Update: As expected, Middleton will return to the floor against the Lakers Wednesday. The shooting guard was dealing with COVID but is now healthy and ready to help the Bucks get back to the top of the East.
Update: Middleton is not playing in Milwaukee’s contest Sunday vs. the Hawks due to COVID-19 but is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Lakers.
Update: Middleton, who was out Sunday with an illness, has tested positive for COVID-19 according to Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer. That means the guard will be out indefinitely as he recovers from the virus.
The Milwaukee Bucks were already down two starters against the Utah Jazz but will also be down star Khris Middleton. The guard was ruled out with an illness, leaving Giannis Antetokounmpo as a lone ranger against Utah Sunday.
Khris Middleton injury: Fantasy basketball impact
With Middleton being ruled out, that leaves Antetokounmpo as the primary offensive creator for Milwaukee. Expect George Hill, Pat Connaughton and Jordan Nwora to be secondary scoring options in this game. Those three could carry some value in DFS and fantasy lineups.
The Jazz were 2-point favorites entering the contest because Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez were already ruled out. That line is going to move further in Utah’s direction, so if you got the Jazz early stay on them. Depending on where the line ends up, the Jazz might still be the better team to back. The over/under is probably going to drop down as well.