Small slate on Thursday with just five games on tap which equates to a short list of injuries to watch with Kyrie Irving as the key status to monitor.

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 8

Team Player Status If OUT
Celtics Kyrie Irving Questionable Terry Rozier (minutes/usage)*
Shane Larkin (minutes/usage)*
Al Horford (usage)*
Marcus Morris (usage)
Marcus Smart (usage)
Jayson Tatum (usage)
Heat Wayne Ellington Probable Rodney McGruder (minutes)
Justise Winslow (minutes)*
Dwyane Wade (usage)
Hornets Michael Carter-Williams Out Malik Monk (minutes/usage)
Nets None
Sixers None
Spurs Pau Gasol Out Davis Bertans (minutes)
Joffrey Lauvergne (minutes)
Dejounte Murray (usage)
LaMarcus Aldridge (usage)*
Kyle Anderson (usage)
Spurs Rudy Gay Questionable Kyle Anderson (minutes)*
Dejounte Murray (usage)
Suns Troy Daniels Questionable Josh Jackson (minutes)*
Elfrid Payton (usage)*
Thunder None
Timberwolves Jimmy Butler Out Nemanja Bjelica (minutes)
Jamal Crawford (minutes/usage)
Jeff Teague (usage)*
Andrew Wiggins (usage)*
Karl-Anthony Towns (usage)*
Warriors Andre Iguodala Doubtful Nick Young (minutes/usage)*
Omri Casspi (minutes/usage)
JaVale McGee (usage)*
Warriors David West Doubtful JaVale McGee (minutes)*
Kevon Looney (minutes/usage)
Warriors Jordan Bell Out JaVale McGee (minutes)*
Kevon Looney (minutes)


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