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Eric Bledsoe will play in Game 2 vs. Heat [UPDATE]

Bucks PG was inactive for the loss in Game 1 due to a hamstring injury.

Eric Bledsoe of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against the Orlando Magic for Game five of the first round of the 2020 Playoffs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on August 29, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Sept. 2, 5:58 p.m. Bledsoe will play in Game 2 vs. the Heat, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Bledsoe has been confirmed in the starting lineup, so George Hill heads to the bench and is less viable as a DFS play on DraftKings.

Bledsoe could also be in on a minutes restriction. If that’s the case, it’s tough to trust him in DFS in a tough matchup. If Bledsoe is OK and 100%, it’s a minor downgrade to the Heat back court of Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler. Bledsoe likely guards one of those two and is considered a decent defender. Still, the hamstring for Bledsoe is concerning when trying to keep up on defense.

UPDATE: Sept. 1, 5:31 p.m. — Bledsoe is being listed as questionable for Game 2 vs. the Heat on Wednesday. He was ruled out before tip-off of Game 1 and the Bucks struggled to contain Jimmy Butler as a result. This injury means more for Butler’s value than Bledsoe or anyone on Milwaukee really. George Hill didn’t do much starting in place of Bledsoe in Game 1. Bledsoe’s defense was missed.

UPDATE: Aug. 31, 6:02 p.m. Bledsoe is inactive and it appears Hill is in the starting lineup for the Bucks in Game 1 vs. the Heat. We went over how to approach this injury below, make sure to adjust your lineups accordingly before lock.

Milwaukee Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe is considered a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. the Miami Heat on Monday night, per coach Mike Budenholzer. Bledsoe is still questionable and we’ll have to see what his deal is prior to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Bledsoe is dealing with a hamstring strain that hasn’t caused him to miss any time in the playoffs. He’s still questionable, which isn’t necessarily a bad sign. It’s also not great that we don’t have more clarity on Bledsoe as of now. So we’ll have to wait until closer to lock on the two-game slate, which is sort of a pain. Let’s see how we can go about it.

Fantasy basketball and betting analysis

I’ll go over betting, since that’s a bit easier to approach. There’s already built in value with the Heat spread at 5.5 points. Many believe the Heat will be able to hang with the Bucks and this series will go the distance. Miami has more depth than Milwaukee with or without Bledsoe. If Bledsoe is ruled out, getting ahead of the decision isn’t a bad call. Again, the Heat are a good bet to cover regardless of Bledsoe’s status. The line will almost certainly move depending on his status. We’ve also seen action towards the under after the over was trendy.

If Bledsoe ($5,900) gets ruled out, George Hill ($4,200) will likely start at PG. He’d make for an excellent cash-game play and would be extremely chalky for a two-game slate in GPPs. It’s not bad chalk, though. It’s basically a free lineup space. We can find some leverage elsewhere. The pivot plays off of Hill would be Donte DiVincenzo ($3,400) and Pat Connaughton ($3,800). Both guards played extensively in the first round in garbage time. Connaughton has a bit more appealing as a better shooter. I don’t know how much I’d trust Wesley Matthews ($3,700), but again, all are under $4K and OK punt plays in GPPs if Bledsoe sits.

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