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12/17/2017 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
Tristan Thompson scored four points Saturday on 2-of-2 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Utah Jazz 109-100. Thompson pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +6 in his 7:11 of playing time. He added two steals.

Analysis: Thompson continues to be eased back from a calf injury that sidelined him for nearly six weeks. He's played just 13 minutes in two games since returning, was held out of another and won't participate in Sunday's matchup at Washington due it being on a back-to-back. The center's return to fantasy relevance remains quite a ways away.
12/17/2017 LeBron James, Cle, F
LeBron James scored 29 points Saturday, going 9 of 15 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Utah Jazz 109-100. James pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 36:48 of playing time. He added one steal. James went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: It's the third triple-double in four games for James, who continues to defy the odds in his 15th NBA season. The soon-to-be 33-year-old is in the midst of another ridiculous month, having averaged 28.4 points on 56.8 percent shooting along with 10.9 assists and 9.1 rebounds so far in December.
12/17/2017 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
J.R. Smith scored four points Saturday on 1-of-6 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Utah Jazz 109-100. Smith pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -4 in his 34:34 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Smith went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Smith is actually shooting the ball well at the moment, having gone 18 of 33 from beyond the arc in eight December games. The problem is he's not shooting all that often. Having reached double-figure points in only one of his last eight games, the veteran guard looks to be behind several other Cleveland players in terms of current fantasy significance.
12/17/2017 Ekpe Udoh, Uta, F-C
Ekpe Udoh scored nine points Saturday on 4-of-6 shooting as the Utah Jazz fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Udoh grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +1 in his 32:43 on the floor. He added six blocks and three steals.

Analysis: With both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors sidelined, Udoh received his first start of the season and responded by matching a career high for blocks. The former Warriors lottery pick should have a regular spot in the rotation with Gobert out multiple weeks, but likely won't make a consistent fantasy impact if he's backing up Favors.
12/17/2017 Joe Ingles, Uta, G-F
Joe Ingles scored nine points Saturday, going 3 of 7 from the field, as the Utah Jazz fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Ingles grabbed six rebounds and had nine assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -2 in his 33:56 of playing time. Ingles went 3 of 7 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Ingles has now canned three or more triples in seven of his last nine games, a stretch in which he's 27 of 62 (43.5 percent) from 3-point range. The valuable wing still doesn't excel in any other category, but the 11.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds he's averaged during that nine-game run still proves useful.
12/17/2017 Donovan Mitchell, Uta, G
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points Saturday on 11-of-16 shooting as the Utah Jazz lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Mitchell grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 36:23 of playing time. He added one steal. Mitchell went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The rookie has been carrying the Jazz offensively for several weeks now, and that doesn't figure to change with Rudy Gobert once again facing an extended absence. Unless he suddenly wears down, Mitchell stands a good chance of maintaining the 24.5 points, four assists and 3.4 treys he's averaged over his last 11 games.
12/17/2017 Rodney Hood, Uta, G-F
Rodney Hood scored 11 points Saturday on 3-of-9 shooting as the Utah Jazz lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Hood grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -13 in his 26:22 on the floor. He added one steal. Hood went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Hood has shot it well since coming back from an ankle injury, having gone 10 of 17 from 3-point range while averaging 14.3 points in three games upon coming back. The perimeter threat was averaging 17.7 points per game prior to being sidelined, but may have a hard time reaching that number now that Donovan Mitchell has emerged as Utah's go-to scorer.
12/17/2017 Nene, Hou, F-C
Nene Hilario scored a season-high 16 points Saturday on 7-of-9 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Hilario grabbed four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -8 in his 19:57 of playing time. He added one block and one steal.

Analysis: The 35-year-old saw a larger offensive role than usual on a night starting center Clint Capela sat out with a heel injury. Still a highly productive player on a per-minute basis, Nene may be worth a look if Capela remains out for Monday's matchup with the Jazz.
12/17/2017 Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C
Ryan Anderson did not score Saturday on 0-of-4 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-111. Anderson pulled down four rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 23:18 of playing time. He added two blocks and one steal.

