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Zach LaVine, Kristaps Porzingis, Anfernee Simons headline NBA injury report for Saturday, March 12

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Saturday, March 12 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls shoots a free throw during the game against the Detroit Pistons on March 09, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
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We’ve got seven games in the NBA Saturday, with Bucks-Warriors being the showcase game on ABC. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: March 12

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Miami Heat

Anthony Edwards (knee) available
Patrick Beverley (ear) OUT

Update - Edwards is in, which means he’s going to play the back-to-back set. That’s good news for the Timberwolves going forward regarding his knee injury.

Update - Beverley is out, so D’Angelo Russell and Jaylen Nowall are set for more minutes Saturday.

Edwards played Friday, but there’s a chance the Timberwolves rest him on the second night of a back-to-back set. We’ll see if Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince suit up, as both would be value plays if Edwards sits.

Jimmy Butler (toe) OUT
Caleb Martin (knee) OUT
Victor Oladipo (injury management) OUT
PJ Tucker (knee) available

Update - Butler and Martin have both been ruled out, so Herro and Robinson are the replacement plays Saturday. Gabe Vincent is also set to get extended minutes.

Butler played through the illness Friday and might be rested Saturday. Martin did not suit up Friday, so his status is still in doubt. Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson will see more minutes if these two are out. Oladipo has been ruled out with injury management.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls

Caris LeVert (foot) OUT

Update - LeVert is officially out.

LeVert is likely out, so Isaac Okoro continues to be a value add in fantasy/DFS lineups for Cleveland. Darius Garland is still the star play, as he’s been excellent since returning from the back injury.

Zach LaVine (knee) OUT
Alex Caruso (wrist) available
Nikola Vucevic (hamstring) available
Ayo Dosunmu (groin) available

Update - Dosunmu and Vucevic are in, with the former gaining some value with LaVine ruled out. White and DeRozan are also looking good for fantasy/DFS purposes.

Update - LaVine has been ruled out, but Caruso is available to play for the Bulls Saturday.

LaVine’s knee has flared up at times and he’s questionable. Caruso is back on the day-to-day report, which is a good sign. He’s not expected to play but is listed as questionable. Vucevic and Dosunmu are likely to play. Look for Coby White and DeMar DeRozan to see more run if LaVine does sit out this one.

Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray (calf) OUT
Keldon Johnson (rest) OUT
Jakob Poeltl (back) OUT

The Spurs are resting their key players on the second night of a back-to-back, so the Pacers are going to be the favorites here. Look for Lonnie Walker and Devin Vassell to have big games with extended minutes in this one.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors

Otto Porter Jr. (illness) OUT
Gary Payton II (knee) OUT
Andre Iguodala (back) OUT

Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are set to get more minutes with Porter Jr. and Iguodala out, while Jordan Poole looks to be heavily involved in the guard rotation with Payton II sitting.

Toronto Raptors vs. Denver Nuggets

Fred VanVleet (knee) OUT

Update - VanVleet is out, opening the door for Trent Jr. to be a value play in fantasy/DFS formats.

VanVleet was a late add to the injury report, and there’s a chance the Raptors rushed him back from his injury. Look for Gary Trent Jr. to be the top fantasy/DFS add if VanVleet sits.

Aaron Gordon (foot) OUT
Will Barton (ankle) available
Bones Hyland (knee) available

Update - Gordon is out, while Barton is in. Hyland remains probable. Look for Jeff Green to get more run with Gordon out.

If Gordon and Barton both sit, look for Jeff Green, JaMychal Green and Bryn Forbes to see more minutes in Saturday’s game.

Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz

Bojan Bogdanovic (leg) available
Mike Conley (rest) OUT
Rudy Gobert (foot) OUT

Update - Gobert has been ruled out with a foot issue, meaning Udoka Azubuike and Hassan Whiteside are the frontcourt options for the Jazz. This likely won’t swing bets though, as the Kings are without Domantas Sabonis.

Update - It turns out Bogdanovic is good to go, so he’ll be a major part of this offense based on his recent play.

Bogdanovic remains out, which means Royce O’Neale and Jordan Clarkson are set for more minutes against a favorable opponent.

Domantas Sabonis (personal) OUT

Sabonis is out for a personal reason, which means he’s set to miss another game after serving a suspension for coming in contact with an official.

Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) OUT

Porzingis played Friday, which means he’ll rest Saturday. Look for Daniel Gafford, Rui Hachimura and Kyle Kuzma to feature prominently in Washington’s frontcourt rotation. All are value plays against a bad Blazers team.

Anfernee Simons (knee) out 1-2 weeks

Simons is out for some time, which means Portland truly has nobody worth playing in fantasy/DFS formats. Josh Hart represents a potential value add, but even he’s on the fringes when compared to other options for this slate.