There are only six games on Saturday’s NBA slate, with ABC’s primetime contest of Warriors-Lakers being the banner event of the day. Here’s a look at Saturday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 5
Richaun Holmes (back) available
Update - Holmes is in, which will impact Sabonis in terms of minutes. Len is more likely to take a backseat in this case though, as Sabonis and Holmes have shared the court together often.
With Holmes questionable, look for Domantas Sabonis and Alex Len to potentially snag more minutes against the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic (toe) OUT
Trey Burke (shoulder) available
Maxi Kleber (ankle) OUT
Update - In a twist, Doncic is out while Burke is in. Finney-Smith and Brunson should be strong fantasy/DFS additions Saturday.
Doncic should be able to power through this issue, while Burke’s status is a little less clear. Dwight Powell is the primary big man with Kleber ruled out, while Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson will take on bigger roles if Doncic is ruled out.
Devin Vassell (groin) available
Lonnie Walker (back) available
Update - Both Vassell and Walker are in, so expect both to be part of the Spurs rotation in this game.
With Vassell and Walker questionable, look for Keldon Johnson and Josh Primo to potentially have larger roles Saturday.
Kyle Lowry (personal) OUT
Jimmy Butler (toe) available
PJ Tucker (knee) available
Caleb Martin (Achilles) available
Max Strus (shoulder) available
Update - Everyone is available except for Lowry.
Update - The entire Heat rotation is planning to play, so that’s a relief for those waiting on that injury news. Lowry is still out, but Butler and Tucker look to be set to start against the 76ers Saturday.
This is not great news for the Heat, who probably don’t really care who they have to throw out there. If this rotation is hampered, it’ll likely be a Philly blowout. Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo might be worth something in fantasy/DFS formats but Butler’s presence is crucial to this team’s success.
James Harden (hamstring) OUT
Tobias Harris (illness) available
This is a bit suspect, as Harden has never popped up on the injury report over the previous four games. He’s been great so far with the Sixers, and the team is likely just taking a cautious approach and using load management. Look for Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris to get more shots with Harden out.
Wendell Carter Jr. (illness) OUT
Jalen Suggs (ankle) OUT
Update - Both Suggs and Carter Jr. are out Saturday.
Update - Suggs is listed as questionable and is a new add to the report. If he doesn’t go, Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz will be the primary guard options for Orlando.
Carter Jr. missed Friday’s game, so we’ll see if he’s good to go for the back-to-back finale. If he misses this game, Mo Bamba will be in line for major minutes once again.
Kyle Anderson (foot) available
Anderson is a role player here, so there likely won’t be much fantasy/DFS consideration here. If he doesn’t play, look for Desmond Bane to take on a few more minutes with De’Anthony Melton possibly getting extra looks as well.
Eric Bledsoe (Achilles) OUT
Justise Winslows (Achilles) OUT
Josh Hart (rest) OUT
Anfernee Simons and Keon Johnson will be in line for major minutes here, especially with Hart also out. Simons might be the only Portland player worth rostering in fantasy/DFS at this point in the season.
Anthony Edwards (knee) OUT
Patrick Beverley (ankle) OUT
Update - Beverley is out, so Russell and Nowall are great fantasy/DFS options.
Update - Edwards has been ruled out of Saturday’s game, so Prince and McDaniels are the guys to roll with in Minnesota. Beverley is listed as questionable, so D’Angelo Russell and Jaylen Nowall are in line for more minutes if the veteran sits.
Edwards missed Friday’s game, so we’ll see if he can play Saturday. If he misses this game, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince are Minnesota’s top guys at the small forward position.
Gary Payton II (knee) OUT
Andre Iguodala (back) OUT
Update - Otto Porter Jr. is going to start for Payton, so Poole is still going to come off the bench. Both Porter Jr. and Poole become nice value plays Saturday.
Neither of these players will have a huge impact on fantasy/DFS lineups, but Payton II being out likely opens up a starting spot for Jordan Poole.
LeBron James (knee) available
Avery Bradley (knee) available
Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) available
Update - As expected, James is available for Saturday’s contest.
Update - Both Bradley and Horton-Tucker are officially good to go and will be decent rotation options for the Lakers Saturday night.
All three guys are expected to play, although the Lakers are a complete trainwreck right now. James is a fantasy/DFS star, but Bradley and Horton-Tucker barely crack the lineup as value options. Both had decent outings when these teams met in primetime on Saturday about a month ago, but it’s hard to trust any LA player right now.