Analysis: Anderson did have a good game Friday against the Spurs, but he's averaging a meager 4.8 points on 32.3 percent shooting - including a 4-of-18 effort from 3-point range - over his last five contests. Pass on him until he regains his usual form from the outside.
12/16/2017 Dejounte Murray, SA, PG
Dejounte Murray scored nine points Friday on 3-of-8 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Houston Rockets 124-109. Murray grabbed two rebounds and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +11 in his 17:20 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.
12/16/2017 Joffrey Lauvergne, SA, F-C
Joffrey Lauvergne scored 14 points Friday on 7-of-8 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs fell to the Houston Rockets 124-109. Lauvergne pulled down four rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 14:44 of playing time.
12/16/2017 Bryn Forbes, SA, PG
Bryn Forbes scored 11 points Friday on 4-of-9 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs fell to the Houston Rockets 124-109. Forbes pulled down two rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +2 in his 29:54 on the floor. He added one steal. Forbes went 2 of 4 from behind the arc.
12/16/2017 Manu Ginobili, SA, G-F
Manu Ginobili scored two points Friday, going 1 of 2 from the field, as the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Houston Rockets 124-109. Ginobili did not grab a rebound but had an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 6:30 on the floor.
12/16/2017 Brandon Paul, SA, SG
Brandon Paul scored five points Friday on 2-of-3 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs fell to the Houston Rockets 124-109. Paul grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 18:32 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Paul went 1 of 1 from 3-point range.
12/16/2017 E'Twaun Moore, NO, G-F
E'Twaun Moore scored four points Friday, going 2 of 8 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 117-111 in overtime. Moore pulled down four rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -20 in his 39:42 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.

Analysis: Moore had come in red-hot, pouring in 57 points over his previous two games on a sizzling .742 field goal percentage that included a 10-of-14 success rate from 3-point range. Even with Friday's clunker, he's averaging 17.9 points in nine games this month and is 29 of 45 (64.4 percent) from beyond the arc during that span.
12/16/2017 Jrue Holiday, NO, G
Jrue Holiday scored 25 points Friday, going 10 of 21 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 117-111 in overtime. Holiday grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -2 in his 43:06 on the floor. He added three steals. Holiday went 5 of 9 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Even with Anthony Davis back in the lineup, Holiday is putting up a ton of shots while making quite an impact in several fantasy categories. The talented guard has been a must-use lately by averaging 26.7 points, 5.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals during a seven-game tear. Improved 3-point shooting has been a key to the surge, as he's a terrific 16 of 28 from long distance over his past four outings.
12/16/2017 DeMarcus Cousins, NO, F-C
DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points Friday on 9-of-17 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Denver Nuggets 117-111 in overtime. Cousins grabbed four rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -9 in his 33:25 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Cousins went 5 of 8 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The four rebounds were a season low, though Cousins owners still can't complain much over the star forward's sixth consecutive game with at least 23 points. He's averaging 30 while going 17 of 34 from 3-point range during that time frame, not to mention 12.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
12/16/2017 Anthony Davis, NO, F-C
Anthony Davis scored 28 points Friday on 12-of-22 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 117-111 in overtime. Davis grabbed 12 rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +1 in his 43:49 of playing time. He added five blocks and one steal.

Analysis: After sitting out four times in a six-game stretch with an adductor strain, Davis is showing the injury doesn't appear to be an issue going forward. The former No. 1 overall pick put up similar numbers in Wednesday's return, tallying 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 36 minutes against the Bucks.
12/16/2017 Gary Harris, Den, G-F
Gary Harris scored 21 points Friday, going 9 of 16 from the field, as the Denver Nuggets topped the New Orleans Pelicans 117-111 in overtime. Harris pulled down two rebounds and had five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 42:34 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Harris went 2 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Fresh off Wednesday's career-high 36-point effort at Boston, Harris turned in another fine performance and has now scored 21 or more in five of his last seven games. He's averaging 20.4 points during that stretch in addition to remaining an asset in steals and assists. The 23-year-old is averaging an outstanding 2.4 thefts over his last 13 games and has dished out 20 assists in the past three.
12/16/2017 Trey Lyles, Den, PF
Trey Lyles scored 19 points Friday, going 6 of 12 from the field, as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 117-111 in overtime. Lyles grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 29:59 on the floor. He added three steals. Lyles went 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: An afterthought early in the season, Lyles has provided the Nuggets a huge boost lately by averaging 18.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last four games. Shooting a scorching 65 percent from the floor and making 13 of 19 3-point shots during that span, it's going to be hard to keep the 22-year-old out of the rotation going forward.
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