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The MLK holiday is offering a wide array of contest blocks, but we will tackle the seven-game FanDuel main slate, which has a first tip-off at 2:30 p.m. EST.
For all the latest updates, visit RotoWire’s NBA Injury News page and our comprehensive NBA Injury Report. Below are some of the most recent and relevant injuries on today’s slate. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list. Use your best judgment for long-term and ongoing injury scenarios, especially the continued absences for the Suns.
It’s difficult to replace Haliburton, but Chris Duarte ($4,200) and T.J. McConnell ($3,900) seem to be the biggest beneficiaries so far. Isaiah Jackson ($4,800) would most benefit from a Turner absence.
TOR Fred VanVleet (back) – QUESTIONABLE
MIA Kyle Lowry (knee) – OUT
Gabe Vincent ($6,000) will start in Lowry’s place.
UTA Lauri Markkanen (hip) – QUESTIONABLE
Rather than endorse a direct positional pivot, Jarred Vanderbilt ($5,500) makes a lot more sense, especially considering Kelly Olynyk‘s ongoing absence. I have no problem going with Markkanen if he plays.
MEM Ja Morant (hip) – QUESTIONABLE
At the top of the player pool, Stephen Curry ($9,200) holds the most interest for me, especially with Klay Thompson still sidelined. There’s an argument for Curry to hold a much higher salary, and I’m compelled to take him at well under the $10k number. A potential Bucks blowout makes me a bit gun-shy about Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,300), but I’ll still consider him against the Pacers. No one else at $8k and above catches my attention.
EXPECTED CHALK AND OTHER TARGETS
Deandre Ayton, PHO ($7,700) @ MEM
With most of Phoenix’s firepower absent, the Suns need a big evening from Ayton. He’s still getting his sea legs back after a two-game absence, but he had a nice double-double against the Grizzlies just after Christmas and sets up well against them tonight. Although I am not a big fan of the salary, I also have to keep plugging Mikal Bridges ($6,800) in this spot as well. On paper, he seems like a lock to pop, but there’s some risk that he won’t be worth his salary.
Buddy Hield, IND ($6,800) @ MIL
I didn’t set up Hield as the primary pivot for Haliburton because of his tepid outing against the Hawks, but he managed a season-high 31 points two days ago against the Knicks, and he did so without Haliburton. I think Bennedict Mathurin ($5,600) is another guy worth mentioning, although I don’t think his usage will come close to Hield’s.
D’Angelo Russell, MIN ($6,500) vs. UTA
Russell didn’t look good Saturday, but I expect him to bounce back at home against the Jazz. He put up 30 points against Utah back in December, and he’ll also get a usage spike if Anthony Edwards can’t make it. His poor performance against Cleveland resulted in a noticeable salary dip, and we should take advantage.
Victor Oladipo, MIA ($6,000) @ ATL
Although Tyler Herro is back and Oladipo’s salary continues to rise, Kyle Lowry‘s absence should continue to give the veteran added opportunity, and his production has saved the Heat over the past couple weeks. If Trae Young (quad) can’t make it, Oladipo should see plenty of open looks in the backcourt.
I know that I often tell you to look back to the Injuries report for value, but I have truly mentioned the best options in that section. The Haliburton pivots are at the top of my list, but you can also find excellent value from Memphis if Morant sits. If Markkanen is out, a lot of additional options open up for Utah as well. I will list a few extra options that fell through the cracks below.
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