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Luka Doncic out Saturday vs. Grizzlies

Doncic is dealing with an ankle injury. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

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Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball downcourt against the Denver Nuggets in the first half at American Airlines Center on November 15, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
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December 4 update: Doncic was officially listed as day-to-day when he first suffered the ankle injury. The All-Star missed three games before returning to the lineup but he’ll be held out of the second game of a back-to-back set Saturday.

Update: The Mavericks have ruled Doncic out of Sunday’s game. This will be the third game he has missed since suffering the ankle injury.

Update: Doncic is a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the Clippers. The game is scheduled to be in the primetime slot in Slovenia’s time zone, so we know Doncic badly wants to suit up for this game if he can.

Update: Doncic is officially out for Friday’s rematch game against the Suns. The Mavericks lost Wednesday’s contest to Phoenix and will have to try to get some revenge without their star.

Update: Doncic is being listed as doubtful to play in Friday’s rematch against the Suns. He was held out of their game on Wednesday night due to an ankle injury, something Doncic has had issues with throughout his young career. We already knew Doncic was expected to miss some time, though the injury isn’t considered serious.

Update: Doncic has been ruled out for Wednesday’s contest against the Suns due to his ankle injury. The setback is not considered serious, but Doncic is expected to miss some games.

The Dallas Mavericks avoided a major setback when tests on star guard Luka Doncic’s left ankle and knee came back with no signs of structural damage, according to Shams Charania. Doncic is Dallas’ best player and a league MVP candidate. He is considered day-to-day and likely is going to miss some time, according to Tim MacMahon.

Luka Doncic injury: Fantasy basketball impact

Doncic is averaging 24.9 points, 7.9 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. He’s one of the top fantasy basketball players in leagues and is likely the best player for many managers. Doncic is likely going to play through this injury at some point, but it could hamper his scoring and rebounding to a certain degree.

Betting impact

As long as Doncic is on the floor, the Mavericks are a solid bet against lesser opponents. They’ll pull off the occasional win against stiffer competition as well. With Doncic sidelined for some games, bettors should avoid backing the Mavericks until we get a better sense of how they play without the star. If Doncic goes down with a major injury stemming from this ankle and knee problem, then it’ll be time to fade the Mavericks in futures bets. For now, this seems like a routine injury that will potentially cost the star a few games here and there.