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Luka Doncic will play Monday vs. Bulls [UPDATE]

Mavericks All-Star sat out Sunday to rest his thumb sprain. We break down the fantasy basketball impact of his return.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic dribbles as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie defends during the second quarter at American Airlines Center. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: March 2, 6:42 p.m. — Doncic will play and Seth Curry has been ruled out for the Mavericks vs. the Bulls.

UPDATE: March 2, 11:22 a.m. — Doncic is listed as probable to return to the lineup Monday night vs. the Chicago Bulls. The All-Star was held out of Sunday’s game vs. the T-Wolves due to a thumb sprain. It was likely he was just getting some additional rest with the Mavs on a back-to-back set.

The Mavs opening as -3.5 point favorites on the road and the line is going to move rapidly with Doncic expected to play. Dallas should have an easy time if Doncic is back. The Bulls have lost nine of their past 10 games and are 12-19 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 21-10 on the road, among the best away from home in the NBA.

UPDATE: March 1, 2:07 p.m. — Doncic has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a thumb sprain. Doncic was able to play in Friday’s game vs. the Miami Heat, scoring 23 points with 10 assists in 38 minutes. With Doncic out Sunday, we should see Maxi Kleber or Delon Wright start. Kleber would play PF or C with Seth Curry and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the back court. Wright could start at PG with THJ playing the 3 and Dorian Finney-Smith at the 4. Either way, it’s a boost all around the roster. Kristaps Porzingis, THJ, Curry and DFS are all decent DFS play.

UPDATE: Feb, 28, 6:56 p.m. — Doncic is available to play vs. the Heat. He injured his thumb in Wednesday’s game against the Spurs. We also know that Doncic celebrated his 21st birthday in Miami last night. I’m not saying buy into this narrative too much — especially if Luka is playing — but this is NBA DFS. A slight downgrade to some of the value on Dallas, plus Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr.

UPDATE: Feb,. 28, 5:15 p.m. — Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went on the radio Friday afternoon and said Luka Doncic is closer to probable and he’s hopeful the All-Star can play vs. the Heat.

UPDATE: Feb. 28, 11:52 a.m. — So I know that Luka Doncic is listed as questionable to play due to the thumb injury he sustained in Wednesday’s game. I also know that Doncic reportedly celebrated his 21st birthday in Miami on Thursday night. Sure, the injury is real because we saw it the other night. We also know that 21st birthdays can be, well, a little out of control. Imagine being an NBA Superstar in Miami celebrating your 21st. I know, me too. I’m not saying Luka is definitely sitting because of a “thumb” injury/hangover but would you be able to play an NBA basketball game after your 21st birthday? Probably not.

UPDATE: Feb. 27, 5:35 p.m.Luka Doncic is being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Miami Heat. Doncic briefly left Wednesday’s win over the Spurs due to a thumb injury, but was able to return and finish with a triple-double.

UPDATE: 9:09 p.m. - The crisis did not last for long. Quickly after heading to the locker room, Doncic returned to the bench and was ruled available to return.

This is potentially catastrophic news for the Dallas Mavericks. Luka Doncic ($10,300) appeared to jam his thumb and had to go to the locker room. Prior to getting hurt, he was playing well with 18 DKFP on a 3-7-4 stat line. If he’s ruled out, Kristaps Porzingis ($8,300) would have to play a massive role.