There are only five games on Thursday’s NBA slate, anchored by TNT’s doubleheader featuring Bucks-Nets and Lakers-Jazz. Here’s a look at Thursday’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: March 31
Cory Joseph (back) questionable
If Joseph is unable to go, look for Killian Hayes to get additional backcourt duties alongside Cade Cunningham. The Pistons might opt to play Hayes more anyway as they’ve got nothing to gain by running the veteran Joseph in this game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) available
Antetokounmpo should be good to go in what is another measuring stick game for the Bucks. Expect him to put up his usual numbers against a Brooklyn team still struggling to defend consistently.
Evan Mobley (ankle) OUT
Rajon Rondo (ankle) OUT
Mobley remains out with an ankle injury as well as Rondo. Moses Brown started in place of Mobley Wednesday, so he might be the guy to pick up in fantasy/DFS contests as a value play.
Danilo Gallinari (elbow) TBD
De’Andre Hunter (knee) TBD
Lou Williams (ankle, back) OUT
Gallinari didn’t suit up Wednesday, while Hunter did. We’ll see how the Hawks handle both players in a crucial game for playoff positioning.
Nicholas Batum (ankle) active
Marcus Morris Sr. (knee) active
Batum’s status was up in the air, but he’ll play against the Bulls tonight. The same goes for Marcus Morris Sr.
Zach LaVine (knee) probable
LaVine’s knee has been an on-and-off issue and it’s seemingly acting up again since he’s back on the injury report. The guard is probable, but look for Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu to receive additional minutes if he gets downgraded and eventually ruled out.
LeBron James (ankle) OUT
Anthony Davis (foot) doubtful
Wenyen Gabriel (ankle) will play
James has already been ruled out, while Davis is doubtful. Gabriel, who got decent minutes in Tuesday’s game, is questionable. Look for Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk and Dwight Howard to be solid pickups even if the Lakers are likely to be blown out in this one.
Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) will play
Hassan Whiteside (foot) OUT
Bogdanovic’s status will impact Jordan Clarkson and Royce O’Neale, while Whitside being ruled out elevates Eric Paschall in fantasy/DFS formats.