Friday’s NBA slate has nine games, with NBATV hosting a doubleheader featuring Bucks-Pistons and Suns-Jazz. The playoff picture is starting to settle in, although there is still a question of seeding in each conference. Here’s Friday’s injury report in the NBA, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 8
Grayson Allen (hip) OUT
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) available
We’ll see how the Bucks play this in terms of resting guys on the second night of a back-to-back set, especially with the No. 2 seed in play.
Cory Joseph (back) OUT
Marvin Bagley (hip) OUT
With Bagley out, Isaiah Stewart will be the primary big man for Detroit. Killian Hayes would be in line for big minutes if Joseph sits.
Mitchell Robinson (illness) OUT
Quentin Grimes (knee) OUT
With Robinson out, Taj Gibson and Obi Toppin will be value plays. Grimes is unlikely to factor in the rotation even if he does suit up.
Kyle Kuzma (knee) OUT
Kuzma is out once again, meaning the Wizards will roll with Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford in the frontcourt.
Evan Mobley (ankle) available
Update - Mobley is available and will start. He’s expected to have a minutes limit but should still get decent run for fantasy/DFS purposes.
Mobley plans to play, but is a game-time call officially. Moses Brown will likely retain his starting spot since Jarrett Allen is still out.
Seth Curry (ankle) available
Goran Dragic (protocols) OUT
Curry is likely to suit up, but Patty Mills and Cam Thomas should get decent run with Dragic still out due to protocols.
OG Anunoby (quad) OUT
Fred VanVleet (rest) OUT
Update - Both VanVleet and Anunoby are out, so Trent Jr. and Barnes are worth investing in for fantasy/DFS formats.
Anunoby didn’t play Thursday, so we’ll see if he suits up Friday. Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. will get extended minutes on the perimeter if Anunoby doesn’t play.
Gabe Vincent (toe) available
Caleb Martin (knee) available
Markieff Morris (hip) available
Update - Even with the No. 1 seed locked up, the Heat aren’t resting their starters.
The Heat have locked up the No. 1 seed in the East, so this injury report could be moot if they decide to punt this contest. There could be a lot of value plays here as a result.
Bogan Bogdanovic (knee) available
Update - Bogdanovic is ready to go for Friday’s game against the Heat.
Bogdanovic was questionable with on Wednesday but still dropped 18 points in the team’s 15-point victory over the Wizards. The Hawks are play-in tournament bound and are jockeying for positioning over these final two games.
Gordon Hayward (foot) OUT
Hayward will not suit up Friday, meaning more minutes for Miles Bridges and PJ Washington at the forward spots.
Zach LaVine (knee) available
Alex Caruso (back) OUT
Update - LaVine is in but Caruso is out for the Bulls.
LaVine is listed as probable, while Caruso is questionable. Coby White and Patrick Williams would be the big beneficiaries at the respective positions if either guy sits.
Maxi Kleber (ankle) OUT
Update - Kleber is officially out, paving the way for Bertans to get more minutes.
With Kleber questionable, Davis Bertans could step in as a nice value play against a bad team.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.
Tre Mann (hamstring) OUT
Mann remains out as the Thunder tank. Theo Maledon is the best option on this team.
LeBron James (ankle) OUT
Anthony Davis (foot) OUT
Russell Westbrook (shoulder) OUT
The Lakers have made vacation plans already, so these guys aren’t suiting up. Austin Reaves, Malik Monk and Stanley Johnson represent value options in this particular contest, but keep in mind these guys are on the second leg of a back-to-back set.