We’ve got 11 games on Friday’s NBA slate, anchored by a doubleheader on NBATV. We’re also starting to see teams who have secured a playoff spot and seeding potentially slated to rest their key guys. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 7
Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets
Mark Williams (ankle) - available
Dennis Smith Jr. (toe) - OUT
Update - Williams is in and will get the start, while Smith Jr. has been ruled out.
The Hornets have been tanking for a while, so Williams is a solid bet to get decent minutes. Regardless of Smith Jr.’s status, Bryce McGowens is a strong value option.
Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Miami Heat vs. Washington Wizards
Bam Adebayo (hip) - OUT
Kyle Lowry (knee) - OUT
Jimmy Butler (injury management) - OUT
Tyler Herro (injury management) - OUT
Update - The Heat have decided to accept their play-in fate it seems. They’re resting Adebayo, Lowry and Butler with Herro and Max Strus listed as questionable.
Since the Heat are still in contention for the No. 6 seed, I expect everyone outside of Lowry to suit up. The veteran has already been ruled out.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tyrese Maxey (neck) - OUT
Joel Embiid (rest) - OUT
James Harden (rest) - OUT
Tobias Harris (rest) - OUT
Update - Harris has been ruled. De’Anthony Melton is also out for the Sixers.
Update - For some reason, Harris is questionable while all the other starters for Philadelphia have been ruled out.
I expect the Sixers to rest all their key players with the No. 3 seed locked up.
De’Andre Hunter (knee) - available
Update - Hunter is in and will start for the Hawks.
If Hunter doesn’t suit up, Saddiq Bey will likely get the start. Bogdan Bogdanovic will be getting some additional usage as well.
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum (hip) - available
Al Horford (injury management) - available
Malcolm Brogdon (back) - OUT
Marcus Smart (neck) - OUT
Derrick White (ankle) - available
Jaylen Brown (finger) - OUT
Update - Brogdon, Smart and Brown are out but Tatum, White and Horford are in for Boston. Expect all these guys to see some type of minutes cap with Boston having secured the No. 2 seed.
The Celtics guard rotation is worth watching here. Tatum and Horford aren’t officially on the injury report but could be rested here as Boston has nothing to play for in terms of seeding.
Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
Update: The Magic are letting Fultz and Franz Wagner play. Both are starting, along with Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs and Goga Bitadze.
The Magic are listing multiple players as questionable to play after previously ruling them out. The list includes Franz Wagner, Gary Harris, Paulo Banchero and Markelle Fultz. Be sure to monitor the latest news for the Magic leading up to tip-off.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Ja Morant (hip) - available
Morant is listed as available but he’ll likely see reduced minutes. That means more usage for Tyus Jones in this game.
Jrue Holiday (injury management) - OUT
Giannis Antetokounmpo (injury management) - OUT
Khris Middleton (knee) - OUT
Brook Lopez (injury management) - OUT
The Bucks have the top seed locked up, so no need for the big guns to suit up. Jevon Carter, Jae Crowder and Bobby Portis all carry tremendous value as DFS filler plays.
New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
R.J. Barrett (illness) - available
Jalen Brunson (injury management) - OUT
Update - Barrett is available but might have some sort of minutes limit for New York.
Immanuel Quickley is a fine filler play with Brunson out. Barrett likely sits again, so that means more usage for Quentin Grimes and Evan Fournier.
Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks
DeMar DeRozan (injury management) - OUT
Alex Caruso (foot) - available
Zach LaVine (injury management) - OUT
Patrick Beverley (rest) - OUT
Update - Caruso is in for the Bulls.
Head coach Billy Donovan said the key guys would play a little bit to stay ready for the play-in tournament. The Bulls are locked into the No. 10 spot and will play Wednesday, so there’s a chance the stars rest Friday and suit up for a bit Sunday. Nikola Vucevic is expected to be available.
Luka Doncic (injury management) - available, expected to sit after one quarter
Kyrie Irving (injury management) - OUT
Christian Wood (rest) - OUT
Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) - OUT
Maxi Kleber (injury management) - OUT
Update - Doncic is in for Dallas, but he’s only going to play the first quarter. After that, the Mavericks are going to pull him according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon. This is all for the draft pick the Mavericks have next year, which is top-10 protected. If the Mavericks fall outside the top 10, the pick goes to the Knicks.
Update - This has to be one of the most confusing injury reports in the league this season. The Mavericks have ruled Irving, Wood, Hardaway Jr. and Kleber out in a game they must win to make the play-in tournament. Doncic remains probable, likely because he’s adamant about playing but the rest of the team seems to be throwing in the towel.
The Mavericks are still in contention for a play-in spot, so the star guards are going to suit up.
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings
Klay Thompson (back) - available
After being a late scratch from the team’s last game, Thompson is good to go after logging a full practice Thursday.
Domantas Sabonis (injury management) - OUT
De’Aaron Fox (injury management) - OUT
Keegan Murray (injury management) - available
Kevin Huerter (injury management) - OUT
Update - Monk has now been ruled out.
Update - Fox, Sabonis and Huerter are out but Murray, Monk and Mitchell will be in action as the Kings try to stay somewhat competitive with the No. 2 seed within reach.
Even Malik Monk and Davion Mitchell are listed as questionable for the same reason. The Kings will likely sit everyone if it looks like they’ll be locked into the No. 3 seed depending on Memphis’ result.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Durant (injury management) - OUT
Devin Booker (injury management) - OUT
Deandre Ayton (injury management) - OUT
Chris Paul (injury management) - OUT
Update — The Suns are expected to rest the core four players as the team is locked into the fourth seed in the West playoffs. So be sure to monitor the situation but we can operate under the assumption that Durant, Booker, Ayton and CP3 won’t play against the Lakers.
With a playoff spot secure, expect the Suns to sit all their key guys on the second night of a back-to-back.
Anthony Davis (foot ) - available
LeBron James (foot) - available
D’Angelo Russell (foot) - available
Update - As expected, everyone is in for LA.
Everyone will be in for the Lakers unless the Suns punt this one. In that event, a minutes restriction could be in place for Davis and James.