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Luka Doncic probable for Game 5 vs. Clippers [UPDATE]

Mavericks All-Star had one of the best performances in playoff history in a Game 4 OT win. It’ll be hard for him to top that, but it looks like he’s expected to play.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks grabs his left leg after being injured during the second half of Game Three of the first round of the playoffs at the AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 21, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2:27 p.m.Doncic is being listed as probable for Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday. Kristaps Porzingis is questionable, while Trey Burke is also probable.

Burke ended up starting for Porzingis in Game 4. If Porzingis is out again, both Doncic and Burke are very good tournament options on DraftKings.

UPDATE: Aug. 23, 2:29 p.m. Doncic will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

Doncic is an interesting leverage play with so many lineups worrying about his ankle in this game. He’s good to play so he should be starting and there isn’t any reason to believe he’ll be held back. If he wasn’t 100%, why would the Mavericks roll him out there and risk further injury? So I’d fire up Doncic in GPPs, but avoid him in cash lineups. Seth Curry and THJ don’t become as viable value plays with Doncic in there. Porzingis doesn’t change much in my eyes, still a good tourney play.

UPDATE: Aug. 22, 12:49 p.m. Doncic is being listed as questionable to play in Game 4 vs. the Clippers on Sunday. He injured his ankle in the loss in Game 3, though it seemed like he would have been able to finish the game. Below are some plays outlined in the scenario Doncic is ruled out.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star Luka Doncic injured his ankle in a tough loss in Game 3 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Mavs coach Rick Carlise said after the game he wasn’t sure what Doncic’s status was moving forward.

This appears to be the same ankle Doncic has had problems with earlier in the season. It’s been the one thing that has somewhat held him back early in his career. Despite the injury Friday, Luka was able to stick it out a bit before the Mavs were cautious with him. He still finished with a triple-double, though Dallas dropped the game and is down 2-1 in the series. We’ll see if Doncic can give it a go on Sunday for Game 4. Chances are he’ll get smacked with the questionable tag.

If Doncic ends up missing Game 4, well, this could be it for the Mavs’ season. In terms of fantasy, Kristaps Porzingis will be popular but may not be the direct pivot in DFS. Porzingis’ value should go up slightly, but so will his price. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Seth Curry benefit the most from Doncic being sidelined. It’s also a decent boost for Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith.

Curry scored 22 points and played over 30 minutes in Game 4. He’ll likely be chalk for Sunday’s slate. Trey Burke could see additional playing time at PG as well. The dynamic of the Mavs offense and the way the Clippers defend them will be interesting. Los Angeles should be able to be more physical like Game 3 and that could hurt Dallas from the get-go. It’ll be interesting to see how the line would shift if Doncic is ruled out.