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Kyrie Irving ruled out of Monday’s game vs. the Pacers

Nets point guard remains sidelined for tonight’s nine-game slate. We break down the fantasy basketball implications.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.  Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball Analysis, Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving

The absence of Irving opens up a ton of usage and looks for everyone else on the roster. The most notable bump goes to Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,000), who should start again for Kyrie and will be the primary ball-handler. Dinwiddie becomes a nice cash-game play to go along with Tristan Thompson ($5,600) for the Cavaliers vs. the Knicks.

As far as other viable plays, Jarrett Allen ($4,900), Joe Harris ($5,400) and Taurean Prince ($5,300) are all starters who played well without Irving in the lineup. All three would be more GPP plays than chalk, however. As far as approaching this game on DraftKings Sportsbook, the line is now down to Nets -2 after Brooklyn opened as 4.5 point favorites. The fact the game will be close bodes well for the fantasy players above. Without much star power, the UNDER of 215 seems like a number to jump on now before it gets bet down more.

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