Fantasy News

James Harden

Will play Friday Harden will be returning from a two-game absence, and there's no word of any restrictions. With Kawhi Leonard (knee) still sidelined, Harden could see a boost in usage rate.

Joel Embiid

Returns to game Friday This is a huge relief for the 76ers after Embiid appeared to tweak his left leg before halftime, forcing him out of the game and into the locker room.

Dario Saric

Cleared to play Saric hasn't been much of a factor within Golden State's rotation of late, but he'll be active if needed. He's appeared in one game since March 20.

Klay Thompson

Good to go Friday Thompson was held out Thursday against Portland in what was the first leg of a back-to-back set. There's no word of any restrictions ahead of tipoff.

Draymond Green

Gets green light Green was added to the injury report as probable due to a knee injury after missing Thursday's matchup, and he's feeling healthy enough to suit up Friday. He's averaging 8.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last five games.

Kyrie Irving

Shut down until postseason Irving will get around a full week to rest until the Mavs begin a postseason run. He appeared in 58 regular-season matchups and averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 35.0 minutes.

Gary Payton

Won’t suit up Friday No surprise here, as Payton was previously deemed doubtful. Coach Steve Kerr implied that the Warriors are simply being caution for the second leg of this back-to-back set.

Luka Doncic

Done for regular season The Mavs have elected to rest the star point guard for the next week or so before the playoffs begin. He averaged an eye-popping 33.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 1.4 steals over 70 regular-season matchups.

Jonathan Kuminga

Ruled out for Friday Kuminga tweaked his groin against Portland on Thursday night and coach Steve Kerr said he's in a lot of pain. Fantasy managers should consider him questionable for Sunday against the Jazz. The good news for Golden State is that both Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be active Friday after sitting out against the Trail Blazers.

Tim Hardaway

Joins starting five The Mavericks are without both Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, as they are being rested Friday. Hardaway will start in the backcourt alongside Dante Exum, and both figure to see heavy usage for Dallas.

Dante Exum

Starting against Pistons Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic are both being held out for rest, so Exum could potentially see a healthy workload Friday. As a starter this season, Exum holds averages of 13.8 points, 4.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers.

Joel Embiid

Limps to locker room Embiid exited the game after an awkward landing on his recently repaired left knee and immediately limped to the locker room for further evaluation. Paul Reed and Mo Bamba would shoulder the load at center if Embiid is unable to return.

James Wiseman

Starting against Dallas Jalen Duren is sitting out with back spasms, and it's unclear if he'll be available for the season finale on Sunday. In four starts this season, Wiseman holds averages of 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Zach Collins

Shifts to bench Collins picked up a spot start at center Wednesday while Victor Wembanyama sat with an ankle injury, but the Gonzaga product will serve in a reserve role Friday evening. He's averaging 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his last seven appearances off the bench.

Blake Wesley

Draws rare start This marks Wesley's second start of the 2023-24 campaign, with his last dating back to Jan. 24 against the Thunder. He should get plenty of looks Friday due to the absence of Malaki Branham (concussion).

Ochai Agbaji

Moves to bench The Raptors have elected to shake up the starting five, rolling with Gary Trent at shooting guard and Gradey Dick at small forward. Agbaji will come off the bench as a result but should still play a big role in the rotation.

Malik Williams

Shifts to bench Williams posted a solid final line in Wednesday's start against the Nets, recording seven points, 14 rebounds, one assist and two steals over 24 minutes. However, he'll retreat to a bench role following the return of Kelly Olynyk from a maintenance day.

Garrett Temple

Coming off bench Temple will return to a bench role after drawing a spot start Wednesday against the Nets. He logged only nine minutes in his last appearance as a reserve April 7 against the Wizards.

Jordan Goodwin

Starting Friday Goodwin was held out of Wednesday's clash against the Cavs to ensure he stayed below his limit of active games as a two-way player, but he'll be back in action Friday evening. He should see plenty of chances considering the Grizzlies have 13 players listed out on the injury report.

Jaxson Hayes

Back in reserve role Hayes drew a spot start at center Tuesday while Anthony Davis missed time with a headache, but the Texas product will retreat to the bench Friday. Hayes is averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals in his last five appearances as a reserve.

