UPDATE: Feb. 19, 7:35 p.m. — The veteran point guard will miss his second-straight game with both ankle and thumb injuries. As we noted, we could possibly see DeAndre’ Bembry start again on Friday night against the Timberwolves.
UPDATE: Feb. 19, 1:15 p.m. — Lowry is being listed as questionable to play Friday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lowry was ruled out of Thursday’s win over the Bucks due to thumb and ankle injuries. The Raptors didn’t miss Lowry much Thursday, demolishing the Bucks for a second straight game thanks to Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam. If Lowry is out again, the Raptors could start DeAndre’ Bembry again.
Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry has been ruled out for Thursday’s game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks due to ankle and thumb injuries. The Raptors PG was injured in Tuesday’s win over the Bucks and was unable to return. The Raptors made a move to recall rookie guard Malachi Flynn from the G-League prior to the game and he’s expected to be available to play.
Update: DeAndre’ Bembry will start in place of Lowry at SF with FVV and Powell in the backcourt.
The Raptors have good depth at guard, so this is a pretty natural move for Fred VanVleet over to PG. We should expect Norman Powell to move to SG and could see Chris Boucher end up replacing Lowry in the starting lineup. So that would mean we see FVV, Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Boucher start against the Bucks.
VanVleet ($7,900) becomes a very appealing GPP play on DraftKings with Lowry out. His usage should go up and he’s coming off 33 points and 53 DKFP against the Bucks on Tuesday. Siakam ($7,600) should also be considered in tournaments given his ownership should be lower than VanVleet, who will be popular on a three-game slate. Powell ($6,400) is another decent pivot along with Boucher ($6,300), both being mid-range plays.
As for value, DeAndre’ Bembry ($3,200) played 18 minutes on Tuesday with Lowry out most of the game, though it was a pretty lopsided win for the Raptors. In a competitive game, we probably don’t see much of Bembry. If you think the Bucks will coast to a win, Bembry isn’t a bad value option. Flynn ($3,000) is min-priced but I’m not sure how much of him we’ll see. Maybe if Flynn ends up being the starter for Lowry, we can consider pivoting that way.
As for the betting lines, well, we were waiting to pounce on this news. The Bucks went from -6.5 to -7.5 almost instantly after Lowry was ruled out. Milwaukee is in a desperation spot and really needs a win. I wouldn’t count the Raptors out entirely, so if this spread gets too high, maybe take the points. You can try and hedge in-game with the Bucks ML depending on how things go. VanVleet’s Pts + Rebs + Asts total was set at 32.5 and that’s the line I jumped on. FVV should get plenty of usage and he cleared this number on points alone on Tuesday.
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