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Eric Bledsoe, Pat Connaughton ruled out Friday vs. Celtics

The Bucks will be a bit shorthanded for their first game in the NBA bubble. We take a look at the fantasy and betting impact.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe dribbles up the court during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe and G Pat Connaughton have both been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics.

This is a bit of a surprise, at least for Bledsoe. It seems the Bucks are fine taking it slow with their starting PG considering it’ll be a long-shot for them to lose the No. 1 seed in the East. Connaughton tested positive for Covid-19 along with Bledsoe and both were isolated. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Thursday both players practiced, so again, we can expect them to return soon.

Fantasy and betting impact

From a fantasy perspective, it may be hard to fade Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday’s slate. Giannis looked amazing as always in scrimmages and will only need to handle the ball more with Bledsoe off the court. From a value standpoint, Donte DiVincenzo has been the guy to step up when the Bucks are short in the back court. Wesley Matthews should also see some more time at guard with George Hill. All three will be decent value considerations, though the Celtics are strong on defense.

The line as of now on DKSB is the Bucks favored by 5 points. We can assume that number may go down with the Bledsoe news. I’m OK jumping on the Celtics because, well, I liked the Celtics before this news came out. I think this game will be very competitive and should be closer to a 3-4 point spread. With that said, if the number does come down, there’s also a scenario in which Giannis dominates a team with no size and the Bucks cover.

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