Wendell Carter

Heads to locker room Carter exited in the first half after experiencing back spasms and went straight to the locker room. Moritz Wagner and Goga Bitadze would be in line for more chances at center if Carter is unable to return.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Available for Friday Antetokounmpo was able to shake off his minor hamstring issue. Although the Bucks will be shorthanded, Antetokounmpo isn't guaranteed any minutes.

Naz Reid

Back to bench Reid will retreat to a bench role due to the return of Karl-Anthony Towns to the starting lineup. Reid should continue to play a key role within the Minnesota rotation, especially while Towns gets back into game shape.

MarJon Beauchamp

Available for Friday Beauchamp usually isn't very involved in the rotation, but there are some minutes up for grabs with both Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) and Damian Lillard (adductor) out of the lineup.

Jalen Duren

Out against Dallas Duren was unable to shake his questionable tag, but it's possible the Pistons are erring on the side of caution. With Duren sidelined, there could be a lot of opportunities for James Wiseman against the Mavericks.

Cason Wallace

Retreats to bench Wallace will shift back to a bench role after drawing a start Wednesday against the Spurs. He's logged 18 and 21 minutes in his previous two contests as a reserve.

Sam Merrill

Officially out Merrill was added to the injury report as doubtful, and this latest update confirms that he'll remain sidelined. He'll be considered day-to-day leading up to Sunday's regular-season finale against the Hornets.

Anthony Edwards

Will play vs. Hawks Edwards was added to the injury report due to illness, but he's since been able to prove that he's healthy enough to play Friday evening. He's been nearly unstoppable in April, averaging 28.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals over six matchups.

Gordon Hayward

Enters starting lineup Josh Giddey is out with a hip issue, so the Thunder will turn to the veteran. In 24 appearances with the Thunder, Hayward holds averages of 5.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

Jericho Sims

Draws start at center Sims hasn't been a part of the Knicks' rotation of late, but he'll get an opportunity to show what he can do Friday. Mitchell Robinson and Precious Achiuwa should also factor into the mix at center.

Zeke Nnaji

Available against Spurs Nnaji has been getting the backup center minutes lately, averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game over his last three outings.

Michael Porter

Available Friday Despite dealing with both a lingering knee and quad injury, Porter has missed just one contest all season. Since the All-Star break, the 25-year-old has averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 32.1 minutes, complementing impressive shooting splits of 51.9/41.8/90.0. In Denver's last matchup against San Antonio on April 2, Porter recorded 15 points, 16 boards and three assists in 35 minutes.

Aaron Gordon

Good to go Friday All five of Denver's starters were carrying probable tags with minor issues, but they all have the green light to suit up. There's a chance that the Nuggets could monitor their minutes, however.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Good to go Friday The 31-year-old has been an integral part of the Nuggets lineup, averaging 10.1 points on 40.7 percent from three in 31.7 minutes this season. Caldwell-Pope has been playing through a strained right shoulder for an extended time and will suit up again Friday as the Nuggets attempt to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Nikola Jokic

Cleared to play against Spurs Jokic and Denver's other starters will shed their probable tags to suit up Friday. On Wednesday against Minnesota, Jokic produced 41 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Miles McBride

Now listed out It was initially reported that McBride would take the court Friday, but the team has since downgraded him to out. Shake Milton and Alec Burks should see an uptick in playing time as a result.

Jamal Murray

Good to go Friday Murray is still a little banged up, but he'll appear in his fourth straight game. The Nuggets could monitor his minutes with the playoffs looming.

Anthony Davis

Available to play Friday This was the expectation with Davis carrying a probable tag prior to this update. In addition to Davis, LeBron James (ankle) also has the green light to suit up.

LeBron James

Suiting up Friday James was tagged as a game-time call due to left ankle peroneal tendinopathy, and he's been granted the green light to play Friday evening. The star forward is averaging 26.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 1.5 steals over four April matchups.

Trendon Watford

Starting Friday This will be the first start of the season for Watford. He's been getting extended run recently, posting averages of 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 three-pointers in five April appearances.

Marques Bolden

Starting at center Bolden will draw his first start of the 2023-24 regular season and should be in line for a sizeable workload due to the absences of Grant Williams (ankle) and Nick Richards (foot).

