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Ed Davis, F, LALHot12/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis went for 13 points and 14 rebounds on Christmas night against the Bulls.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in four consecutive games, though this is the first time with double-digit rebounds. We like where this trend is going.
Derrick Rose, G, CHIHot12/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose continues to play well, posting 20 points and six assists in a victory over the Lakers.
Insight: That's three straight games over 20 points has he continues to improve after missing so much time the past three seasons. This was his 19th game this season after playing just 10 a season ago and none in 2012.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHIHot12/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler continued his excellent play with a 21-point Thursday night.
Insight: Butler's averaging 25 ppg over his last five contests. He also contributed with six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. He's made himself a must start.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI12/25/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a big Christmas night, posting 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls win over his former team, the Lakers.
Insight: Gasol added three assists and a couple of blocks. When the Bulls are healthy, they are deep and talented which makes this the upper limit for Gasol's contribution to fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA12/25/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 31 points in a win over Cleveland and his old friend LeBron James.
Insight: Wade shot very well in the first half when he posted 24 points, but struggled with his shot after the break. Fortunately, Luol Deng picked up the slack. Wade added five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Luol Deng, F, MIAHot12/25/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng had a big second half as the Miami Heat downed the Cleveland Cavsd in LeBron James' return to Miami.
Insight: Deng hit 11-of-16 for 25 points and pulled in eight rebounds with eight assists in 40 minutes. That's what we used to see from Deng in Chicago and we hope to see more of it in Miami. He was averaging 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg heading into this contest.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE12/25/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in the Christmas Day loss to Miami.
Insight: Irving shotwell, but the Cavs need more than three assists out of their point guard. Of concern to Irving owners was a hard fall in the final minutes that had him limping. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
LeBron James, F, CLE12/25/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a team-high 30 points, but his Cavs fell to the Heat in his first return visit to Miami.
Insight: He was 9-of-16 from the floor, but hit just 10-of-18 from the line. He seemed emotional for this one and who can blame him after winning two titles with the Heat.
Kirk Hinrich, G, CHI12/25/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Aaron Brooks moves into the backup role behind oft-injured Derrick Rose. Neither Hinrich or Brooks has fantasy value as long as Rose is healthy and starting.
Wayne Ellington, G, LAL12/25/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington will start in place on Kobe Bryant against Chicago.
Insight: Ellington had 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes Tuesday night. He's no Kobe.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/25/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State and will miss a second game with what coach Byron Scott called "general soreness."
Insight: The old Kobe was a "warrior" and would never miss games, but this new guy, on a non-competitive team, is apparently ok with taking time off. The Lakers play Dallas on Friday and he has to be considered questionable for that one too.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN12/25/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City due to a bruised left shoulder, but gave fantasy owners a very good outing.
Insight: Ginobili was a box score filler with 11 points, seven rebounds, 13 assists and a steal.Not bad for an "old guy."
Serge Ibaka, F, OKC12/25/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka is adding the three-point shot to his arsenal. Thursday, he went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Insight: He's shooting over 39 percent on three pointers. Added to his 14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 blocks and he's become an elite fantasy asset.
Russell Westbrook, G, OKCHot12/25/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was simply unstaoppable Christmas Day in leading his team to a big win without Kevin Durant.
Insight: Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists and five steals. He shot 9-of-22 from the field and a perfect 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. He had five rebounds as well. Westbrook is putting up huge numbers, 28.6 ppg, 7.4 apg, 5.7 rpg, and has seriously thrown his hat into the MVP race.
Steven Adams, C, OKCHot12/25/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams was solid in his Christmas Day outing versus San Antonio with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
Insight: Adams has been playing well of late, with four consecutive games of double-digit rebounds and it's the reason he saw 32 minutes and Kendrick Perkins just 12 minutes.
Festus Ezeli, C, GSW12/25/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Golden State center Festus Ezeli has been downgraded to out Thursday's game against the LA Clippers due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Averaging 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, Ezeli isn't normally fantasy worthy, but he's posted double-digit points in his last two games while only averaging 16 mpg.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK12/25/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, but he needed 28 shots to get there.
Insight: Anthony's total wasn't enough to get the Knicks a win and they lost for a league-leading 26th time. Melo has scored 30 or more in four straight Christmas Day games. Overall it's been a disappointing season with his averages down in points and rebounds.
John Wall, G, WASHot12/25/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard John Wall posted 24 points and 11 assists for his 17th double-double of the season.
Insight: Wall's 17th double-double ties him for the league lead with Nikola Vucevic. He plays at an All-Star level and is a must start in all fantasy leagues.
