NBA Injury Report: Betting, DFS Impact of Timberwolves, Warriors Injuries
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- 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 Thursday night: the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors.
There are nine games tonight with a lot of injuries and questionable players. We’ll analyze two key situations in this piece: the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers.
Wolves PG Jeff Teague (knee) and Andrew Wiggins (quad) are game-time decisions, Robert Covington and Dario Saric are out.
Injury background: Teague is still recovering from a left knee contusion and will be a game-time decision on Monday. Wiggins was unable to suit up during Friday’s loss and is also a GTD with a right quad contusion. Derrick Rose suffered a facial contusion on Friday but is not currently listed on the injury report.
Tonight’s impact: The Wolves completed a blockbuster trade over the weekend that sent Jimmy Butler to the Sixers in exchange for Robert Covington and Dario Saric, but neither player will be available to make their team debut on Monday.
Rose has replaced Teague in the starting lineup and has averaged 36.4 DraftKings points while playing 30.3 minutes per game. He’ll look to maintain his team-high 30.2% usage rate in that span with Butler shipped off to Philly.
There is no word on how coach Tom Thibodeau will set up the new starting lineup when everyone is available, but Taj Gibson already stated that he is willing to come off the bench. However, Gibson will still provide value on Monday, as he has exceeded his salary-based expectations on DraftKings in 11 of his last 12 games.
The primary beneficiary of Butler’s absence is Karl-Anthony Towns, who has seen a usage rate of 27.5% in two games without Butler and Teague this season. If Wiggins is also ruled out, Towns and Rose will gain even more offensive possessions. Towns draws an exceptional matchup on Monday against a Nets team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing centers this season.
Warriors PG Stephen Curry (groin) is out, Draymond Green (toe) and Shaun Livingston (foot) are questionable.
Injury background: Curry is dealing with a strained left groin and has been ruled out of Monday’s contest against the the Clippers. Coach Steve Kerr has not provided a timetable for a return but stated that Curry will need to participate in some on-court work before returning to action.
Draymond Green has missed the previous two games with a sprained right toe while Shaun Livingston (foot) has been out since October 28, and both players are questionable for Monday.
Tonight’s impact: Quinn Cook entered the starting lineup on Saturday for the first time this season after starting 18 games last year, and he responded with 27 points and five assists in the blowout win. He’ll likely remain in the starting lineup on Monday, but he’s seen his price rise across the DFS industry.
With Green absent, Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko have alternated starts at power forward alongside Damian Jones. Green found his groove before the injury with back-to-back games above 42.0 DraftKings points, and he’ll make for a viable tournament option on Monday if he’s able to suit up.
Kevin Durant’s salary on DraftKings is a season-high $11,000, but he has averaged a stellar 1.83 DraftKings points per minute when Curry and Green have been off the court this season. He also recorded a team-high 11 assists on Saturday as the primary facilitator in just 30 minutes.
Klay Thompson absorbed usage from Curry’s absence and hoisted up 20 shots in 29 minutes, but his lack of secondary stats shift him towards only tournament consideration for DFS.