UPDATE: Aug. 8, 2:20 p.m. — Murray will return to the lineup Saturday and make his NBA bubble debut against the Utah Jazz, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Denver guard Jamal Murray (hamstring) will return to the lineup today vs. Utah, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 8, 2020
UPDATE: Murray and Daniels have been ruled out vs. the Blazers.
The Denver Nuggets’ injury report remains lengthy on Thursday afternoon. Jamal Murray remains questionable to play, while we now know Paul Millsap will get the night off to get some rest. Gary Harris and Will Barton remain out, and now Troy Daniels is also questionable. Here’s the full rundown.
There it is: Troy Daniels (right hip; tightness) and Jamal Murray (left hamstring; tightness) are questionable; Will Barton (right knee; soreness), Vlatko Cancar (left foot; fracture), Gary Harris (right hip; muscle strain) and Paul Millsap (rest) are out.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) August 6, 2020
So the Nuggets could be without Millsap, Murray, Harris, Barton and Daniels against the Blazers, so that’s a very thin lineup. With Millsap out, we can go right back to Michael Porter Jr. ($6,400) in cash games. Nikola Jokic ($9,500) seems like an OK play given he’s going to have to play minutes. The issue with Jokic is he’ll be guarded by Jusuf Nurkic. Monte Morris ($4,700) and Jerami Grant ($4,300) could be in line for more minutes with Millsap and potentially Daniels out. Torrey Craig ($4,000) should also be in consideration as a value in GPPs.
Right now, the Blazers are only favored by 4 points as of now. That number seems really low considering how well the Blazers are playing with Nurk back. The Nuggets could be very shorthanded. Murray will probably be restricted. Mike Malone has weird lineups. Portland seems like a favorable play all around. The moneyline is only -175 right now. The O/U is 231.5 and that number could get smashed with how both teams look.
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