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NBA injuries to monitor ahead of Monday’s slate on April 12

We note some of the injuries to keep an eye on heading into Monday’s slate with the potential to affect basketball DFS lineups and betting lines.

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards gets up slowly after a foul by the Orlando Magic during the first half at Amway Center on April 7, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images

We’ve got 9 games on the schedule for Monday, April 12, and there are plenty of big names on the injury report. Here we’ll be monitoring all the latest injury news with some analysis and how to approach the injury for DFS and fantasy basketball.

NBA Injury Report: Monday, April 12

Chuma Okeke, PF/C, Orlando Magic

The Magic say Okeke (hip) is available to play Monday vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Okeke was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. At $5,500, Okeke would be a good tournament play, but we’re seeing he’ll have a minutes restriction. This means we can roll out Mo Bamba ($4,300) as a top value option on DraftKings. Wendell Carter Jr. ($5,900) is also a decent play.

Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks have ruled out Porzingis for Monday’s game vs. the Sixers to manage his knee injury. Maxi Kleber (leg) is available to play and J.J. Redick can make his team debut as well. This could be a Luka Doncic ($10,700) slate. He’s close to the highest-priced player for the eight games. Doncic could go underowned considering how cold he’s been relative to pricing. The All-Star hasn’t really returned top value since the middle of March. Kleber ($3,900) is a good play with Porzingis sidelined, though he’ll have to deal with Joel Embiid.

Los Angeles Lakers injury report

Update: Kuzma, Gasol and Matthews are all available to play.

The Lakers are calling Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol and Wesley Matthews game-time decisions for Monday’s contest vs. the New York Knicks. If Kuz is sidelined, Andre Drummond ($6,800) and Dennis Schroder ($6,700) will be decent mid-range value options. Markieff Morris ($5,100) and Alex Caruso ($3,600) are also decent plays if Kuzma and Gasol are sidelined.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves are listing KAT as out due to personal reasons Monday night vs. the Nets. Brooklyn won’t have Kyrie Irving, Aldridge or Harden. Anthony Edwards ($7,500) is a good GPP play given the offense the T-Wolves will need to account for with Towns out. Jaden McDaniels ($4,500) and Naz Reid ($3,500) are both good options in the front court to make up the minutes at center. McDaniels is projected for 30+ minutes and has a safe floor, averaging over 20 fantasy points over the last 5 games.

Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans

Ball (hip) has been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings. With Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker also sidelined, the Pelicans lack depth in the back court behind Eric Bledsoe ($6,400), Isaiah Thomas ($4,400) and Kira Lewis Jr. ($4,200). Bledsoe has some appeal given the matchup. The Kings are a poor defensive team, though Bledsoe lacks upside. He’ll get plenty of minutes, however. Lewis isn’t a bad value at guard. Really, your main focus on the Pels should be Zion Williamson ($9,700) going up against Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes all night.

Brooklyn Nets injury report

This isn’t so much an injury report. The Nets have already ruled out PG Kyrie Irving (personal) and PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) for Monday’s game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. PG/SG James Harden is also sidelined with the hamstring injury. So Kevin Durant ($9,000) may end up being a viable play if his minutes restriction is eased up a bit. We’re likely looking at extreme value in GPPs from Brooklyn. Chris Chiozza ($3,000), Nicolas Claxton ($3,100) and Bruce Brown ($4,800) will all be strong options.

Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards

Update: Beal will start vs. the Jazz.

The Wizards have Beal (hip) listed as probable to play in Monday’s game vs. the Utah Jazz. The Wizards SG has been cold as ice when he’s been in the lineup with Russell Westbrook ($11,000) doing that soak up all the usage and take a ton of shots thing. Russ isn’t a bad tournament play because his ownership should be suppressed with Beal likely back and the matchup vs. the Jazz. There is very little value in Washington tonight.

Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets

Update: Murray is available to play vs. the Wizards.

Update: Murray is being listed as questionable to play.

Murray has missed the past four games due to a knee injury. He was held out of the Nuggets’ loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday and could be sidelined again vs. the Golden State Warriors tonight. If that’s the case, it’s a solid spot for Michael Porter Jr. ($7,000) and Will Barton ($5,300). Aaron Gordon ($5,800) doesn’t get the type of offensive usage on Denver and is a bit overpriced. Monte Morris ($3,900) and Facundo Campazzo ($3,600) are decent options for value if Murray remains out. This game could be high scoring and lopsided in favor of the Nuggets.

Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz

Update: Clarkson is also ruled out along with Conley vs. the Wizards.

The Jazz have already ruled Conley (rest, hamstring) out for Monday’s game vs. the Wizards. The starting guard is managing his hamstring injury and will sit. So you know what that means! Joe Ingles ($5,700) chalk night, baby! Jingling Joe should get the start in the back court with Donovan Mitchell ($9,200). Ingles has been solid the past two games, scoring at least 33 DKFP in each outing while playing over 30 minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,900) and Royce O’Neale ($4,200) are also good value options. The Wizards don’t play defense and the Jazz could be without both Conley and Jordan Clarkson (ankle). Georges Niang ($3,100) is your sleeper value play.