According to Pelicans HC Stan Van Gundy, PG Lonzo Ball did not practice on Saturday the team expects him back in “days or a week.” (Source: Will Guillory on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: SVG said he feels optimistic about Ball returning soon, and coming back during New Orleans' road trip is still a possibility. Still, this is concerning for Ball managers as he'll be on the shelf for a few more games. Nikeil Alexander-Walker will continue to start in place of Ball.
Rockets G Eric Gordon was downgraded to out Saturday and will not play against the San Antonio Spurs. (Source: Cayleigh Griffin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gordon remains out with a leg injury and his minutes will be allocated to Ben McLemore, Jae'Sean Tate, and Sterling Brown. Sterling Brown is a game-time decision so he carries some risk for Saturday's DFS slate.
Rockets C DeMarcus Cousins has been ruled out of Saturday's contest against the Spurs due to soreness in his right ankle. (Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cousins had nine points and four rebounds against the Spurs on Thursday, but he'll sit out Saturday's game with an ankle injury. In Boogie's absence, Christian Wood will once again be the focal point of the Houston offense.
Miami Heat G Goran Dragic has been upgraded to questionable for Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons. (Source: NBA Injury Report)
Fantasy Impact: Dragic's missed the past two games due to health and safety protocols but has a shot to play against the Pistons on Saturday. He and Bam Adebayo are the first players on the Heat that are trending in the right direction in returning to play. Dragic's return would eat into short-term DFS stud Gabe Vincent's value.
Sat, Jan 16th 2:13pm EST
By Dan Titus
Thunder C Al Horford (personal reasons) missed practice on Saturday and will not play against the 76ers on Sunday. He's without a timetable for return. (Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Horford's missed the past two games due to personal reasons, and he doesn't appear to be coming back in the short term. In the meantime, Isaiah Roby will serve as the starting center for the Thunder.
Sat, Jan 16th 2:03pm EST
By Dan Titus
Grizzlies PG Ja Morant is listed as questionable for Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia 76ers. (Source: NBA Injury Report)
Fantasy Impact: Morant wasn't able to make his debut on Friday with the Grizzlies/Timberwolves game being postponed. He's trending up but expect him to see 25-30 minutes in his first game back from a grade 2 ankle sprain weeks ago.