We’ve got eight games on Wednesday’s NBA slate, with a doubleheader on ESPN anchoring the action. Here’s the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 5
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons
Dorian Finney-Smith (wrist) - OUT
Update - Finney-Smith is out tonight against Detroit.
The Nets might give Finney-Smith the night off on the second night of a back-to-back, as they should have no problems dealing with the Pistons even if he’s out.
New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
R.J. Barrett (illness) - OUT
Jalen Brunson (injury management) - OUT
Update - After initially being listed as available, Barrett has been ruled out quickly before the contest with an illness. Obi Toppin and Evan Fournier should get more run with Barrett out.
Update - With the Knicks locked into the No. 5 spot, Brunson has been ruled out for injury management purposes. Immanuel Quickley should continue to showcase his talents in this game as he’s likely to get the start. Quentin Grimes should also see some additional usage with Brunson out.
Barrett will be back in after missing the team’s last game. The Knicks are locked into the No. 5 spot for the postseason, so there’s a chance they rest some guys for the rest of the regular season.
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) - available
De’Andre Hunter (knee) - OUT
Bogdan Bogdanovic (injury management) - OUT
Update - Bogdanovic has been ruled out. Young is in for the Hawks.
Update - Hunter is out, while Bogdanovic and Young and questionable. Saddiq Bey is set to get the start again for Atlanta, and Murray remains a strong play even if Young and Bogdanovic both suit up.
Hunter is likely out, while Young could come back into the mix. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dejounte Murray remain strong fantasy/DFS candidates as the Hawks get set to enter the play-in tournament.
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics
OG Anunoby (injury management) - available
Gary Trent Jr. (back) - available
Update - Trent Jr. is in for the Raptors.
Update - Anunoby is in for the Raptors, while Trent Jr. is questionable.
Trent Jr. seems unlikely to play, and the Raptors are going to be cautious with Anunoby ahead of the play-in tournament.
Jaylen Brown (back) - available
Robert Williams (injury management) - available
Al Horford (injury management) - OUT
Jayson Tatum (injury management) - OUT
Malcolm Brogdon (injury management) - available
Marcus Smart (pinched nerve) - OUT
Update - Both Smart and Tatum have been ruled out. Brogdon, Derrick White and Brown will all have bigger roles tonight offensively.
Update - Brown is in for the Celtics, while Horford is out. Both Tatum and Smart are listed as questionable.
Williams will likely come in and Horford will likely sit out. Brown could be back in if he’s ready to give it a go, while Tatum might get a rest. We’ll see exactly how Boston plays this after losing to the 76ers Tuesday.
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Pat Connaughton (ankle) - OUT
Grayson Allen (ankle) - OUT, expected to miss a week
Khris Middleton (injury management) - available
Giannis Antetokounmpo (injury management) - OUT
Update - The NBA has to cut down on this stuff at some point. Antetokounmpo has been ruled out after initially being listed as probable. Look for Bobby Portis to have a bigger role in this game with the Greek Freak set to rest.
Update - Connaughton has been ruled out, while Antetokounmpo is probable for Milwaukee. Middleton is in, and the Bucks are going to try to secure the No. 1 overall seed tonight.
Middleton should be back in, but Connaughton and Allen are both out. That likely gives Jae Crowder and Joe Ingles more run, if both suit up. The big question will be Antetokounmpo, who could use a rest day ahead of the playoffs.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Dillon Brooks (hip) - available
Ja Morant (injury management) - OUT
Jaren Jackson Jr. (injury management) - available
Desmond Bane (injury management) - available
Luke Kennard (ankle) - OUT
Update - Morant and Kennard are out, but Bane, Jackson Jr. and Brooks look to be in for this game. Tyus Jones will get the start for Morant, while John Konchar should see more minutes with Kennard out.
We’ll see how the Grizzlies handle their stars on the second night of a back-to-back. Memphis is still in the race for the No. 1 seed in the West, so there’s a good chance everyone plays in this game.
Brandon Ingram (injury management) - available
CJ McCollum (injury management) - available
Jonas Valanciunas (injury management) - available
Update - Everyone is in for the Pelicans.
Given the standings, I’d expect all three guys to play. However, the Pelicans might opt to rest one or two on the second night of a back-to-back.
Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks
Domantas Sabonis (injury management) - available
De’Aaron Fox (injury management) - available
Malik Monk (leg) - available
Update - Everyone is in for the Kings.
The Kings have clinched a playoff spot and the Pacific division, so there’s a strong chance they rest some guys as the regular season winds down.
Luka Doncic (injury management) - available
Kyrie Irving (injury management) - available
Update - Amidst the talk of the Mavericks potentially mailing it in, both guards will suit up against the Kings Wednesday night.
There were talks of the Mavericks shutting things down, but the team is still just one game back of a play-in spot. Doncic is adamant he’s playing, while Irving seems a bit more prone to mailing it in. We’ll likely see both guys out there for Dallas.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Anthony Davis (foot) - available
LeBron James (foot) - available
D’Angelo Russell (foot) - available
Austin Reaves (shoulder) - available
Update - Everyone is in for the Lakers. We’ll see if James, Davis and Russell have their minutes monitored on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Update - Russell looks like he’s going to play, while Davis and James are game-time calls. Reaves is in despite tweaking his shoulder in Tuesday’s game.
Russell and James seem most likely to sit here on the second night of a back-to-back. Reaves was available to return Tuesday, so he should be good. Davis is likely going to be listed as questionable initially but is likely to play.
Eric Gordon (hip) - questionable
Marcus Morris (back) - questionable
Terance Mann and Norman Powell will have bigger roles if Gordon or Morris sit. Gordon sitting would have more of a benefit offensively, but Morris sitting will give both Mann and Powell additional minutes.