The Houston Rockets have ruled out G Victor Oladipo and C Christian Wood for Saturday night’s game vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Wood missed Friday’s win over the Detroit Pistons and was considered doubtful to play on Saturday. Oladipo is taking a seat to rest on the second night of a back-to-back. The Rockets are also listing PG John Wall (knee) as probable to return to the lineup.
Update: Wall is available to play and should re-enter the starting lineup.
With Wood and Oladipo out for the Rockets, this game may be pretty rough. Wall comes back but he could be limited a bit coming off the knee injury. At $7,000, Wall isn’t a bad tournament option if he’s going to play a full allotment of minutes. If not, it’s hard to trust him in this matchup. DeMarcus Cousins ($5,100) will get another start for Wood. Cousins had an awful shooting night on Friday, going 2-of-16 from the floor. He also had 15 rebounds and 7 assists, so Boogie is still valuable at this price with Dipo and Wood out.
Jae’Sean Tate ($5,000), PJ Tucker ($3,900) and Eric Gordon ($6,000) will all have some value on DraftKings. Tucker makes the most sense in a chalk lineup given his price and expected minutes. Gordon has a high ceiling and Tate would give you a bit of leverage. Boogie will also be chalk and Wall we need to see what happens with his minutes.
The line on this game is at Mavericks -9.5. The number is definitely going to jump up, so getting the spread now is favorable. The Over/Under is at 219, which is hard to gauge. The Rockets may not score much but this also could be a game in which Dallas lights it up. I’d wait and see how the public bets and how the line moves before reacting or look for a spot in-game to take advantage of.
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