UPDATE: Jan. 9, 6:34 p.m. — Sexton has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. the Bucks. Milwaukee will be without the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (back), so this game is lacking in the scoring department. So the Cavs will roll with a back court of Damyean Dotson and Isaac Okoro again. I wasn’t feeling great about the spread at 8.5 for the Bucks and didn’t react enough to the under at 219.5. That number should drop significantly on most books.
UPDATE: Jan. 8, 5:57 p.m. — Sexton is being listed as questionable for Saturday’s game vs. the Bucks.
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 7:55 p.m. — The Cavs have made Sexton a late scratch for Thursday’s game vs. the Grizzlies and Dotson will start in his place. It had initially been reported that Sexton was going to be available to play in this game. Cleveland is very thin in the back court with only Dotson, Okoro and Osman really.
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 6:33 p.m. — Sexton and Dotson are both expected to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Grizzlies.
Cleveland Cavaliers leading scorer Collin Sexton is questionable to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies due to an ankle injury. The Cavaliers have already ruled out G Darius Garland for another game and backup G Damyean Dotson is also questionable due to an ankle ailment. The Cavaliers could be very thin in the back court with Dante Exum also sidelined.
Kevin Porter Jr. is away from the team due to personal reasons and Matthew Dellavedova remains sidelined due to a concussion. So will the Cavs even have any guards for Thursday’s game? If Sexton and Dotson are both out, the answer is no. Cedi Osman may need to play some point or at least play in the back court. Dylan Windler may end up starting if he’s active.
As for DFS plays, we need to see who is even going to be active for the Cavaliers. Isaac Okoro ($4,000) may end up having to play some PG or SG. He would be a pretty intriguing value play if Sexton and Dotson are out. Osman ($5,700), Larry Nance Jr. ($7,000) and Andre Drummond ($8,400) will all have some appeal. The issue is how competitive this game will be if Sexton is sidelined. The Cavs are on the second of a back-to-back coming off a loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
I already got in on the Grizzlies at -5 on DraftKings Sportsbook. There’s a chance Sexton plays and this game is closer. If Sexton is out, the Grizzlies have a big advantage. That line is currently down on DKSB already with the news the Cavaliers may be without any guards tonight. I’d scour for something on this game, there’s going to be a ton of value in the player prop market as well with Nance and Osman being the main beneficiaries of Sexton possibly being sidelined.
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