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Report: James Harden, Clint Capela plan to play Tuesday vs. Nuggets [UPDATE]

Rockets leading scorer was held out Sunday with toe injury. Center dealing with heel issue.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Toyota Center.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE 12/31: Harden and Capela are both planning on playing on New Year’s Eve vs. the Nuggets, Yahoo Sports’ Chris B. Haynes reported Tuesday afternoon.

So with Harden and Capela likely to play, this is a downgrade for most of the value on the Rockets. Russell Westbrook takes the backseat to Harden again. Danuel House Jr. and PJ Tucker will see minutes, but not as much usage with Capela back. Eric Gordon is still a viable play I think since he’s a floor spacer and should be on the wing for Harden/Russ kicks.

UPDATE 12/30: Harden and Capela are being listed as questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Denver Nuggets.

Harden and Capela both missed Sunday’s game vs. the Pels. Harden has a toe injury and Capela’s heel is bothering him again. Without Harden, Cap and Russell Westbrook (rest), we saw the Rockets struggle vs. New Orleans. Russ should be back and if Harden is out, Westbrook is a top overall play on DraftKings. If Harden and Cap are out, House and Gordon are the best cash-game options depending on their price.

UPDATE: Harden has been ruled out, per coach Mike D’Antoni. Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers will start in the backcourt with The Beard and Russ sidelined.

So Gordon and Rivers are good value plays, and I still like McLemore, House and Tucker. This is an easy matchup vs. the Pels for the Rockets and there are a lot of minutes and usage to make up for with Harden, Russ and Capela all out.

Houston Rockets G James Harden is questionable to play in Sunday night’s game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. C Clint Capela is out and PG Russell Westbrook will sit on the second of a back-to-back.

Harden is dealing with a toe injury and may sit out tonight. Russ is getting rest as expected, while Capela remains out with a heel issue. If all three are going to sit vs. the Pels, the Rockets’ lineup will be extremely thin and we’ll get a ton of value. PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr. and Eric Gordon should see 30+ minutes and heavy usage compared to what they’re used to seeing. Ben McLemore should also see plenty of minutes and is a great value play at $4,000 on DraftKings. All four rotation players are priced under $5K and will be chalk if Harden sits.