Hickson will come off the bench Friday versus Suns, Jason Kosmicki of the Denver Nuggets reports. Hickson has been replaced in the starting lineup by Nikola Jokic, who is coming off his best game of the season. It remains to be seen if this is a permanent switch to the staring lineup while Jusuf Nurkic is out.
Hickson scored six points (2-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed seven rebounds in 16 minutes in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio. Hickson has started as of late for Denver but has played less than 20 minutes per game in the Nuggets past three games. The forward only plays when Denver chooses to go with a small ball lineup, and he hasn't put up consistent numbers or minutes this season. He's an inconsistent player which makes it a risky decision to put him in a fantasy lineup.
Hickson will likely remain in the starting lineup at center for at least two more games, as Joffrey Lauvergne (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bucks and Friday's game against the Rockets, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Lauvergne could be ready to play when the Nuggets head to Phoenix on Sunday, but in the meantime, the center spot should belong to Hickson, especially while Nikola Jokic also remains limited by a lower-back strain. Though the Nuggets have shown a propensity for using a small-ball lineup on occasion during Lauvergne's absence that features Kenneth Faried at center, the team may not be afforded that luxury with matchups against Greg Monroe and Dwight Howard on the docket. As a result, look for Hickson to log heavy minutes in both contests, making him a reasonable target in daily formats. He's coming off his best game of the season Monday against the Trail Blazers, when he posted 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-11 FT) and 13 boards over 30 minutes.
Hickson has been named a starter for Monday's tilt against Portland, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports. Hickson has been in and out of the starting lineup for Denver so far this season. He's starting due to injuries to Nikola Jokic (back) and Josuf Nurkic (knee) so his appearances in the starting lineup shouldn't be expected to continue throughout the season, but may continue for the near future.
Hickson will start at center Tuesday. This comes as no surprise with Joffrey Lauvergne (back) and Nikola Jokic (back) out Tuesday. While Hickson will start, he has played a total of three minutes this season, so the Nuggets may look to go small more often than not against the Lakers.
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