Michael Porter Jr. expected to play for Nuggets against Mavericks on Thursday
Michael Porter Jr. is expected to be cleared from the NBA’s COVID-protocol safety program Wednesday and play Thursday night against the Mavericks. The Nuggets have been without Porter for their past three games where the team went 2-1, albeit those pair of wins coming against lowly Minnesota.
MPJ was in the midst of a killer start to the season, putting up almost 20 points per game while pulling down the second most rebound on the team with 6.8 boards per game. All this while playing just 29 minutes per game. The 2018 first-round pick had his best game of the season before being held out, as Porter put up season-highs with 30 points and 10 rebounds in a season-best 40 minutes against the Kings. His trajectory should continue to be upward, and the sky is the limit, especially if the Nuggets play him as they did against Sacramento. Check back at FanDuel’s DFS on Thursday as Porter could be a sneaky play upon his return.
As the Nuggets big man returns, JaMychal Green, who played exceptionally well in Porter’s absence, will take a big hit in usage. The veteran forward, coming off back-to-back double-figure scoring games, will likely be lucky to crack 20 minutes of playing time a night once Porter returns. Despite putting up top 100 value, Green can safely be returned to the waiver wire as his value really drops with the return of MPJ.
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