Welcome to the first NBA What-If article of the NBA season. Now that the NFL is winding down, I will try to get the What-If article up every weekday when there are at least four games on the slate. We have a few players already ruled out for Monday’s eight-game slate.

This article will attempt to list all of the relevant injury situations to monitor for the day’s NBA slate and provide guidance on which players will benefit with either an increase in minutes or usage or both if that player is ruled out. I will also place a plus (+) by players that I think are worth DFS consideration if that player is ruled out. Players that have been out for at least five consecutive games I will not list as general playing time and usage patterns should be established.

This will NOT be an interactive article that is continually updated throughout the day as I hope to capture all of the potential relevant injury situations that could impact DFS lineups for the night and pre-determine what players benefit. Ideally, you monitor late-breaking news leading up to tipoff, find out a player is ruled out and come check the matrix below to see who the players are you should consider for your DFS lineups based on that news.

NBA What If – Monday, January 7

Team Player Status If OUT
Bucks D.J. Wilson Questionable * Ersan Ilyasova (minutes)
Celtics Kyrie Irving Probable * Terry Rozier (minutes/usage)+
* Marcus Smart (minutes/usage)
* Marcus Morris (usage)
* Gordon Hayward (usage)
* Jaylen Brown (usage)
Celtics Marcus Morris Probable * Daniel Theis (minutes)
* Semi Ojeleye (minutes/usage)
* Terry Rozier (usage)
* Marcus Smart (usage)
Grizzlies Dillon Brooks Out * Justin Holiday (minutes/usage)+
* Kyle Anderson (minutes)+
Grizzlies Javon Carter Questionable * Shelvin Mack (minutes)
Jazz Dante Exum Out * Ricky Rubio (minutes)+
* Raul Neto (minutes)
* Kyle Korver (usage)
Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Out * Royce O’Neale (minutes)
* Jae Crowder (minues)+
Kings Iman Shumpert Questionable * Bogdan Bogdanovic (minutes/usage)+
* Justin Jackson (minutes)
* Ben McLemore (minutes)
* De’Aaron Fox (usage)+
Knicks Frank Ntilikina Out * Trey Burke (minutes)
Lakers Kyle Kuzma Questionable * Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (minutes/usage)
* Lance Stephenson (minutes/usage)
* Michael Beasley (minutes)
* Brandon Ingram (usage)
* JaVale McGee (usage)
Magic None
Mavericks J.J. Barea Questionable * Jalen Brunson (minutes/usage)
* Dirk Nowitzki (usage)
Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Questionable * Maxi Kleber (minutes)
Nets Allen Crabbe Out * Shabazz Napier (minutes)+
* Spencer Dinwiddie (usage)+
Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Out * Rodions Kurucs (minutes)
* Treveon Graham (minutes)
* Spencer Dinwiddie (usage)+
Nets DeMarre Carroll Out * Jared Dudley (minutes)
* Rodions Kurucs (minutes)
Nets Joe Harris Out * Shabazz Napier (minutes/usage)+
* Spencer Dinwiddie (usage)+
Nuggets None
Pelicans E’Twaun Moore Questionable * Solomon Hill (minutes)
* Darious Miller (minutes)
* Tim Frazier (minutes)
* Elfrid Payton (usage)+
* Jrue Holiday (usage)
Pistons Zaza Pachulia Questionable * Jon Leuer (minutes)
Rockets Eric Gordon Out * Austin Rivers (minutes)
* Danuel House (minutes/usage)
* Gerald Green (minutes/usage)
Spurs Rudy Gay Out * David Bertens (minutes)+
* DeMar DeRozan (usage)+
* Derrick Whie (usage)+
Trail Blazers Evan Turner Probable * Moe Harkless (minutes/usage)
Trail Blazers Moe Harkless Probable * Evan Turner (minutes)
* Damian Lillard (usage)+
* Jusuf Nurkic (usage)+