Josh Smith, F, HOU12/25/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Forward Josh Smith, recently waived by the Detroit Pistons, is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Insight: Smith was averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg in Detroit but his presence was stunting Greg Monroe's growth. Smith should step into the power forward slot open by the injury to Terrence Jones.
Martell Webster, SG, WAS12/25/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Wizards forward/guard Martell Webster (July back surgery to repair a herniated disc) will not play Thursday, but is close to returning to the court.
Insight: Even when healthy he's going to struggle for court time and shots and has little fantasy value.
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR12/25/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is not on the road trip that continues through January 4.
Insight: DeRozan was averaging 19.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg. Lou Williams continues to see big minutes and has posted double-digit points for seven consecutive games.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN12/25/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard was hoping to return for the Christmas Day game, but he's been ruled out.
Insight: Kyle Anderson should continue to see big minutes, but he won't get anywhere close to Leonard's 15.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg.
Tony Parker, G, SANHot12/25/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker started on Monday and despite what was supposed to be limited minutes played 34.
Insight: Parker posted 26 points, four assists and two steals. Better get him back into your lineup.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN12/25/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City due to a bruised left shoulder.
Insight: Ginobili is averaging 12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg this season, but 17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.7 apg, and 2.0 treys over his last three games. If he's on the court, he's fantasy worthy.
Reggie Jackson, G, OKCHot12/25/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is averaging 21.7 ppg in the last three games Kevin Durant has missed.
Insight: Durant will miss Thursday's game which means Jackson and Russell Westbrook have free reign to fire at will.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC12/25/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (ankle) is expected to miss Thursday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: For now, consider him day-to-day, but this will be his fourthconsecutive miss. Perry Jones should start but has little to no fantasy value. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson get to shoot more with Durant sidelined.
J.R. Smith, SG, NYK12/25/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: He'll be a game-time decision. Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes if Smith doesn't and is a viable fantasy option.
Gorgui Dieng, C, MINHot12/25/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng recorded a double-double Tuesday (20-11), his second in the last four games.
Insight: Dieng is averaging 9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg in 19 starts this season.
Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN12/25/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) hasn't played since Nov. 15.
Insight: Coach Flip Saunders gave us a four-week timetable in early December, so he should be returning in early January. Gorgui Dieng had a 20-10 game Tuesday, but is averaging 9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg in 19 starts this season.
Ricky Rubio, G, MIN12/25/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio was hoping to return around Christmas, but will not return until January.
Insight: Rubio has not begun to practice. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will continue to be the point guards for Minnesota until at least January.
Justin Hamilton, C, MIA12/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Backup center Justin Hamilton (concussion) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, Hamilton doesn't have any fantasy value.
Chris Bosh, C/PF, MIA12/25/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury but had hoped to be back for the Christmas Day game against his old pal LeBron James.
Insight: He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and unfortunately, there is no one person to pick up the slack. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem get his minutes.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM12/25/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph is questionable for Friday's game against Houston while dealing with a swollen right knee.
Insight: Randolph has missed two games due to the knee issue which are chronic for the double-double machine. He's averaging 16.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg so fantasy owners need him back soon. Jon Leuer has seen an average 28 mpg over the past two contests, averaging 10 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
Ryan Kelly, F, LAL12/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly is practicing, but is not expected to return to action until early January,
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle as he'll be behind Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer.
Spencer Hawes, C, LAC12/25/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Clippers center Spencer Hawes is out indefinitely due to a bad left knee.
Insight: Hawes (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) won't be fantasy worthy even when healthy as long as DeAndre Jordan is playing big minutes.
Damjan Rudez, F, IND12/25/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: pacers backup forward Damjan Rudez is questionable for Friday's game against Detroit due to an upper respiratory infection.
Insight: He's buried deep on the depth chart, averaging 4.0 ppg, so this shouldn't effect any fantasy owners.
Terrence Jones, F, HOU12/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (leg) still has no timetable for his return, but he did do some work with the team Wednesday.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that the Rockets are about to sign free agent Josh Smith and make Jones a fantasy non-factor. He can safely be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Festus Ezeli, C, GSW12/25/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Golden State center Festus Ezeli is questionable Thursday's game against the LA Clippers due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Averaging 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, Ezeli isn't normally fantasy worthy, but he's posted double-digit points in his last two games while only averaging 16 mpg.
Andrew Bogut, C, GSW12/25/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Warriors center Andrew Bogut could return "sometime in January," according to his agent David Bauman.
Insight: Bogut (7.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 bpg) is dealing with his chronic sore knee. Agents are usually on the optimistic side, it's their job.
