NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Anthony Davis, Jeff Teague Injuries

Dec 21, 2018 02:42 PM EST
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Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Anthony Davis

  • 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 Friday night: the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • This piece will detail the impact of the injuries to Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic, Jeff Teague and more.

There are 10 games tonight with a lot of injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze two key situations in this piece: the New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs.

Note: The information below is as of 2:30 p.m. ET. For up-to-the-minute news and analysis, check out our live news feed and follow us on Twitter.


Pelicans C Anthony Davis (illness) is questionable, PF Nikola Mirotic (ankle) is doubtful, PF Julius Randle (ankle) will play.

Injury background: Davis headed to the locker room not once but twice during Wednesday’s loss. He initially tweaked his ankle and returned to the court but was dealing with an illness as well. Randle missed the prior game due to a sprained right ankle, but he’ll suit up tonight. Mirotic’s sore ankle has held him out of the previous three contests, and he’s listed as doubtful.

Tonight’s impact: Davis headed to the locker room for a league-high ninth time on Wednesday but has still been able to return in every instance, and although he’s missed four games this season, he’s currently tied with teammate Jrue Holiday in leading the league with 36.8 minutes per game.

His various ailments limited him to just 29 minutes on Wednesday, but they failed to hinder his performance, as he still produced 57.25 DraftKings points.

Darius Miller drew the start as the team went small for defensive purposes, and he winded up logging a season-high 37 minutes and contributed 29.5 DraftKings points. Cheick Diallo, who was 50% owned in cash games, was held to just one made field goal in six minutes off the bench.

To be fair, his volatile role was recognized, as he was a true punt option with FanDuel’s drop-the-lowest-score format. Miller and Diallo could once again be viable options depending on who is available in the frontcourt.

When healthy, Randle has benefited most from Mirotic’s absence by recording a team-high FantasyLabs +6.0 DraftKings Plus/Minus differential. He has been an absolute monster in the starting lineup, averaging 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game.

As if the DFS community needs more ammunition to roster him, he’ll draw a matchup against his former team in a #RevengeGame.

Holiday is the lone fully healthy offensive weapon, and his usage rate will only increase if one or more key players are unable to suit up. With Mirotic and Elfrid Payton (finger) off the court this season, Holiday has averaged 48.04 DraftKings points with a 25.9% usage rate.

With a desirable total of 231 points, having exposure to this game is crucial in Friday’s 10-game slate.


Wolves PG Jeff Teague (ankle) is out.