Hayward was initially listed as probable on the Hornets injury report, but he’s been downgraded to doubtful in advance of Thursday’s matchup vs. the Raptors. Hayward left yesterday’s contest vs. the Mavericks early after suffering a hip strain, and it appears that injury will keep him out of the lineup.
If Hayward is ruled out, Miles Bridges would be one possibility to replace him in the starting lineup. LaMelo Ball could also see a few additional minutes off the bench, and he’s increased his usage rate by a team-high +2.9% with Hayward off the court this season. He’s averaged 1.27 FanDuel points per minute in that situation, so any additional playing time could make him an excellent fantasy option.
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