UPDATE: Jan. 24, 7:09 p.m. — Porter will be active and available to play vs. the Pelicans. Gary Harris is also expected to be back.
UPDATE: Jan. 24, 12:15 p.m. — Michael Porter Jr. is a game-time decision Friday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. PG Gary Harris is on track to return to the lineup.
Coach Malone said there’s a good chance Gary Harris goes tonight.— Katy Winge (@katywinge) January 24, 2020
Michael Porter Jr will go through his game warmups and see how his upper back feels and then will decide.
Murray, Millsap, Plumlee all still out for tonight vs. Pelicans.
So with Porter back, Torrey Craig gets a bit of a downgrade, while Harris’ return should spell the end of Monte Morris in the starting lineup. We’ll see if both are able to play and if there’s any minutes restriction attached.
UPDATE: Jan. 22, 6:54 p.m. — Porter has been ruled out.
Yes, MPJ is out tonight.— Katy Winge (@katywinge) January 22, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 22, 6:47 p.m. — Porter is closer to being doubtful and appears unlikely to play vs. Houston. So with Porter not looking good, Grant and Jokic I obviously like a lot. I’d also expect Torrey Craig ($3,500) to play more minutes at SF and we could even see some Juancho Hernangomez ($3,000) tonight.
Porter is probably unlikely to play, I’m told. Felt back tightness during warmups.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) January 22, 2020
Denver Nuggets PF Michael Porter Jr. is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Houston Rockets. The Nuggets are already without Mason Plumlee and Paul Millsap, so if Porter is out it could be bad news.
Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. is questionable with back tightness.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 22, 2020
Fantasy basketball analysis: Denver Nuggets SF/PF Michael Porter Jr.
If Porter is out, both Nikola Jokic ($9,200) and Jerami Grant ($5,600) are strong tournament plays on DraftKings. I liked Jokic as the top center play before this news and now I’d say he’s a top play overall. Grant should also see big minutes.