Cade Cunningham

Ruled out for Friday No surprise here, as Cunningham was previously considered doubtful. This will be Cunningham's sixth straight game on the sidelines, and it would be a surprise to see him in the season finale Sunday against the Spurs.

Svi Mykhailiuk

Joins starting five With the Celtics resting all of their normal starters, Mykhailiuk could potentially see a healthy workload Friday. In limited action, Mykhailiuk is shooting 66.7 percent from beyond the arc in six April appearances.

Jaden Springer

Enters starting lineup The Celtics are resting their usual starting lineup, allowing Springer to make the second start of the campaign. He's hardly seen the floor for Boston, averaging 5.7 minutes across 15 appearances.

Dejounte Murray

Good to go Murray's availability was in question leading up to Friday's action, but the team has elected to let him suit up. He's averaging 20.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.4 steals over five April appearances.

Luka Doncic

Officially out It was reported shortly before tipoff that Doncic was unlikely to take the floor Friday, and this update confirms that he'll sit. Kyrie Irving (hamstring) is also out, so it should be a busy night for Dante Exum, Tim Hardaway and Jaden Hardy in the backcourt.

Tristan Vukcevic

Back in starting lineup Richaun Holmes (toe) and Marvin Bagley (knee) remain out, so Vukcevic will slide back into the starting lineup following a one-game absence due to left knee soreness. Over his last four appearances (three starts), Vukcevic has averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.

Cameron Payne

Returns to bench Kyle Lowry will reclaim his starting spot from Payne on Friday after missing Philadelphia's previous two contests with a knee injury. Payne is averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 15.0 minutes across his last 10 appearances coming off the bench.

Anthony Gill

Not starting Friday Richaun Holmes (toe) and Marvin Bagley (knee) remain out, but Tristan Vukcevic (knee) has been cleared and will start at center. Gill was solid as a starter in Minnesota on Tuesday, posting 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes. Over his last 10 appearances (two starts), Gill has averaged 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.

Torrey Craig

Starting vs. Washington Craig will draw his first start since March 25 due to the majority of Chicago's first unit taking a seat for Friday's matchup. He's averaging 13.0 minutes through five April appearances but should be in line for a larger workload in Washington.

Dalen Terry

Starting Friday With multiple starters sidelined, Terry will draw his second start of the season. In his last start (Jan. 5 versus the Hornets), Terry posted eight points, four assists, one rebound and two steals in 21 minutes.

Luka Doncic

Unlikely to play Friday Doncic is officially listed as questionable but isn't expected to play Friday due to left ankle soreness. If the superstar guard is officially ruled out, Dante Exum, Jaden Hardy and Tim Hardaway are candidates to receive increased playing time.

Onuralp Bitim

Draws first start of season Bitim will get an opportunity to run the floor with the first unit due to the majority of Chicago's starting five sitting out Friday evening. He'll start alongside Coby White, Dalen Terry, Torrey Craig and Javonte Green.

Isaiah Jackson

Officially ruled out As expected, Jackson won't play due to a left hamstring strain. Jalen Smith should operate as the primary backup to Myles Turner. Jackson's last chance to suit up during the regular season will come Sunday versus Atlanta.

Johnny Davis

Running with first unit Davis will draw a chance to start due to the absence of Jordan Poole (illness). The Wisconsin product has put up 21 and six points in his last two chances to start, respectively.

Mouhamadou Gueye

Late scratch against Miami Despite not appearing on the injury report all day, Gueye will be kept out of Friday's contest due to a thumb injury. His final chance to suit up this season is Sunday's rematch with Miami.

Gary Trent

Will play Friday Trent and Bruce Brown (knee) have both been upgraded from questionable to available. Over his last 10 appearances, Trent has averaged 22.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals in 32.8 minutes per game.

Bruce Brown

Upgraded to available Brown and Gary Trent (back) have been upgraded from questionable to available. Brown has appeared in just 13 of Toronto's last 19 games and averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 27.8 minutes during that stretch.

Nicolas Batum

Back to bench Batum will retreat to a bench role as Philly's starting five has returned to full strength. He's averaging 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his last four appearances as a reserve.

