Monday NBA DFS: Injuries and Implications (2/26)

Indiana Pacers v Minnesota Timberwolves

Nemanja Bjelica is ready to step up after Jimmy Butler’s knee injury. (photo via

Tomorrow’s NBA main slate on FanDuel features ten games. In this look ahead for tomorrow’s NBA DFS slate, we will cover the key injuries, rotation news, and the impact these situations will have on each game. In addition to this, we will provide Vegas totals and point spreads when they’re available. Be sure to check out for any injury news that comes out between now and tomorrow night’s slate. 

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Los Angeles Lakers @ Atlanta (LAL -2.0, 223.5 total)

Los Angeles Lakers (112.5 total):

Lonzo Ball sat out the second half of a back-to-back set on Saturday but he’ll be back in the lineup for Monday night’s matchup. In Ball’s first game back from injury, he played 17.5 minutes off the bench and put up 24.4 FD points. We can probably expect a similar allotment of minutes as Ball continues to work his way back up to speed. For now, Brandon Ingram will continue to get some run at point guard and Isaiah Thomas will have a 25-28 minute role off the Lakers’ bench.

Atlanta (110.2 total):

The Hawks are nearing a buy-out of Ersan Ilysasova’s contract and he sat out of Friday night’s game. John Collins stepped into the starting lineup and played 30 minutes. While he didn’t produce the huge fantasy stat line we might have expected (25.8 FD points in 30 minutes), Collins was solid in his shift into the starting lineup and has a beatable matchup against the Lakers, who are ranked 24th in FD points allowed to power forwards. Here is the Hawks’ fantasy production per minute with Ilyasova off the floor:

hawks iq

Memphis @ Boston (BOS -11.5, 201.5 total)

Memphis (95.0 total):

Tyreke Evans sat out on Saturday night with a rib injury and had an MRI today. For now, he should be considered very questionable for Monday night’s game. While Marc Gasol rested on Saturday, he should return for this matchup. Wayne Selden and Chandler Parsons also remain day to day.

If we take Evans, Parsons, and Selden off the floor, Gasol and Andrew Harrison appear to be the biggest beneficiaries. Gasol has a 33.6% usage rate, which is 5.0% higher than his season average. Harrison has a 27.2% usage rate and averages 0.99 FD points per minute, which represents a 6.0% boost and 0.19 bump in FD points. Here is the full usage breakdown:

grizzlies iq

Boston (106.5 total):

With Aaron Baynes sitting out of Saturday’s matchup, Daniel Theis entered the starting lineup and put up 17.9 FD points in 18 minutes. He was a disappointing streamer on Saturday night and his ownership should be way down on Monday because of that. If he is announced as a starter again on Monday, he would be an interesting tournament flyer.

Chicago @ Brooklyn (BKN -3.0, 217.5 total)

Chicago (107.2 total):

For the past two games, Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday have been healthy scratches so we can probably expect more of the same on Monday night. David Nwaba has put together two solid performances as the starting small forward in Holiday’s absence and Cristiano Felicio had a strong bounce back game against the Timberwolves on Saturday night, producing 23.1 FD points across 30.7 minutes. One other secondary player to watch is Denzel Valentine, who has averaged 26 minutes off the bench over the past two games. Here is how the Bulls’ usage looked last week with their current rotation:

bulls iq

Brooklyn (110.3 total):

Both Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are expected to return for the Nets on Monday night. They are both likely to be relegated to some sort of minutes restriction, so for now they are not viable fantasy options. With their returns, players like Allen Crabbe, Quincy Acy, and Dante Cunningham will all take a hit in fantasy production.

Golden State @ New York (GSW -12.0, 230.0 total)

Golden State (121.2 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor here, but it wouldn’t be surprising for one of the Warriors’ star players to end up resting. Keep an eye on tomorrow’s news.

New York (108.8 total):

There are no key injuries to monitor for the Knicks, so here is the fantasy production of their three young point guards since the All-Star break (two games):


Detroit @ Toronto (TOR -11.0 218.0 total)

Detroit (103.5 total):

The Pistons are playing on the second half of a back-to-back, but they should be relatively unaffected here. There are no impactful injuries to monitor.

Toronto (114.5 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Phoenix @ New Orleans (NOP -7.0, 232.5 total)

Phoenix (112.7 total):

Tyson Chandler has sat out the past few games due to neck spasms. He should be unlikely to play again tonight and Alex Len should continue to benefit in his absence. In 111.4 minutes without Tyson Chandler on the floor over the past two weeks, Len has put up 1.18 FD points per minute.

New Orleans (119.8 total):

The Pelicans are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set, but there are currently no impactful injuries to monitor.

Orlando @ Oklahoma City (OKC -10.0, 220.5 total)

Orlando (105.3 total):

Aaron Gordon and Nicola Vucevic were each ramped up to 30 minutes of action in Saturday night’s game and both played well, posting 40.9 FD points and 39.3 FD points respectively. They should both see 30+ minutes in Monday night’s matchup in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City (115.2 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor, as Zaza Pachulia’s assassination attempt on Russell Westbrook was unsuccessful.

Indiana @ Dallas (IND -2.5, 210.0 total)

Indiana (106.2 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Dallas (103.8 total):

Nerlens Noel is getting close to a return, but other than that there are no impactful injuries to monitor.

Houston @ Utah (HOU -2.0, 211.0 total)

Houston (106.5 total):

Eric Gordon missed another game with an illness on Sunday night, so for now he should be considered questionable for Monday.

Utah (104.5 total):

Ricky Rubio returned to the Jazz lineup on Saturday night and played right around his full allotment of minutes at 29.5. Rubio’s return hurts the value of Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale.

Minnesota @ Sacramento (MIN -5.5, 215.5 total)

Minnesota (110.5 total):

Jimmy Butler suffered a meniscus tear on Friday night and he should be out for the remainder of the regular season. Nemanja Bjelica made four starts for Butler in mid-January and averaged 26.8 FD points across 33.4 minutes per game. In Saturday’s game, Bjelica put up 21.4 FD points. His play-ability will be centered around his price point the rest of the way. It’s also important to note the boost that Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns will get on the offensive end. Here is how the Wolves’ usage shakes out with Butler off the floor over the past four weeks:

wolves iq

Sacramento (105.0 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor.

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