Darrell Arthur, F, DEN12/25/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur is questionable for Friday's game against Denver due to a strained left leg.
Insight: Arthur (7.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg) has already missed the past four games with the injury. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended playing time.
Raymond Felton, G, DAL12/25/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Mavericks backup point guard Raymond Felton could return to the court soon, but his fantasy value will be minimal.
Insight: The acquisition of Rajon Rondo to go along with Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Monta Ellis makes Felton a non-factor in both real life and the fantasy world.
Kirk Hinrich, G, CHI12/25/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is doubtful for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Aaron Brooks would move into the backup role behind oft-injured Derrick Rose. Neither Hinrich or Brooks has fantasy value as long as Rose is healthy and starting.
Lance Stephenson, G, CHA12/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson is out indefinitely with a sprained pelvis.
Insight: Gerald Henderson should continue see more playing time. Stephenson (10.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.8 apg) has also been the subject of trade rumors, including one that would send him back to Indiana, as he hasn't fit in very well with his teammates or this offense.
Jannero Pargo, G, ATL12/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Hornets backup guard Jannero Pargo will miss Friday's game against Oklahoma City due to a sore lower back.
Insight: Pargo (4.6 ppg) is buried on the depth chart and hold nothing to offer for fantasy owners.
Deron Williams, G, BRK12/25/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams, who suffered a strained right calf on Friday night, has missed the past two games but is questionable for Friday's game against Boston.
Insight: Williams has a history of leg injuries, so the team is likely to be conservative, but he was back at practice Wednesday which is a very good sign. Jarrett Jack gets 30-plus minutes when Williams is sidelined.
Pero Antic, C, ATL12/25/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic is questionable for Friday's game against Milwaukee due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Antic, the backup to Al Horford, doesn't have fantasy value except when the starter is injured. He's averaging just 5.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 apg.
J.R. Smith, SG, NYK12/25/2014 12:37:00 AM
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith was downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Washington due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: He was a game-time decision, but in the end it was a no-go.Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes and is a viable fantasy option.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE12/24/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has a torn Achilles and is done for the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: It's the worst news the Cavs and fantasy owners could hear. he was averaging 9.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg this season. Expect Tristan Thompson is see increased playing time.
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL12/24/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague came off the bench Tuesday and didn't produce much for fantasy owners.
Insight: Teague had missed three games due to a hamstring injury. He played just 24 minutes scoring nine points with two rebounds and six assists. He averages 16.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 7.0 apg.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE12/24/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao left TYuesday game with what may be an Achilles injury, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
Insight: He was wearing a walking boot and on crutches while leaving the arena so he could be out for a while. Varejao will have an MRI and we will know more.
Wilson Chandler, G/F, DEN12/24/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Denver small forward Wilson Chandler should see added minutes for the next month with Danilo Gallinari (knee) sidelined.
Insight: He played 38 Tuesday night, but didn't shoot well (5-of-17). He's averaging 14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, but those numbers should increase for the next four weeks.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN12/24/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will miss about four weeks after Monday's surgery on his right knee, according to Sportando.
Insight: Gallinari is averaging only 7.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg. Wilson Chandler should inherit most of the minutes. He played 38 Tuesday night, but didn't shoot well (5-of-17).
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/24/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State.
Insight: It was just coach Byron Scott giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a rest day after he shot 26-for-91 (28.5 percent) over the past four games. He should return for the Christmas Day game against Chicago.
Carlos Boozer, F, LAL12/24/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer led the team in points and rebounds as LA upset the Golden State Warriors without Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Boozer scored 18 and pulled down nine rebounds as seven Lakers scored in double-digits.
Gerald Henderson, G, CHA12/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Hornets guard/forward Gerald Henderson shot 60 percent from the field on Tuesday.
Insight: Henderson scored 20 points behind strong shooting from the field and at the line, 7-for-8.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL12/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight scored a season-high 34 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Someone has to take the reigns Jabari Parker is leaving behind because of his injury, and Knight is a guy who could. He certainly did on Tuesday, shooting 13-of-21 and hitting 4-of-7 3-pointers. Knight also had five assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA12/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker led the team with 27 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Walker didn't do much else besides score, but he had good percentages. He was 9-of-18 from the field, 1-for-4 from the 3-point line and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line. Walker also had four assists, two steals and a rebound.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA12/23/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 23 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Miami fell to the lowly 76ers. Without Chris Bosh, Miami has really struggled but for fantasy owners, Wade has put up decent numbers. In addition to the scoring, Wade had six assists and five rebounds.
Michael Carter-Williams, G, PHI12/23/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia back to defeat the Heat, 91-87, on Tuesday.
