NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook 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 multiple injuries to analyze on Monday night: the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
There are nine games tonight with a lot of injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze two key situations in this piece: the Utah Jazz at the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Sacramento Kings.
Pacers SG Victor Oladipo (knee) is out.
Injury background: Oladipo lasted just five minutes before checking himself out of Saturday’s win due to right knee soreness. He was questionable heading into the game with the same injury before re-aggravating it by crashing into photographers underneath the basket at the start of the game.
Tonight’s impact: Oladipo has played in every game this season after playing in 75 of 82 games last year. The team acquired Tyreke Evans in free agency during the offseason to be the spark in the second unit while Oladipo is on the bench.
Evans ranks second on the team behind Oladipo with a 27.6% usage rate and drew the start in the second half on Saturday; he’s the likeliest candidate to replace Oladipo in the starting lineup. However, Evans was held to just 11 points and zero assists as the Pacers utilized a 12-man rotation on the second leg of a back-to-back with no starters exceeding 30 minutes.
Myles Turner has led the team with a +5.7% usage rate bump with Oladipo off the court this season, and he remains incredibly cheap at just $4,700 on DraftKings. Cory Joseph and Domantas Sabonis would benefit off the bench if Evans slides into the starting lineup, as Sabonis exploded for 41.5 DraftKings points on Saturday.
The Jazz have slipped defensively this year, ranking 13th in Defensive Rating and allowing 107.8 points per game. Rudy Gobert, who won Defensive Player of the Year last season, speculated that the team is still figuring out the league’s new rules in regards to freedom of movement. While wagering on the under seems appealing with Oladipo out, the Pacers have seen their pace rise from 97.2 to 105.3 when Oladipo has been off the court this season.
Thunder PG Russell Westbrook (ankle, personal), Terrance Ferguson (personal), Alex Abrines (illness) are TBD.
Injury background: Westbrook participated in shootaround on Saturday after missing the previous six games due to a sprained right ankle, but he winded up being excused from the game due to personal reasons.
Terrance Ferguson was also absent for personal reasons, and neither player was available for practice on Sunday. Alex Abrines is dealing with an illness but went through shooting and non-contact drills on Sunday.
Tonight’s impact: Coach Billy Donovan admitted that the Thunder and Westbrook never officially cleared the ankle injury before Westbrook missed Saturday’s game. Westbrook has now played in just seven games this season, but the team is on a roll, winning 10 of its last 11 games.
In Westbrook’s absence, Dennis Schroder has filled in as starting point guard, while Paul George has benefited from a +2.2% usage rate increase. Schroder and George have both experienced a drop in true-shooting percentage sans Westbrook, however, and the team has played at a slower pace with him off the court.
Hamidou Diallo made his first career start on Saturday with both Ferguson and Abrines unable to suit up but scored just one point in 19 minutes. Without Westbrook, Steven Adams has led the team with a team-high FantasyLabs +4.3 Plus/Minus on DraftKings on his way to 38.3 fantasy points per game. He has been more involved in the flow of the offense, resulting in a +3.1% increase in his assist rate.
The Kings have completely revamped their offensive philosophy under coach Dave Joerger and rank sixth in pace this season after finishing dead last a year ago. Look for George to have another monster game if Westbrook remains out, as he scored 29 points in 33 minutes in the previous matchup — a game that saw 251 total points scored.