There are eight games on Saturday’s NBA slate, but there is no ABC primetime game this weekend. NBATV will have the showcase game with Nets-Heat. Here’s Saturday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 26
Devin Vassell (Achilles) OUT
Lonnie Walker (back) OUT
Update - Vassell has been ruled out, which means Murray and Jones are in line for more minutes at the guard spots. Josh Primo is another potential value add with this development.
Walker is out, while Vassell is questionable. If he sits, look for Dejounte Murray and Tre Jones to be elevated in fantasy/DFS formats.
Brandon Ingram (hamstring) OUT
Update - Ingram has been ruled out, opening the door for McCollum and Graham to be the top offensive options for New Orleans.
If Ingram sits, look for CJ McCollum to continue leading the Pelicans offensively. Devonte’ Graham also gets a nice boost as a value play.
De’Aaron Fox (hand) OUT
Fox remains out, which makes Davion Mitchell a strong addition in fantasy/DFS contests.
Wendell Carter Jr. (wrist, ankle) OUT
Jalen Suggs (ankle) OUT
Update - Carter Jr. was initially listed as available, but he was downgraded to questionable and has now been ruled out. This will elevate Bamba and Wagner in fantasy/DFS formats.
Update - Carter Jr. is now listed as questionable, which opens up some potential for Bamba and Moritz Wagner.
Carter Jr. is back in, which caps Mo Bamba’s ceiling. Suggs remains out, so Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony will man the backcourt for Orlando.
Malcolm Brogdon (conditioning) OUT
Update - Brogdon has been ruled out, so Tyrese Haliburton will be the lead guard for the Pacers Saturday.
This is an interesting development for the Pacers, who have been eliminated from the playoffs. They’d still like to get Brogdon minutes but we’ll see if he does ultimately suit up given his health status and the team not playing for anything.
Gary Trent Jr. (toe) OUT
Update - Trent Jr. is out, so VanVleet can be a nice headliner for fantasy/DFS lineups. OG Anunoby and Malachi Flynn are also good choices to get additional looks with Trent Jr. out.
If Trent Jr. sits, Fred VanVleet will take on additional shots in this Raptors offense.
DeMar DeRozan (groin) available
Alex Caruso (back) available
Update - DeRozan and Caruso are both available for the Bulls, as expected. Chicago is actually an underdog tonight against Cleveland but with these two in the Bulls could be a nice ATS play.
DeRozan and Caruso are both probable, though the former is the better play in fantasy/DFS contests. Zach LaVine will lose some value with DeRozan coming back into the lineup.
Rajon Rondo (ankle) OUT
Rondo is out, so Darius Garland and Brandon Goodwin will be Cleveland’s primary point guards for this encounter.
Seth Curry (ankle) available
Goran Dragic (knee) available
Update - Both Curry and Dragic are good to go for Saturday’s game.
Curry and Dragic are both looking to get back on the court. They’ll be strong value additions as the Nets figure out roles for the team with Kyrie Irving back as a full-time player.
Jimmy Butler (ankle) available
Tyler Herro (knee) available
Duncan Robinson (Achilles) available
PJ Tucker (knee) available
Caleb Martin (knee) available
Gabe Vincent (toe) OUT
Victor Oladipo (load management) available
Update - Everyone on the Heat, including Herro, is suiting up again tonight. This likely moves the line towards Miami bit more. The Nets were 5-point favorites earlier, so hopefully you got Miami at +5 if you backed the Heat. From a fantasy/DFS standpoint, Butler, Herro and Robinson are the top options Saturday.
Update - As expected, the entire contingent of Heat players outside Vincent has been listed as questionable.
We’ll see who plays after most of this group was available for Friday’s game. Herro didn’t play Friday and seems unlikely to play Saturday at the moment.
Jrue Holiday (ankle) OUT
Khris Middleton (wrist) available
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) available
Serge Ibaka (illness) OUT
Update - Antetokounmpo is good to go, and the Bucks were 1.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. They likely become favorites now, especially with Morant out for the Grizzlies.
Update - Ibaka has been ruled out, which means more minutes for Brook Lopez as he continues to play himself into game shape.
Milwaukee’s “Big 3” is all banged up, but Middleton and Antetokounmpo are potentially in play. Both would be strong fantasy/DFS options, with Middleton potentially taking on a huge rule if the Greek Freak also sits out.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) OUT
Update - Gilgeous-Alexander is out, so Mann is the guard with the most upside for Oklahoma City tonight.
Gilgeous-Alexander has played through this issue at times, but look for Tre Mann to be the primary point guard if the Thunder star sits out this game.
Eric Gordon (rest) OUT
With the Rockets not playing for anything, Gordon has been given the night off and will likely sit down the stretch as the team lets the young guys get extended minutes.
Josh Hart (knee) OUT
Hart was ruled out of Friday’s game, so it’s unlikely he plays here. The Trail Blazers are decimated by injuries, so good look figuring out if anyone on this roster is worth adding in fantasy/DFS lineups.