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Jaylen Brown available to play Monday vs. Bucks [UPDATE]

The small forward missed his fourth game in a row on Wednesday. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 1, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Update: Brown will be available to play in Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He had missed the past four games due to a hamstring injury. The Celtics have lost three straight and four of their past five games.

Update: The Celtics have ruled out Brown for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. This is now Brown’s fourth missed game in a row.

Update: The Celtics have ruled Brown out for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers. Los Angeles was already favored, but the line will likely shift more towards the home team with Boston’s star small forward out. This will be Brown’s third straight missed game, as the hamstring continues to give him problems.

The Boston Celtics have ruled out Jaylen Brown for Saturday’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a hamstring injury. The small forward sat out with the injury earlier in the season and missed some games due to “injury management” but had returned for five games before missing Friday’s contest against the Jazz.

With Brown sidelined, the Celtics will once again rely on Jayson Tatum to shoulder the load offensively. The forward has been a star this season but clearly needs more help even if Brown comes back soon. Boston’s peripheral players haven’t quite jelled yet, and it’s having an effect on the court. Romeo Langford, a natural replacement for Brown, is questionable to play but could absorb those minutes.

Damian Lillard is out for the Trail Blazers, so Brown’s injury might not swing the lines much either way. The Celtics are the road team, so they were likely underdogs in this game even with Brown’s status in question.