Insight: A two-game winning streak for the 76ers might be a sign the apocalypse is near. Philadelphia outscored Miami, 18-9, in the fourth quarter. Carter-Williams had 20 points with six steals, five assists, three rebounds and a block.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK12/23/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double on Tuesday.
Insight: Plumlee had 19 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 9-of-14 from the field. Although he won't shoot that way very often, if he plays 40 minutes like he did on Tuesday, Plumlee is fantasy relevant.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN12/23/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored the most points he has all month on Tuesday.
Insight: Lawson put up 29 points with nine assists against the Nets. He shot 4-of-8 from the 3-point line and 50 percent from the floor overall. Lawson is overtaking Kenneth Faried for the best fantasy option on the Nuggets.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK12/23/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson led the team with 27 points.
Insight: Johnson made four 3-pointers, shooting 11-of-19 from the field overall. The 27 points is the most in one game for Johnson since Nov. 1.
Al Horford, C, ATL12/23/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Al Horford scored 20 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Horford still isn't wowing owners with rebounds, but he continues to find ways to score. He has 18 points in five of the last six games.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC12/23/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Clipper power forward Blake Griffin recorded a double-double on Tuesday.
Insight: Griffin had 21 points and 11 assists. He nearly had a triple-double as he also had eight rebounds. Griffin's rebounding numbers are down this season, but his assists numbers have increased.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL12/23/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll hit a season-high five 3-pointers in the victory over the Clippers on Tuesday.
Insight: Carroll's 3-point percentage is down this month compared to November, but he certainly helped that percentage making 5-of-6 3-pointers on Tuesday. Carroll scored 25 points which is also a season-high.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE12/23/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in scoring against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Irving scored 29 points and had four assists along with three steals. It was the most points Irving had scored in nearly four weeks.
Andrew Wiggins, G, MIN12/23/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins had a big night versus the team who drafted him.
Insight: Wiggins scored 27 points, shooting over 56 percent and making all three 3-pointer attempts versus the Cavaliers. That was nice to see because Wiggins did not reach double digits in scoring in any of the last three games.
Kevin Love, F, CLE12/23/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love had a double-double against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Love scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus the Timberwolves. Love made one 3-pointer and went 9-for-11 at the line. His numbers aren't as good as they were in Minnesota, but for the most part, they are improving. Although his scoring is down, Love is averaging nearly 3.5 more rpg in December than he did in November.
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP12/23/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis had a subpar fantasy night for his standards.
Insight: Davis has really set the bar high through the first 25 percent of the season, so it is a little unfair to expect him to average 24.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.92 bpg while shooting nearly 58 percent. On Tuesday, Davis scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds while shooting 44 percent.
George Hill, G, IND12/23/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill came off the bench and scored 15 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Hill shot 5-of-8 overall and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line in 21 minutes versus the Pelicans. The 15 points led Indiana in scoring. Without a go-to scorer, Hill has a chance to be the guy on any given night if he gets enough minutes.
Tyler Zeller, C, BOS12/23/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Boston center Tyler Zeller shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the line on his way to leading the Celtics in scoring on Tuesday.
Insight: Zeller had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Zeller's numbers have dramatically increased this month. He is averaging 12.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in December after he averaged 6.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in November.
Tobias Harris, F, ORL12/23/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris led the team in scoring as Orlando beat Boston, 100-95.
Insight: Harris scored 19 points, hitting 7-of-13 from the field overall and 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. Harris also had four rebounds, three assists and a block.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI12/23/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol nearly had a double-double against the Wizards.
Insight: Gasol scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Tuesday's victory. He made his only 3-point shot and also had four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI12/23/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose had 25 points versus the Wizards.
Insight: Rose has now strung together two straight solid efforts with 29 points on Monday and then 25 on Tuesday. Rose made 10 field goals and also had four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
John Wall, G, WAS12/23/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard John Wall was an assist away from a double-double.
Insight: Wall finished with 18 points and nine assists. He shot 9-of-16 as he led the Wizards in scoring. Wall also had five rebounds and two steals.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR12/23/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is active for Tuesday.
Insight: It appears Aldridge will start on Tuesday versus the Thunder, so he should be in every lineup. Even at less than 100 percent, he is a top fantasy-option at power forward.
George Hill, G, IND12/23/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill is expected to make his season debut Tuesday,
Insight: Hill has missed Indiana's first 28 games with a left knee contusion he sustained in a preseason contest against Minnesota on Oct. 21. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. He's going to play limited minutes.
Hollis Thompson, G/F, PHI12/23/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia G/F Hollis Thompson will miss Tuesday's game against Miami due to an upper respiratory infection.
