There are only six games on Wednesday’s NBA slate, but playoff seeding hangs in the balance with every game. Here’s a look at the injury report for the day’s action, along with the relevant fantasy and betting implications.
NBA Injury Report: April 6
Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons
Maxi Kleber (ankle) OUT
Trey Burke (protocols) available
Kleber is out, opening up minutes for Davis Bertans. Burke is back, so he’ll be taking time away from Jalen Brunson and Reggie Bullock.
Cade Cunningham (hip) available
Cory Joseph (back)
Marvin Bagley (hip) OUT
Cunningham is present and should have plenty of time with Killian Hayes in the backcourt since Joseph is seated.
Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks
Seth Curry (ankle) available
Goran Dragic (protocols) OUT
James Johnson (illness) OUT
Update – Johnson was ruled out, opening up minutes for Edwards and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt.
Update – Curry is back for Wednesday’s game and is a solid mid-tier option in the fantasy/DFS lineups. Dragic is still out due to health and safety protocols.
If Curry and Johnson sit, look for Patty Mills, Cam Thomas and Kessler Edwards to get an extended run.
Miles McBride (knee) available
Quentin Grimes (knee) OUT
Mitchell Robinson (illness) OUT
Update – Robinson was ruled out with illness, which means Taj Gibson and Jericho Sims are in line for big minutes here.
Update – Grimes was ruled out.
The Knicks have been eliminated and would like to play against these youngsters if possible. For now, Obi Toppin and RJ Barrett remain New York’s best players.
Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks
Kyle Kuzma (knee) OUT
Update – Kuzma was officially ruled out, opening up minutes for Gafford and Porzingis.
If Kuzma continues to sit out, Daniel Gafford and Kristaps Porzingis are the front row players worth adding in the fantasy/DFS formats. On the second night in a row, we’ll have to see if Washington adds more players to this report.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) available
Danilo Gallinari (knee) available
Update – Gallinari is for the Hawks after missing Tuesday’s game.
Update – Bogdanovic is in the Hawks’ battle for play-in positioning. Gallinari is still debatable, but it looks like De’Andre Hunter and Kevin Huerter should still consider rotation even if he’s playing.
The Hawks are also on their second straight night, so Bogdanovic could sit out. Gallinari missed Tuesday’s game, so he has a better chance of playing Wednesday.
Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
Jayson Tatum (knee) available
Jaylen Brown (knee) available
Al Horford (back) available
Update – All three Celtics players are in this crucial seeding contest against the Bulls. Boston is still in contention for the first seed in the East.
All three Celtics should be ready to adapt here and all three are good plays against a Bulls team that is coming off a tough Tuesday loss to the Bucks.
Zach LaVine (knee) available
Alex Caruso (back)
Update – LaVine is there after missing Tuesday’s game, but Caruso will sit.
Update – Caruso has been added to the report and is unlikely to play, so Coby White is in line to potentially start. LaVine is officially listed as likely, but we’ll see how the knee ultimately feels closer to game time.
LaVine’s knee went south quickly on Tuesday and while he’s expected to play Wednesday, we’ll list him as questionable even if the Bulls remove him from the injury report.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz
Tre Mann (hamstrings) OUT
The Thunder are now in full tank mode and continue to seat Mann, not that he should be considered the difference between winning and losing. Vit Krejci and Theo Maledon are good value plays as they will get heavy minutes for the final games of the year.
Donovan Mitchell (rest)
Mike Conley (load management) OUT
Royce O’Neale (thumb) OUT
Update – O’Neale was ruled out.
Update – So much for O’Neale being an added value. The small striker is doubtful with a thumb injury. Bojan Bogdanovic is in line for a big outing here against the Thunder.
With Conley and Mitchell out, Jordan Clarkson and Royce O’Neale are massive value plays in the fantasy/DFS formats.
Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Clippers
Devin Booker (back)
Chris Paul (load management) OUT
Jae Crowder (ankle) OUT
Deandre Ayton (ankle) OUT
The Suns have decided to rest their key players for the second night in a row. Cameron Payne, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson should be in line for big minutes in this one.
Norman Powell (foot) plans to play
Update – In a classic gambling case, Powell now plans to play on Wednesday after initially being listed as doubtful. He’ll probably have a minute limit, but it’s a good game against Phoenix backup players.
The Clippers won’t get Powell back for this game, but they likely will for the qualifying tournament. It’s a good boost for LA, which also allowed Paul George to return at the right time.