Friday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting and DFS Impact of Joel Embiid, Khris Middleton, Devin Booker Injuries
Photo credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Joel Embiid
- Sixers C Joel Embiid (illness) and Suns SG Devin Booker (hamstring) are questionable while Bucks SF Khris Middleton (rest) is out.
- We break down the betting and DFS impact of all three in Friday's NBA Injury Report.
Friday night’s NBA slate features eight games with injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the following three:
- Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Milwaukee Bucks at Dallas Mavericks: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns: 9 p.m. ET
Sixers C Joel Embiid (Illness) Is Questionable
Injury background: Embiid is dealing with gastroenteritis and is officially questionable to play on Friday. He’s played in 10 of his past 11 games, and his lone absence was due to load management.
JJ Redick, who missed the prior game with an illness, is no longer listed on the injury report.
The Sixers were busy heading into Thursday’s trade deadline, and newly-acquired players Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott are all available to make their team debut on Friday.
Jonathon Simmons and James Ennis were acquired on Thursday, and Ennis is expected to make his debut. Simmons has missed four straight games with a strained abdominal and will not be available.
Tonight’s impact: Harris projects to start in his first game with the Sixers, and the team is currently implied to score the third-most points (117.5) on Friday’s eight-game slate.
Ennis will likely log steady minutes off the bench, and coach Brett Brown will look to stagger his stars throughout the game.
With an uncertainty in minutes and various rotational changes, all starters are better geared towards guaranteed prize pool consideration in DFS if Embiid suits up, despite the team’s favorable point total.