We’ve got just four games on Thursday’s NBA slate, anchored by the usual doubleheader on TNT. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 2
Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
Kristaps Porzingis (knee) - available
Monte Morris (back) - OUT, considered week-to-week
Porzingis is back in the mix after missing two games. He’ll primarily take away minutes from Daniel Gafford in Washington’s rotation.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Joel Embiid (foot) - will start
Update - Embiid has been upgraded to probable, so he’s set to play against the Mavericks.
Embiid didn’t play in the first game of the back-to-back set, so we’ll see if he suits up here against the Mavericks. If he doesn’t, the Sixers might once again go small and start P.J. Tucker at center and insert Tyrese Maxey into the starting lineup.
Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tyrese Haliburton (calf) - OUT
The Pacers might not join the tank race to close the season. If Haliburton doesn’t play, look for Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard to get more playing time.
Devin Vassell (knee) - available
Keldon Johnson (foot) - OUT
Tre Jones (foot) - available
Malaki Branham (back) - available
Update - Branham is in and will get the start for the Spurs.
Update - Johnson has been officially ruled out, which elevates Vassell in the team’s offense. Jeremy Sochan also gets a boost here.
Update - Vassell and Jones are both in. If Branham is ruled out, Jones is an excellent value play in DFS lineups.
We’ll see who actually suits up, but Vassell coming back in is big. He’ll get most of the shots in this offense, especially if Johnson sits. Either guard will be a strong value play if the other sits.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
Ivica Zubac (calf) - OUT
Marcus Morris (elbow) - OUT
Update - Zubac has been ruled out, and Morris is a late scratch with an elbow issue. Plumlee should be a strong add in DFS lineups as a value play.
Zubac has been added late to the report and is questionable. If he sits, it’ll be Mason Plumlee getting most of the minutes in the interior for LA.
Jordan Poole (knee) - available
Update - As expected, Poole will suit up for the Warriors tonight.
If Poole is downgraded, look for Ty Jerome and Donte DiVincenzo to be bigger factors in this game. Andrew Wiggins remains out for personal reasons, so Jonathan Kuminga should once again get the start for the Warriors.