UPDATE: March 8, 1:33 p.m. — LaVine remains sidelined vs. the Nets on Sunday.
UPDATE: March 7, 2:43 p.m. — The Bulls are listing Zach LaVine as questionable to play in Sunday’s game vs. the Nets due to that quad injury.
Jim Boylen called Zach LaVine questionable vs. Nets. LaVine participated in 20 minutes of contact at practice today (his first contact since injury) but will need to be re-evaluated tomorrow— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) March 7, 2020
UPDATE: March 6, 6:20 p.m. — Bulls coach Jim Boylen told reporters before Friday’s game vs. the Pacers that G Zach LaVine will practice Saturday in hopes of getting back into the lineup Sunday vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
Boylen says LaVine will practice tomorrow and is possible for Sun in Brooklyn. #Bulls— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) March 6, 2020
UPDATE: March 3, 2:42 p.m. — LaVine did not practice Tuesday and isn’t expected to play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves — no revenge narrative. To make matters worse, LaVine is expected to miss around one week due to the quad strain.
“It sucks. I played through more painful things. I’m just being smart about it. Probably out a week.” https://t.co/l2BFvOfCkE— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 3, 2020
The Bulls also announced that Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. will have their minutes restrictions decreased for Wednesday. PG Kris Dunn is done for the season and PF Lauri Markkanen is hopeful to return to the lineup against Minnesota. I think that just about covers all of it.
DAL-CHI Recap — Valentine finished with as a strong value although almost all of his production game in the first half. He finished the game with 17 points and 27.5 DKFP. Despite a weak finish to the game, he played a key role in the Bulls’ upset win over the Mavericks and is a value play to consider if LaVine misses additional time. For Dallas, Luka Doncic ($10,300) had a rare off night and wasn’t able to make up for the absence of Kristaps Porzingis. Luka’s night wrapped with 43.25 DKFP and he missed a deep shot that would have won the game for Dallas.
DAL-CHI HALFTIME UPDATE — At a $3,000 price tag, Valentine caught fire in the first half. He leads the Bulls with 15 points and has 24 DKFP. It’s looking like he will be one of the top plays on the slate.
UPDATE: March 2, 6:18 p.m. — LaVine has been ruled out and Valentine will start in his place vs. the Mavericks.
Zach LaVine officially out with quad injury. Valentine will start. #Bulls— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) March 2, 2020
While the Chicago Bulls get Otto Porter Jr. back in the lineup, they may be without Zach LaVine on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. LaVine is dealing with a quad strain and is doubtful to play. That means the Bulls could be without their leading scorer at home against a tough Western Conference opponent.
LaVine is doubtful tonight with a left quad strain, Jim Boylen says.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 2, 2020
Fantasy basketball and betting analysis: Zach LaVine injury
So I didn’t think the Porter return would impact things much since I think he’ll be limited. LaVine is a whole different animal. Coby White ($5,800) will most likely start at SG next to Tomas Satoransky ($5,500). Both guards are decent mid-range options in cash games on DraftKings. White would be more of a cash play since his ceiling is high. With LaVine healthy and scoring, White dropped a career-high 35 points against the Thunder last week. He also had two other games with 33 points.
With LaVine doubtful, we need to jump on the Mavericks now. The line has been taken down by DKSB and I imagine it’ll be around 7.5 or 8.5 points in favor of Dallas when it’s posted again. I still think the Mavs are in a good spot to cover. If you didn’t get in on the Mavs early, it may make sense to wait and bet the first half or live lines. No LaVine also makes the UNDER a more appealing play depending on what’s posted.
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