SATURDAY 5-GAME SLATE
Top Five Injuries to Watch
- Malcolm Brogdon (neck) is suddenly questionable for Saturday after looking great in the scrimmages. Plus, Victor Oladipo isn’t a lock to play either. There was some talk of managing Brogdon, so there’s a very good chance he sits. If one or both of Dipo or Brogdon sit, both Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell would be in big time spots — McConnell gets a revenge game. Edmond Sumner and Justin Holiday would also be on the board, and the Pacers would likely have to go bigger with Warren at the three more to open up minutes for Doug McDermott and T.J. Leaf (all the TJ?). Oladipo is not on the injury report, and he said he’s optimistic for what it’s worth.
- On top of Will Barton and Gary Harris getting ruled out, Jamal Murray (left hamstring strain) is questionable for the first game of the day. You’re playing Michael Porter Jr. in cash regardless (and probably in GPP), but Monte Morris could be a little limited after his late arrival, and Troy Daniels, Mason Plumlee and Bol Bol could also benefit here.
- Goga Bitadze (knee) is listed as questionable, which is a bit of a surprise after coach Nate McMillan said he’d be out for a bit. That should put JaKarr Sampson in as the backup five while Leaf, McBuckets and maybe even Alize Johnson may have to help out if Dipo and Brogdon can’t go.
- Joel Embiid not being on the injury report is good news. Still, he could have a minutes limit, so he’s not exactly the strongest play. We might get an exact number from coach Brett Brown.
- The Lakers are always going to list Anthony Davis (eye) as probable, and they did so again. They also added LeBron James (groin) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle), but all of those guys were on the report for the same reason on Thursday. Even in the bubble environment, they should still be a go after getting big minutes on Thursday.