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DFS NBA Position Coach: March 30
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Jahlil Okafor Headshot

Okafor (knee) will not travel with the Sixers for their upcoming two-game road trip against the Cavaliers and Raptors, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Sixers continue to insist they're not entertaining the idea of shutting Okafor down for the season, but the fact that there will only be five more outings left on the schedule following the team's upcoming two-game road trip could change the minds of the coaching brass. Either way, his next opportunity to see the court will be Tuesday against the Nets, although he'll likely need to show significant improvement over the weekend and log a full practice before being cleared. Richaun Holmes should be in a line for another start and big minutes over the next two contests, with Shawn Long potentially sticking in the rotation as his backup.
4:23 pm (EST)
Robert Covington Headshot

Covington (knee) won't play in Friday's game against the Cavaliers or Sunday's game against the Raptors, Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Covington sat out Wednesday's game against the Hawks after undergoing an MRI on his right knee, and he won't be traveling with the team on the weekend road trip. It remains unclear what the specifics of Covington's injury are. Look for Justin Anderson to get the start at small forward once again in Covington's absence. Covington's next chance to play will be on Tuesday against the Nets.
4:16 pm (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Waiters (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A recent MRI on Waiters' left ankle came back negative, but the Heat aren't ready to clear him, so he'll remain out for a seventh straight game on Friday vs. the Knicks. The fact that he's been ruled out a day in advance may suggest he's in line to miss a few more contests, although his next opportunity to see the court will be Sunday against the Nuggets. Look for Josh Richardson to continue to start in his place, likely affording him a 30-plus minute role yet again.
4:16 pm (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol (foot) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "He feels a little better. It'll be a game-time decision, but right now, I just don't see it", coach David Fidzdale said.

It doesn't sound like the Grizzlies are very optimistic about Gasol's chances of suiting up, but there's always the possibility of a player recovering quicker than expected, so continue to monitor his status up until tip. We should get additional word after Friday's morning shootaround, although if he's ultimately ruled out, Brandan Wright and Zach Randolph would be in line to see an uptick in minutes.
4:03 pm (EST)
Lance Stephenson Headshot

Stephenson passed his physical and officially joined the Pacers on Thursday, Pacers play-by-play man Scott Agness reports.

The Pacers are off Thursday before taking on the Raptors on Friday, but Stephenson will not make his debut until Sunday's game in Cleveland. Stephenson, who is playoff-eligible, could be limited over his first few games with the team, but the Pacers are desperate to right the ship as they chase a postseason spot, so they'll likely give Stephenson an opportunity to assert himself. Still, Stephenson will probably come off the bench, and it's best to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to assessing his late-season fantasy value.
3:55 pm (EST)
Darrell Arthur Headshot

Arthur (knee) is questionable for Friday's tilt with the Hornets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

It's the same knee that forced Arthur to miss four consecutive games earlier in March, so it's certainly concerning that it's back once again. That said, the fact that he's yet to be ruled out is at least encouraging that it isn't as serious and it could just be more precautionary than anything. Look for Arthur's status to be updated after Friday's morning shootaround.
1:47 pm (EST)
Mason Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee has a bruised abdominal and is questionable for Friday's matchup with the Hornets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Plumlee likely suffered the injury during Tuesday's tilt with the Trial Blazers, but the fact that it's listed as a bruise likely means it's nothing too serious. With the Nuggets back to full strength, Plumlee has seen his playing time drop quite a bit and has been stuck with minutes in the upper teens over the last three games, which has hurt his overall value. If healthy, Plumlee will be slated to come off the bench behind Nikola Jokic, but look for another update after Friday's morning shootaround.
1:43 pm (EST)
Will Barton Headshot

Barton is dealing with a sore foot and is questionable for Friday's game against the Hornets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Considering it's being listed as soreness, Barton's injury doesn't sound all too serious and he likely won't be in line for a multi-game absence. That said, he'll continue to receive treatment over the next 24 hours and we should get an updated status following the team's morning shootaround on Friday.
1:38 pm (EST)
Brandon Ingram Headshot

Ingram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves, Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Coach Luke Walton indicated earlier in the week that he didn't expect Ingram to play on Thursday, so the writing was already on the wall for his eventual absence. It will mark a third straight absence for Ingram, who continues to work his way back from right patellar tendinitis. Corey Brewer has been announced a starter in his place yet again and should see extended playing time, while David Nwaba and Larry Nance are also candidates to pick up a few extra minutes.
1:24 pm (EST)
Reggie Bullock Headshot

Bullock (foot) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nets, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

Bullock has missed the last two contests with a sprained right right and despite the added time off, the injury is still giving him enough discomfort to remain on the sidelines. With the Pistons currently playing in the first game of a back-to-back set, they could just be taking a cautious approach with Bullock in order to limit his workload. That said, his status for Friday'st tilt against the Bucks likely won't be updated until he's able to test the injury out during warmups. Look for Stanley Johnson to see a slight uptick in minutes on Thursday.
1:19 pm (EST)
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