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Five huge injuries impacting the NBA odds

Heading into the second month of the NBA season, it’s no surprise that the injury bug has begun to bite. From Derrick Rose to the most recent injury of Anthony Davis, injuries have been a huge talking point. Here is a look at five injuries affecting betting lines this December.

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Worth to spread: 3 to 4 points

Rose was on the track to lift the Bulls to their highest level since the Jordan era in the Windy City, prior to multiple knee injuries. With Rose struggling to start the season, before tearing his meniscus, the Bulls were coming up short against the spread, going 5-6 ATS. Since Rose was ruled out for the year, Chicago is just 1-4 ATS. Expect more struggles and less respect from linemakers in December, Something that might increase value.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Worth to spread:
1 to 2 points

The recent loss of Anthony Davis may just have as big of an effect as any big-name loss of the NBA season. The rebuilding Pelicans will miss Davis due to their lack of veteran replacements to step in place of the 2012 top draft pick. New Orleans is currently 7-9-1 ATS but, at 9-8 overall and sinking fast in the West, there is value in picking against the Pelicans this month. A triple OT win against the Bulls Monday may give the Pelicans hope without Davis, however.

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

Worth to spread: 2 to 3 points

Like the Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets are a team that has whimpered out of the gate while missing their point guard, going just 3-5 ATS with Williams nursing an ankle injury. Brooklyn is 5-12 SU and is only slightly better ATS at 6-11. Most of the Nets’problems stem from new faces and a first-year coach Jason Kidd. On a team loaded with veteran talent, the Nets could be turning things around sooner than later. Brooklyn is a 4.5-point underdog against Denver at home Wednesday.

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Worth to the spread:
1 to 1.5 points

The Spanish post presence has been the cornerstone of the Grizzlies for the past couple of seasons and without him the Grizzlies have been struggling, going 1-3 ATS since Gasol went down with a sprained knee. Starting the season 5-10-1 ATS, the Grizzlies are still 8-8 in the win/loss column. Once the lines start to adjust for the absence of Gasol, expect that ATS record to improve.

Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks

Worth to the spread:
1 to 1.5 points

Tyson Chandler is nearing a return from his early-season leg injury – and just in time. Things have fallen apart for the Knicks without their center. With Andrea Bargnani having to play serious minutes in Chandler's absence, New York is just 3-13 SU and 4-12 ATS. However, things weren’t great even with the Knicks’ shot blocker in the paint, with N.Y. going just 1-3 ATS before Chandler’s injury. Bettors would be wise to stay away from the Knicks at all cost, or at least until Chandler is 100 percent healthy.

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