UPDATE: Here’s the starting lineup for the Bucks without Middleton and BroLo.
UPDATE: March 9, 8:42 p.m. — So right now we know that Bledsoe is being listed as out as expected. We’re also seeing that Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton aren’t listed as starters, which is odd. Keep an eye on this situation. Right now it seems Middleton is available but not starting? This could mean fade him or it means he’ll play off the bench. This wasn’t expected at all so it’s taking everyone by surprised, be on top of this as it develops until tip at 9:00 p.m. ET.
For some reason, the Bucks are not listing Eric Bledsoe or Kris Middleton as starters.— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) March 10, 2020
Middleton is not listed as out, but Bledsoe is.
Bucks will start:
Milwaukee Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe is dealing with a knee injury and is listed as doubtful to play in Monday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets. The Bucks are already going to be without All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) in this game and it looks like George Hill (adductor) is also listed as out. So that’s two PGs potentially down and the MVP frontrunner.
Happy Khris Middleton chalk night! The Bucks SF is priced at $7,600 and may have ownership ranging from 75-90% in most contests on DraftKings tonight. It’d be a bit lower, but we’re only working with three games and no Giannis or Bledsoe would mean 40+ minutes and 40% usage for Middleton perhaps. Donte DiVincenzo ($4,800) is another solid value and really anyone priced below $6K on the Bucks will be worth consideration. Giannis and Bledsoe make up a good chunk of offense and usage, minutes and shots for Milwaukee.
The line on this game is 5.5 in favor of the Nuggets. I initially figured the Bucks would be an OK bet getting that many points despite missing Giannis. That isn’t the case if they are down Bledsoe as well. Denver is in a good spot on the spread as of now and I’d imagine the line will continue to move in favor of the Nuggets at home. The O/U is 221 and that also seems to favor the UNDER given the injuries, pace of both teams and defensive prowess.
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