Note: Games not listed here have no significant injuries to report.
Denver @ Milwaukee
The Nuggets played a home game against the Spurs on Tuesday night and prior to that had two days to rest up between games. Outside of Mason Plumlee, they should be at full strength for tonight’s game before heading into the All-Star break.
The Bucks have been without John Henson for the past two games. In his absence, Thon Maker has started both games, averaging 25.5 minutes and 19.1 FanDuel points per game. Tyler Zeller has also entered the picture with 23.4 FanDuel points per game off the bench without Henson. We can probably project both of them to see minutes somewhere in the low to mid-20s. They both make for GPP dart throws but it’s important to keep in mind that the Bucks’ past two games have been against the Magic and Hawks.
It is also noteworthy that in Henson’s absence on Tuesday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds. Here is how the Bucks usage shakes out with Henson off the floor:
Los Angeles at Minnesota
The Lakers are on the second half of a back to back set and Lonzo Ball is fully expected to miss another game heading into the All-Star break. Unfortunately, we only have one game to work off since Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance were traded for Isaiah Thomas. However, I would say that we have a fairly strong idea of how the rotation will shape out in this game without Ball.
Brandon Ingram is going to start at point guard and get a solid 35 minutes, while Isaiah Thomas will play 30 minutes off the bench (unless someone mentions a Celtics tribute video). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart will see minutes in the 30s on the wings, while Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma will both play 30+ minutes at forward. Brook Lopez also has a safer minutes-floor in the mid-to-low 20s.
Take this CourtIQ snapshot for what it’s worth after two games – granted Isaiah Thomas was tossed after five minutes last night for one of the lamest non-fights on a basketball court that has ever been seen.