

Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio Spurs

Bucks – Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, Bobby Portis, Semi Ojeleye – Out

Jrue Holiday, Rodney Hood – Questionable

Both Holiday and Hood are being called probable for this game, but Holiday was probable for the last contest until he wasn’t. Let’s assume he makes it back into the lineup for today’s NBA Injury Report. If that happens, it pushes George Hill back to the bench and he’s only playing around 20 minutes per game with a usage rate under 12%. Hood would likely see the same type of role off the bench.

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It’s a similar situation that we mentioned talking about the Heat. There is a ton of strong, viable value on this slate so we don’t need to go in this direction. I still would be interested in Jordan Nwora since Lopez and Portis remain out. He didn’t start in the past game so even if he doesn’t tonight, there’s no concern. Nwora has played at least 24 minutes off the bench in each game and has a usage rate just under 23%.

Spurs – None

Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers

Suns – None

It is obviously very early in the season, but the Suns lineup would be on my radar for the NBA Injury Report since they playing a back-to-back. They played so deep into the postseason last year and Devin Booker played for the Team USA while Chris Paul was hurt in the playoffs and is no spring chicken. I’m not predicting they rest anyone, they just fit a profile that I keep tabs on.

Trail Blazers – None

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers

Grizzlies – Dillon Brooks – Out

De’Anthony Melton took the place of Brooks in the opener and played 30 minutes. The usage was just 18.6% but the minutes on the court are appealing for $3,800, as are the 14 shots (six from 3-point range). Desmond Bane is also going to be popular again since he payed off last game in a big way, scoring 22 real points with a 28.2% usage rate. Both players for Memphis should carry some popularity.

Clippers – Serge Ibaka, Nicholas Batum – Questionable

Kawhi Leonard – IR

Both Ibaka and Batum seem like a bit of a long shot, but if they make it back they cut into playing time for Terrance Mann and Luke Kennard, most likely. Mann could still be a fine option since he played nearly 40 minutes. The 9.3% usage rate was not inspiring but Mann can still find ways to impact the scoresheet on most nights. What this leaves me with is to just play Paul George or Reggie Jackson if playing Clippers. Some may look at Eric Bledsoe, but he shot 10-16 from the field. That seems unlikely to repeat while Jackson shot 4-19 which is also unlikely to repeat, but for much better reasons.


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