After a one-day hiatus, the NBA returns Tuesday with 13 games on the schedule. It’s the final week of the regular season, so there’s plenty of teams vying for playoff position and seeding. Here’s a look at the day’s injury report, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 4
OG Anunoby (ankle) - available
Gary Trent Jr. (back) - OUT
Will Barton (ankle) - available
Update - Trent Jr. is out, while Anunoby is in. This helps both Anunoby and Barton in fantasy/DFS formats.
Barton will have a bigger role if both Anunoby and Trent Jr. are ruled out. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet will also see more usage, especially if Anunoby sits.
Dennis Smith Jr. (toe) - OUT
Update - Smith Jr. and Mark Williams are both out, which leaves Charlotte essentially playing third-stringers for the rest of the season.
The Hornets are tanking, so Kelly Oubre, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward and PJ Washington are all sitting. Bryce McGowens is a good value play, even if Smith Jr. does suit up.
Bam Adebayo (hip) - available
Kyle Lowry (knee) - available
Update - As expected, both guys are in for Miami.
Update - Adebayo has been upgraded to probable, which makes sense as he said Monday he expects to play tonight.
Both guys should be in for the Heat. If Adebayo sits, Cody Zeller will have a bigger role in this offense and could be a solid filler play in DFS lineups.
Isaac Okoro (knee) - OUT
Caris LeVert should continue getting solid minutes with Okoro sidelined.
Khris Middleton (injury management) - OUT
Jevon Carter (knee) - OUT
Grayson Allen (ankle) - OUT
Pat Connaughton and Joe Ingles are great DFS options with both Middleton and Allen out.
Kristaps Porzingis (conditioning) - OUT
Deni Avdija (elbow) - OUT
Update - Avdija has been ruled out, which further elevates Corey Kispert in Washington’s offense.
Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma remain out with Washington eliminated from playoff contention. Porzingis is also set to be shut down this season, because conditioning is a nonsensical excuse at this point in the year for a guy who has been playing big minutes of late.
Karl-Anthony Towns (calf, illness) - available
The big man should be in for Minnesota.
Jaylen Brown (back) - OUT
Robert Williams (injury management) - OUT
Update - Brown has been ruled out, which means more looks for Tatum, Smart and Brogdon in this game.
Al Horford should be a good fantasy add with Williams out. If Brown sits, Jayson Tatum will be the focal point for this offense with Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Smart holding solid secondary roles.
Trae Young (illness) - OUT
De’Andre Hunter (knee) - OUT
Update - Young has been ruled out, so Murray and Bogdanovic will likely headline the backcourt for the Hawks. This is a tough spot for the star point guard to be out, as the Hawks and Bulls are in a key play-in battle at the moment. Young sitting might push bettors to back the Bulls tonight at home.
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Saddiq Bey are the impact players to target with Hunter out. If Young is sidelined, Dejounte Murray will see his usage skyrocket in this game.
Alex Caruso (foot) - available
Update - Caruso is in for Chicago.
Chicago’s top perimeter defender should be in for this matchup, which has big play-in implications.
Nikola Jokic (calf) - available
Jamal Murray (thumb) - available
Update - Both guys are in and starting.
Update - Jokic has been upgraded to probable, and is likely to suit up here. It would be surprising if the Nuggets gave him heavy minutes against the Rockets.
Given the opponent, the Nuggets might sit their stars here. Jokic sitting would mean another start for either Jeff Green or Thomas Bryant. Murray is likely to play, but Reggie Jackson could see more minutes here if this turns into a blowout.
Cam Reddish (back) - OUT
Update - Reddish is out, and Portland is likely to start guys on 10-day deals now to close out the season.
All the heavy hitters are out for Portland, as the team is eliminated from playoff contention. Nassir Little is also out, so Reddish could have some DFS relevance if he’s able to suit up.
Dillon Brooks (hip) - OUT
Update - Brooks is unlikely to suit up here, which opens up minutes for Roddy on the perimeter.
If Brooks can’t play, David Roddy should see more playing time in Memphis’ rotation.
Malik Monk (leg) - available
Update - Monk is available for the Kings.
Kevin Huerter and Harrison Barnes will see more opportunities if Monk is unable to suit up.
Anthony Davis (foot) - available
LeBron James (foot) - available
D’Angelo Russell (foot) - OUT
Mo Bamba (ankle) - OUT
Update - Russell has been ruled out. James is available and Davis eventually will get listed as available, so we’re going to mark him as such ahead of time.
Update - Russell has been downgraded to questionable and is trending towards being ruled out. Austin Reaves and Dennis Schroder will be the replacement plays for Russell if he is indeed out for this contest.
The Lakers might want to invest in a foot specialist at this rate. Everyone should be in for LA.
Lauri Markkanen (hand) - OUT
Collin Sexton (hamstring) - available
Update - Markkanen is out but Sexton is available to play. He’s more likely to cut into Talen Horton-Tucker’s minutes than Ochai Agbaji, but both players will be impacted if Sexton does get some decent run in his return to the floor.
Neither player should play much in this game, as the Jazz are tanking. Sexton has the better chance of getting extended minutes since Utah hasn’t been able to evaluate him as much.
Andrew Wiggins (personal) - OUT
Klay Thompson (back) - OUT
Update - Thompson is officially out for Golden State.
Update - Thompson is listed as questionable late with a back issue. This tends to end up with the player sitting out, so Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Poole are good candidates to absorb Thompson’s minutes tonight.
Wiggins will miss his 22nd game due to a personal issue but he’s going to be back with the team. He’s expected to return this week, which means he’s likely to suit up Friday for Golden State.
No notable day-to-day injuries for either team at this time.