NBA Injury Report, November 25: Updates for LeBron James, Michael Porter Jr., Bradley Beal, more

After a day off from NBA Thursday, the league returns with a whopping 14 games on the schedule. That usually means a long injury report, so let’s get right to it. Here’s Friday’s injury report in the NBA, along with relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: November 25

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Charlotte Hornets

Kyle Anderson (rear) – questionable

If Anderson isn’t playing, Jaden McDanies is likely seeing more minutes at small forward.

LaMelo Ball (ankle) – OUT
Gordon Hayward (Shoulder) – Doubtful

The ball stays out so Terry Rozier should be a solid guard option in DFS lineups. If Hayward isn’t playing, Kelly Oubre Jr. and PJ Washington could get more run in Charlotte’s rotation.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic

Joel Embiid (foot) – OUT

Embiid stays out with a foot sprain, so Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed are the indoor value plays for Philadelphia.

Paolo Banchero (ankle) – Available
Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) – Doubtful

Banchero is finally back, which will take some production away from Franz Wagner. Carter Jr.’s status will affect Mo Bamba’s Fantasy/DFS score.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson (knee) – Doubtful

If Robinson can’t walk, the blazers could dominate the interior. Rebound props for Jusuf Nurkic and Jerami Grant would be worth considering if New York’s big man can’t play.

Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics

No significant everyday injuries for either team at this point.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers

No significant everyday injuries for either team at this point.

Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat

Bradley Beal (hamstring) – doubtful
Monte Morris (ankle) – questionable
Rui Hachimura (ankle) – questionable

Corey Kispert once again becomes a top value play when Beal can’t leave. Will Barton would also see more minutes. Daniel Gafford and Kristaps Porzingis gain value if Hachimura is unable to leave.

Bam Adebayo (knee) – probably
Jimmy Butler (knee) – OUT
Tyler Herro (ankle) – questionable
Max Strus (shoulder) – doubtful
Gabe Vincent (knee) – questionable
Duncan Robinson (ankle) – questionable

We’ll need to see who’s in and who’s out before making any bigger judgments, but Adebayo and Kyle Lowry could be worth adding in DFS competitions.

Atlanta Hawks versus Houston Rockets

Jalen Green (toe) – probably
Alperen Sengun (groin) – doubtful

Kevin Porter Jr. would see more shots if Green was out. Sengun is unlikely to play, pushing players like Tari Eason and Usman Garuba into front-court rotation for Houston.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Trey Murphy (foot) – OUT
CJ McCollum (Logs) – OUT

Naji Marshall is looking at more game time with Murphy while Jose Alvarado and Brandon Ingram gain value if McCollum is sidelined.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Caris LeVert (ankle) – OUT
Kevin Love (thumbs) – OUT

Lamar Stephens, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen all gain in value with LeVert and Love absent.

Jrue Holiday (illness) – probably

If Holiday isn’t playing or is restricted, Jevon Carter will see more time on the court.

Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

No significant everyday injuries for either team at this point.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

LeBron James (groin) – questionable
Anthony Davis (rear) – probably
Patrick Beverley (suspension) – OUT

James is expected to play while Davis also adapts. Having those two back should give the Lakers the advantage here. With Beverley out, Austin Reaves and Russell Westbrook have risen in fantasy/DFS formats.

Detroit Pistons vs. Phoenix Suns

Saddiq Bey (ankle) – OUT
Jaden Ivey (knee) – questionable
Killian Hayes (Calf) – Doubtful

Cory Joseph will lead the backcourt if both Hayes and Ivey are unavailable in this game. Bojan Bogdanovic continues to be the engine of this offensive, especially with Bey still missing.

Chris Paul (heel) – OUT
Landry Shamet (concussion) – OUT

It’s time once again to turn to Cam Payne and Devin Booker in DFS competitions with the news that Paul is out.

Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors

No significant everyday injuries for either team at this point.

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Nikola Jokic (hip) – probably
Michael Porter Jr. (heel) – Doubtful
Bones Hyland (illness) – OUT
Jamal Murray (conditioning) – available

If Porter Jr. is out, Aaron Gordon and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be more involved in Denver’s offense. This unit should get a lot better with the return of Jokic and Murray.

Paul George (hamstring) – out indefinitely
Kawhi Leonard (ankle) – out indefinitely

Head coach Tyronn Lue said those players are “without a timetable for a return,” which obviously sounds bad. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Norman Powell, Nicolas Batum and Reggie Jackson making offensive appearances for LA.


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