As expected, head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Beverley will play in Thursday’s Game 1 matchup against the Denver Nuggets after missing all but one game of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series due to a strained calf. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Beverley, but given the presence of Lou Williams and Reggie Jackson in the backcourt rotation, it’d be at least mildly surprising if Beverley saw a normal allotment of minutes in tonight’s contest. However, his availability will still likely send Landry Shamet back to the bench to resume a reserve role, and possibly out of the rotation entirely, following five consecutive starts.
Bledsoe has officially been upgraded from questionable and will play in Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup against the Miami Heat after missing the first game of the series due to a strained hamstring. There haven’t been any reports of a potential minute restriction for Bledsoe, but either way, his return will be enough to send George Hill back to the bench to resume a reserve role following a relatively dismal fantasy performance in 36 minutes of action in Monday’s loss. Even with Bledsoe available, Frank Mason will remain on the active roster, which relegates Robin Lopez to the inactive list even though he was unlikely to see playing time in tonight’s contest anyway.
Bledsoe was originally listed as questionable on the Bucks’ injury report, but he’s now been listed on the official media sheet as inactive for Monday’s matchup against the due to a strained left hamstring. In his absence, George Hill will receive the starting nod at the point guard position, but Donte DiVincenzo should be expected to spend plenty of time manning the point as well, while Pat Connaughton and Kyle Korver may also see a few extra minutes trickle their way in the second unit this evening.
Nuggets to start Murray, Morris, Grant, Millsap and Jokic with Gary Harris off the bench. Harris’ presence should give the Nuggets some extra perimeter defense to throw at Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. Harris’ return is likely to eat mildly into the minutes of Monte Morris, Torrey Craig and/or PJ Dozier.
No surprise here. It’s expected that he’s going to come off the bench and will have a restriction on his playing time.
Gary Harris is expected to return to the floor Sunday night, but will be on a minutes restriction. He’s projected for 20 minutes in the RotoGrinders projections and isn’t a solid per-minute contributor, but he’s certainly on the value radar for single-game contests. Harris’ presence should give the Nuggets some extra perimeter defense to throw at Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. Harris’ return is likely to eat into the minutes of Monte Morris, Torrey Craig and/or PJ Dozier.
Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Dorian Finney-Smith are all expected to play Sunday, which has been the prevailing thought despite them previously being listed as questionable. With Porzingis on the shelf, expect Luka to continue doing a ton of heavy lifting with guys like Hardaway Jr. and Burke helping as ancillary scorers.
Patrick Beverley will not play Sunday, marking yet another absence in the opening round of the playoffs. It’s expected that Landry Shamet will continue to start, but Reggie Jackson should see a very similar allotment of minutes off the bench and is the preferred DFS target between the two. Lou Williams’ minute projection also rose very slightly as a result of Beverley’s absence.
Gabriel was never listed on the Trail Blazers’ injury report, but he’s now officially been ruled out and won’t play in Saturday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers due to quad tendinitis. This leaves Portland even more shorthanded than they already were with Damian Lillard sidelined, and they now have just nine active players for tonight’s contest. However, head coach Terry Stotts is likely to utilize just a seven-man rotation, which makes players like Mario Hezonja, Hassan Whiteside, and Anfernee Simons more intriguing options in daily fantasy formats since they should have much higher minute floors this evening.
Head coach Frank Vogel confirmed that Rondo has been downgraded from questionable and will be inactive for Saturday’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers due to back spasms that also forced him to be scratched from the Lakers’ active roster earlier in the week. Rondo has yet to see any playing time during the Lakers’ stay in the Orlando bubble, but now that he’s officially unavailable, Alex Caruso and J.R. Smith figure should maintain their roles with the second unit for at least one more game, while Dion Waiters could see minimal minutes if he’s cleared to play through migraines that currently have his status as a game-time decision this evening.