After having just two games Thursday, we’ve got another loaded slate Friday with 10 games. It’s a NBATV doubleheader headlining the day’s action with Knicks-Grizzlies and Wizards-Lakers. Here’s a look at Friday’s injury report, with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 11
Anthony Edwards (knee) available
Patrick Beverley (ankle) available
Taurean Prince (back) available
Update - Edwards and Prince are both in Friday. The former is a potential star at forward, while Prince represents a value option. McDaniels is likely to get as many minutes as Prince, so it’ll be up to participants to determine which player they want to roll with.
Edwards is the big question mark here, with Jaden McDaniels being a nice fallback option especially if Prince is also out. Beverley is back in, so Jaylen Nowall is likely going to see limited minutes.
Robert Covington (personal) OUT
Covington is out, so look for Luke Kennard, Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum to be LA’s primary perimeter rotation in this contest.
Killian Hayes (groin) OUT
Hayes is out, so Cade Cunningham is going to be the lead guard with Cory Joseph getting some backup minutes.
Aaron Nesmith (ankle) OUT
We don’t know Nesmith’s status yet, but Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown remain the best fantasy/DFS options on this Boston team.
Caris LeVert (foot) OUT
LeVert remains out, which means Isaac Okoro could be a solid value play in fantasy/DFS contests.
Jimmy Butler (illness) available
Caleb Martin (knee) OUT
Update - Butler is in and is a solid play as a star, while Martin is out. Look for Herro and Robinson to get more minutes here, while Oladipo could see some additional run as the Heat manage his return.
Butler should play after missing the team’s last game with the illness. Martin’s situation is a bit more unclear, so Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Victor Oladipo could see extended minutes here.
Jalen Brunson (thigh) OUT
Dorian Finney-Smith (arm) OUT
Update - Both Brunson and Finney-Smith are out, making Burke, Dinwiddie and Bullock value adds in lineups Friday.
Brunson and Finney-Smith are Dallas’ best secondary scorers, so the likes of Trey Burke, Spencer Dinwiddie and Reggie Bullock could be in play as value DFS options.
Christian Wood (illness) OUT
Update - Coach Stephen Silas says Wood and Jae’Sean Tate are both unlikely to play Friday, which means Green and Porter Jr. will be the primary options for Houston with Eric Gordon sliding in as a value add in fantasy/DFS formats.
Wood is Houston’s best player so if he’s out, look for Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. to be the Rockets’ top options in fantasy/DFS contests.
Obi Toppin (hamstring) OUT
Cam Reddish (shoulder) out for the season
Update - Toppin is out, so Barrett is the primary small forward for the Knicks Friday.
Reddish is done for the year, so Toppin could see extended minutes if he does play. Otherwise, look for R.J. Barrett to get major run as the team’s best offensive player.
Dillon Brooks (ankle) OUT
Update - Brooks was doubtful, and now he’s officially out. Bane remains a high-end fantasy/DFS play for at least another game.
Brooks is almost back from his ankle injury, but likely misses this game as he continues to recover. Desmond Bane remains a high-level fantasy/DFS play with Brooks still out.
CJ McCollum (protocols) OUT
McCollum entered protocols Thursday, so he’s done for this game. With Brandon Ingram also out, it’s hard to see where New Orleans gets offense from. Devonte’ Graham and Jonas Valanciunas are likely the best players for the Pelicans in this game.
Bojan Bogdanovic (leg) OUT
Bogdanovic is out, so Jordan Clarkson and Royce O’Neale should see additional minutes and shots in Utah’s offense Friday.
Josh Primo (illness) OUT
Romeo Langford (hamstring) OUT
Doug McDermott (illness) OUT
Update - McDermott is out, which opens up more time for Walker and Vassell on the perimeter in San Antonio.
Update - Primo has been ruled out, so Walker and Vassell should see more minutes Friday against the Jazz. McDermott is listed as questionable with an illness and if he’s out, that’ll open up even more playing time for Walker and Vassell.
Primo is questionable, while Langford is out. This means Lonnie Walker and Devin Vassell could see additional minutes on the wing in San Antonio for Friday’s game.
Cameron Johnson (quad) OUT
Johnson remains out, which elevates Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder in fantasy/DFS formats.
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) available, will rest Saturday
Porzingis will play Friday, which is great news for the Wizards. He’ll have a favorable matchup against LA and with him resting Saturday, there will be little reason to cap his minutes here.
LeBron James (knee) available
Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) available
Malik Monk (shoulder) available
Update - Monk will start for the Lakers Friday.
Update - James and Horton-Tucker are in for the Lakers, with Monk likely to go.
James played in the overtime loss Wednesday, so we’ll see if his knee feels good for this one. Horton-Tucker would be a low-end DFS option if he goes, while Monk is a nice value play with his three-point shooting providing some upside.