It’s a rather unusual Friday night in the NBA with just seven games on the docket, but fantasy basketball owners will still need to keep an eye on some players who are nursing injuries.
Anthony Davis will be a game-time decision on Friday night when the New Orleans Pelicans visit the the Valley of the Sun, and fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in case he doesn’t suit up.
Davis suffered a sprained left shoulder in Wednesday’s game vs. the Dallas Mavericks and the although the injury ravaged Pelicans could use his services, they’d be smart to play it safe with their 20-year-old All-Star. New Orleans will play two sets of back-to-backs in the next five days, so one extra day of rest could allow Davis to heal.
Pelicans’ beat writer Jim Eichenhofer confirmed Davis’ “GTD” status via Twitter earlier today:
Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis (shoulder) is game-time decision for Friday's game at Phoenix on ESPN: http://t.co/QyKbjSjx7L
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) February 28, 2014
If Davis does indeed sit, fantasy owners should be looking to add Alexis Ajinca (2.6 percent owned on ESPN.com) from their league’s waiver wires.
With injuries to Davis, Jason Smith, and Ryan Anderson, Ajinca has been pressed into a fair amount of minutes in the Pelicans’ frontcourt. The 25-year-old Frenchman is averaging 14.0 points and 9.7 rebounds over his last three games, and will be a nice play vs. the Suns tonight. The one downside with Ajinca is that he doesn’t block many shots for a guy who stands 7-foot-2, with just 0.8 swats on the season.