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Michael Porter Jr. available to play Friday vs. Pelicans [UPDATE]

Nuggets F returns after sitting out Wednesday due to back tightness. Gary Harris also expected back.

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. celebrates his score in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at the Pepsi Center. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.