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D’Angelo Russell starting for Wednesday’s game vs. Nuggets

The Wolves guard is dealing with an ankle injury. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Brooklyn Nets
D’Angelo Russell of the Minnesota Timberwolves directs his teammates in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 03, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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December 15 update - Russell is active and will start for the Timberwolves against the Nuggets Wednesday.

December 14 update - Russell is officially questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets, but it seems like he will play after taking part in Sunday’s game.

December 12 update - Russell is expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers.

December 11 update - Russell is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have ruled point guard D’Angelo Russell out for Friday’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to an ankle injury. The Wolves guard has been inactive for the last two contests with the injury, which is considered day-to-day by the team.

With Russell out, look for Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards to be the primary fantasy beneficiaries. Towns will continue to see a lot of touches, but Edwards will get significantly more volume. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Timberwolves are 1.5-point underdogs. This line was set with Russell unlikely to play, so don’t expect much change now that he’s been officially ruled out.

Russell is averaging 19.0 points and 6.4 assists per game this season for the Timberwolves, who have showed signs of life in the Western Conference playoff race. The guard was expected to hit another level once paired with his friend Towns, but that simply hasn’t happened yet.