Friday’s NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Jrue Holiday, Ricky Rubio 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 Jrue Holiday (abdominal), E'Twaun Moore (quad), Jahlil Okafor (ankle), Ricky Rubio (hip), Raul Neto (hamstring) on Wednesday.
Friday night’s NBA slate features nine games with injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze the following two:
- Toronto Raptors at New Orleans Pelicans: 8 p.m. ET
- Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies: 8 p.m. ET
Pelicans SG Jrue Holiday (Abdominal) Is Out, SF E’Twaun Moore (Quad) Is Out, C Jahlil Okafor (Ankle) Is Questionable
Injury background: Holiday was diagnosed with a lower abdominal strain after undergoing an MRI on Thursday and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. Friday’s absence will mark the first game he has missed due to injury since December 2016.
Moore is dealing with a left quad contusion and will also miss at least 7-10 days, while Okafor is questionable due to a sprained right ankle.
Tonight’s impact: There is no word on who will replace Holiday in the starting lineup, but candidates include Frank Jackson, Ian Clark, Darius Miller, and Stanley Johnson.
Anthony Davis remains restricted to around 20 minutes and Holiday and Julius Randle have accounted for more than 40% of the team’s points in the past 10 games. Davis has seen his salary drop to a season-low $6,600 on DraftKings, and he’ll make for an intriguing option as he can still reach value in limited playing time.
Elfrid Payton will likely have to pick up a larger share of the offensive responsibilities, and he has benefitted from a team-high +5.5% usage rate increase with Holiday off the court this season, per the NBA On/Off tool.
With a price tag of just $5,000 on DK, Payton ranks as one of the top overall plays in Friday’s nine-game slate.