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Pacers SG Chris Duarte will play Friday’s game vs. Hornets

The Indiana rookie is dealing with an shoulder injury and won’t play to start Week 5. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

Philadelphia 76ers v Indiana Pacers
Chris Duarte of the Indiana Pacers handles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers on November 13, 2021 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Update - Duarte is good to go for Friday’s contest against the Hornets, meaning Indiana’s sweet-shooting rookie will be in action for this play-in tournament rematch.

Update — Duarte has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Pistons with a shoulder injury. The rookie has been impressive for the Pacers this season, but will miss his second straight game due to an injury.

Update — Duarte has been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the New York Knicks due to a shoulder injury. The rookie guard was able to return to Sunday’s game vs. the Sixers after being deemed questionable to return. Now, he’s going to miss Monday’s game, so we should see Justin Holiday and Caris LeVert start along with Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner.

The Indiana Pacers are in a tough contest against the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers and will likely be without rookie shooting guard Chris Duarte for the rest of the contest. The guard suffered an ankle injury and went to the locker room. He is officially questionable to return.

With Duarte out, expect the Pacers to use Caris LeVert and Malcolm Brogdon more as the backcourt pairing. The Pacers will dearly miss Duarte’s three-point shooting down the stretch in this game. The rookie had five points and three assists in 17 minutes of action prior to exiting the game.

The Pacers next play Monday against the New York Knicks. If Duarte is able to return for that contest, the rookie’s injury can be considered mild. The Oregon product was one of the surprise picks due to his supposed limitations but he has emerged as one of the better players in the class.