It’s a light day in the NBA with just five games on tap, likely due to the Final Four games taking place in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s Saturday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 2
Gordon Hayward (ankle) available
Update - Hayward is available and is expected to have his minutes monitored in this game.
Hayward is expected to play and will make his return after missing 22 games with the ankle issue. He’s likely going to be on some type of restriction but he’s a nice mid-level fantasy/DFS option on a high-scoring team.
Rajon Rondo (ankle) OUT
Evan Mobley (ankle) OUT
Rondo and Mobley remain out, so the Cavaliers will give Brandon Goodwin and Moses Brown more run. Those two are value plays in DFS contests.
Julius Randle (quad) OUT, likely to miss rest of the season
Miles McBride (knee) OUT
Nerlens Noel (foot) OUT
Update - Randle is set to miss the rest of the season, which means Toppin is a great value add for the final set of games in fantasy/DFS formats.
Randle is out, which means Obi Toppin’s stock is up for Saturday’s slate.
Seth Curry (ankle) OUT
Bruce Brown (illness) OUT
Goran Dragic (protocols) OUT
Update - There was some confusion among reporters, but Curry has been formally ruled out for Saturday’s game. This means Mills and Thomas will have expanded roles against the Hawks.
Update - Brown is out, while Dragic is a new addition to the league’s health and safety protocols. Mills, Thomas and Kyrie Irving should see more playing time in this game with these injuries.
If Curry and Brown sit, that’ll mean more of a role for Patty Mills and Cam Thomas in Saturday’s game.
Trae Young (groin) available
Lou Williams (ankle, back) available
Jalen Johnson (concussion) OUT
Update - Young, who was listed as probable, is available to play in this game. Williams is also available but he’s less likely to get significant minutes barring an injury.
Young is probable, which is the only thing keeping Atlanta in this game. Johnson, who has seen more minutes since the Cam Reddish trade, remains out in concussion protocol.
Max Strus (shoulder) available
Gabe Vincent (toe) available
Caleb Martin (calf) available
Update - All three Heat players are suiting up for Saturday’s game, giving Miami its full complement of players in a crucial clash against the Bulls.
If Strus and Vincent sit, Kyle Lowry would be the primary point guard for Miami. Martin’s status will impact Victor Oladipo’s minutes.
Zach LaVine (knee) available
Update - As expected, LaVine will suit up Saturday as the Bulls try to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Heat. The guard has not been playing at a high level lately, so the Bulls will want him to start stringing together some big performances ahead of the playoffs.
LaVine has been in a bit of a slump lately, but had a solid outing in the overtime win over the Clippers. If things go south on his knee injury, Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu get a boost in fantasy/DFS contests.
Hassan Whiteside (foot) available
Update - Whiteside is good to go, and should take over the backup center role behind Gobert in this contest.
If Whiteside doesn’t play, Eric Paschall will continue to get backup center minutes behind Rudy Gobert.