Wednesday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Aaron Gordon, Josh Richardson, Kevin Durant 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 Kevin Durant, Josh Richardson, Aaron Gordon and more.
Wednesday’s NBA slate features six games with several injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze three situations:
- Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards: 7 p.m. ET
- Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets: 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Update at 6 p.m. ET: Gordon and Iwundu are expected to play.
Injuries: Aaron Gordon (ribs) is questionable. Wes Iwundu (toe) is TBD.
Injury background: Gordon didn’t start the second half of Sunday’s loss due to sore ribs. Initial X-rays were negative. He didn’t practice Monday.
Gordon said after Sunday’s game:
“I must have taken an elbow or something and then tweaked it in my low ribs and right side. It’s hard to breathe and it’s hard to decelerate, but I’m good. I’m in a little bit of pain right now and I’ll be sore for a couple of days, but it’s something that I’m going to have to deal with here. I know my team needs me, so I’m going to play through (the injury) and I’ll be all right.’’
Iwundu also missed Monday’s practice, and he’s dealing with a toe ailment.
Tonight’s impact: Gordon has missed four games this season. The Magic went 2-2 without him. Jonathon Simmons, who is no longer on the team, started three of those games and Iwundu started the other. Iwundu started the second half Sunday when Gordon remained in the locker room.
Gordan played only 90 seconds in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss. While it sounds like he wants to push through the pain, he may be limited physically if cleared.
Iwundu could operate as a value play if Gordon is ruled out. However, Iwundu has an injury of his own to navigate. Terrence Ross has normally done well when a starter has been ruled out, but he’s prone to duds.
When Gordon has been off the court since the trade deadline, Iwundu has played the most minutes among the non-starters, and Nikola Vucevic has registered a team-high 1.56 DraftKings points per minute, per the NBA On/Off tool. Jonathan Isaac’s assist rate, usage rate and rebound rate differentials have been positive sans Gordon.
On a team level, Gordon’s off-court minutes since the trade deadline have actually rendered team-highs of a +11.5 Net Rating, 103.42 pace factor and 53.7% rebound rate, according to NBA.com stats.
The Magic have gone 2-5 without Isaiah Briscoe since he became the primary backup point guard. Now that he’s sidelined indefinitely following knee surgery, Jerian Grant has taken charge of the second unit. Unfortunately, he’s a carriage waiting to revert into a pumpkin.
The Wizards have been atrocious defensively, conceding points in the paint and at the rim without any true interior defender. Vucevic has a tremendous matchup, and his offensive responsibility should increase if Gordon is unable to play.
Heat G Josh Richardson (hamstring) is questionable.
Update at 6 p.m. ET: Richardson is expected to play.