Fans of the Dallas Mavericks and pay per head sportsbooks are very hopeful, as according to a league source, guard Monta Ellis only suffered a light right hamstring strain and would like to play in the Mavericks’ three-game road trip.
Price per head services learned that the team will update Ellis’ status after their morning shootaround in Boston on Sunday.
The source said that the player is pushing to play against the Celtics on Sunday, but he will likely rest for at least one game.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Ellis was injured late in the fourth quarter of his team’s 103-81 home victory on Friday night against the Utah Jazz. On Saturday morning, the player underwent an MRI to find out how severe the strain was, and in the afternoon he traveled with the team to Boston.
The player emerged as Dirk Nowitzki’s scoring sidekick after signing a $25 million three-year deal this summer with Dallas. Pay per head sportsbooks found out that he ranks 22 in the NBA in scoring with 19.5 points a game and has an average of 5.8 assists – a team-high – and shooting 46.2 percent from the floor.
Ellis is one of two Mavericks players who played this season in all 51 games. Pay per head sportsbooks can also see that he leads the team in minutes at 36.5 per game.
The rest of the road trip will consist of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday and another one against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday before the All-Star break. If Ellis sits out for the entire road trip, he will have a total period of 10 days to rest before the team’s home game against the Miami Heat on February 18, and pay per head sportsbooks can’t wait to watch what will happen on the court when this game gets underway.
Devin Harris will likely take Ellis’ spot in the starting lineup if he doesn’t play.
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“You can’t replace what he does,” said Harris, who missed the first half of the season while recovering from toe surgery.
“We’ll have to do it by committee. He’s been playing great for us.”