NBA playoff betting notes: Nuggets' Faried battling ankle injury

Apr 30, 2013 |
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is battling through a sprained left ankle and is probable Tuesday. Here is a look at some NBA playoff notes heading into Tuesday night's action.

Faried frustrated with ankle sprain

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is probable to play Tuesday as he heals from a sprained left ankle.

Faried injured the ankle in Denver's April 14 game versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

He missed Game 1 due to the injury but played in the next three. Faried averages 28.1 minutes, nine points and seven rebounds per game. He came off the bench in Game 2, but has started Games 3 and 4.

"It's extremely frustrating," Faried told Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. "Especially when it's taking away my most powerful weapon — my legs. I've just got to fight through it and hopefully I'll be all right."

Faried's frustration spilled over following Denver's Game 4 115-101 loss versus the Warriors. Faried reportedly kicked a hole in the wall inside the visitors locker room at Oracle Arena in Oakland. He was unsure of which foot he used to kick the wall.

Lines opened with the Nuggets as 7.5-point home favorites and they are currently 8-point favorites. The total opened at 213.5 and has since dropped to the currently total of 211.5.

Dooling questionable

Memphis Grizzlies guard Keyon Dooling is reportedly progressing from a neck strain that held him out of Game 4 Saturday. He is questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The veteran is averaging 10.7 minutes, 4.3 points and one assist per game in the postseason.

Rookie guard Tony Wroten played five minutes in Dooling's absence in Game 4.

The line has held firm at most books with the Grizzlies as 5.5-point underdogs. The total opened at 180 but now currently sits at 179.5.

Andris Biedrins questionable for Game 5

Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins is questionable for Game 5 Tuesday versus the Denver Nuggets.

Biedrins has yet to play in the series due to lower back tightness.

The 7-footer has only played 30 minutes since March 1 and averaged 0.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in the regular season.

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