Joel Embiid

Gets green light Embiid will suit up for the fifth time over Philadelphia's last six contests, with his only absence coming during the second half of a back-to-back set. The 76ers have won all four games that Embiid has appeared in since returning from his lengthy surgery-related absence, and the reigning MVP has averaged 30.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 30.3 minutes during that stretch.

Deni Avdija

Good to go Friday Avdija has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday despite dealing with a non-COVID illness. The 22-year-old forward is averaging 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 35.8 minutes across his last 10 outings.

Josh Giddey

Unavailable for Friday Giddey was hit with a questionable tag earlier in the day, and the team has since decided to sit him down for Friday's contest. Isaiah Joe and Cason Wallace should be the next two up to see chances at shooting guard.

AJ Griffin

Good to go against Minnesota Griffin has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday after missing a lengthy period with a right ankle sprain. However, the 20-year-old forward is unlikely to be a significant factor in Atlanta's rotation.

Clint Capela

Gets green light The Hawks were considering holding Capela out of Friday's action, but the team ultimately decided he'll be available to suit up. It's unclear if he'll shoulder his usual workload with only a few games remaining in the regular season.

Terry Rozier

Won’t play Friday Rozier will miss a third straight game due to neck spasms. Caleb Martin should draw another start, while Delon Wright and Patty Mills are candidates for more minutes off the bench. Rozier's last chance to suit up during the regular season will come Sunday in a rematch against Toronto.

Isaiah Jackson

Unlikely to play Carlisle noted that Jackson may end up being officially active, but he doesn't think the center will ultimately see any action. The team should have official word closer to tipoff.

Dennis Smith

Shut down for regular season Smith had already been ruled out Friday, but his absence streak will extend to seven games Sunday due to right hip inflammation. Smith will end the 2023-24 campaign averaging 6.6 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 18.9 minutes across 56 appearances.

Dorian Finney-Smith

Will remain out Sunday Finney-Smith had already been ruled out Friday, but his absence streak will extend to five games Sunday due to left knee inflammation. The veteran forward will end the 2023-24 campaign averaging 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.4 minutes across 68 appearances, including 56 starts.

Nick Richards

Out Friday Richards and Grant Williams (ankle) have both been downgraded to out, so the Hornets' frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded. Richards has one more chance to suit up this season -- Sunday in Cleveland.

Grant Williams

Downgraded to out Williams was being considered a game-time call due to a right ankle sprain, and it's been decided he's not healthy enough to suit up. Aleksej Pokusevski and Marques Bolden should see more chances at center with Williams and Nick Richard (foot) sidelined.

Dennis Schroder

Will miss final two games Schroder missed only one game this season, which came after he was traded from Toronto to Brooklyn at the deadline. As a Net, the veteran guard averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game. Schroder has one year remaining on his current deal, which he signed with the Raptors ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.

Jacob Gilyard

Good to go Gilyard was tagged as probable leading up to tipoff, so this update is expected. He's in line to start at point guard with both Dennis Schroder (Achilles) and Dennis Smith (hip) ruled out.

KJ Martin

Remains out Martin will miss his second consecutive contest with a bruised toe. He'll have one more chance to return during the regular season Sunday against the Nets.

Kyle Lowry

Available Friday Lowry will return to action following a two-game absence due to left knee soreness. Over his last seven appearances, the veteran guard has averaged 9.1 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game.

Dean Wade

Shut down for regular season Wade has already been ruled out Friday with a right knee sprain, marking his 18th straight absence. If Wade is unable to return in the playoffs, Georges Niang should continue to receive increased playing time.

Jalen Brunson

Good to go Friday Brunson has already hit the 75-game mark for the season and is not expected to play on a minutes restriction, as the Knicks try to claim the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. He has averaged 32.8 points and 7.1 assists in 34.9 minutes over his last 18 appearances, but Brunson has struggled against the Nets this season, averaging 21.0 points and 6.7 assists on 39.3 percent from the field.

Miles McBride

Available for Friday’s game McBride was questionable for Friday's matchup due to a non-COVID illness, but he'll suit up for the penultimate game of the regular season. He's come off the bench in his last four appearances, averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25.0 minutes per game.

