Friday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Paul George’s Injury
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13)
- 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 injury to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.
Friday’s NBA slate features six games with several injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the only one that matters…
- Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder: 8 p.m. ET
Thunder F Paul George (shoulder) is questionable.
Injury background: George has been dealing with a sore left shoulder for most of March, and the Thunder have finally added him to the injury report. He has missed four games total this season and three games with a sore right shoulder.
Tonight’s impact: Dennis Schroder has started three times in George’s absence, and Markieff Morris started the other game only to be replaced at the start of the third quarter by Schroder.
The Thunder went 2-2 sans George, losing to teams with winning records and defeating teams with losing records.
In the four games George missed, Schroder averaged a team-high and FantasyLabs’ +10.2 DraftKings Plus/Minus in 36.2 minutes per game. Conversely, Russell Westbrook failed to meet salary-based expectations twice and averaged 53.38 DraftKings points per game, per the NBA On/Off tool. That output coincides with his per-36 minute stats minus George: 52.99 DraftKings points.
If George is ruled out, Schroder will become the chalk play in all formats. Westbrook failed to meet salary-based expectations on DraftKings in the first three games against the Nuggets this season, but Steven Adams and Jerami Grant have done so each time.