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Nikola Jokic & Brandon Ingram: KEY NBA DFS Injuries, Breaking NBA News for DraftKings & FanDuel Tonight | 11/10/2021

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This slate is a monster, and Nikola Jokic will miss tonight even though he is not on the NBA Injury Report. With this article, the work of the other staff members and the amazing NBA DFS projections, those scenarios can be handled much more easily. That allows for pivoting at the drop of a hat, and the NBA Starting Lineup page is an extremely important tool as well. There are 13 games for NBA DFS, and it is the largest slate of the season.

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Teams Playing the Second of a Back-to-Back

Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers

Wizards – Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans – Out

Thomas Bryant – IR

The Wizards continue to enjoy the same health they have through most of this season. Bradley Beal is eighth in points per possession in isolation plays this season and the Cavaliers have allowed the third-most field goal attempts in that play type. Beal is still roughly 5% under his career true shooting rate this season so a big game is lurking somewhere.

Cavaliers – Collin Sexton, Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen – Out

Isaac Okoro – Questionable

This is one of the more important situations of the evening and Ricky Rubio certainly seems underpriced on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He only has a 66-minute sample size with the three players off the court but the 1.52 fantasy points per minute and 27% usage rate are more than appealing. It should not be expected he shoots as well as he did in the last game, scoring over 60 DraftKings points but even still, the salary is very affordable.

Washington is also 18th in points allowed and the paint and 22nd in rebounds, making Jarrett Allen a strong option. He leads the league in touches in the paint and is fourth in points scored, along with sitting seventh in rebounding chances per game. Okoro is expected back since he practiced yesterday, and it will need to be monitored if he will face a minutes limit. He has missed the past seven games with a hamstring injury. He only has 0.69 fantasy points per minute so far with Sexton off the floor.

Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic

Nets – Kyrie Irving, Nicolas Claxton – Out

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Kevin Durant leads the league in scoring and is seventh in usage rate, fully justifying his price against a Magic team that is in the bottom five in defensive rating this season.

Magic – Markelle Fultz, Michael Carter-Williams – Out

This has been the state of the Magic all year on the NBA Injury Report and the Nets are going to have their hands full with the Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba duo. Both players have more than 5.5 paint touches per game and both players have at least 17 rebounding chances per game. Brooklyn is in the bottom 10 in both points and rebounds allowed in the paint, a poor mix against this frontcourt. Carter Jr. is he slightly more appealing player on paper with a 19.9% usage rate and 1.15 fantasy points per minute, both higher than Bamba.

Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics

Raptors – Khem Birch – Doubtful

The Raptors squad is a little tougher to figure right now just because they are working in Pascal Siakam after he missed the majority of the season. He only has one game under his belt, and he played just 25 minutes with 0.86 fantasy points per minute. He has a full salary on DraftKings at $8,300, so it is a difficult sell since he will likely be capped somewhere around 28 minutes.

Celtics – Jaylen Brown – Out

Jayson Tatum is the main cog in the Boston offense when Brown is out with a 34.3% usage rate and 1.24 fantasy points per minute. He also has the second-most field goal attempts in isolation while continuing to struggle with a 33.9% field goal percentage. The Raptors allow the seventh-most points per game in that play type so perhaps Tatum can snap out of his funk shooting-wise.

Dennis Schroder will continue to start while Brown is out and he and Al Horford are both over a 24% usage rate while Horford is at 1.27 fantasy points per minute compared to 0.88 for Schroeder. It is not helping Schroeder’s cause that he has a 47.7% true shooting rate in this sample.

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Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets

Pistons – Killian Hayes – Probable

It is a light NBA Injury Report for the Pistons and Cade Cunningham had the best shooting game of his young career in the last contest and has carried a usage rate of nearly 29% in his four games. The Rockets lead the league in pace and are 21st in defensive rating so Cunningham is still an appealing option given his talent level and game environment.

Rockets – Kevin Porter Jr. – Questionable

If Porter Jr. winds up missing this one, Christian Wood could have a massive game because he sees a big jump in usage by 6.2% and fantasy points per minute by 0.36. That would bring him over 1.50 fantasy points per minute and would look like a much stronger option for his $9,200 DraftKings salary. D.J. Augustin and Armoni Brooks would both be candidates to enter the starting lineup but are also both under 0.80 fantasy points per minute. On a large slate like this, that may not be the most appealing option even at the salary. Eric Gordon also sees a usage increase over 5% but Houston is talking about playing younger players in the media, so that does not bode well.

