We’ve got just four games on Saturday’s slate with the NBA loading up the final day of the regular season. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some big names on the injury report which could swing the playoff picture in several directions. Here’s Saturday’s injury report in the association, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 9
Malcolm Brogdon (rest) OUT
Update - As expected, Brogdon is out Saturday for the Pacers.
The Pacers continue to remain adamant about putting Brogdon on the injury report as questionable. We know he’s not playing, so Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield are the only fantasy/DFS plays here of note.
Georges Niang (knee) OUT
Niang is out Saturday, which elevates other peripheral shooters like Danny Green and Furkan Korkmaz in fantasy/DFS formats.
Brandon Ingram (hamstring) OUT
Update - Ingram has been ruled out for Saturday’s game.
Ingram is questionable and if he doesn’t suit up, look for CJ McCollum to take on more responsibility offensively while Herbert Jones likely gets the start at small forward.
Ja Morant (knee) available
Update - Morant will play Saturday for Memphis, which will likely be a tune-up game for him ahead of the playoffs. Expect the Grizzlies to limit his minutes and potentially pull him early if the game gets out of hand.
This is big for the Grizzlies, but it seems like a bad idea for Morant to come back for a meaningless regular season game in terms of seeding. Tyus Jones remains the top fantasy/DFS value play here if Morant gets held out.
Klay Thompson (load management) OUT
Draymond Green (load management) available
Otto Porter Jr. (load management) available
Update - It looks like Porter Jr., Andre Iguodala and Green will play Saturday and then rest in Sunday’s game. Green seems past his injury and could play in both games, but Porter Jr. and Iguodala will rest Sunday.
Thompson has already been ruled out, while Green and Porter Jr. could be in line for a rest day as well. Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga remain great fantasy/DFS options for the Warriors.
Dejounte Murray (conditioning) OUT
Devin Vassell (heel) OUT
Keldon Johnson (rest) OUT
Romeo Langford (hamstring) available
Jakob Poeltl (rest) OUT
Jock Landale (foot) available
Lonnie Walker (back) available
Update - Langford is in for the Spurs and could be a potential value add.
The Spurs are effectively punting this game, although they have pulled some stunners off before with guys sitting. Tre Jones, Walker and Landale are excellent DFS value plays while Langford is line for big minutes if he’s able to go.
Luke Kennard (hamstring) available
Kennard is in for the Clippers, who are locked into the No. 8 seed. His presence caps the ceiling for Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum.