November 19, 2019, 9:15 amDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson has recently emerged to grab the backup shooting guard slot from Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier.
It wasn’t long ago that Dotson was a complete afterthought in a crowded backcourt after returning from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He played just three minutes in the first four games but has been a regular in the last five, earning David Fizdale’s trust with his hustle and defense. His percentages have always suffered though and he doesn’t offer much else so he can only be seen as a scoring specialist in deeper formats.
Source: NY Post
December 15, 2019, 4:39 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (elbow soreness) will play on Sunday against the Hawks.
James had been listed as questionable since last night. The Lakers don't really need his services tonight against a bad Hawks team, but it's reassuring to know that James isn't dealing with any serious injury issues. Fire him up as you usually would, with the caveat that he may sit out the entire 4th if the Hawks can't keep this game close.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 4:37 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (upper respiratory illness) has been downgraded to out on Sunday.
Embiid had previously been listed as doubtful. The Sixers are at risk of being very shorthanded up front against the Nets, but if Al Horford plays he would do so against a very defensively vulnerably Brooklyn frontcourt. No need to worry about Embiid in the long-term.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 4:30 pmLonnie Walker IVSG, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker IV (bruised right knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.
Walker suffered a non-contact injury in the last game that had observers fearing the worst. It looks like he's avoided major injury and he has a chance to suit up tomorrow. That said, the guard rotation in San Antonio is a mess and, even if the dust settles, Walker's fantasy game is very one-dimensional at this stage in his career. Whenever Gregg Popovich commits to a youth movement in San Antonio, we'll let you know, but even in the event that they begin playing their young guard, Walker would be third on the pecking order after Dejounte Murray and Derrick White as it stands.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 4:24 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray (thoracolumbar soreness) has been downgraded to questionable vs. the Knicks on Sunday.
We're not sure what happened during shootaround, but Murray had come into today listed as probable. Maybe they just noticed the opponent, but most likely, the Nuggets want to be cautious with Murray on the second half of a back-to-back. Keep an eye on his status closer to tipoff. If he misses this one, Monte Morris is in line for a huge role and doesn't figure to come off the court in the event of a blowout, which was exactly what happened the last time these two teams met a few weeks back.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 4:09 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum (left hand contusion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game versus the Pacers.
He was trending in this direction since yesterday, but this leaves the Hornets dangerously short at the SF spot. The Pacers are a big team, so we might see some more lineups with Miles Bridges at the three to counter Indiana's size.
Source: Charlotte Hornets on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 3:37 pmNassir LittleSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Nassir Little (back spasms) is questionable for Monday's game.
Little didn't play in Portland's last game, though his playing time has been trending down since a short run in the starting five. He's not a fantasy option.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 3:36 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) has a "good chance" of returning on Monday.
Thomas has been out for 10 days, though it remains to be seen if he'll go right back into the starting five upon returning. He's been a much better fit, at least from a fantasy perspective, with the second unit. Ish Smith's value will take a hit.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 3:34 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Scott Brooks deemed it unlikely that Moe Wagner (sprained ankle) would be able to play on Monday.
It'll be Wagner's second straight absence, and he's missing a great chance to put up numbers with Thomas Bryant sidelined. Ian Mahinmi will once again be the Wizards' only center on Monday and could get some big minutes against Detroit.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 3:31 pmNicolas ClaxtonPF, Brooklyn Nets
Nicolas Claxton (left hamstring soreness) will not play on Sunday.
Claxton has been in and out of the rotation and isn't much of a redraft option at this point, though that can change. He'll need to get healthy first, obviously.
Source: NBA Injury Report
December 15, 2019, 2:44 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap (right quad strain) is being considered questionable on Sunday vs. the Knicks.
Millap missed Saturday night's game vs. the Thunder and he might be in danger of missing this one too. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off but if he does miss then expect Jerami Grant to once again start in his place.
Source: Denver Nuggets on Twitter