NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Gary Harris, Nikola Mirotic Injuries
- The NBA Injury Report is a daily piece that runs through the slate's key injuries and their betting and DFS impact.
- There are two key teams with injuries to analyze on Wednesday night: the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans.
- Below I'll detail the impact of the injuries to Gary Harris and Nikola Mirotic.
There are 10 games tonight with a lot of injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze two key situations in this piece: the Denver Nuggets at the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks at the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nuggets SG Gary Harris (hip) is out.
Injury background: Harris left Monday’s win in the first quarter, and a subsequent MRI confirmed a hip injury. The team has been vague on a timeline and stated that he will continue to be evaluated by the medical staff.
Tonight’s impact: Torrey Craig drew the start in the second half in place of Harris, and him or Malik Beasley will enter the starting lineup on Wednesday according to coach Michael Malone. Craig did so in the prior two games without Harris this season and averaged 28.2 minutes, with the bulk coming in a matchup against Russell Westbrook, during which the team needed his defense.
Beasley and Monte Morris led the team in Net Rating in the latest game without Harris (the Nuggets won by 32 points), and Jamal Murray was the only starter to exceed 24 minutes. Murray has now averaged a team-high 37 minutes per game without Harris and logged 41 minutes on Monday. His minutes floor creates a high ceiling, making him a captivating DFS option on DraftKings at just $6,700.
The Nuggets will get the Magic on the second night of a back-to-back, and the Magic have a deplorable 115.7 Defensive Rating on zero days rest. Nikola Jokic exploded for 66.75 DraftKings points on Monday after failing to exceed his salary-based expectation in six straight games, and he’ll offer tournament upside with a FantasyLabs +11.18 Plus/Minus in his last four games against Orlando.
Pelicans PF Nikola Mirotic (illness) is questionable.
Injury background: Mirotic was an extremely late scratch on Monday due to an illness after not being listed on the injury report all day. Fortunately, he is actually listed questionable on Wednesday and we should receive an update before the early games lock in the DFS industry.
Tonight’s impact: Julius Randle drew the start on Monday and went off for 54.5 DraftKings points in a season-high 39 minutes. While DraftKings predictably increased his salary, FanDuel inexplicably lowered his price tag to $7,000 — the cheapest he’s been since mid-November.
Anthony Davis continued his tear by producing 59.25 DraftKings points on Monday, but the real star was Jrue Holiday, who recorded 71.0 DraftKings points in 42 minutes.
Coach Alvin Gentry deployed an eight-man rotation, and 65 of the team’s 92 field goal attempts came from Randle, Davis and Holiday. All three players will once again make for exceptional options if Mirotic is unable to suit up.
If you need any more convincing on Randle’s upside, he’ll face off against his hometown Mavs; he averaged 44.13 DraftKings points in four games against them last season.
The Nuggets-Magic game may be unappealing with two of the five lowest implied team totals on Wednesday, but the Pelicans carry the fourth-highest projected total (116.5) and get to face a Mavs team that has won nine of its last 11 games.