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Damian Lillard available to play Saturday vs. 76ers

The Blazers star is dealing with an abdominal injury. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 12, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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Update, Nov. 20 - Lillard is available to play in Saturday’s game.

Update, Nov. 20 - Lillard is officially a game-time decision for Saturday’s contest against the 76ers. The Blazers guard has played the last two games through his abdominal injury, but this designation typically means Lillard is feeling some additional discomfort and will need to test things out in pregame warmups.

Update, Nov. 15 evening — Damian Lillard is “available,” per Jason Quick.

Update, Nov. 15 — Damian Lillard is being listed as questionable to play in Monday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors.

The Portland Trail Blazers are looking to get back to the playoffs under new head coach Chauncey Billups but it hasn’t been smooth sailing early in the season. Damian Lillard, the team’s point guard and best player, is dealing with an abdominal injury and will not play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Damian Lillard injury: Fantasy basketball impact

This injury is a tough one for Lillard, who showed some signs of pain against the Clippers earlier in the week. The Blazers do have a back-to-back set starting Sunday, so it’s likely Lillard will be out Monday as well. That means CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and Norman Powell will get a boost in fantasy lineups.

Betting impact

The Trail Blazers were tough to back even with Lillard in the lineup, but his absence makes it tough to back Portland in any situation. Expect the line Sunday to heavily favor Denver, especially on the moneyline. It’s probably best to stay away from Portland until Lillard returns to the lineup.