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.
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.
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.
Description: The Spurs will be resting all their stars on Saturday versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobil will sit to rest, Kawhi Leonard is out with a hand injury and Tony Parker will sit with his hamstring injury. Coming off back-to-back triple overtime games and Gregg Popovich being who he is, this can't be that much of a surprise.
Description: Spurs forward Tim Duncan recorded a double-double on Friday.
Insight: Duncan scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Danny Green also recorded a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Spurs dropped their second straight triple overtime game. Those two losses were against the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers. Fantasy owners need to check daily whether or not Duncan is playing, but when on the court, he is a top-fantasy option averaging 15.8 ppg and 11.0 rpg.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins played Thursday and played well.
Insight: If Cousins was limited in minutes, we didn't see it. He played 32:49 minutes in all, including all of the fourth quarter and did his usual damage with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He's a fantasy stud and a must start.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will start with a minutes limit on Thursday.
Insight: Cousins has been out since Novemeber, so this is great news. He likely needs a little bit more time to get back into game shape, which is why he will be held to limited minutes. Even if he only plays 20 minutes, Cousins is a must-start in fantasy.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams is probable for Thursday's game against Golden State while dealing with a sore left calf.
Insight: Adams is seeing around 25 minutes a game, but doesn't produce much with them. He's averaging 7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg. As long as Kendrick Perkins is healthy they will split the time fairly evenly and neither will be fantasy worthy.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond had a massive rebounding game versus the Mavericks.
Insight: Drummond grabbed 24 rebounds, which included seven on the offensive glass. He also scored 19 points, shooting 56.3 percent from the field. Additionally, the big man had four steals, three blocks and an assist. Drummond's only blemish was his 1-for-6 at the foul line.
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss to the Celtics.
Insight: Vucevic continues to be a double-double machine as he has two double-doubles in three games since returning from his back injury. The game he missed the double-double, Vucevic had nine rebounds. The Magic center continues to be a top option at his position.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson recorded a double-double in the, 111-106, loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
Insight: Jefferson scored 28 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He did a little bit of everything as he also had two assists, two steals and a block. Jefferson and Kemba Walker both took at least 20 shots, and Walker finished just a point shy of Jefferson with 27. Jefferson finished 13-of-22 from the field.
Description: Mavericks center Tyson Chandler had eight points and 14 rebounds against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Chandler had the most rebounds at Madison Square Garden, where his former team resides. Chandler didn't get many offensive opportunities but was efficient, shooting 80 percent. The Dallas center will get lots of rebounds and blocks but won't score much this season.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk scored a team-high 30 points during Monday's win versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He did so off the bench and finished 12-of-17 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. Olynyk also had nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. As long as Olynyk continues to come off the bench, his vlalue will be limited.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is doubtful for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Noah told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that his ankle is feeling better, but the Bulls are excercising extreme caution. Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will have bigger roles without Noah in the lineup.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is doubtful for Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: Noah told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that his ankle is feeling better, but the Bulls are excercising extreme caution. Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will have bigger roles without Noah in the lineup. If he missed the game, it will be Noah's third straight game out.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard played longer than expected in his return Saturday and led the team with 26 points.
Insight: The Rockets were supposed to ease Howard back into the lineup with 20-24 minutes on Saturday. Instead, he played 30 minutes and made 9-of-11 shots. Howard continues to struggle at the line, but that is to be expected. He also had 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Great first night back for Howard.
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his return to the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: It was Vucevic's first game since Nov. 30 as he missed the last six games with a back injury. Vucevic didn't get a ton of shot attempts, 13, but his 69.2 percent helped Vucevic earn the double-double. He should be put back into starting fantasy lineups.