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Luka Doncic remains out Wednesday vs. Lakers

Mavericks All-Star is still managing an injury he suffered earlier in the season.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots as Garrett Temple #41 and Willy Hernangomez #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans defend during the second half at Smoothie King Center on December 01, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Update, Dec. 14 — Doncic remains out Wednesday against the Lakers. This is in line with the expectation that he would miss multiple games with his ankle injury.

Update, Dec. 12 — Doncic is expected to miss multiple games as he continues to manage his ankle injury. He is out in Sunday’s game.

Update, Dec. 11 — The Mavericks have ruled Doncic out of Sunday’s game against the Thunder. Doncic is still working through his ankle injury, and Dallas likely feels it can afford to rest him against a weak Thunder team.

Update, DAL-MEM — Doncic will play in Wednesday night’s vs. the Grizzlies. The game tips at 8 p.m. ET, so since it’s post-lock be sure to adjust your DFS lineups. KP and THJ still feel like strong tournament plays but the slate is vast. Brunson is probably a fade with Doncic playing.

That makes some value options on Dallas a bit more appealing given the potential leverage. There are a billion injuries right now and getting an edge on them will be the key to the slate. Kristaps Porzingis ($8,100) and Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,800) will give a ton of leverage if Doncic is out. Even if Doncic plays, there won’t be many lineups on the Mavericks. Jalen Brunson ($5,400) would take the biggest hit if Doncic is in.

Update, Dec. 8 — Doncic is being listed as questionable to play in Wednesday night’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies due to ankle soreness. The All-Star guard was able to play in Tuesday’s loss to the Nets. Doncic had 28 points and 9 assists in 37 minutes in the loss to Brooklyn. So this could just be Doncic getting some rest on the second night of a tough back-to-back. WCS remains out due to personal reasons. It looks like Porzingis and THJ are also fine to play.

Update, DAL-BKN — Doncic, Hardaway and Porzingis are all available to play in Tuesday night’s game vs. the Nets.

Update, Dec. 7 — Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. are both being listed as probable to play against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. Doncic had been questionable on the injury report yesterday.

Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies due to an ankle injury. The Mavericks also won’t have PF Kristaps Porzingis (knee) or Willie Cauley-Stein (personal).

Luka Doncic injury updates

With Doncic out, Jalen Brunson should start at PG and get a ton of usage. He’ll be a chalky play for cash lineups and isn’t a bad GPP play given his upside. At $4,900 he’s a great salary saver along with a few other players on Dallas. Dorian Finney-Smith ($4,000), Reggie Bullock ($3,100) and Maxi Kleber ($4,100) are all great value plays on DraftKings for the main slate.

Despite all the injuries, the Mavericks are getting a point on the spread at home against Memphis, which is without Ja Morant. Even with the Mavericks down their two best players, they’ll be able to stay in the game against the Grizzlies. It may be worth an in-game bet or two to see how Dallas looks early on.