THURSDAY’S 7-GAME SLATE (5 ON MAIN SLATES)
Top Injuries to Watch
1. Anthony Davis (knee) is questionable. He hasn’t been rested yet, so he’s very risky. If he’s out, Kyle Kuzma would be the guy to target.
2. Kristaps Porzingis (heel) is questionable and Maxi Kleber (knee) is probable. If KP doesn’t play, that should make Boban Marjanovic an option. Although, Dorian Finney-Smith (hip) being probable here doesn’t give Boban the safest floor because Kleber could be more of a straight five. If two of Maxi, KP and DFS sit, it’s Boban time.
3. Josh Hart (knee) is questionable for this one with Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram out again. Hart played 30 minutes on Tuesday, so him sitting out could up Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore, Sindarius Thornwell, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli. NAW and Frank Jackson are the most attractive by far.
4. Ersan Ilyasova (elbow) is questionable, so the Bucks could be missing two PFs with Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended. Marvin Williams, Pat Connaughton and D.J. Wilson could be worth a look, but we may need more info on the Bucks before feeling good about it.
We’ve got a bit of a mixed bag in the last big slate of the season. We know the Celtics are sitting everyone, the Magic have a ton of guys out, the Pelicans have their main guys out again, no De’Aaron Fox, Giannis Antetokounmpo has a suspension, and the Jazz have some key players out. The good news is no back-to-back sets, so every team filed. Although, a lot of teams have changed course on guys, so always remember that you may have to late swap on something that is off the radar.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics, 12:00 pm ET
The Wizards have Shabazz Napier (ankle) available for this one. Coach Scott Brooks talked about wanting to start him next to Troy Brown Jr., so that makes sense here.
It’s mass rest for the Celtics with Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis all getting the afternoon off. Brad Wanamaker, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford and Robert Williams should be four of the five starters, and the fifth starter will likely be Grant Williams or Semi Ojeleye. Robert Williams is a really strong play while Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford warrant consideration.