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Otto Porter Jr. says he’ll play Monday vs. Mavericks [UPDATE]

Bulls forward has been sidelined since November due to foot injury. We break down what his return means for fantasy basketball and betting.

Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls get another boost in the front court with Otto Porter Jr. saying he’ll return to the lineup Monday vs. the Dallas Mavericks. The Bulls forward has been sidelined since the beginning of November due to a foot injury. He had been listed as questionable to play in this game, but confirmed he’ll return to reporters in the afternoon.

Fantasy basketball and betting analysis: Otto Porter Jr. injury

Note: Zach LaVine (quad) is doubtful to play for the Bulls.

The Bulls just got Wendell Carter Jr. back in the lineup over the weekend. He only played 18 minutes, but posted six points, nine rebounds and two assists. Chances are the Bulls will continue to ease WCJ back into the rotation. With Porter back, he’s also only expected to play around 16-20 minutes. Because of that, we should see plenty of Thaddeus Young at PF. Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio should also mix in with Carter and Porter. It’s crowded, is what I’m getting at. Really none of these guys are appealing DFS options on DraftKings with seven games.

The Mavericks are 5.5 point favorites on the road with Luka Doncic probable to return. Porter’s return creates an interesting wrinkle, but I don’t see it as too impactful. Again, Porter and Carter likely won’t see more than 18-20 minutes. The Mavs are a great road team and the Bulls have been wildly inconsistent.

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