Milwaukee Bucks a New York Knicks

Bucks – Not Yet Submitted

Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo were all out last night and it would appear that Lopez would be the only player with a chance of playing tonight. Bobby Portis continues to stand out as a strong point per dollar play since neither site has reacted to him being a starter yet. He has exceeded 30 minutes played and 40 DraftKings points in consecutive games and still sits under $6,000 on that site. His 1.15 fantasy points per minute are enough for that salary, let alone his 39.8% true shooting rate dragging him down. The Knicks allow the third-highest 3-point frequency at 45% given up so Grayson Allen (one of five players to make at least two 3-point shots in every game so far) is another option since he is shooting 40% and playing about 30 minutes per game.

Knicks – Mitchell Robinson, Nerlens Noel – Questionable

The NBA Injury Report for the Knicks could provide a punt option. Robinson missed this past game and Noel exited early, clearing the path for Taj Gibson to log 31 minutes on the floor. It may not sound super fun to play someone with 0.79 fantasy points per minute, but Gibson is also the minimum salary on DraftKings. If those two do miss, Julius Randle sees an increase in usage to 31.8%, and his fantasy points per minute go up to 1.66. It is only a 104-minute sample size on the season but is still notable. The DraftKings salary is a little high, but the FanDuel salary looks more appealing.

Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls

Mavericks – Maxi Kleber – Out

Kleber remains out and it opens up Dwight Powell to play 22 to 24 minutes per night with 0.74 fantasy points per minute. Chicago is 25th in points in the paint allowed so far and Luka Doncic is seventh in points scored from driving to the basket. He does only have 1.34 fantasy points per minute so far, which is significantly less than he has displayed in the past two seasons.

Bulls – Coby White, Patrick Williams – Out

The Bulls have been a relatively quiet team on the NBA Injury Report. One player who has more points from drives is DeMar DeRozan and Dallas is 24th in points allowed in the paint. DeRozan backs that metric up with a usage rate over 30% and Dallas is 17th in defensive rating.

Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies

Hornets – P.J. Washington – Out

This game has the highest posted total on the board tonight and has multiple fantasy angles. LaMelo Ball seems expensive but carries a 27.5% usage and 1.43 fantasy points per minute to go with a 34.1% assist rate. Ball is attempting the 10th most field goals as the pick and roll ball handler and the Grizzles are in the bottom 10 in points per possession against the ball handler. With Washington out, Cody Martin has been viewed as an option but he is not playing more minutes and has 0.78 fantasy points per minute.

Grizzlies – Dillon Brooks – Questionable

This is the first time Brooks has been questionable so it stands to reason he might play tonight. The most likely scenario is he cuts into the minutes for De’Anthony Melton more than any other Memphis player, as it would be a mild surprise to see him start right away. Ja Morant is second in points scored from drives and the Hornets are 29th in points allowed in the paint. He has taken a leap and has a usage rate over 33% and 1.30 fantasy points per minute. These two teams are 30th and 28th in defensive rating so it is not difficult to see where the shootout appeal comes from.

Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans

Thunder – None

Pelicans – Herbert Jones, Brandon Ingram – Questionable

Zion Williamson – IR

Ingram is still very much up in the air but Jonas Valanciunas is appealing no matter what. He is fifth in frontcourt touches in the league and the Thunder are dead last in rebounds allowed in the paint and 21st in points. Valanciunas has 1.21 fantasy points per minute and a 25.2% usage rate, both leading the team. Additionally, Valanciunas is second in points scored on put-backs and Oklahoma City is 23rd in points per possession allowed. Josh Hart could remain in the starting lineup if both Pelicans are out again and he has just a 17.2% usage rate in that scenario. With options like Portis and others right in that salary range, it is difficult to chase that.

Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs

Kings – Tyrese Haliburton, Terrance Davis – Questionable

If Haliburton cannot make it back, Buddy Hield should start once again but his ceiling depends entirely on his shot. It is notable that he trails only Stephen Curry in attempts from 3-point distance, and he is shooting over 40% from a 3-point distance but even with the start, his minutes did not really shift. Hield only played two more minutes than his average and has 1.12 fantasy points per minute on the season.

