Friday’s action on DraftKings is headlined by a 10-game NBA slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET. The featured contest is the NBA $450K Mini Leap Million, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $450K Mini Leap Million [$100K to 1st].
There are some high-priced players on the injury report ahead of Friday’s slate, with Luka Doncic the most notable name. Below is how DK Live covered some of Friday’s most notable NBA news to come out as of early Friday morning. To see these updates in real time with push notifications, download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive. NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can also change frequently throughout the day, and value can unexpectedly open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with DK Live until lineups lock for full injury and lineup news.
Luka Doncic (thumb) questionable against Heat — Doncic left Wednesday’s game in the first half with the injury, but was able to return, play 37 minutes, and record a 26/10/14 triple double. It is worth noting that he had the thumb in a splint after the game. Kristaps Porzingis has taken on a much larger role for the Mavericks in the games Luka has missed this year, averaging an additional 11 DKFP per contest. Seth Curry sees an increase in usage rate of 5.7 percentage points and an additional 8.1 DKFP with Doncic sidelined. This is especially notable given the injury to Jalen Brunson (shoulder). Doncic will be celebrating his 21st birthday on Friday. — Anthony Amico
Trae Young (illness) questionable vs. Nets — It would appear a flu-bug has made it’s way inside Atlanta’s locker room. Heading into Friday tilt against Brooklyn, both Young and Damian Jones have been listed as questionable due to an illness. Obviously, it’s the former’s status that sort of takes precedent. Young leads the Hawks with a 34.3% usage rate in 2019-20, while the team possesses a putrid 96.5 offensive rating with the All-Star off the court. If Young’s eventually ruled out, it should mean increased roles for both Cam Reddish and Jeff Teague. In fact, since being traded to Atlanta, Teague has produced a respectable 1.04 DKFP per minute as the squad’s lone point guard. — Garion Thorne
Serge Ibaka (knee), Norman Powell (finger) questionable to play vs. Hornets — The potential absence of Ibaka looms large for Toronto, as Marc Gasol (hamstring) is still not yet ready to make his return to action. However, the Raptors have survived playing without both centers in recent weeks, albeit it slightly unusual fashion. If Ibaka is eventually ruled out, look for Nick Nurse to go small with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson starting at the five. Chris Boucher would also stand to gain from such a scenario. As for Powell, should he cleared to play, this would be his first time taking the court since Jan 31. He’s missed the entire month of February up to this point after fracturing his left ring finger. — Steve Buchanan
Report: Kelly Oubre Jr. suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee — Oubre was recently sidelined with the knee issue, but this report from Yahoo Sports indicates that the remainder of Oubre’s season could be in jeopardy. The report indicates that Oubre will seek a second opinion before any final decision is made. If his season is indeed over, the Suns’ swingman would finish with averages of 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 34.5 minutes over 56 games. Devin Booker could be even more heavily relied upon as a scorer moving forward, while Mikal Bridges is the value play that stands to benefit most. — Julian Edlow
Kings PG De’Aaron Fox, who did not play on Thursday due to an abdominal injury, is hopeful to play Friday, but an official update on his status will likely not be available until Friday afternoon.
In addition, an update about 76ers’ C Joel Embiid’s condition was provided Thursday night:
Joel Embiid (shoulder) will miss at least a week — An MRI revealed that Embiid suffered no significant structural damage to left his shoulder but the injury will sidelined him for a week with a sprain. Going off that timeline, he would at least miss the 76ers’ games against the Clippers and Lakers and most likely the Kings, which is a week from today on March 5. If all goes well, he realistically could return on March 7 against the Warriors. Glenn Robinson III started in place of Embiid Thursday against the Knicks and is a candidate to continue to start in the short term. Al Horford will also continue to see an uptick in his usage over the course of the next week. — Steve Buchanan
Other injury reports to come through as of Friday morning include:
OUTAndre Drummond (calf)
QUESTIONABLEBruce Brown (knee), Damian Jones (illness)
PROBABLEGiannis Antetokounmpo (back), Bam Adebayo (ankle), Kevin Huerter (adductor)
Check back with DK Live throughout the day for updates and potential new injury additions.
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