NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard Injuries
Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard
- The NBA Injury Report is a daily piece that runs through the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- There are two key teams with injuries to analyze on Friday night: the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.
- Below I'll detail the impact of the injuries to Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Jonas Valanciunas and more.
There are nine games tonight with a lot of injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze two key situations in this piece: the Indiana Pacers at Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors at Portland Trail Blazers.
Sixers SG Jimmy Butler (groin), PF Mike Muscala (illness) are questionable.
Injury background: Butler missed Wednesday’s game after suffering a strained groin on Monday, and he’s officially questionable for Friday. Muscala is dealing with an upper respiratory infection and is also questionable after missing one game.
Update at 6 p.m. ET: Jimmy Butler has been ruled out; Muscala will play. Furkan Korkmaz will start in Butler’s place. Read more here.
Tonight’s impact: Coach Brett Brown inserted Furkan Korkmaz into the starting lineup to replace Butler on Wednesday, and Korkmaz responded with 36.25 DraftKings points in 35 minutes.
He’ll be in line to make his second career start if Butler remains out, and he has averaged a respectable 0.90 DraftKings points per minute this season. His price ($3,900) and multi-positional eligibility on DraftKings remain favorable.
Muscala has averaged a career-high 24.1 minutes per game this season, and his absence allowed Brown to play small against the Nets; backup big man Amir Johnson was held to just eight minutes. The Sixers are receiving reinforcements on Friday, as PF Jonah Bolden has been recalled from the G-League.
As expected, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell received a boost in playing time with a thin rotation, and McConnell provided 24.5 DraftKings points in 29 minutes. He has recorded a +4.09 DraftKings Plus/Minus over his last 10 games and could exceed value again with a possible extended role.
Joel Embiid exploded for 66.75 DraftKings points on Wednesday, while Ben Simmons also exceeded his salary-based expectation with 53.0 fantasy points.
If Butler is unable to suit up, both Embiid and Simmons will continue to see their rates rise. However, neither player cracked 46.0 DraftKings points in the prior matchup, and the Pacers currently rank second in Defensive Rating this season.