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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to return to lineup Wednesday vs. Grizzlies

Thunder guard will be available to play against Memphis after being sidelined due to knee injury.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder moves the ball defended by Dennis Schroder of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 08, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. SGA had been sidelined for four games due to a knee injury. The Thunder were 1-3 without Gilgeous-Alexander in the lineup. OKC also announced C Al Horford will take the night off to rest after Tuesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

This is a big boost for the Thunder, who really didn’t have a natural point guard with SGA sidelined and George Hill also out. Theo Maledon and Hamidou Diallo had been starting in the backcourt with Lu Dort also involved. So SGA should get back into the starting 5 and if he isn’t held to a minutes restriction, be a solid play against the Grizz. We could see Kenrich Williams end up being the player who heads back to the bench on Wednesday.

I’m not sure how crazy I am about playing SGA at $8,500 on DraftKings. We don’t know how much he’s going to play and this price is very high. SGA seems like a decent GPP play given his ownership likely won’t be too high on a 10-game slate and we know what his ceiling is if he does play 30+ minutes. Williams ($5,400) and Diallo ($6,600) get a downgrade with SGA back. With Horford out, Darius Bazley ($6,200) is a strong option in GPPs.

Right now, the Grizzlies are 6-point favorites at home against the Thunder. OKC has been surprisingly good against the spread this season, so this may be a spot where we look to get the Thunder on the points. It’s the second night of a back-to-back but the Grizzlies are also in the same situation. Memphis got blown out by the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Right now, I’d lean OKC +6 if that’s the line you can grab. This will likely move a point or two after the SGA news. It may not even move as much given Horford is out.