It’s the middle of the week and already many of your fantasy basketball lineups likely need some reshuffling due to injury, as several players will be sitting things out during Wednesday night’s action.
The biggest of those names could be Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic.
Vucevic, who is averaging 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, will sit out again on Wednesday as he recovers from a concussion. He has yet to pass the league’s post-concussion testing and there is no target date for his return although with the Magic playing both Friday and Sunday, owners of Vucevic can only hope he gets back on the court quickly.
In other injury related news, New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Tyreke Evans (sprained left ankle) will not play again on Wednesday but he’s hopeful to return vs. the Warriors on Saturday. His absence leaves the Pelicans with only Brian Roberts, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers, so either could see a small spike in production Wednesday vs. the Houston Rockets.
Utah’s Gordon Heyward is listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s contest against the Spurs with a hip injury. He may return this weekend, but Heyward out of the lineup is good news for Alec Burks who is coming off a 34-point outing Monday night against the Denver Nuggets where he made 13-of-19 shots from the floor.
Miami’s Mario Chalmers will also miss his fourth consecutive game on Wednesday and may not play the rest of the weekend either. He has averaged 9.3 points, 1.3 triples, 5.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game, so his absence is a loss for his owners.
Owners of Chicago Bulls’ forward Carlos Boozer should keep a close eye on his status close to game time. Boozer (illness) is listed as a game-time decision on Wednesday and if he doesn’t go, Taj Gibson becomes a nice option as he should start and see a ton of minutes.
Finally, Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll did not travel with the Hawks to London for Thursday’s game due to the recent birth of his daughter. he has been heating it up as of late averaging 10.5 points, 1.0 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals in nearly 36 minutes per game in January. It will be tough for the Hawks to fill his void, but Lou Williams and Mike Scott could get more opportunities tomorrow night against the Nets.