Monday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Blake Griffin, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler Injuries
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- The NBA Injury Report details the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- We're focusing on Blake Griffin, Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler on Monday.
Monday night’s NBA slate features nine games with injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the following two:
- Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers: 7 p.m. ET
- Philadelphia 76ers at Dallas Mavericks: 8:30 p.m. ET
Pistons PF Blake Griffin (Knee) Is Out
Injury background: Griffin was an extremely late scratch on Saturday due to a sore left knee, and he’s already been confirmed out for Monday’s game against the Pacers.
Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard are dealing with an illness and weren’t able to participate in shootaround. Both are currently listed as questionable.
Tonight’s impact: The Pistons have gone 1-3 without Griffin this season, and Thon Maker has entered the starting lineup in the past two games Griffin has missed. Glenn Robinson III has entered the rotation to average 19 minutes off the bench but has failed to provide any upside.
Maker has predictably seen the largest increase in playing time as interim starter, but his results also haven’t fared well: In his two starts, Maker has averaged just 0.61 DraftKings points per minute, per the NBA On/Off tool. However, his $3,600 salary on FanDuel is valuable as the lowest score can be dropped and extra cap can be spent on other studs.
If choosing to save at the center position on FD with Maker, then Andre Drummond would be out of the equation. Drummond has a more favorable price on DK, though, where he carries a 93% Bargain Rating. When Griffin has been off the court since the All-Star break, Drummond has averaged a stout 1.56 DK points per minute. Drummond has also averaged a team-high 1.46 DK points per minute in two prior games against the Pacers this season, both of which Griffin also played.