UPDATE: Bledsoe is expected to miss two weeks due to a right fibula evulsion fracture suffered Friday night.
Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe will be sidelined for two weeks with a right fibula evulsion fracture.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 15, 2019
The Bucks were able to extend their winning streak to 18 games Saturday night in a 125-108 win over the Cavaliers. With Bledsoe out, Donte DiVincenzo started at PG and played 25 minutes, scoring 15 points with five rebounds and four assists with three steals. George Hill came off the bench and played 22 minutes with 11 points and five boards.
With Bledsoe out long-term, DiVincenzo should remain in the starting lineup and is the main benefactor, so he’d be worth picking up in season-long fantasy basketball. Hill isn’t a bad add either, I imagine in closer games, Hill will see more minutes since he’s got more experience and is a better shooter. It shouldn’t hold Milwaukee back much, but Bledsoe is an elite defender.
UPDATE: Bledsoes has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. the Cavaliers after injuring his shin last night. Giannis Antetokounmpo is being listed as questionable due to a quad injury, so we’ll see on him.
As for Bledsoe being out, George Hill is a very appealing value play on DraftKings as a result. Hill is priced down at $3,900, so honestly I’d view him as a lock for cash games. Also it’s a revenge narrative! Wesley Matthews could see more playing time and he’s $3,600. Donte DiVincenzo ($3,800) is also going to see more minutes and could see garbage time.
Eric Bledsoe. Right shin contusion. He will not return.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) December 14, 2019
This isn’t good news for Milwaukee, which is in danger of losing for the firs time in over a month. The Bucks’ 16 game winning streak is in jeopardy in the third quarter of Friday’s game. Milwaukee is in a tight one with Memphis, which is operating without rookies Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is having himself a ball game, with 35 points through three quarters so far. Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from a quad injury and has 20 points and eight rebounds. With no Bledsoe, the Bucks lack a defensive stopper at the guard position, and we’ll likely see a whole lot of George Hill in the fourth quarter.