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NBA injuries to monitor ahead of Monday’s slate on April 26th

We note some of the injuries to keep an eye on heading into Monday’s 11-game slate with the potential to affect basketball DFS lineups and betting lines.

Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards reacts towards referee Tony Brown #6 after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Capital One Arena on April 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

We’ve got 11 games on the schedule for Monday, April 26th, 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 26th

Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are saying Davis will be off his minutes restriction for Monday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic. Davis has been back in the lineup for two games since sitting out nearly two months due to lower-body injuries. Davis has been awful in both his games back, shooting a combined 7-of-29 from the floor and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. He did score 17 points over the weekend in 28 minutes vs. the Dallas Mavericks. This is a matchup AD should feast in against an inexperienced and banged-up Magic frontcourt. At $9,400, AD isn’t a bad tournament play tonight. People may be scared of a potential minutes limit even though it isn’t expected. This game should still be competitive and if AD plays 30+ minutes, he’ll have a shot at value. I wouldn’t be too concerned about the two previous games. Davis may have needed some time to get back up to speed.

Philadelphia 76ers injury report

Update: Embiid, Simmons, Harris, and Korkmaz are available, but Green and Mike Scott have been ruled out.

The Sixers have a heft injury report that includes Ben Simmons (illness), Joel Embiid (shoulder), Tobias Harris (knee), Danny Green (hip), and Furkan Korkmaz (ankle). All five players are questionable, so there could be a ton of value on the table for Philly.

Shake Milton ($4,900), Dwight Howard ($4,500), and Matisse Thybulle ($3,200) are the players who are most likely to benefit from these injuries. Scoring, wing defense, and rebounding could be big-time weaknesses for the Sixers against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook, PG, Washington Wizards

Update: Westbrook (ankle) will play Monday vs. the Spurs. Robin Lopez (ankle) has been ruled out, but Rui Hachimura (knee) is expected to return to action on a minute restriction.

Westbrook had an off night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and tweaked his ankle. He’s questionable ahead of Monday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Bradley Beal’s ($9,700) shouldn’t change much if Washington’s point guard is out of commission, but Raul Neto ($5,200), and Ish Smith ($3,500) could become significantly more involved.

Miami Heat injury report

Update: Nunn and Herro have both been ruled out Monday vs. the Bulls.

The Heat have a couple of question marks to address before their matchup against the Chicago Bulls. Tyler Herro ($4,800) (foot), Kendrick Nunn ($5,800) (elbow) are questionable while Gabe Vincent ($3,000) (knee) is probable. If more than one point guard is ruled out, Goran Dragic’s ($5,000) value should rise.

Dallas Mavericks injury report

Update: Doncic will play tonight and Porzingis has been ruled out.

Update: Doncic and DFS are all listed as probable while Richardson and Porzingis are doubtful to play.

All five of the Mavericks’ starters are questionable for Monday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings. Luka Doncic (elbow) and Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) are the biggest names on the injury report, but Dorian Finney-Smith (leg), Maxi Kleber (back), and Josh Richardson (hamstring) are also listed.

Jalen Brunson ($4,700) and Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4,300) are the Mavericks to keep an eye on if multiple starters announced as inactive ahead of tip-off.

Orlando Magic injury report

Terrence Ross ($6,000) (back) and James Ennis ($4,700) (calf) have been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Lakers, so several other backcourt players could take on bigger roles. RJ Hampton ($4,000) and Dwayne Bacon ($4,600) could provide support to Gary Harris ($4,400) at shooting guard, but Bacon has more value is higher because he can also play small forward.