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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid headline NBA injury report for Wednesday, March 29

We take a look at the NBA injury report for Wednesday, March 29 and break down all the latest news for fantasy basketball.

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the Chicago Bulls on March 26, 2023 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
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We’ve got 10 games on Wednesday’s NBA slate, anchored by a doubleheader on ESPN. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.

NBA Injury Report: March 29

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) - available
Khris Middleton (injury management) - OUT
Joe Ingles (injury management) - available
Jrue Holiday (personal) - available
Jae Crowder (injury management) - OUT

Update - Middleton has been ruled out, but everyone else is in for the Bucks. It feels like Milwaukee will try to give its stars some rest tonight with a matchup against Boston looming Thursday, so watch for potential minutes restrictions on Antetokounmpo and Holiday.

The Bucks have a much more important game against Boston Thursday, so there’s a chance everyone rests or plays limited minutes in this one. Grayson Allen, Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton should have solid roles here, with Jevon Carter also likely getting extended minutes.

Tyrese Haliburton (ankle, elbow) - OUT
Myles Turner (ankle) - OUT
Buddy Hield (illness) - OUT

Update - Turner is out, so Smith and Jackson are good to roll out as Indiana’s primary big men.

With Haliburton out, Andrew Nembhard and T.J. McConnell should have big roles in this one. If Turner sits out, Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith will be the primary frontcourt players for Indiana.

Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets

Royce O’Neale (knee) - available
Seth Curry (personal) - available

Both guys should be in for Brooklyn and have favorable matchups against a tanking Houston squad.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

Jimmy Butler (neck) - available
Kyle Lowry (knee) - OUT
Gabe Vincent (back) - available

Update - Butler and Vincent are in for Miami. Lowry has been ruled out.

Update - Lowry is actually thinking of playing both games of the back-to-back given how important this could be for Miami in the standings. He’s set to be a game-time call.

Update - Lowry has officially been ruled out, while Butler is probable and Vincent is questionable. It looks like the star forward will be back in the mix for the Heat. Vincent and Tyler Herro will be the primary backcourt players for Miami.

Lowry played Tuesday, and is expected to be out. Butler was downgraded Tuesday after initially being off the injury report, so we’ll see if he’s ready to suit up here.

Jalen Brunson (hand) - available

Update - Brunson is back in for the Knicks. Quickley is still a strong value play with Derrick Rose out, but Brunson is likely to get the start and play key minutes for New York.

If Brunson is unable to suit up, Immanuel Quickley will get the start. Quickley has been on fire of late and might be worth rostering in DFS lineups regardless of Brunson’s status.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Maxi Kleber (injury management) - available

Update - Kleber is in for the Mavericks.

If Kleber cannot play, Christian Wood and Davis Bertans would be the primary frontcourt players for Dallas.

James Harden (Achilles) - available
Joel Embiid (calf) - available

Update - Both Harden and Embiid are back on the court for the 76ers.

Both guys sat out Monday, and Embiid might get some additional rest if the 76ers believe he needs it. If he does sit, Paul Reed will likely see solid minutes. If Harden is out, Tyrese Maxey will get heavy usage with De’Anthony Melton also having some value in fantasy/DFS formats.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls

Anthony Davis (foot) - available
D’Angelo Russell (hip) - will start
LeBron James (foot) - will start

Update - Davis is in, while Russell and James are game-time calls. Russell is expected to be in, while James seems like he’s trending towards playing. The King might still be on a minutes limit, so Reaves is a strong play here given his recent production.

Davis and Russell should be in. James might play off the bench again, but he’s expected to be able to suit up. If he doesn’t play, Austin Reaves and Jarred Vanderbilt will have more utility as filler plays in DFS contests.

Alex Caruso (foot) - will start
Andre Drummond (personal) - OUT

Update - Caruso is expected to play. Drummond has been ruled out, which means more minutes for Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams in the interior.

If Caruso is out, Coby White will have more minutes in this rotation.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Norman Powell (shoulder) - available
Kawhi Leonard (personal) - OUT

Update - The Clippers are going to be without Leonard for this game as he’s out for personal reasons. This is a big blow for LA, and makes this a massive toss-up game. Mann, Batum and Eric Gordon all have tremendous upside in fantasy/DFS formats. Powell is included in that group as he’s good to go.

Powell might return for LA, and he’d take some minutes away from Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum if he does suit up.

Ja Morant (thigh) - available
Desmond Bane (foot) - OUT
Jaren Jackson Jr. (calf) - OUT
Tyus Jones (foot) - OUT
John Konchar (hip) - OUT
Xavier Tillman (ankle) - available

Update - Well, the Grizzlies are going to be a bit shorthanded for this one. Morant is back in but Jones, Bane and Jackson Jr. are all out. David Roddy, Dillon Brooks and Luke Kennard seem like the only solid fantasy options at this point outside of Morant.

The point guard is reportedly set to play after sitting Tuesday’s game. If Morant is out, Tyus Jones should continue getting big minutes for the Grizzlies.

Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) - OUT

Update - As it turns out, this is a real injury and Gilgeous-Alexander will not be suiting up again today. Giddey and Mann headline the backcourt once again and have favorable matchups here.

The Thunder have played SGA on back-to-back sets even though they said at one point they would not. However, he didn’t suit up Tuesday so this might be a real injury. If he’s out, Josh Giddey and Tre Mann will be the main backcourt players for OKC in a favorable matchup.

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

Lauri Markkanen (hand) - OUT
Kelly Olynyk (illness) - OUT

Update - Markkanen has quickly been ruled out as the Jazz embrace the tank. Olynyk is also out.

If Markkanen doesn’t play, Walker Kessler will be the main frontcourt presence for Utah. Kelly Olynyk should also get some run in this scenario.

Keldon Johnson (injury management) - OUT
Jeremy Sochan (knee) - OUT
Devin Vassell (injury management) - OUT

The Spurs are tanking, and it makes sense for them to hold these guys out. Malaki Branham and Keita Bates-Diop are likely the best value adds on this San Antonio team.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns

Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) - available
Anthony Edwards (ankle) - available

Update - Both guys are in and will start for Minnesota.

Both guys should be in for Minnesota.

Kevin Durant (ankle) - available

Update - Durant is officially in for the Suns.

Durant is officially listed as questionable but he’s expected to play barring any pregame setbacks. If he’s in, he’ll take some shots away from Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons (foot) - OUT
Jerami Grant (quad) - OUT
Jusuf Nurkic (knee) - OUT
Damian Lillard (calf) - OUT, shut down for the season

The Blazers are tanking, so don’t expect any of these guys to play the rest of the season. Shaedon Sharpe, Nassir Little, Drew Eubanks and Cam Reddish are the players worth targeting on Portland from a fantasy/DFS standpoint.