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Luka Doncic AVAILABLE Sunday vs. Bulls

Mavericks PG is dealing with that ankle injury again and will sit Friday night. We break down the impact.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors on January 3, 2022 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Dallas Mavericks PG Luka Doncic has been ruled out for Friday night’s game vs. the Houston Rockets due to an ankle injury. Doncic has been dealing with the injury for most of his NBA career it seems. Doncic played 34 minutes in Wednesday night’s win over the Golden State Warriors, scoring 26 points with 8 assists and 7 rebounds. This may just be a rest game considering the Mavericks are taking on the Rockets. Let’s take a look at the impact of Doncic being out.

Luka Doncic injury impact

Update, Jan. 9 — After being listed as a game-time decision, Doncic will play Sunday against the Bulls.

Update, Jan. 8 — Doncic is listed as questionable for the team’s Sunday game against the Bulls.

Update, Jan. 7 — Doncic has been ruled out, so we can fire up Jalen Brunson ($7,000) as a chalk play against the Rockets. We also discussed Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. as solid options.

With Doncic unlikely to play, Jalen Brunson will run the point and be the primary ball-handler. Brunson has been starting in the backcourt with Doncic after previously coming off the bench. We should see Tim Hardaway Jr. start in place of Doncic. Both Brunson and THJ are in good spots for DFS. Dorian Finney-Smith has also played well and should see more opportunities on offense. Reggie Bullock would be another name to monitor.

The absence of Doncic should also free up the Rockets to stay in the game. It may be a decent spot to get the Rockets and the points. You can also target some player props for Houston, looking at markets for Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.