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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 200
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 118-108 loss to the Bucks.
Marvin Williams hit 1-of-5 shots for six points and seven boards, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller also struggled in the loss. Kemba Walker came through with a nice game, but it was bench players Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb that brought the Hornets back to at least make it a game. Batum spent a lot of time matched up against defensive-wiz Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it showed in his stat line tonight. Mar 28 - 9:38 PM

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Nicolas Batum scored 18 points with six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He was just 6-of-15 from the field and the missed shots continue to be a problem these days. In his previous games since the break, Batum made just 28.1 percent from deep on 3.4 attempts, which has pulled him down to a woeful 38.5 percent from the field. He's still doing plenty in the other departments and did record his team-high 15th double-double this season. Batum should hold his mid-round value the rest of the way.
Mar 26 - 4:24 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field with five turnovers.

Batum may have tweaked his ankle during the game, but he didn't miss any time and we're leaving him off the injury report. The Hornets desperately need him to produce down the stretch, as they're still three games out of the No. 8 seed. They're trending up at the right moment, at least, having won three straight games after sweeping the season series vs. Orlando tonight.
Mar 22 - 9:42 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting vs. the Hawks on Monday.

This was his second game back after a two-game absence due to a migraine headache, but he looked much sharper this time around. Batum logged 31 minutes and dished out six assists with one rebound, one steal and one triple, and his workload should be safe as long as a playoff spot is within reach -- they are currently 3.0 games behind the Pistons (No. 8) and Heat (No. 9).
Mar 20 - 10:06 PM

Nicolas Batum scored eight points with 10 rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He and Kemba Walker were very quiet to start this game and Batum did show some rust tonight. Batum missed the last two games due to a migraine issue, which was his first noteworthy bout with that ailment during an NBA season. His fantasy owners can go back to plugging him in as a must-start player.
Mar 18 - 10:32 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum (migraine) will play Saturday vs. the Wizards.

Batum had missed two games dealing with painful migraines. However, he had a CT scan of his brain on Wednesday which came back negative and apparently Batum will be able to suit up Saturday night. This is unexpectedly good news for Batum owners, as it was unknown when Batum would be cleared to return. At this point, there has not been an indication of whether or not Batum will have any minutes restriction on Saturday. Jeremy Lamb will get bumped back to the bench.
Mar 18 - 11:09 AM

Results from the CT scan on the brain of Nicolas Batum came back negative.

It's good news for Batum, who has now missed the last two games. He's dealt with some severe headaches and it's possible he misses more time. His fantasy owners will have to figure out if they can afford to wait on him with his unclear return date. Jeremy Lamb should have nice short-term value while basically the entire rotation also gets a bump.
Mar 15 - 8:01 PM

Nicolas Batum is reportedly undergoing a CT scan on his brain.

Batum is dealing with painful migraines, and will not be able to play Wednesday, which will be his second straight game on the sidelines. Jeremy Lamb will likely be earning another start tonight, with Kemba Walker being tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Hopefully, the CT scan doesn't reveal anything serious, but we'll provide an update as soon as that information is made public.
Mar 15 - 12:44 PM

Nicolas Batum (migraine) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

Batum didn't even travel with the team to Indiana, so it's not surprising at all to see him ruled out, but perhaps he'll be able to return to action Saturday vs. the Wizards. Jeremy Lamb should draw another start tonight, and Kemba Walker will be asked to do a bit more on the offensive end.
Mar 15 - 11:40 AM

Nicolas Batum (migraine) did not practice on Tuesday and is not scheduled to fly with the team to Indiana for Wednesday night's game vs. the Pacers.

Coach Steve Clifford did say that Batum may fly to Indiana separately if he feels better. At this point, Batum seems doubtful to suit up for Wednesday's contest. Jeremy Lamb started in place of Batum on Monday and played well, scoring a career-high 26 points in 31 minutes. Lamb will be a strong DFS/streaming option if Batum is unable to play on Wednesday.
Mar 14 - 12:10 PM

Nicolas Batum (migraine) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Bulls.

Jeremy Lamb will get the start in his place tonight and there should also be some more opportunity for guys like Marco Belinelli and Treveon Graham in the second unit. Kemba Walker's usage spikes to 30.2 with Batum off the floor, so he might be someone to consider throwing out there in DFS with a favorable matchup against Chicago.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: None of the other Hornets pick up much usage with Batum off the floor - Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb both get rough 1.0% bumps - but Lamb should see ample court time with Batum sidelined. Lamb has averaged a shade over 30 MPG in the last three tilts without Batum in the lineup, and at his current DFS asking price, that should be more than enough for him to return value on Monday. Marco Belinelli and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could also see modest bumps in court time.

Nicolas Batum is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls due to a migraine headache.

The last two games that Batum missed back in January, Jeremy Lamb started and averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game. Marco Belinelli would also benefit and posted averages of 10.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 triples in that same span. Both players are firmly on the DFS and streaming radar if Batum sits.
Mar 13 - 11:21 AM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) scored 15 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

There was never a doubt Batum would miss this game or even be limited. He shouldn't be affected for Saturday's game at home either and playing more small forward could help his shot selection slightly. He's likely to flirt with early-round value as long as he avoids a prolonged shooting slump
Mar 10 - 9:58 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) is available to play against the Magic on Friday.

Ever since he returned from his ankle issue on Wednesday, it's been basically all positive news on Batum. The Hornets may have the thinnest court in the NBA right now with only Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams and Christian Wood available to play and primarily play the four and five. Batum could be in for a good game and play big minutes with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist matching up against Aaron Gordon a lot.
Mar 10 - 5:42 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) is probable to play against the Magic on Friday.

This is good news for Batum and the Hornets following Batum's injury on Wednesday. He did return to action somewhat quickly, so it would appear there's no noteworthy swelling. The Hornets should shootaround on Friday at home and Batum should be a go for that. Expect him out there.
Mar 9 - 3:03 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Briante Weber
4Brian Roberts
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Christian Wood
4Johnny O'Bryant
C1Cody Zeller
2Miles Plumlee