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Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris (hamstring) returned from his meniscus surgery back on November 18th and has appeared in six games since then. Now, after only being able to play 16 minutes in their last game, Harris picked up a strained hamstring that will cause him to miss at least one game. He's officially listed as out for their contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. With Jalen Suggs out and Markelle Fultz on a minutes restriction, Cole Anthony and Terrence Ross will likely see a boost in usage.
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (foot) hopes to return to action in 1-2 weeks. The talented big man is nursing a strained right plantar fascia and it has forced him to miss six games. It looks like he will be out for at least four more games. In Carter Jr., Orlando has lost its best rebounder and one of the team's highest scorers. Mo Bamba and Bol Bol have benefitted from his absence, and Moritz Wagner has also entered the rotation lately after missing the start of the season with a foot injury.
Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (back) was previously listed as questionable after leaving the team's last game with back spasms. It looks as though the back spasms are too much as he's officially listed as out for their game against the Atlanta Hawks. In his place, Bol Bol and Moritz Wagner are likely to see most of the minutes at center. Paolo Banchero will probably see an increase in his usage as well. The former duo would be the better streaming option with Wagner as the one who is more widely available.
Although Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz (toe) will start in his 2022-2023 debut versus the Atlanta Hawks, the Magic want to ease him into the rotation and plan to stop his play at 15 minutes. With his fractured left toe being the reason why he's missed every game of the season so far, it's understandable to pace him out of the gate. There's no telling what he'll do in 15 minutes of action, but the Hawks aren't the same defensive liability as they've been in years passed, evidenced by their 12th-ranked defensive rating. It's safe to stay away from fantasy or betting scenarios regarding the young point guard.
Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (back) was forced to leave the team's last game with back spasms that were too much to overcome. He only was able to play for 12 minutes and had a pretty quiet evening. Now, he's listed as questionable for the team's contest on Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks. If he can't suit up, Bol Bol and Moritz Wagner will likely see the bulk of the minutes at center. There could be some small ball thrown in, but those two would be the top streaming options.