Tuesday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Celtics and Bulls Injuries
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- The NBA Injury Report details the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- We'll break down the impact of various injuries the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics are dealing with on Tuesday.
Tuesday night’s NBA slate features 10 games with injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the following two:
- Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers: 7 p.m. ET
- Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors: 7:30 p.m. ET
Celtics PG Kyrie Irving (Rest) Is Out, C Al Horford (Knee) Is Probable, SF Jayson Tatum (Back) Is Probable
Injury background: Irving will rest despite Tuesday’s game not being part of a back-to-back. He was been held out of the prior two games against the Cavs this season, too.
Horford and Tatum both participated in shootaround on Tuesday after missing the previous game, and coach Brad Stevens said they are “questionable-to-probable” to suit up.
Tonight’s impact: Terry Rozier is expected to replace Irving in the starting lineup and has averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 11 starts this season.
Even with an increased role, Rozier isn’t necessarily a cash game lock as both DraftKings and FanDuel aggressively raised his salary ahead of time. However, his individual matchup is exceptional as opposing point guard Collin Sexton ranks 100 out of 101 point guards in Defensive Real Plus-Minus this season.
In the last two matchups against the Cavs without Irving, Gordon Hayward has averaged 31.6 DK points. In addition to Irving being absent, Horford missed one game and Marcus Morris missed the other. In 11 total games played without Irving this season, Hayward has benefitted from a team-high +3.7% usage rate increase, per our NBA On/Off tool.
Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Tatum have also seen an uptick in usage rate with Irving off the court, while Horford has led the team with 36.5 DK points per game.
The Celtics have dropped four games in a row and are favored by only 5.5 points against the second-worst team in the league as of writing (see live odds here). While the game total is disappointing at 216.5 points, value can still be found with Irving’s 29.5% usage rate spread out to teammates.