Spurs – Jakob Poeltl – Out

The duo of Drew Eubanks and Thaddeus Young continue to fill in for Poeltl who remains out due to health and safety protocols. Young is $1,200 more on DraftKings and that brings up an interesting choice. Eubanks has had the higher points per minute at 1.16 compared to 1.11 and even though Young has been playing four to six more minutes, the salary is a factor here. It has been a little surprising to see Sacramento ranked first in points allowed in the paint, but they are still bottom five in rebounds allowed in the paint.

Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets

Pacers – Malcolm Brogdon – Questionable

T.J. Warren – IR

Brogdon is expected to play but the biggest story of this game is the duo of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have a much easier path to production given the state of the Nuggets. Sabonis is fourth in paint touches, and he is 0.1 behind the lead in points scored in the paint. If for some reason something changes for Brogdon, T.J. McConnell has shown that he slides into the starting role with 0.94 fantasy points per minute.

Nuggets – Nikola Jokic – Suspended

Jamal Murray – IR

Michael Porter Jr. – Out

Monte Morris – Probable

One of the most important teams on the NBA Injury Report is Denver. The Nuggets are down to Will Barton as their primary offensive option and in the 50 minutes he has played without Porter Jr. and Jokic, he has been up to the task with a 26.9% usage rate and 1.34 fantasy points per minute. Aaron Gordon is also going to be appealing simply because there is so much opened up but the sample size for him this year is under 10 minutes. Even dating back to last season is not helpful with just an 18-minute sample and it is expected that JaMychal Green could enter the starting lineup.

Jeff Green started for Porter Jr. last game so that should round out the starting five along with Monte Morris. It will be interesting to see the gap in popularity between Barton and Morris. The salary on DraftKings is almost $2,000 less for Morris and he is likely the second option. In the sample since last year, Morris, JaMychal Green, and Gordon all have at least 0.82 fantasy points per minute. Given the quality of players Denver is missing, playing two or three in a lineup is not totally crazy even for the size of the slate.

Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns

Trail Blazers – Not Yet Submitted

The Trail Blazers played last night and do not have the official version of the NBA Injury Report. They did not have any injury designations last night.

Suns – Deandre Ayton – Out

Landry Shamet – Doubtful

With Ayton already rule out, JaVale McGee and Frank Kaminsky are in play but McGee did see more minutes last game. That was interesting to note because it conveys that McGee is still the second-string center and was just the victim of bad luck with fouls and an injury scare in the previous game. He has 1.10 fantasy points per minute which is 0.02 higher than Kaminsky and the $800 savings on DraftKings could make the lineup work. Shamet missing this game could push a few more minutes to Cam Johnson but he has 0.66 fantasy points per minute and is not the most appealing option.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors

Timberwolves – None

Warriors – Klay Thompson, James Wiseman

As of right now, this is the cleanest game from the aspect of the NBA Injury Report and hopefully, it stays that way.


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Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers

Heat – Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, P.J. Tucker – Questionable

Markieff Morris – Out

Victor Oladipo – IR

One of the late-night games could turn out to be a real mess. Adebayo and Herro would be major losses for this Heat team and would push Dewayne Dedmon to the forefront. He would replace Adebayo and has 1.04 fantasy points per minute. In addition, Jimmy Butler has 1.60 fantasy points per minute when Adebayo is off the floor and his usage jumps up 3% while Kyle Lowry jumps up 1.5%. Since Herro is coming off the bench, the samples are a little more stagnant when he is missing. If they are both out, Butler, Lowry, and Dedmon would look much more appealing against a Lakers team that is top five in pace and just 15th in defensive rating.

Lakers – LeBron James, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza – Out

Anthony Davis – Probable

Rajon Rondo, Austin Reaves – Questionable

If Rondo and Reaves sit this game out, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Malik Monk, and Avery Bradley would mostly round out the rotation aside from the big man combo of DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard. That’s well and good but none of those four players have fantasy points per minute over 0.69. The late reason for that is the trio of Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony are doing all of the heavy lifting in the offense. Davis and Westbrook continue to have a usage over 32% and fantasy points per minute of at least 1.39 with Davis sitting over 1.50. Anthony has provided a massive boost off the bench and is shooting over 50% from a 3-point distance this year with 0.96 fantasy points per minute.


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