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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 25 points with nine rebounds, five assists, a triple, and a block in Wednesday's 106-105 win over Portland. Jokic made a few key free throws late in the contest to help seal the deal for Denver, their fourth straight win. The All-Star center has now scored 25-plus points in three of his last four games, including a monster, 47-point effort on Monday, as he looks to make a final push for the MVP trophy. Jokic will get an excellent matchup on Friday against the Warriors. They've allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to centers this year, including a triple-double to the Joker in their first meeting.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (knee) is done for the year. Murray made his return on Monday night against Golden State after missing four games with right knee soreness but suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the closing minutes, ending his season early. Without Murray in the equation, Facundo Campazzo will likely continue to start moving ahead, with Nikola Jokic benefiting in terms of usage and differential.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. had 24 points on 11-for-21 shooting in Monday's loss to Golden State, adding nine rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of action. Most of his misses came from deep as he shot 1-for-7 from downtown. Porter Jr. is having a very productive month, averaging close to a double-double and shooting 53.5 percent from the field. He will try and keep it up against Miami next on Wednesday. The Heat have done a good job defensively against opposing forwards this season, so this is an uncomfortable matchup for Porter Jr., but he should go off for a big line in Friday's meeting with the struggling Rockets.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic had yet another outstanding game on Monday with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but he couldn't save the team from a 116-107 loss against the Warriors. The Joker had trouble with the three-ball, shooting 1-for-5 from long range, but he managed a decent 10-for-21 overall from the field and went 6-for-8 at the line, adding one steal and one block with four turnovers in 37 minutes. Jokic is in or around the triple-double mark each night, and he'll be back out there on Wednesday against Miami. The Heat have Bam Adebayo to guard opposing bigs, but even he had no answers to Jokic in this year's first meeting when the star center cruised to 21 points, 11 rebounds and three steals on 64 percent shooting.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (knee) will return to the lineup on Monday night against Golden State. The 24-year-old has missed his previous four contests while dealing with right knee soreness but appears to be good to go in a favorable matchup against the Warriors. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction, so his DFS outlook is cloudy. However, managers in season-long fantasy leagues should classify him as a must-start.