Tuesday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Jimmy Butler, Wolves Injuries
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- The NBA Injury Report details the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- In this piece, we'll break down the impact of the injuries to Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and more.
Tuesday night’s NBA slate features seven games with injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the following two:
- Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers: 7 p.m. ET
- Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets: 10:30 p.m. ET
Injury: Jimmy Butler (rest) is out.
Injury background: Butler will be held out of Tuesday’s game vs. the Cavs for rest purposes. Coach Brett Brown elected to go with James Ennis in the final four minutes of Sunday’s win after Butler appeared to be bothered by a foot injury.
Boban Marjanovic is available to play after missing the previous six games due to a right knee bone bruise.
Tonight’s impact: Ennis is expected to replace Butler in the starting lineup for his first start as a member of the Sixers. Since joining the team, he has yet to play 20 minutes and has averaged just 0.72 DraftKings points per minute.
Tuesday will mark the first game without Butler since Tobias Harris was acquired. With Butler off the court in that span, Harris and J.J. Redick have benefited from the largest increase in usage rate, per the NBA On/Off tool.
Joel Embiid (knee) returned from an eight-game absence and didn’t miss a beat with 33 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes on Sunday. His individual matchup could be enhanced if the Cavs remain thin in the frontcourt with Tristan Thompson (foot) and Larry Nance Jr. (rib) dealing with injuries and Kevin Love resting.
After Tuesday’s game, the Sixers are off until Friday, alleviating any concerns about scaling back minutes for key players. However, the 14.5-point spread could limit playing time for the starters.
With Love off the court for the Cavs, the team’s Net Rating drops from 2.0 to -11.3 this season. Traveling on the road in the second leg of a back-to-back also hinders Cleveland’s chances of remaining competitive.
The Sixers have been considerably worse with Butler off the court this season, and taking the over becomes an appealing play, as Philly’s Defensive Rating is nearly four points worse without Butler.