Friday NBA DFS: Injuries and Implications (3/9)


With Anthony Davis out of the lineup, this Friday is now being declared a national Holiday. (photo via

Friday’s NBA main slate on FanDuel and DraftKings features ten games. In this preview for tonight’s NBA DFS slate, we will cover notable statistics regarding players, teams, rotations, etc. and how these will effect the strategy that goes into building a NBA DFS team.

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Chicago @ Detroit (DET -8.0, 214.0 total)


We’ll have to keep an eye on the status of Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez here, as the NBA seems to have cracked down on the Bulls for going full-tank mode. The Bulls got the message on Wednesday night and ran Holiday out for 17.5 minutes, which ended up being enough to completely crush the value of David Nwaba and Denzel Valentine. At this point it would be surprising to see Lopez play, while Holiday could be in for a 15-20 minute role when he’s active. Here is how the Bulls produce with Lopez off the court this season:



Stanley Johnson is questionable for Friday night’s game after sitting on Wednesday night. In his absence, Luke Kennard entered the starting lineup and produced 19.7 FD points in 30 minutes of action. He is priced at $3,600 and would be an interesting tournament option if Johnson is ruled out again.

Atlanta @ Indiana (IND -8.0, 210.0 total)


Malcolm Delaney and DeAndre Bembry have both been ruled out of Friday night’s game. While Bembry’s injury doesn’t impact much, it’s important to note that Tyler Dorsey saw 25 minutes of action off the bench in Delaney’s backup point guard role on Tuesday night. While he only put up 12.1 FD points in a difficult matchup against the Raptors, he flashed upside against the Suns prior to that with 24.5 FD points. He is priced at the bare minimum on FanDuel.


No impactful injuries to monitor. Darren Collison remains out as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Houston @ Toronto (HOU -1.5, 220.0 total)


Clint Capela is probable for Friday’s injury after suffering a minor calf injury on Wednesday night. There still isn’t any word on the status of Joe Johnson, while Ryan Anderson has already been ruled out. Additionally, Nene Hilario should be good to go after resting on Wednesday. In summary – no major news here.


O.G. Anunoby has already been ruled out of Friday night’s game against the Rockets. Norman Powell started on Wednesday night and put up 24.8 FD points in 28.5 minutes of action. C.J. Miles also picked up 22 minutes off the bench. Both are potentially interesting low-owned tournament options in a pace up game against the Rockets.

Utah @ Memphis (UTA -9.0, 198.5 total)


No impactful injuries to monitor.


This team is still very much injured. Jarell Martin is questionable, Mario Chalmers and Andrew Harris remain out, while Chandler Parsons will rest on Friday night. If we take these players off the floor in addition to Tyreke Evans, here is how the usage shakes out among the Grizzlies’ healthy players over the past few weeks:

grizz iq

New York @ Milwaukee (MIL -10.0 214.0 total)

New York:

Courtney Lee sat out on Tuesday night for personal reasons and there is still no news about his status for Friday’s game. In his absence, Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina started alongside each other, while Michael Beasley played 25 minutes off the bench. The Knicks are becoming a situation to avoid for the most part.


No impactful injuries to monitor.

Washington @ New Orleans (n/a)


Otto Porter (hip) missed Wednesday’s practice, so he should be considered questionable for Friday. If he is unable to suit up, Kelly Oubre should see a ton of minutes in the starting lineup and could end up becoming a chalky play. In 86.3 minutes without Porter on the floor over the past two weeks, Oubre has a 25.6% usage rate and averages 0.91 FD points per minute. Additionally, Mike Scott would pick up a few extra minutes as well. Here is the Wizards’ fantasy performance in games where Porter hasn’t played this season:


New Orleans:

Anthony Davis (ankle) will not play in Friday night’s game. This is obviously the biggest news of the night. If we take Davis off the floor, Jrue Holiday has a 40.4% usage rate and averages 1.83 FD points per minute – albeit 20.3 minutes of action. But still, 40.4%! Good luck to anyone who fades. Here is the Pelicans’ full usage breakdown over the past two weekscourtesy of CourtIQ (it’s an extremely small sample):

pels iq

Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver (DEN -6.5, 229.5)

Los Angeles Lakers:

Brandon Ingram will remain out of the lineup for the Lakers for the next few days. In his absence, several Lakers have stepped up and played some strong basketball. Here is how the Lakers production has looked over the past week without Ingram:

lakers iq


No impactful injuries to monitor.

Golden State @ Portland (GSW -4.0, 227.5 total)

Andre Iguodala missed Thursday night’s game with a wrist injury and should be considered questionable for Friday. In the front court, Jordan Bell and David West both missed Thursday night’s game and are in the same boat as Iguodala in terms of their status for Friday. We still don’t have the minutes from tonight’s game to use, but I would consider Kevin Looney and Omri Casspir the biggest beneficiaries if all three players end up getting ruled out again on Friday.


Mo Harkless will remain out on Friday night. In his absence, Evan Turner has been starting, while Patrick Connaughton has been playing 20+ minutes off the bench.

Orlando @ Sacramento (n/a)


Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (sprained MCL) will both be out of the Magic lineup on Friday. With two high usage starters sitting out, there should be a ton of extra opportunity to go around for the Magic. Here is how the Magic’s usage looks with them off the floor over the past two weeks:

magic iq


De’Aron Fox left Wednesday’s game with a lower back injury and should be considered questionable for Friday’s game. If Fox is unable to go, Frank Mason will be a strong play as the Kings’ starting point guard. Additionally, Willie Cauley-Stein has been out of the lineup with a back injury so he’ll probably sit out again as well.

Cleveland @ Los Angeles Clippers (LAC -1.0, 231.0 total)


No recent impactful injuries to monitor, as Tristan Thompson will continue to sit out with an ankle injury.

Los Angeles Clippers:

The Clippers have been starting Milos Teodosic alongside Austin Rivers in the backcourt. Also, with Danilo Gallinari’s continued absence, Lou Williams will continue to dominate the team’s usage which makes him a strong option against the Cavaliers tonight.

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