The 2020 NBA Playoffs get started on Monday, August 17th. While we should see most lineups at full strength, there will always be notable injuries to cover from game-to-game in each series. Here you’ll be able to find all the latest injury news and updates, plus DFS and betting analysis, for the Orlando Magic as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
Orlando Magic injury updates
Jonathan Isaac — knee (Out Indefinitely)
Michael Carter-Williams — foot (Out)
Aaron Gordon — hamstring (Questionable)
Update: Aug. 23 — Gordon is questionable — again — for Game 4 vs. the Bucks on Monday. MCW will remain sidelined. The Magic are only down 2-1 to the Bucks but the past two games feels like the series has been over for months. It’s unlikely Orlando can get back into it, but Gordon returning could be a nice boost. If Gordon returns, it’s a downgrade for Gary Clark, who moves back to the bench. James Ennis, Wes Iwundu, Terrence Ross and Khem Birch all take hits with Gordon back as well.
Update: Aug. 22 — Gordon and Carter-Williams are out for Game 3 vs. the Bucks. So nothing new here. They’ve been out for pretty much the past two weeks. Roll out Gary Clark and James Ennis in DFS if their prices are still low. Augustin is still viable in GPPs.
Update: Aug. 21 — Gordon is being listed as questionable for Game 3 vs. the Bucks on Saturday. Carter-Williams is listed as doubtful again. Neither player has played in a while, let alone the past two games for Orlando. We’ve seen plenty of James Ennis, Gary Clark and D.J. Augustin and that should continue against Milwaukee. Unless the Bucks take the foot off the gas again, it’s hard to trust all three outside of GPP punts.
Update: Aug. 20 — Gordon and MCW are both out for Game 2 vs. the Bucks on Thursday. The Magic pulled off a big upset in Game 1 and we saw multiple value plays emerge. James Ennis and Gary Clark should continue to be strong plays in GPPs. D.J. Augustin is another intriguing option after playing well in 23 minutes in Game 1.
Update, Aug. 19 — Gordon is being listed as questionable, while MCW is doubtful for Game 2 vs. the Bucks on Thursday. The Magic pulled off one hell of an upset in Game 1 on Tuesday, blowing out the top-seeded Bucks. We saw Vucevic, Ennis and Terrence Ross really step up with Gordon and MCW sidelined. Augustin took control at PG in Game 1 as well.
Update, Game 1 recap — Without Gordon and MCW, we saw some big plays from Orlando in the 122-110 win over the Bucks in the opener. Augustin turned out to be a huge value play on DK with 36.25 DKFP. Ennis and Clark both stepped up with Gordon out, plus Vucevic was a huge leverage play at C by dropping 35 points and 13 rebounds.
Update, Aug. 18 — Gordon and MCW have been ruled out for Game 1 vs. the Bucks on Tuesday. That means we should see either Wes Iwundu or Gary Clark in the starting lineup at PF. Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin will operate at PG in the backcourt.
Aaron Gordon (strained left hamstring) and Michael Carter-Williams (strained left foot tendon) are OUT for today's playoff game against the Bucks, Magic officials said.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) August 18, 2020
The only player priced above $5K on the Magic on DraftKings is Nikola Vucevic ($8,800). So there should be a ton of value on Orlando despite a tough matchup. Khem Birch ($3,200), Iwundu ($3,200) and Clark ($3,000) are all really cheap options for GPPs, though none of them really have much pop.
Update, Aug. 17 — Gordon is questionable to play in Game 1 vs. the Bucks on Tuesday. Fournier and Ross are both off the injury report and will play. MCW is doubtful.
Update, Aug. 16 — Isaac is done for the rest of the playoffs due to a torn ACL. MCW missed most of the seeding round with a foot injury. He is hopeful to return for the playoffs. Gordon only participated in walkthrough Saturday and Ross and Fournier were full participants.