Thursday’s nine-game slate has far less injury news to monitor and react to then Wednesday’s wild four-game slate had. Of course, that could all change this time of year so still be on the lookout for any late scratches.

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 – Thursday, March 15

Team Player Status If OUT
Bulls Lauri Markkanen Out Bobby Portis (minutes/usage)*
Noah Vonleh (minutes)
Denzel Valentine (usage)
Bulls Paul Zipser Probable Denzel Valentine (minutes)
David Nwaba (minutes)
Cavaliers Cedi Osman Out Jeff Green (minutes)*
Ante Zizic (usage)
Cavaliers Larry Nance Jr. Questionable Ante Zizic (minutes)
Jeff Green (minutes)*
George Hill (usage)
Cavaliers Rodney Hood Questionable Kyle Korver (minutes)*
Jordan Clarkson (usage)
Clippers None
Grizzlies None
Hawks Kent Bazemore Out Tyler Dorsey (minutes/usage)
Damion Lee (minutes)
Dennis Schroder (usage)*
Taurean Prince (usage)*
Hawks Malcolm Delaney Out Isaiah Taylor (minutes/usage)
Hornets Cody Zeller Doubtful Frank Kaminsky (minutes)
Hornets Michael Carter-Williams Out Malik Monk (minutes/usage)
Hornets Jeremy Lamb Questionable Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (minutes)*
Malik Monk (minutes/usage)
Treveon Graham (minutes/usage)
Kemba Walker (usage)*
Jazz Raul Neto Out Alec Burks (minutes)
Knicks Lance Thomas Questionable Michael Beasley (minutes)
Knicks Tim Hardaway Jr. Questionable Courtney Lee (minutes/usage)*
Frank Ntilikina (minutes)
Michael Beasley (usage)
Enes Kanter (usage)
Nuggets None
Pacers Domantas Sabonis Out Thaddeus Young (minutes/usage)*
Trevor Booker (minutes)
Pacers Trevor Booker Questionable Thaddeus Young (minutes)*
Pelicans None
Pistons Reggie Bullock Questionable Stanley Johnson (minutes)*
Luke Kennard (minutes)*
Blake Griffin (usage)*
James Ennis (usage)
Pistons Dwight Buycks Questionable Jameer Nelson (minutes)
Raptors Norman Powell Out Delon Wright (minutes)
CJ Miles (minutes)
OG Anunoby (minutes)
Raptors OG Anunoby Probable Delon Wright (minutes)
CJ Miles (minutes)
Malcolm Miller (minutes)
Rockets None
Sixers None
Spurs None
Suns Devin Booker Questionable Troy Daniels (minutes/usage)
Josh Jackson (minutes/usage)*
Davon Reed (minutes)
TJ Warren (usage)*
Trail Blazers None

 

 

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