After a light Tuesday slate, Wednesday’s NBA schedule has 12 games on tap. Here’s a look at the injury report for those games, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 16
John Collins (finger, foot) OUT
Danilo Gallinari (Achilles) available
Update - Gallinari is in and will start for the Hawks, making him a nice play against a soft Hornets defense.
Update - Collins is officially out, while Gallinari is probable. That means Capela and Okungwu are good to go as backup plays in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Collins and Gallinari could be out, which would elevate Clint Capela and Onyeka Okungwu in fantasy/DFS formats.
Rajon Rondo (foot) OUT
With Rondo out, Darius Garland and Brandon Goodwin will be the primary point guards for the Cavaliers in this game.
Joel Embiid (back) available
Update - After getting placed on the injury report earlier today, Embiid will play through the back issue against the Cavaliers.
This is a new development as the MVP frontrunner is dealing with a back issue. If Embiid sits, the 76ers will see movement against them on the spread and the total will surely drop a few points. DeAndre Jordan would be in line for more minutes if Embiid sits, but the 76ers might just play small in this game.
Aaron Gordon (illness) available
JaMychal Green (wrist) available
Update - Gordon is available and should give the Nuggets their full forward rotation, assuming Green’s probable status holds up.
Gordon is questionable, while Green is probable. If the former sits, Jeff Green will be the likely replacement in the lineup.
Reggie Bullock (personal) OUT
Bullock is out, which means peripheral players Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith get elevated in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Seth Curry (ankle) OUT
Cam Thomas (back) available
Update - Curry is out again, while Thomas is available to play.
Curry and Thomas missed Tuesday’s game, so we’ll see if they play Wednesday with some rest.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Cameron Johnson (quad) OUT
Jae Crowder (groin) OUT
Update - So much for Crowder being a value play. He’s also out, which means Bridges and Landry Shamet will be the top wing options for the Suns.
Update - Johnson has once again been ruled out with the quad injury. Bridges and Crowder are in play as fantasy/DFS options with this news.
Johnson has missed time with this injury, so he’s likely to still be out. Look for Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder to continue getting heavy minutes with him out.
Eric Gordon (knee) OUT
Update - Gordon has been ruled out, so Green and Porter Jr. are good to go in fantasy/DFS lineups.
If Gordon sits, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. would be the filler options in fantasy/DFS contests.
LeBron James (knee) available
Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) available
Update - As expected, both James and Horton-Tucker are good to go for Wednesday’s game.
James should be good to go, and Horton-Tucker should be available as well. It’s hard to tell who’s worth rostering outside of The King in this Lakers team.
Anthony Edwards (knee) probable
Patrick Beverley (ear) questionable
Edwards should be playing, while Beverley is questionable. If he sits, look for D’Angelo Russell to be the big beneficiary.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) available
Update - SGA is good to go Wednesday, so he’s a nice play in fantasy/DFS lineups. It’s hard to find good options on the Thunder, but SGA is a star.
If SGA misses out Wednesday, the Thunder will likely deploy Tre Mann and Aleksej Pokusevski as the primary ball handlers. Josh Giddey remains out for OKC.
Zach LaVine (knee) available
Update - LaVine, who was listed as probable, is good to go in Wednesday’s game.
LaVine’s knee has been unpredictable so in the event this situation goes south, Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White would be elevated in fantasy/DFS lineups.
Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable
Andre Iguodala (back) OUT
Gary Payton II (knee) OUT
Nemanja Bjelica (illness) questionable
Update - We can add Bjelica to the injury report with an illness that seems to be going around the league. If the big man can’t go, look for Kuminga and Kevon Looney to absorb those minutes.
Wiggins is questionable, so Jonathan Kuminga could be worth holding onto in the event the starter gets ruled out. Jordan Poole remains a nice play as well for Golden State.
Fred VanVleet (knee) questionable
OG Anunoby (finger) doubtful
Gary Trent Jr. (illness) questionable
Update - So much for Trent Jr. being a value addition. The guard is listed as questionable with an illness that has been going around the league. We’ll see if he’s able to go tonight against the Clippers.
VanVleet is questionable, while Anunoby comes back on the day-to-day report as doubtful. Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes are the respective replacement plays for the two guys, with the latter having more immediate value since Anunoby is unlikely to play.