Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis

Wednesday had a big 11-game NBA slate on DraftKingsKarl-Anthony Towns entered Wednesday as an appealing stud play, but was unexpectedly ruled out shortly before the start of the game due to a wrist injury. Towns will be evaluated over the All-Star break, and a timetable for his return has not yet been provided by the Timberwolves. The Hornets also unexpectedly ruled Terry Rozier out due to knee soreness, which opened up plenty of value plays in the Timberwolves-Hornets game.

The Mavericks and Kings each participated in giving fantasy owners headaches early on, as each changed their starting lineups after the 8:30 p.m. ET lock time. Courtney Lee was originally announced as the starter by Dallas, only for them to announce after lock that Jalen Brunson would instead be starting. The Kings also inserted Cory Joseph into the starting five in place of Harry Giles, who was originally announced as the starting center. Other notable lineup news included the Warriors starting Jordan Poole at point guard and the Hawks starting Dewayne Dedmon at center. Kelly Oubre Jr. also returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the Suns’ previous game due to a violation of team rules.

Potentially significant injury news emerged from Wednesday’s slate, as Trail Blazers star PG Damian Lillard injured his groin. The injury will prevent Lillard from participating in the NBA All-Star Game.

Damian Lillard (groin) will have an MRI on Thursday — In the final seconds of the Trail Blazers 111-104 loss to the Grizzlies, Lillard ($10,200; 43.75 DKFP) came out of the game after pulling up a bit at halfcourt. After the game concluded, the team announced he suffered a right groin strain and would be getting an MRI on Thursday. Lillard said that he will not be able to participate in the All-Star contests as a result, which includes the three-point contest and the All-Star Game itself, as he was on Team LeBron. The Trail Blazers are at least lucky with the timing, as they’re not set to play until Feb 21. We should have a further update at some point on Thursday on his condition. — Steve Buchanan


 

NIGHTLY RECAP

Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Wednesday’s biggest fantasy NBA performances on DraftKings and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.


Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis combine for kingly performance — Doncic ($10,900; 61.00 DKFP) and Porzingis ($8,200; 57.75 DKFP) destroyed the Kings on Wednesday, combining to score 60 points on 62% shooting. Doncic was making his return from an injury absence, and he took advantage of a late lineup change by Sacramento. The Kings elected to go small by starting Cory Joseph in place of center Harry Giles, and Doncic feasted inside with less rim protection, scoring seven of his 10 field goals in the paint while drawing 12 free throw attempts, sinking 10 of them. Porzingis had 27 points on a ridiculously efficient 11-of-16 shooting. The smaller lineup by Sacramento also helped Doncic and Porzingis combine for 25 rebounds. Dallas’ 19-point win made them an easy cover on DraftKings Sportsbook. — Timothy Finnegan



Hornets comeback from 18 down to beat Timberwolves in DFS-loaded gameCHA was an 8.5-point dog and +300 on the ML on DraftKings Sportsbook when Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) was surprisingly ruled out, which moved the spread to 6.0. Terry Rozier (knee) was also a late scratch for Charlotte, opening up a ton of value in this one. Devonte’ Graham ($7,400; 45.5 DKFP) led the way for the Hornets with 28 points, followed by 25 from Malik Monk ($4,700; 40.5 DKFP). D’Angelo Russell ($8,300; 58 DKFP) and Malik Beasley ($4,700; 41.5 DKFP) picked up the slack on offense for the Wolves, while Juan Hernangomez ($3,900; 37 DKFP) got the majority of KAT’s production. The Hornets went down by as much as 18, but had a huge second half, pulling off the 115-108 upset. Minnesota fell into a further hole as the worst home team ATS in the NBA, now 6-20-1. — Julian Edlow


Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz put up big numbers in OT victory over Pistons — Gordon ($6,900; 54.75 DKFP) was well worth his salary, but his 25-9-9 line came up just short of registering both the double-double and triple-double bonus. Fultz ($5,900; 49.25 DKFP) also played a huge role in the 116-112 OT win, posting 22 points, 10 assists and five boards. On an 11-game slate, Gordon and Fultz made for great contrarian plays, especially if you stacked them with Nikola Vucevic ($9,000; 52.25 DKFP). The only good news if you invested in the Pistons was another big night from Christian Wood ($7,100; 48.5 DKFP) and a cover for DET, which was +6.5 to +7.5 throughout the day on DK Sportsbook. — Julian Edlow


Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson fill in for Kevin Love (Achilles) and lead Cavaliers to victory — With Love sidelined, Nance ($5,100; 52 DKFP) and Thompson ($4,800; 47.25 DKFP) went for monster fantasy games, each going for 10X value. Nance was inserted into the starting five and was the more popular play of the two. His 23-12-2 line was helped out by three steals and two blocks in 35 minutes. Thompson was more efficient in just 26 minutes, going off for 27 points and 11 boards. The effort of the two bigs in Love’s absence gave the Cavs the win and cover as a home underdog against the Hawks. ATL was -2 most of the day on DraftKings Sportsbook, but the line swung in its favor after Love was confirmed out. — Julian Edlow


For a full leaderboard of tonight’s fantasy NBA scoring, download the DK Live app or head over to live.draftkings.com.


And here’s how DK Live recapped Wednesday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL: David Pastrnak’s hat trick give Bruins easy win over Canadiens — With his big night, Pastrnak ($8,500; 45 DKFP) put himself in sole possession as the leader in goal scoring in the league, surpassing both Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin in the process. He scored the first three goals of the night for the Bruins before Patrice Bergeron ($8,000; 15 DKFP) put a bow on the win with an empty netter in the third. Pastrnak earned his hat trick, which was his fourth of the season and ninth of his career, near the end of the second period. Amazingly, this is also his second hat trick of the season against the Canadiens, first doing so back on Nov 26. — Steve Buchanan

Jets extend head coach Paul Maurice — The Jets officially announced the extension, but the exact terms were not made public until Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the extension is for three years. Maurice has had a lengthy coaching career dating back to the 1995-96 season with the Hartford Whalers and has been the Jets’ head coach since the 2013-14 season. In seven seasons with the Jets, Maurice has coached 503 games and is 264-186-53 with a points percentage (points divided by maximum points) of about 58%. The Jets are 29-24-5 this season and are ninth in the Western Conference in points. — Timothy Finnegan

Shea Weber (ankle) expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks — This is a big loss for the Canadiens. Weber is one of the top scoring defenseman in the league and has 13 goals through 55 games. This could mean the end of the season for Weber if his recovery takes on the long end of his timeframe. Making the playoffs is a long shot for Montreal, so it probably won’t be in a hurry to bring back a 34-year-old defenseman for the final games of the season. The Canadiens are currently eight points behind the Flyers for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. — Greg Ehrenberg


A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday has a small two-game NBA slate on DraftKingsand the featured contest is the $400K Fadeaway. Set your NBA lineups here: NBA $400K Fadeaway [$100K to 1st]. The NHL has a big 11-game slate, and fantasy owners can set their NHL lineups here: NHL $44.4K Twine [$10K to 1st]. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries ahead of Thursday’s NBA slate. For a full recap of all the injury blurbs, download the DK Live app or head over to live.draftkings.com.


Brandon Ingram (ankle) questionable to play Thursday vs. Thunder — Ingram ($7,200) injured his ankle last Thursday and has missed the Pelicans’ last two games. With Ingram out, Josh Hart ($5,600) has moved into the starting lineup, and Zion Williamson ($7,800) has had clearance for a massive volume, as Ingram’s 28% usage rate was available to be soaked up by other players. Williamson posted a heavy 37% usage rate in the Pelicans’ last game and finished with 50.75 DKFP despite playing just 28 minutes in a blowout win. If Ingram is unable to play again vs. the Thunder, Williamson is a candidate for a similar heavy workload. Jrue Holiday ($7,400) has also had success with Ingram sidelined, posting 61 DKFP and 45 DKFP outings and would see a fantasy boost if Ingram is unable to play. — Timothy Finnegan


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