We’ve got seven games on the NBA slate for Sunday, with Hornets-Nets being the lone nationally televised game on NBATV. Here’s Sunday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications
NBA Injury Report: March 27
Julius Randle (calf) available
Update - Randle is available and will start for the Knicks. He’s a great play and should be well rested, but Toppin is likely to still snag some additional minutes given his performances.
Randle is getting close to coming back but if he continues to sit, look for Obi Toppin and Taj Gibson to get extended minutes for the Knicks.
Jerami Grant (calf) OUT
Grant is out and likely will be held out more down the stretch as the Pistons look to get their younger guys more minutes. These are the “development” games for Detroit.
Jayson Tatum (knee) available
Jaylen Brown (knee) available
Al Horford (personal) OUT
Update - Both of Boston’s star forwards are in. Grant Williams is expected to start in Horford’s place.
Update - Tatum and Brown are now game-time calls, even though both technically remain probable according to Ime Udoka. We’ll likely see these guys get Monday off if they do go in Sunday’s game.
Tatum and Brown should play, while Horford is out. Robert Williams and Grant Williams are nice value adds here, while Marcus Smart and Derrick White would be elevated if either Tatum or Brown gets ruled out.
Daniel Gafford (neck) available
Kyle Kuzma (knee) OUT
Update - As expected, Gafford will play Sunday. He’s a nice value add in the Washington frontcourt, although Porzingis has more upside.
Kuzma remains out, but Gafford is a nice value play if he does go. Kristaps Porzingis is a good addition as well, although it’ll be interesting to see how many minutes the Wizards give him.
Cameron Johnson (quad) OUT
Johnson remains out. It’s still the Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges show on the wing for Phoenix. Those two are solid additions to any fantasy/DFS lineups.
LeBron James (knee) available
Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) available
Dwight Howard (hip) available
Update - Howard is available for the Lakers and will be a decent value option at the center spot in DFS lineups.
Update - Both James and Horton-Tucker are available for the Lakers in Sunday’s game.
James and Horton-Tucker should play, while Howard is iffy. The Lakers desperately need this game, so look for value guys here like Carmelo Anthony or Malik Monk.
Brandon Ingram (hamstring) available
CJ McCollum (ankle) available
Jonas Valanciunas (foot) available
Update - All of New Orleans’ top players are in for this massive showdown against the Lakers Sunday.
Ingram did not play in Saturday’s game, so there’s a chance he does go Sunday. If he doesn’t play, CJ McCollum and Devonte’ Graham remain the best offensive options for New Orleans.
Seth Curry (ankle) available
Goran Dragic (knee) available
Update - Both Curry and Dragic are in for the Nets, which is a great sign. Curry likely has more upside as a shooter, but Dragic is a nice value play behind Kyrie Irving at the point guard spot.
Update - Curry is listed as questionable, while Dragic is probable. This has more of an impact on Patty Mills than Cam Thomas, as he’ll play more off the ball with Irving back in the mix at home.
Both these guys played Saturday, so we’ll see if the Nets are cautious here against the Hornets. Kyrie Irving will play this game at home, so Brooklyn will be in good shape even if Curry and Dragic sit. Look for Patty Mills and Cam Thomas to be fallback options here.
Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) OUT
Hassan Whiteside (foot) OUT
Rudy Gobert (leg) OUT
Update - So much for Gobert being a strong option. He’s been ruled out with a leg injury, so the Jazz will likely play some small ball here. Look for Eric Paschall to be the primary big man when the team does go with a traditional frontcourt player in the center spot.
Update - Whiteside has been ruled out, elevating Gobert in fantasy/DFS contests.
Bogdanovic remains out, which elevates Jordan Clarkson and Royce O’Neale in fantasy/DFS lineups. If Whiteside can’t go, Rudy Gobert will continue to be the dominant presence in the middle for Utah.
Davis Bertans (knee) available
Trey Burke (illness) available
Update - Both Bertans and Burke are in for the Mavericks in this pivotal game for playoff seeding.
Bertans is likely in, which might cut into Maxi Kleber’s minutes. If Burke plays, he’ll operate on the perimeter and snag some time away from Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith.