There are 10 games on this April Fools’ Day slate in the NBA, with several matchups having big playoff implications. It may be difficult for some to trust the injury report for Friday’s action in the association but here’s what we’ve got, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 1
Wendell Carter Jr. (wrist) OUT
Jalen Suggs (ankle) OUT
Update - Carter Jr. has been ruled out, opening up minutes for Bamba and Moritz Wagner.
If Carter Jr. doesn’t play, look for Mo Bamba to get extended minutes against the Raptors.
Trey Burke (protocols) OUT
Burke remains out, opening up minutes on the perimeter for Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith.
Kyle Kuzma (knee) OUT
Kuzma remains out with the knee injury. Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford will likely headline Washington’s frontcourt rotation Friday.
Malcolm Brogdon (rest) OUT
Chris Duarte (foot) OUT
Isaiah Jackson (headache) available
Oshae Brissett (back) available
Goga Bitadze (foot) available
Update - Brogdon is being held out, but Brissett, Jackson and Bitadze are all in for the Pacers. This team is tanking but should still provide some fight against the Celtics for a bit.
The Pacers are embracing the tank, with Brogdon and Jackson likely to sit despite being listed as questionable. Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield remain the best plays on Indiana.
De’Aaron Fox (hand) OUT
Richaun Holmes (personal) OUT
Fox is out with the hand injury and might not play the rest of the season. Davion Mitchell continues to be a solid option in his place. Holmes is also out, opening up minutes in the frontcourt for guys like Damian Jones and Alex Len.
Eric Gordon (groin) OUT
Christian Wood (hamstring) OUT
Alperen Sengun (leg) OUT
Update - Sengun, one of the Rockets players who could use more minutes to develop, has been ruled out with his leg injury.
The Rockets are giving their young guys more run, so Josh Christopher and Jae’Sean Tate are value plays for Friday’s slate.
Cameron Johnson (quad) available
JaVale McGee (illness) available
Update - Both Johnson and McGee are suiting up against the Grizzlies, as expected. Both could get extended run as this might turn into a blowout with Memphis sitting its key guys.
Johnson will make his return after a long absence, potentially capping the production of Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder. McGee will be the backup big man for Phoenix if he does suit up and could have some value given Memphis’ injuries.
Desmond Bane (ankle) OUT
Steven Adams (calf) OUT
Jaren Jackson Jr. (thigh) OUT
Tyus Jones (hand) OUT
Update - The Grizzlies, as expected, have ruled out their key guys for this game. Jones was a late scratch on this list, but he’s also out. Brooks, Brandon Clarke and Kyle Anderson are all likely to get heavy minutes in this game.
This is not good for the Grizzlies, who are likely to miss all their best players for a measuring stick game. Dillon Brooks looks like a great offensive option here, along with Brandon Clarke.
Reggie Jackson (rest) OUT
Nicolas Batum (rest) OUT
Paul George (load management) OUT
The Clippers have decided to rest their top players Friday, so it might be a good time to jump on Milwaukee when it comes to betting this contest.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) OUT
Khris Middleton (wrist) OUT
Jrue Holiday (ankle) OUT
Brook Lopez (load management) OUT
Update - The Bucks are also punting on this game tonight, resting their top four players after a tough overtime win over the Nets Thursday. This contest might be one to stay away from when it comes to fantasy/DFS lineups.
Antetokounmpo might choose to sit out this second game of a back-to-back, so Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday would be even better plays if the Greek Freak doesn’t go.
Marvin Bagley (hip) OUT
Cory Joseph (back) OUT
With Bagley and Joseph out, look for Isaiah Stewart and Killian Hayes to take on bigger roles at those respective positions.
Tre Mann (hamstring) OUT
Mann remains out as the Thunder embrace the tank. It’s hard to see anyone else on this team having value in fantasy/DFS formats.
Dejounte Murray (illness) OUT
Murray is a late scratch with an illness. Look for Josh Primo, Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson to be the primary offensive options for San Antonio Friday.
Josh Hart (knee) OUT
Hart remains out as the Trail Blazers also embrace the tank. Like OKC, there’s not a lot of great options for the fantasy/DFS players here.
JaMychal Green (wrist) available
Update - Green will play, so that’ll cut into Gordon and Jeff Green’s minutes.
Green has missed a few games with this injury. If he continues to sit, Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green are nice plays as they’ll see some extended minutes.
LeBron James (ankle) available
Anthony Davis (foot) available
Carmelo Anthony (illness) OUT
Update - James is in, which is a big boost for the Lakers in what is basically a must-win game for their playoff hopes.
Update - Still no word on James, but Anthony has been ruled out with an illness. Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Ariza will be in line for more minutes with Anthony out.
Davis is expected to make his return, while James likely will be listed as questionable once LA releases an official injury report. Both these guys make the Lakers a dangerous team, even if the results haven’t been great overall this season. LA could be a solid ATS or moneyline play in a crucial game depending on how this situation shakes out.