Insight: Thompson is averaging 7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg. Tony Wroten, K.J. McDaniels and Alexey Shved will see more playing time.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/23/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday morning shootaround.
Insight: It could just be giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a bit more rest. We await further word.
Robin Lopez, C, POR12/23/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez could miss 6-7 weeks after suffering a broken right hand.
Insight: Lopez tweeted that timetable on Tuesday. He's averaging 9.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 bpg and has low-end fantasy value.
Nicolas Batum, F, POR12/23/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum will miss Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City due to a sprained right wrist.
Insight: Dorell Wright could see more time and could help a fantasy owners with three-point shots, but he limited in his help in other categories.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR12/23/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge did not play on Monday against the Rockets and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Aldridge has an uppder respiratory infection. Thomas Robinson is an option to replace him, though he did nothing in 13 minutes Monday night.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC12/23/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Tuesday night against Portland.
Insight: For now, consider him day-to-day, but this will be his third consecutive miss. Perry Jones should start, with Russell Westbrook expected to shoulder most of the load.
Mike Conley, G, MEM12/22/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Grizzles guard Mike Conley led Memphis with 28 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the loss Monday.
Insight: Memphis lost to Utah, 91-91. Four was apparently the theme for Conley's night as not only did he get four 3-pointers, Conley had four rebounds and four assists.
Alec Burks, G, UTA12/22/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Jazz guard Alec Burks led the team with 23 points in the, 97-91, victory over the Grizzlies.
Insight: Burks shot 7-of-14 from the field, including 2-for-4 behind the arc. Burks also shot 7-of-8 from the line.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHI12/22/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler shot a perfect 11-for-11 at the free-throw line on Monday.
Insight: He scored 27 points, shooting 7-of-16 from the field. He also had 11 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and a steal.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI12/22/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored 29 points against the Raptors.
Insight: Hey, a note about Derrick Rose not having to do with an injury. Rose shot 12-of-19 with three assists and two rebounds. He will continue to give owners headaches because he will sit out with the smallest of injuries, but he is a must-start when playing.
Kyle Lowry, G, TOR12/22/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored 34 points in the, 129-120, loss to the Bulls on Monday.
Insight: Lowry shot 12-of-22, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal, but he did shoot just 60 percent from the line.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU12/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard recorded a double-double on Monday.
Insight: Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He was 7-of-11 from the field with four assists and a steal. Howard should be in the lineup if healthy.
Damian Lillard, PG, POR12/22/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored 18 points on Monday.
Insight: Without LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup, Lillard took 16 shots and made six of them, but he was 0-for-5 from the 3-point line. Lillard also had three rebounds and three assists.
James Harden, G, HOU12/22/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had another massive fantasy night.
Insight: Harden shot 14-of-26, including 4-for-9 from the 3-point line on his way to 44 points. He also shot 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. Harden contributed seven assists, five steals and three rebounds as well.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN12/22/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored 18 points on Monday.
Insight: Lawson played despite back soreness and led the team in scoring. Lawson hit two 3-pointers and had four assists too.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA12/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson shot 10-of-13 on his way to 22 points on Monday.
Insight: Jefferson was efficient in his 26 minutes and added seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. Jefferson is having a good season, shooting 48.4 percent from the field and averaging 19.2 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
Tony Parker, G, SAN12/22/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker will start on Monday.
Insight: Parker, however, is supposed to see limited minutes, so who knows what to expect Monday. Fantasy owners with Cory Joseph, though, can send him to the bench.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM12/22/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph will not play on Monday.
Insight: Randolph is missing his second game with a knee injury.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR12/22/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will not play on Monday against the Rockets.
Insight: Aldridge has an uppder respiratory infection. He could also miss Tuesday's game versus the Thunder. Thomas Robinson is a great option to replace him.
James Harden, G, HOU12/22/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden along with Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will all play versus Trail Blazers on Monday.
Insight: All those players can be in fantasy lineups like they normally would for what is a big game versus Portland.
Taj Gibson, PF, CHI12/22/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson is expected to play Monday night.
Insight: Gibson suffered an ankle injury,but after a weekend off made it through the morning shootaround. He's averaging a very respectable 12.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 bpg off the bench.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI12/22/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose is probable for Monday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Rose made it through the morning shootaround. His return will send Kirk Hinrich back to the bench. Rose is averaging 16.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN12/22/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is a game-time decision Monday due to a back issue.
Insight: Lawson is now averaging 15.2 ppg, 10.7 apg, and 1.5 spg. after Saturday night's double-double, but you will have to check back closer to tipoff for his status.


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