I wanted to wait until after the NBA Trade Deadline today before publishing the What If Matrix to incorporate any impact to the teams playing Thursday that made deals. Teams most impacted for tonight’s games include the Lakers and Magic. There are also some injuries to keep an eye on.

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.

This article series will be a work in progress and I welcome any and all feedback on its usefulness and format either in the Comments below or directly to me on Twitter @Rotopilot.

NBA What If – Thursday, February 8

Team Player Status If OUT
Celtics Greg Monroe Probable Aron Baynes (minutes)
Daniel Theis (minutes)
Hawks Marco Belinelli Questionable Taurean Prince (minutes)
Kent Bazemore (minutes)
John Collins (usage)
Hornets Marvin Williams Probable Frank Kaminsky (minutes)
Treveon Graham (minutes)
Nicolas Batum (usage)
Jeremy Lamb (usage)
Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Out Michael Beasley (minutes/usage)*
Lance Thomas (minutes/usage)
Trey Burke (usage)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (usage)*
Kyle O’Quinn (usage)
Courtney Lee (usage)
Knicks Enes Kanter Out Kyle O’Quinn (minutes)*
Lance Thomas (minutes/usage)
Michael Beasley (usage)*
Knicks Doug McDermott Traded Tim Hardaway Jr. (minutes)*
Courtney Lee (minutes)
Trey Burke (minutes)
Knicks Tim Hardaway Jr. Probable Doug Mc Dermott (minutes/usage)*
Courtney Lee (minutes/usage)*
Jarrett Jack (usage)*
Michael Beasley (usage)*
Lakers Jordan Clarkson Traded Tyler Ennis (minutes/usage)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (minutes/usage)*
Josh Hart (minutes)*
Kyle Kuzma (usage)*
Lakers Larry Nance Jr. Traded Kyle Kuzma (minutes)*
Magic Elfrid Payton Traded Shelvin Mack (minutes/usage)*
DJ Augustin (minutes/usage)*
Jonathan Simmons (usage)*
Magic Aaron Gordon Out Mario Hezonja (minutes/usage)*
Marreese Speights (minutes/usage)
Jonathan Simmons (usage)*
Elfrid Payton (usage)
Magic Nikola Vucevic Out Bismack Biyombo (minutes)
Jonathan Simmons (usage)
Elfrid Payton (usage)
Mavericks Harrison Barnes Out Dwight Powell (minutes)*
Maxi Kleber (minutes)
Dirk Nowitzki (usage)
Yogi Ferrell (usage)
JJ Barea (usage)*
Mavericks Devin Harris Traded Yogi Ferrell (minutes)
JJ Barea (minutes)*
Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Probable Jakob Poeltl (minutes)
Lucas Nogueira (minutes)
DeMar DeRozan (usage)
Kyle Lowry (usage)
Norman Powell (usage)
Serge Ibaka (usage)
Thunder Russell Westbrook Questionable Raymond Felton (minutes/usage)*
Paul George (usage)*
Carmelo Anthony (usage)*
Thunder Carmelo Anthony Questionable Jerami Grant (minutes/usage)*
Patrick Patterson (minutes)
Paul George (usage)*
Russell Westbrook (usage)*
Trail Blazers Evan Turner Questionable Moe Harkless (minutes)
Shabazz Napier (usage)
Warriors Draymond Green Probable Kevon Looney (minutes)
David West (minutes)
Steph Curry (usage)*
Kevin Durant (usage)*
Klay Thompson (usage)*
Andre Iguodala (usage)
Warriors Kevin Durant Probable Andre Iguodala (minutes/usage)
Omri Casspi (minutes/usage)*
Steph Curry (usage)*
Klay Thompson (usage)*
Nick Young (usage)
Wizards Markieff Morris Questionable Mike Scott (minutes)*
Bradley Beal (usage)
Kelly Oubre (usage)



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