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Monday NBA DFS: Injuries and Implications (3/5)

rudy gay

Rudy Gay will dominate the usage in the Spurs’ offense if LaMarcus Aldridge sits out again on Monday night. (photo via San Antonio Express News)

Tomorrow’s NBA main slate on FanDuel features seven games. In this lookahead 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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Detroit @ Cleveland (CLE -7.0, 218.5 total)

Detroit:

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Cleveland:

Tristan Thompson is expected to miss a few games with an ankle injury he sustained on Saturday night. Additionally, Jeff Green will miss another game with a back injury. Both of these injuries won’t shake up the lineup that much, but it is possible that Larry Nance could enter the starting lineup. If anything, the biggest boost goes to the Pistons front line in a spot where they should overpower the Cavs down low. Here is the usage breakdown with Thompson and Green off the floor.

CAVS IQ

Milwaukee @ Indiana (IND -3.0, 208.5 total)

Milwaukee:

The Bucks will be playing on the second half of a back-to-back set, but at the moment there are no impactful injuries to monitor.

Indiana:

Darren Collison is getting very close to a return, although he was ruled out of Sunday’s game. I don’t expect him to play here, but keep an eye on the injury news just in case he suits up.

Phoenix @ Miami (MIA -9.0, 216.5 total)

Phoenix:

Marquese Chriss is currently questionable for Monday’s game with a wrist injury. He is coming off a game where he put up 38.5 FD points in just 18 minutes. If he ends up missing a game, we could possibly see Jared Dudley enter the rotation and Dragan Bender would continue to be locked into a 30+ minute role. It’s important to note that Alex Len, who only played 2.5 minutes off the bench on Sunday, will likely step into the starting lineup on the second half of a back-to-back set. Unfortunately, his price is still a bit elevated.

Miami:

Bam Adebayo missed Saturday’s game for personal reasons and it is unclear if he’ll return to the lineup on Monday. In his absence on Saturday, Kelly Olynyk (31.0 FD points) and James Johnson (28.9 FD points) both had strong performances. In terms of lineup news, Luke Babbit entered the starting lineup and put up 15.9 FD points in 24 minutes. He is sitting at the $3,500 minimum on Fanduel. Just saying.

Boston @ Chicago (BOS -9.0, 216.0 total)

Boston (121.2 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Chicago (108.8 total):

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Memphis @ San Antonio (n/a)

Memphis:

This team is certainly a mess right now. It’s unclear who will play and who will sit on Monday night, but here is the news we have at the moment.

  • Marc Gasol: Questionable (ankle)
  • Mario Chalmers: Out (hamstring)
  • Andrew Harrison: Out (wrist)
  • Deyonta Davis: Questionable ankle)
  • Tyreke Evans: Out (ribs)

Here is the Grizzlies’ CourtIQ based on this news (assuming Gasol and Davis sit):

grizz iq

San Antonio:

LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game. In his absence on Saturday night, Davis Bertans entered the starting lineup and put up 20 FD points in 21 minutes. He is priced at $4,200 tonight. In terms of usage, Rudy Gay has a 27.6% usage rate with LaMarcus Aldridge off the floor, which represents a 3.6% bump. He also averages 1.13 FD points per minute. Here is a look at the Spurs’ usage with Aldridge off the court this season:

spurs iq

Orlando @ Utah (UTA -10.0, 206.5 total)

Orlando:

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Utah:

No impactful injuries to monitor.

Portland @ Los Angeles Lakers (POR -2.0, 223.0 total)

Portland:

Mo Harkless is currently questionable for Monday night’s game. His absence doesn’t lead to any major usage bumps, although Evan Turner entered the starting lineup on Saturday night and put up 25.6 FD points in 33 minutes of action.

Los Angeles Lakers:

Brandon Ingram underwent an MRI for his hip injury on Sunday, so he should tentatively be questionable for Monday night’s game. In his absence on Saturday, Kyle Kuzma started and played 33 minutes in his absence.  Here is how the Lakers’ usage looks over the past week when Ingram is off the floor:

lakers iq

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