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NBA Injury Report, January 12th: Updates for James Harden, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, LeBron, Kristaps Porsingis and more

The federation’s list has been uploaded Wednesday, which comes with a loaded injury report. The nine games list features some interesting matches but none are greater than squaring the nets and the bowls at the top of the East. After a quiet injury report on Tuesday, Wednesday’s roster features some of the game’s biggest starts. Here’s a look at the injury report for January 12th.

NBA Injury Report: Jan 12

Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers

Marcus Smart (thigh) Doubtful
Payton Pritchard (Protocols) questionable

Smart suffered an injury a few days ago but was thinking about getting back into the game at the time. It turns out that the injury was an even bigger setback. Pritchard is questionable because of the protocols. With Smart and Pritchard potentially out, look for Dennis Smith and Josh Richardson to be good value plays in the DFS fictional lineup.

Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) Doubtful
Caris Levert (conditioning) Doubtful

Brogdon and LeVert are still in question, although the latter is likely to clear the conditioning hurdle. Chris Duarte has been a valuable player all season and is likely to see additional ball-handling assignments in this game.

Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers

Kelly Uber (Protocols) TBD

Oubre was recently put into the league’s protocols, so it’s likely to come out. Miles Bridges, PJ Washington and Gordon Hayward will get more playing time to accommodate Uber minutes.

Seth Curry (ankle) Doubtful
Milton Shake (Reverse)

Milton is out, while Curry is suspected with an ankle injury. Therese Maxi is out of the injury report, so the base is good and it will be a valuable game. Men like George Niang and Furkan Korkmaz will be the main beneficiaries if Kari is left out.

Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards

Mo Bamba (toe) Doubtful
Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) game time decision

The magic can drop a few players in the frontal area. If both Bamba and Carter Jr. are left out. Fantasy and DFS players should look to Mo Wagner and Robin Lopez as backup options.

Bradley Bell (Protocols) TBD

Bale entered protocols Tuesday and is unlikely to test for Wednesday’s game, although the shooting guard has now been vaccinated.

Miami Heat vs Atlanta Hawks

Jimmy Butler (ankle) out
KZ Okpala (Wrist) out

Both Butler and Okpala have been disqualified, meaning that Tyler Hero and Duncan Robinson are once again the main plays in the fantasy competitions and DFS.

De’Andre Hunter (wrist) Doubtful
Clint Capella (Ankle) Doubtful
Cam Redish (ankle) questionable
Sheriff Cooper (thumbs up) Doubtful

Hunter could return after a long absence and would get a good boost if Reddish were eliminated. Capella is unlikely to play, so John Collins is playing hard against a quiet Heat on the inside with Pam Adebayo out.

Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks

Kristaps porsingis (Protocols) TBD

Porzingis will relish the opportunity to take on his former team if he establishes clear protocols. If he goes out, Maxi Clipper and Dwight Powell will remain in line for additional minutes.

Kimba Walker (knee) Doubtful
Questionable Nerlence Noel (Protocols)
Yvan Fournier (thigh) Doubtful

Walker, Fournier and Noel make up a strong squad in the New York rotation. Of the three, Fournier is likely to play after he was able to make an appearance earlier in the week.

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs

Alperin Sengon (Ankle) Doubtful

Sengon was about to reassess this week, so the appointment is a sign that he might be about to make a comeback. Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. remain Houston’s top fantasy picks.

Derek White (Protocols) TBD
Keldon Johnson (Protocols) TBD
Devin Fassel (protocols) to be determined

With a few rotating Spurs still in protocols, Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker continue to make valuable plays in the Fantasy and DFS squads.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert (Protocols) TBD
Joe Engels (conditioning) questionable

Engels has implemented the protocols and can play, while Joubert is probably still out. Bojan Bogdanovic, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson remain the most reliable options on this team from a fictional and DFS standpoint.

Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls

James Harden (knee) Doubtful
Kyrie Irving (Ankle) Doubtful
Nick Claxton (hamstring) questionable

Both Harden and Irving are dubious, which means Kevin Durant will likely play a big role in this game. Patti Mills and Cam Thomas are great backup options in case Harden and/or Irving are unable to play. With Claxton’s status in doubt, look for Blake Griffin to be a game of solid value.

Alex Caruso (Protocols) TBD

Caruso is about to be purged. Ayo Dosunmo has played a role for himself and it would still be a great play even if Karuso returns. The Coby White is also a nice pickup, although there are some inconsistencies that can lead to disappointing performances from time to time.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings

LeBron James (my belly) is possible
Was expected to play Russell Westbrook (illness)

Including James in the injury report is a formality. Westbrook is dealing with a non-COVID illness and made a trip to Sacramento with the team, so he is expected to play. Outside of these two stars, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony are good fantasy/DFS options.

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