Luke Kornet

Gets starting nod Kornet will replace Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) in the starting lineup Friday. Kornet is averaging 10.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 blocks in 30.0 minutes across his last five starting appearances.

Sam Hauser

Will start Friday Boston's usual starters are resting, so Hauser will draw his 12th start of the season. Over his previous 11 starts, Hauser averaged 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.

Payton Pritchard

Draws start Friday The Celtics are resting their entire usual group of starters Friday, so Pritchard will enter the starting lineup for the penultimate game of the regular season. Over three starts this year, he's averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 35.3 minutes per game.

Markelle Fultz

Coming off bench Friday Fultz drew starts in his last two appearances and averaged 12.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game. However, he'll come off the bench Friday since Gary Harris (foot) and Franz Wagner (ankle) have been cleared to return against Philadelphia.

Caleb Houstan

Heads back to bench Franz Wagner will replace Houstan in the starting five Friday after missing Orlando's last two contests with an ankle injury. Houstan is averaging 3.4 points in 13.0 minutes across his previous five appearances coming off the bench.

Nikola Vucevic

Officially ruled out As expected, Vucevic has been downgraded from doubtful to out and will join most of Chicago's usual veterans on the sidelines. Two-way players Adama Sanogo and Henri Drell are candidates for increased roles in Chicago's frontcourt, along with Torrey Craig, Javonte Green and Dalen Terry.

Alex Caruso

Officially ruled out Caruso has been downgraded from questionable to out Friday due to a left ankle contusion. In his absence, Dalen Terry and Javonte Green are candidates to receive increased playing time. Caruso's next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with the Knicks.

DeMar DeRozan

Won’t play Friday DeRozan was downgraded from questionable to doubtful a few hours before tipoff and will officially rest in the second half of a back-to-back set Friday. His final chance to play during the regular season will be Sunday against New York, and he should be available for Wednesday's Play-In Tournament matchup against Atlanta.

Day'Ron Sharpe

Officially ruled out Sharpe was downgraded from questionable to doubtful in the hours leading up to Friday's tipoff, so it isn't very surprising to see him ruled out. Trendon Watford could see additional playing time against the Knicks, while Sharpe's final chance to play during the regular season will be Sunday against Philadelphia.

Franz Wagner

Good to go against Philadelphia Wagner has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday after missing Orlando's last two games with a right ankle sprain. The 22-year-old forward should replace Caleb Houstan in the starting five against Philadelphia.

Dennis Schroder

Downgraded to out Schroder will miss his first game since Feb. 8, marking only his second absence of the season. It's unclear if the veteran will play in Brooklyn's regular-season finale against the 76ers on Sunday.

Derrick White

Unavailable against Charlotte The Celtics have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so White and the team's other key contributors will get the night off in the second half of a back-to-back set. White's final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against Washington.

Al Horford

Won’t play against Charlotte Horford has been downgraded from questionable to out Friday due to a left toe sprain. With Kristaps Porzingis (hamstring) also out, Xavier Tillman and Luke Kornet should receive increased playing time. Horford's next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with Washington.

Jrue Holiday

Won’t play against Charlotte Holiday suited up despite his knee injury during Thursday's game against New York, but the Celtics are exercising caution with their key contributors in the second half of the back-to-back set. Holiday's final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against the Wizards.

Cameron Johnson

Out Friday Johnson has now missed seven out of his last 10 games, averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 23.0 minutes during his three appearances. With the Nets out of playoff contention, they may shut the 28-year-old down for the rest of the season, but Johnson will have one more opportunity to suit up against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Jaylen Brown

Won’t play Friday All of Boston's regular starters will sit out Friday's contest, so the Celtics' bench players will receive increased playing time. Brown's next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with Washington.

Kristaps Porzingis

Ruled out for Friday The Celtics are exercising caution in the second half of a back-to-back set, and Porzingis will have a chance to rest with the postseason looming. His final chance to return during the regular season will be Sunday against Washington, while Xavier Tillman, Luke Kornet and Neemias Queta could see increased run against Charlotte since Porzingis and Al Horford (toe) have both been ruled out.

