Just like Wednesday, where we had a smaller NBA slate but a lot of injuries to dissect, Friday’s six-game NBA slate is also full of injuries to keep an eye on with special interest in Golden St. and Oklahoma City. Status of players on those teams will shape lineup construction so find out who is suiting up and who is ruled out then consult the Matrix below to find the DFS values and pivots.

This article will attempt to list all of the relevant injury situations to monitor for the day’s NBA slate and provide guidance on which players will benefit with either an increase in minutes or usage or both if that player is ruled out. I will also place an asterisk (*) by players that I think are worth DFS consideration if that player is ruled out. Players that have been out for at least five consecutive games I will not list as general playing time and usage patterns should be established.

This will NOT be an interactive article that is continually updated throughout the day as I hope to capture all of the potential relevant injury situations that could impact DFS lineups for the night and pre-determine what players benefit. Ideally, you monitor late-breaking news leading up to tipoff, find out a player is ruled out and come check the matrix below to see who the players are you should consider for your DFS lineups based on that news.

NBA What If – Friday, March 16

Team Player Status If OUT
Celtics Marcus Smart Out Terry Rozier (minutes/usage)*
Shane Larkin (minutes/usage)
Guerschon Yabusele (minutes/usage)
Jayson Tatum (usage)*
Celtics Jaylen Brown Out Terry Rozier (minutes)*
Shane Larkin (minutes)
Guerschon Yabusele (minutes)
Al Horford (usage)*
Greg Monroe (usage)
Jayson Tatum (usage)*
Celtics Kyrie Irving Out Terry Rozier (minutes/usage)*
Shane Larkin (minutes/usage)
Al Horford (usage)*
Marcus Morris (usage)*
Jayson Tatum (usage)*
Celtics Daniel Theis Out Greg Monroe (minutes)
Aron Baynes (minutes)
Guershchon Tabusele (usage)
Celtics Al Horford Probable Greg Monroe (minutes)*
Aron Baynes (minutes/usage)
Marcus Morris (usage)*
Jayson Tatum (usage)*
Terry Rozier (usage)*
Clippers None
Heat Josh Richardson Doubtful Justise Winslow (minutes/usage)*
Wayne Ellington (minutes)*
Goran Dragic (usage)*
Bam Adebayo (usage)*
Heat Hassan Whiteside Out Kelly Olynyk (minutes/usage)*
Bam Adebayo (minutes)*
James Johnson (minutes/usage)*
Goran Dragic (usage)*
Heat Dwyane Wade Out Tyler Johnson (minutes)*
Wayne Ellington (minutes)*
Kings Skal Labissiere Questionable Zach Randolph (minutes/usage)
Kosta Koufos (minutes/usage)
Lakers Kyle Kuzma Questionable Isaiah Thomas (minutes/usage)*
Travis Wear (minutes)
Magic Evan Fournier Out Mario Hezonja (minutes)
Jonathan Simmons (minutes/usage)*
Nikola Vucevic (usage)
Aaron Gordon (usage)
Magic Aaron Gordon Questionable Mario Hezonja (minutes)
Jonathan Isaac (minutes)
Jonathan Simmons (usage)*
Nikola Vucevic (usage)
Mavericks Wesley Matthews Out Doug McDermott (minutes)
Yogi Ferrell (minutes/usage)
Dirk Nowitzki (usage)
Dwight Powell (usage)
JJ Barea (usage)
Harrison Barnes (usage)
Nets Jarrett Allen Probable Dante Cunningham (minutes)
Quincy Acy (minutes)
D’Angelo Russell (usage)*
Nets Allen Crabbe Questionable Joe Harris (minutes)
Caris LeVert (minutes)*
Raptors Norman Powell Questionable CJ Miles (minutes)
Malcolm Miller (minutes)
Sixers None
Thunder Steven Adams Questionable Jerami Grant (minutes/usage)*
Patrick Patterson (minutes)*
Russell Westbrook (usage)*
Paul George (usage)*
Carmelo Anthony (usage)*
Thunder Paul George Questionable Corey Brewer (minutes/usage)*
Josh Huestis (minutes)
Carmelo Anthony (minutes/usage)*
Russell Westbrook (usage)*
Steven Adams (usage)
Warriors Stephen Curry Out Shaun Livingston (minutes/usage)
Quinn Cook (minutes)
Kevin Durant (usage)*
Nick Young (usage)*
Andre Iguodala (usage)
Warriors Klay Thompson Out Nick Young (minutes/usage)*
Quinn Cook (minutes/usage)
Andre Iguodala (usage)*
Warriors Jordan Bell Probable Kevon Looney (minutes)
Warriors Draymond Green Probable Jordan Bell (minutes)
Kevon Looney (minutes)
Omri Casspi (minutes/usage)*
Kevin Durant (usage)*
JaVale McGee (usage)
Warriors David West Probable Jordan Bell (minutes)
Kevon Looney (minutes)
Warriors Kevin Durant Questionable Andre Iguodala (minutes/usage)*
Omri Casspi (minutes/usage)*
Nick Young (usage)*

 

 

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