The long wait is almost over — Steph Curry is almost ready to make his return.
Warriors star Stephen Curry will return to the Golden State lineup on Sunday against the Wizards, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Curry on track for comeback four months after surgery on his broken left hand.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 25, 2020
It’s been a long season for the Warriors and their fans. Undoubtedly the type of season that has not been seen in the Bay Area in quite a while. But that could be changing with Curry on his way back to the court, reportedly this weekend.
Report: Stephen Curry (hand) will play Sunday vs. Wizards — According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Curry will make his return from a lengthy injury absence this Sunday when Golden State takes on Washington. It’s the date the former MVP had apparently been circling on his calendar for some time, so this doesn’t come as too big a surprise. However, what version we’ll see of the 31-year-old is up for debate. Curry was rocking a career-high 33.8% usage rate before his broken hand, but he was only shooting 24.3% from 3-point range through four starts. You can chalk that up to small sample size, yet I doubt we see an unrestricted Curry when it comes to minutes. — Garion Thorne
Wednesday will be headlined by a nine-game NBA main slate on DraftKings locking at 7 p.m. ET. One of the featured NBA contests is the NBA $400K Big Jam, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Big Jam [$100K to 1st].
There will also be an three-game NHL main slate, which locks at 8 p.m. ET and is topped by the NHL $40K Two-Man Advantage with $10K going to first place. Set your NHL lineups here: NHL $40K Two-Man Advantage [$10K to 1st].
Below is how DK Live covered some of the most notable news to come out as of Wednesday 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 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.
Report: Ben Simmons (back) to miss at least two more weeks — Simmons injured his back on Saturday night in Milwaukee, and the injury is being called a “nerve impingement in his lower back,” per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Shams says that Simmons will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that there’s little expectation that Simmons will actually be ready to play after two weeks, and the team’s preparing to play without him. In the meantime, look for Joel Embiid to continue to dominate, coming off a career-high 49 points against the Hawks on Monday. Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson could also see slightly larger roles until Simmons is able to return. Raul Neto and Shake Milton make for the value plays. Simmons and Embiid have really struggled sharing the court together this season, so take advantage from a fantasy standpoint while you can. — Julian Edlow
Brandon Clarke (quad) will sit out Wednesday vs. Rockets, expected to miss at least two weeks — On Monday night in Los Angeles, Clarke was bothered enough by right hip soreness that he left the game in the first quarter. A day later, Memphis announced he was actually dealing with a quad issue and would miss at least two weeks, starting Wednesday against Houston. This is tough news for the Grizzlies as they are already without Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee). Josh Jackson ($4,500) will presumably step up into a bigger role for Memphis. He capitalized on his opportunity on Monday putting up 14 points with five rebounds and two blocks. Gorgui Dieng ($5,200) should see an increase in usage, too, after stepping up with a cool double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Monday. — Mitchell Lapierre
Kelly Oubre (knee) out Wednesday vs. the Clippers — Oubre will miss his first game in over a month Wednesday, when the Suns host the Clippers in their third matchup of the season. It’s not totally clear what the injury is, when it occurred or how serious it is, as the team has provided minimal information. That said, coming after Oubre logged 39 and 38 minutes in consecutive games, a missed game is not all that surprising. His absence leaves a significant opening in their rotation and their offense, as Oubre is second on the team in minutes and scoring. Dario Saric ($3,200) and Cameron Johnson ($3,300) are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries. — Alex Rikleen
Jimmy Butler (personal) questionable to play Wednesday vs. Timberwolves — After missing Miami’s past two games due to personal reasons, Butler ($8,200) is being considered questionable to re-join the team Wednesday for its game against Minnesota. If the veteran is absent once again, it would continue to mean good things for the value of Bam Adebayo ($9,000). The first-time All-Star is coming directly off a 64.25 DKFP performance versus Cleveland on Monday and, in the Heat’s past two contests, he owns a team-high 26.7% usage rate. In such a scenario, Jae Crowder ($5,900) would also see a heavy workload in a plus matchup, as the Timberwolves have struggled to defend anyone in recent weeks. — Garion Thorne
LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) has been ruled out Wednesday vs. Mavericks — Aldridge was awful in his last outing, going for just eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes (13.75 DKFP) in a blowout loss to OKC. A shoulder injury has nagged him at times this season, and the Spurs have already ruled him out for Wednesday’s matchup against Dallas due to right shoulder soreness. DeMar DeRozan ($7,000) should be counted on to take on a larger role on offense, but Trey Lyles ($3,800) and Jakob Poeltl ($3,200) are in position to become the real values on a point-per-dollar basis. Stay tuned for any official lineup or rotation notes with Aldridge out. — Julian Edlow
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