NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Dewayne Dedmon, Jeremy Lin Injuries
Photo credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dewayne Dedmon
- The NBA Injury Report is a daily piece that runs through the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- This piece will detail the impact of the injuries to the Atlanta Hawks' Dewayne Dedmon and Jeremy Lin.
There are six NBA games tonight with several injuries to note and questionable players. We’ll analyze one key situation in this piece: the Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks.
Hawks C Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) is doubtful, PG Jeremy Lin (illness) is doubtful.
Injury background: Dedmon is dealing with a sprained left ankle and is in line to miss his second consecutive game on Tuesday. Lin has been downgraded to doubtful due to an illness.
Taurean Prince (illness) and John Collins (ankle) are also both on the injury report but are probable to suit up.
Tonight’s impact: In Sunday’s blowout loss, Omari Spellman replaced Dedmon in the starting lineup for matchup purposes, as the Bucks do not utilize center Brook Lopez around the rim. It’s likely that Alex Len will draw the start against the Thunder, who have a traditional center in Steven Adams.
In 20 previous starts this season, Len has averaged 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He makes for a serviceable option priced below $4,400 on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
While Spellman will likely come off the bench, he remains min-priced ($3,500) on FanDuel and currently leads all power forwards with a +10.48 Projected Plus/Minus.
That said, his lack of minutes upside in the second unit could offset his favorable 0.85 FanDuel points-per-minute average without Dedmon, resulting in a lower ceiling. The safest route for roster construction is to treat him as the dropped score in FanDuel’s new format.
Lin has missed four games this season, and his potential absence will lead to heavy minutes for Trae Young. The Hawks could opt to give more minutes to Tyler Dorsey, as the team remains without secondary ball-handler Kent Bazemore (ankle).
Young has played over 35 minutes four times in his rookie season, averaging a massive 47.4 DraftKings points per game in those. A new career-high in playing time could be in store on Tuesday, but his defensive deficiencies will limit the impact of most of his offensive production.
Prince is expected to remain on a minutes limit, meaning DeAndre Bembry will cycle between guarding Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Bembry will also benefit from more ball-handling opportunities, while fellow wing Kevin Huerter will see solidified playing time in the midst of a scoring barrage.
John Collins and his team-high 34.1 DraftKings points per game rounds out the valuable DFS options for the Hawks. He remains vastly underpriced on DraftKings at just $7,500. With six viable options on the team, carefully selecting the optimal choices against the league’s top-rated defense will likely dictate success on this slate.
For betting, the Hawks’ defensive limitations — especially with Young playing more — open up a nice path for the Thunder to cover the current 8.5-point spread.