We have seven 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 8
Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards
Kyle Kuzma (knee) - available
Monte Morris (back) - available
Bradley Beal (injury management) - available
Kristaps Porzingis (injury management) - available
Update - Morris is back in for the Wizards, and Washington is going to play all its key guys in a big matchup with play-in implications.
We’ll see how the Wizards handle their key players on the second night of a back-to-back in a pivotal game for play-in positioning.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
Jusuf Nurkic (calf) - available
Anfernee Simons (ankle) - OUT
Update - Nurkic says he’s going to play, and the big man will start for the Blazers. This means Eubanks goes to the bench for Portland.
Simons remains out, so Shaedon Sharpe is a good value play. Nurkic is set to return but if he can’t go, Drew Eubanks will getting the starting nod again.
Jayson Tatum (injury management) - available
Al Horford (injury management) - available
Payton Pritchard (heel) - OUT
Update - Pritchard is out, elevating Smart, White and Brogdon in the guard rotation.
Tatum and Horford are back in after missing Monday’s game. If Pritchard sits, the guard rotation will consist of Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat
Kevin Love (ribs) - available
Update - Love is in for the Heat and should provide solid rotation minutes against his former club.
Love has emerged as a rotation player for the Heat. If he can’t go, Cody Zeller and Caleb Martin are likely to see more minutes.
Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Luka Doncic (injury management) - available
Kyrie Irving (injury management) - available
Maxi Kleber (hamstring) - OUT
Reggie Bullock (quad) - OUT
Update - As expected, Bullock is out for Dallas.
Update - At the moment it looks like Doncic and Irving will both play. Kleber is out due to injury management and Bullock will also sit after suffering an injury Tuesday. Tim Hardaway Jr. likely gets more looks with Bullock out, and Christian Wood should fill the bulk of Kleber’s playing time.
We’ll see how Dallas manages both its guards and Kleber on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Josh Richardson (personal) - available
Richardson is back and will take some minutes away from Trey Murphy.
Chicago Bulls vs. Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (illness) - available
Update - As expected, Porter Jr. is in for the Nuggets.
Porter Jr. should be in for this game.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (injury management) - OUT
The point guard is being rested on back-to-back sets for the rest of the season and he played Tuesday, so he’s out tonight. Josh Giddey and Tre Mann should be getting more usage with him out.
Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.