Jayson Tatum

Won’t play Friday Tatum was questionable for Friday's matchup due to a right knee contusion, and the Celtics won't take any chances during the penultimate game of the regular season since they've already secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Tatum's final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against the Wizards.

Eugene Omoruyi

Available vs. Chicago Omoruyi was questionable for Friday's matchup due to a non-COVID illness, but he'll be able to suit up despite the issue. Over his last five appearances, he's averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game.

Richaun Holmes

Ruled out Friday Holmes' absence streak will extend to eight games Friday while dealing with a left toe contusion. His final chance to suit up this season is Sunday's matchup with Boston.

Jordan Poole

Ruled out for Friday Poole is dealing with a non-COVID illness and will be sidelined for the first time since Jan. 31. Jared Butler and Johnny Davis could see increased run Friday, while Poole's final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against Boston.

Fred VanVleet

Won’t play Friday VanVleet will sit out the second night of a back-to-back set after scoring a season-high 42 points during a loss to Utah on Thursday. The veteran will have only one more chance to suit up this season -- Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

John Collins

Remains out Friday Collins hasn't played since dropping a 30-point, 11-rebound double-double against the Rockets on March 29. He has only one more chance to suit up this season -- Sunday versus Golden State.

Walker Kessler

Won’t play Friday Kessler continues to deal with a nasal fracture and will be unavailable for a fifth consecutive matchup. His final chance to return during the regular season will be Sunday against Golden State.

Kris Dunn

Remains sidelined Dunn will miss his fourth straight contest Friday while dealing with left foot inflammation. His last chance to suit up this season is Sunday's matchup with Golden State.

Jordan Clarkson

Out again Friday Clarkson hasn't played since March 25 due to joint inflammation in his back. He has only one more chance to suit up this season -- Sunday against Golden State -- but with the Jazz out of playoff contention, the veteran point guard isn't expected to suit up for that game.

Collin Sexton

Considered doubtful for Friday Sexton has missed the last two games due to his illness, and although it's somewhat encouraging to see him listed as doubtful rather than being immediately ruled out, it seems likely that he'll be sidelined once again Friday. Assuming he sits against the Clippers, his final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against the Warriors.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Set to return against Atlanta Towns will return to action Friday after missing Minnesota's last 18 games with a left knee injury. While the star big man should reclaim his starting spot from Naz Reid, it wouldn't be surprising for Towns to operate on a minutes restriction against Atlanta.

Justin Minaya

Iffy against Houston Minaya presumably injured his finger during Thursday's matchup with Golden State. If Minaya is ruled out against Houston, Dalana Banton (ankle), Rayan Rupert and Kris Murray are candidates to receive increased playing time.

AJ Green

Ruled out for regular season Green suffered a left ankle sprain Wednesday against Orlando, and he underwent an MRI on Thursday that confirmed his diagnosis. The 24-year-old will miss the remainder of the regular season, but he'll receive daily treatment and evaluation as the Bucks prepare for the postseason.

Dalano Banton

Iffy for Friday Banton was sidelined for Thursday's loss to the Warriors and may miss the second half of Portland's back-to-back. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Trail Blazers to end the 2023-24 season, as he's averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 31.6 minutes over 22 appearances since the beginning of March.

Matisse Thybulle

Out again Friday Thybulle hasn't played since March 29 due to a right ankle impingement. He has just one more chance to suit up this season -- Sunday in Sacramento.

Malcolm Brogdon

Remains out Brogdon's absence streak will extend to 32 games Friday while dealing with right elbow tendinitis. The veteran guard's final chance to suit up this season is Sunday's matchup with Sacramento.

Anfernee Simons

Will remain sidelined Friday Simons continues to deal with left knee tendinitis and will be unavailable for a 10th consecutive game. It seems unlikely that he'll return for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Kings.

Jerami Grant

Won’t play Friday Grant continues to deal with a right hamstring strain and will be unavailable for an 18th consecutive matchup. It seems unlikely that he'll return for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Kings.

Jordan Ford

Omitted from injury report Ford appears to have moved past a hip injury he suffered toward the end of the G League campaign. However, the two-way guard isn't guaranteed to see playing time at the NBA level.

