James Harden Available to Play Monday vs. Mavericks
January 4Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
Harden has been cleared to return to the lineup Monday vs. the Mavericks after an ankle injury forced him to miss the Rockets’ last game. There has been no report of Harden being on a minute restriction, and his return should shift Eric Gordon back to the bench.
Harden’s return means the Rockets will be close to full strength for just the second time all season. There were some concerns about how Harden would fit next to John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Christian Wood, but they were able to secure a 122-119 victory vs. the Kings in their first game together. Harden didn’t show any reduced value from a fantasy perspective either, finishing with 33 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. His usage rate of 38.0% was also his highest mark of the early season. Overall, Harden should continue to serve as one of the best players in DFS after averaging at least 57.07 FanDuel points in back-to-back seasons.
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