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Jimmy Butler will not play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Rockets [UPDATE]

Shooting guard to sit out. Justise Winslow to return to lineup for Heat.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler drives the ball around Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges during the first half at American Airlines Arena.  Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Heat have confirmed that Butler is out tonight vs. the Rockets. Winslow will return, but is going to come off the bench.

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he doesn’t expect SG Jimmy Butler (illness) to play tonight vs. the Houston Rockets. Spoelstra also said that forward Justise Winslow (concussion) is expected to return to the lineup.

With Butler likely to be out, we should see Kendrick Nunn ($5,500) and Duncan Robinson ($4,500) get more minutes at shooting guard, as well as rookie Tyler Herro ($5,100). Though, with Winslow back, he’ll also soak up minutes in the back court with Goran Dragic ($5,500). Overall, I don’t think any of these four players has the ceiling of Butler, but Herro and Nunn are capable scorers and the most appealing plays in my eyes.

The Rockets are currently only favored by 6.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook, so expect that line to start moving in Houston’s favor with Butler out.

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