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Devonte’ Graham will play Thursday vs. Nuggets [UPDATE]

Hornets PG has a sore ankle and was out against San Antonio on Tuesday. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting impact.

Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center.  Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: March 5, 6:31 p.m. — Graham is available to play vs. the Nuggets. With Graham back in the lineup, we should see Cody Martin go back to the bench. It’s also a slight downgrade for Terry Rozier, who will see fewer shots and usage against a tough Nuggets defense.

UPDATE: March 4, 1:22 p.m. — Graham is being listed as questionable to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets. He was ruled out for Tuesday’s game vs. the Spurs due to ankle soreness and is now upgraded.

With Graham sidelined on Tuesday, the Hornets nearly pulled off a win over San Antonio. Their was a set rotation of six players: P.J. Washington, Cody Martin, Miles Bridges and Terry Rozier in the starting lineup, with Jalen McDaniels and Caleb Martin off the bench. All four will continue to get a usage bump with Graham out. If Graham is back, Martin should return to the bench, but will likely continue to see 20+ minutes.

UPDATE: March 3, 11:17 a.m. — Graham has been ruled out vs. the Spurs. Graham is nursing a sore ankle and was deemed doubtful on Monday night. With Graham out, this opens up some nice value on the Hornets side for DFS on DraftKings.

Terry Rozier ($6,100) becomes a solid GPP play given his price. He’ll soak up most of the usage at PG and the Hornets lack depth in the back court to begin with, so his ceiling should be high. Really anyone on the Hornets roster is viable. Bismack Biyombo ($4,300), Cody Martin ($4,100) and Caleb Martin ($3,000) are my favorite values.

Charlotte Hornets PG Devonte’ Graham is going to be listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Graham has been cold since the All-Star break ended but has come on lately with at least 17 points in three straight. The Hornets have been scrappy through those three games as well, knocking off the Raptors on the road and giving the Bucks a game on Sunday afternoon.

Fantasy basketball and betting analysis: Devonte’ Graham injury

The Hornets are pretty thin in the back court if Graham can’t play in this game. Malik Monk is suspended and the only other true guard on the roster outside of Terry Rozier is Joe Chealey? Yeah, things aren’t looking great. Rozier would be an elite GPP play with Graham sidelined. The Spurs aren’t an imposing defense and don’t have great perimeter defenders. Miles Bridges should see more time at guard and handling the ball. Caleb Martin and Cody Martin have been getting a decent amount of run off the bench for Charlotte. Both could be decent value options.