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  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) is questionable to face the Pelicans on Sunday.

    The general vibe is that Vucevic will be able to make his return tomorrow after missing the last 11 games, so fantasy GMs can keep their fingers crossed. Khem Birch will likely go back out of the rotation when Vuc is at full strength, while Mo Bamba's stock takes a hit — though he's worth holding onto in 14-teamers and beyond given his excellent play while Orlando was shorthanded.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier kept the heat on with Friday's performance, totaling 27 points (10-for-18 shooting), six three-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and a steal as the Magic fell to the Rockets by a score of 107-130.

    Fournier has been on an insane tear this year and that continued in this one. You can try and sell him high, but it appears he may be in for a career year so only sell him if it's truly high for a top-30 talent in return.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac compiled 10 points (4-for-7 shooting), three rebounds, an assist and a block in Friday's loss to the Rockets.

    It was a relatively quiet night for Isaac, who was given the laborious task of guarding James Harden for most of the night. That likely explains the lower production and you can keep Isaac in your lineups as a defensive specialist with threes and rebounds.

  • Khem Birch
    C, Orlando Magic

    Khem Birch scored four points, five rebounds, two blocks and an assist across 32 minutes in Friday's loss to the Rockets.

    Birch's run of heavy rotational minutes are coming to an end with Nikola Vucevic due to return soon. Neither he nor Mohamed Bamba, who had nine points and six rebounds in 15 minutes, managed to make a case for an expanded role once Vucevic returns.

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon notched 21 points (9-for-15 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and two triples in Friday's loss to the Rockets.

    Gordon had a nice showing offensively, though the lack of defensive numbers is annoying. It will be tough for him to return his draft day price on the season, but he should improve on what he's done so far this year.

  • Terrence Ross
    SG, Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross played 27 minutes off the bench on Friday night, scoring 13 points (4-for-10 shooting), two assists, two triples, two blocks, a steal and a rebound.

    The minutes were a team-high off the bench for the Magic, as Ross seems to be settling into a sixth-man role that is offering him plenty of opportunities to hoist shots and be an option as a points and threes streamer. There will be rough shooting nights mixed in so be prepared for that as well.

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz will play on Friday against the Rockets barring any setbacks prior to tip-off.

    Get him in your lineup. It sounds like Fultz will not have much trouble suiting up for this one, and he was really finding his stride finally. He doesn't look like his former number one pick self yet, but he is most certainly a late-round asset that should be owned in standard leagues.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) will miss Friday's game against the Rockets and Al-Farouq Aminu (torn meniscus) will also join him on the sidelines.

    Vucevic is creeping closer to a return to action so hopefully you will be able to activate him for next week. This will be his 11th game missed. We can assume Aminu is out indefinitely, and is unlikely to return this season.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz is probable with an illness for the Magic-Rockets matchup on Friday.

    Fultz should be able to suit up for this one, and he will be busy chasing after Russell Westbrook all night. He has had a couple of rough nights most recently, but he was on a roll delivering late-round value and that is his likely path forward as the starting point guard.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Both Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) and Markelle Fultz (illness) were able to go through morning shootaround and will be game-time decisions on Friday night.

    Both were considered doubtful as of yesterday but clearly they're improving. It's typically safer to keep players on benches in their return games, just to shake the rust off, but you can at least have one plan that includes Vucevic and Fultz in the lineup tonight. Check back closer to game-time for an update.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz has been downgraded to doubtful for Friday's game against the Rockets due to a virus.

    Fultz could miss his second straight game on Friday as he deals with some sort of illness. DJ Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams will continue to see additional opportunity for as long as Fultz remains out. Augustin is the more attractive streaming option although MCW performed better on Wednesday night despite missing all four of his attempts from the charity stripe.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vučević (right ankle sprain) has been upgraded to doubtful ahead of Friday's tilt vs. the Rockets.

    Vuč has already missed 10 games with his ankle injury and is jeopardy of missing the next game as well. However, it is very positive news that he appeared on the injury report as anything other than out. Whether Nikola plays in this game or not, it is apparent that he is nearing a return. Khem Birch and Mo Bamba will see their roles reduced when Vuč returns to the floor.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic (right ankle sprain) is listed as out on the early injury report for Friday's game.

    Yesterday, Steve Clifford said that Vucevic could return on Friday, so it's possible that we see an update to his status after tomorrow's pregame activities. For what it's worth, Vucevic went through all of Thursday's non-contact practice. Deep-league GMs might have seen the last of Khem Birch, while Mo Bamba's solid stats (the on-court play is a lot dicier) make him worth a hold to see if he can hang around as a blocks and boards type.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (illness) is questionable to play on Friday.

    Fultz missed Wednesday's game so hopefully he's feeling better by tomorrow. The third-year guard has finally found his footing in the league, and while he's not putting up numbers befitting of a No. 1 overall selection, he is giving the Magic some solid output, plus upside, at their position of greatest need. Fultz should be rostered in all 12-team leagues. Fultz was not at practice on Thursday but that's just to prevent others from getting sick; he's apparently feeling better.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon shot 5-of-11 from the field on Wednesday, finishing with a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double with four assists, one trey, one steal and one block.

    This was a solid outing coming from Gordon who has thus far underperformed in 2019-20. More lines like this one should go a long way towards pulling his needle in the right direction.