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Jimmy Butler expected to play Friday vs. the Warriors

Heat shooting guard missed Wednesday’s contest due to illness. We break down the impact of his return.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler shoots the ball between the defense of Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller and guard Devonte’ Graham during the first half at American Airlines Arena.  Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed to reporters early Friday that shooting guard Jimmy Butler is expected to play against the Golden State Warriors.

Butler went through shootaround this morning, which is usually a solid indicator that a player is going to play. The All-Star guard missed Wednesday’s game vs. the Houston Rockets due to an illness, so he’s had a few days off to get some rest with the Thanksgiving break.

Butler’s ($8,300) return to the lineup should bump Duncan Robinson ($4,300) back to the bench and decrease the fantasy basketball appeal of Kendrick Nunn ($5,600). It will also impact the usage for Tyler Herro ($5,100) off the bench. With all that said, the Heat are facing the Warriors at home, so all these players are considerations on DraftKings’ 12-game main slate.

Miami is currently an 11-point favorite, which seems generous. Butler will be back and the Heat will have close to their full rotation for the first time in a while. Justise Winslow ($5,700) recently returned from a concussion, and he’s in a good spot here as well.