Is Deni Avdija playing tonight? Trail Blazers at Wizards injury update for April 5

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After splitting back-to-back games this week against the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, the Washington Wizards have one final game during this homestand. On Friday, the Wizards will welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to the Capital One Arena for what serves as the team's second-to-last home game of the season.

Deni Avdija's injury status for Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards on April 5

During the second quarter of Wednesday's 125-120 loss to the Lakers, LeBron James drove to the basket in transition. On the drive, James did his patented spin move and caught Deni Avdija in the head/neck area with his left elbow.

The blow sent Avdija to the floor, where he was briefly tended to before returning to play and finishing out the first half. Deni would not return after the game's intermission however, ruled out by the Wizards medical staff with a migraine.

After initially being listed as questionable on the Wizards' injury report for Friday, Wizards reporter Josh Robbins of the Athletic revealed the team had upgraded Avdija to available and removed his name from the injury report around mid-day Friday.

Injury report for Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards for April 5

As the season winds down, the Wizards will continue to be overly cautious with any injury concerns. With the team's latest injury update, Washington has listed six players as out against the Trail Blazers, including Kyle Kuzma. Despite missing Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Kuzma started against Los Angeles on Wednesday, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Wizards center Richaun Holmes is on the injury report as questionable for Friday night's contest as he continues to deal with a toe injury. Holmes last took the floor for the Wizards in the team's matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on March 27th.

Much like the Wizards, the Trail Blazers enter Friday's matchup with a lengthy injury report, missing several key players. Portland has ruled out four players, including Anfernee Simons and Shaedon Sharpe. The team will monitor Jerami Grant's status ahead of the game but has listed their starting forward as doubtful due to a hamstring injury.

Washington Wizards' upcoming schedule

With the season coming to a close, Washington has just four games remaining on their schedule following Friday's clash with Portland. The schedule includes three games on the road, capped off by a trip up north to face the Boston Celtics in the regular season finale.

Sunday, April 7 at Toronto Raptors at 6:00 PM ET

Tuesday, April 9 at Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:00 PM ET

Friday, April 12 vs. Chicago Bulls at 7:00 PM ET

Sunday, April 14 at Boston Celtics at 1:00 PM ET

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