We’ve got just five games on Thursday’s NBA slate, with TNT’s doubleheader anchoring the action. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 6
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic
Donovan Mitchell (finger) - OUT
Darius Garland (leg) - OUT
Evan Mobley (rest) - OUT
Jarrett Allen (groin) - OUT
Caris LeVert (knee) - OUT
Isaac Okoro (knee) - OUT
Cleveland is locked into the No. 4 seed, so I’d expect all these guys to sit out the rest of the regular season or play limited minutes. It’ll be a bunch of bench guys for the Cavaliers in this one against the Magic.
Paolo Banchero (injury management) - OUT
Franz Wagner (injury management) - OUT
Wendell Carter Jr. (injury management) - OUT
The Magic are also deciding to punt this game, with Gary Harris and Markelle Fultz joining the three core guys for Orlando in sitting this one.
Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Kyle Lowry (knee) - available
Bam Adebayo (hip) - available
Update - As expected, both guys are in for Miami.
Both players should be in for Miami.
Tyrese Maxey (neck) - OUT
P.J. Tucker (calf) - available
Joel Embiid (rest) - available
James Harden (rest) - available
Tobias Harris (rest) - available
Update - Tucker and De’Anthony Melton are in, while Maxey has been ruled out.
Update - According to the latest injury release, the heavy hitters are staying in for this game. It is a home contest and the 76ers can always rest their guys in Sunday’s finale, although there is some risk given the history surrounding Embiid’s health near the postseason.
The 76ers are locked into the No. 3 seed, so there’s a chance they pull the plug on all their key guys for this game.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Shaedon Sharpe (knee) - OUT
Update - Sharpe has been ruled out for Portland.
The Blazers actually would like Sharpe to go, so they can keep evaluating him as a primary playmaker. Skylar Mays and Shaq Harrison could have value if Sharpe cannot go.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
Lu Dort (shoulder) - available
Update - Dort is in for OKC.
If Dort cannot suit up, the Thunder will likely give Lindy Waters and Aaron Wiggins more run at the swing spots. Jalen Williams could also see time on the perimeter.
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns
Nikola Jokic (calf) - OUT
Jamal Murray (thumb) - OUT
Aaron Gordon (shoulder) - OUT
Michael Porter Jr. (injury management) - OUT
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) - OUT
Update - All the key guys are out for the Nuggets.
Update - Both Murray and Jokic are officially out.
The Nuggets have the No. 1 seed, but Mike Malone was not happy with the team’s effort against the Rockets Tuesday. There’s a chance he pushes his guys a bit in this one if they suit up, especially with the Suns being a potential playoff opponent. The gut feeling is both guys sit but there’s a chance they start and play a half or so before getting pulled out.