JaVale McGee

Not listed on injury report McGee was sidelined for Thursday's loss to the Pelicans due to an illness but will suit up for the second half of Sacramento's back-to-back set. However, the veteran center isn't guaranteed playing time and hasn't played double-digit minutes since Jan. 29.

Naji Marshall

Won’t play against Golden State After logging just four minutes Thursday, Marshall has been ruled out for the second leg of New Orleans' back-to-back Friday due to a left shoulder contusion. His next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with the Lakers.

Dario Saric

Still dealing with knee pain Saric made his first appearance since March 20 on Thursday, playing six minutes during a win over Portland. He'll likely be available for the second half of Golden State's back-to-back set, but Saric isn't guaranteed playing time.

Larry Nance

Remains out Friday Nance will miss his second straight game Friday due to personal reasons. Jonas Valanciunas, Cody Zeller and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will likely continue to receive increased playing time in his absence. Nance's next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with the Lakers.

Gary Payton

Unlikely to play Friday Payton continues to deal with left calf tightness and will likely be forced to miss a second consecutive game Friday. Assuming he's sidelined, his final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against the Jazz.

Jonathan Kuminga

Iffy for Friday Kuminga has appeared in the last three matchups, and he drew a start during Thursday's win over the Trail Blazers. However, it's unclear whether he'll be available for the second half of the back-to-back set. If he's sidelined Friday, Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric and Trayce Jackson-Davis could see increased run.

Brandon Ingram

Another absence coming Ingram will miss his 12th straight game Friday while dealing with a left knee contusion. His last chance to suit up before the end of the regular season is Sunday's matchup with the Lakers.

Draymond Green

Likely to play Friday Green missed Thursday's game against Portland but should return following a minimal absence. He's posted double-doubles in two of his last six appearances, averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.5 steals in 29.8 minutes per game.

Klay Thompson

Probable for Friday’s matchup Thompson missed Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers due to a knee injury, but he'll likely return for the second half of the back-to-back set. Over his last six appearances, he's averaged 21.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game.

Neemias Queta

Recalled by Boston Queta signed a standard contract with the Celtics on Monday and will join the parent club for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. Over 26 appearances with Boston this year, he's averaged 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game.

Jordan Walsh

Returns to NBA Walsh is unlikely to receive significant playing time for the Celtics while in the NBA. However, the rookie forward should return to the G League ahead of Maine's matchup with the Blue on Monday.

Josh Giddey

Late addition to injury report Giddey is in danger of missing his first game since Dec. 23 on Friday due to a right hip contusion. If the 21-year-old guard is ruled out, Cason Wallace, Isaiah Joe and Aaron Wiggins are candidates to receive increased playing time.

Jalen Duren

Dealing with back spasms Duren has been plagued by back spasms throughout the campaign, most recently missing three straight games at the end of March due to the issue. If Duren is downgraded to out, James Wiseman would likely start at center.

Nikola Vucevic

Unlikely to play against Washington The Bulls have already locked in their seed for the Play-In Tournament and are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set Friday, so it isn't very surprising to see the team downgrade Vucevic from questionable to doubtful. Andre Drummond (ankle) has also been ruled out, so Adama Sanogo, Torrey Craig, Javonte Green and Dalen Terry are candidates to see increased run if Vucevic is officially sidelined.

Kenneth Lofton

Fills stat sheet Thursday Lofton posted several season-high marks in Thursday's win, and the uptick in minutes is related to the fact the Jazz have nothing to play for down the stretch. Don't be surprised if Lofton hovers around the 20-minute mark in the final two games of the season as well, against the Clippers and Warriors on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Simone Fontecchio

Remains out Friday Fontecchio hasn't played since March 17 due to a right great toe contusion. His final chance to suit up this season will come Sunday in San Antonio.

DeMar DeRozan

Downgraded to doubtful DeRozan was initially deemed questionable for Friday's matchup, and the Bulls' decision to downgrade him to doubtful isn't particularly surprising since they've already secured their seed in the Play-In Tournament, and Friday's game is the second half of a back-to-back set. DeRozan's final chance to suit up during the regular season will be Sunday against the Knicks, while Torrey Craig, Javonte Green and Dalen Terry could see an uptick in playing time Friday.