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Marvin Williams    F  Hornets

 

 

Marvin Williams sputtered in 29 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 1-of-6 shots for four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers. Williams came in averaging 16.0 points on 53.3% shooting in his previous three games, including 3.0 triples per game. He never found a rhythm tonight, however, and the Rockets defense made a point of closing out on him at the 3-point line -- it's easy to forget that Houston has the sixth-best defensive rating in the NBA this season. Look for Williams to get back on track vs. Miami on Friday.

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Dec 14 - 1:29 AM

Chris Paul    G  Rockets

 

 

Chris Paul racked up a season-high 31 points on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with 11 assists, seven rebounds, five 3-pointers and two steals in 35 minutes. The Rockets have yet to lose with CP3 in the lineup, going a pristine 12-0 including 11 straight victories. They pulled away tonight with a 25-0 run in the first half, and cruised to an easy win despite a human performance from MVP candidate James Harden, who had 21 points on 8-of-22 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block. Friday night's showdown between the Spurs and Rockets should be required viewing for NBA fans.

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Dec 14 - 1:27 AM

Clint Capela    C  Rockets

 

 

Clint Capela followed up Monday's career-high 28-point game with nine points, 11 boards, four blocks and one steals in 25 minutes. Capela already has 15 double-doubles this season, as many as in all of last season combined, and he narrowly missed another one tonight. He leads the league in FG percentage (67.8%) and ranks fifth in blocks (1.8) and seventh in rebounds (11.0), all of which has him sitting on third-round roto value. That's comparable to guys like Myles Turner and Al Horford, even though Capela went many rounds after them on draft day -- he's in the midst of a true breakout season.

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Dec 14 - 1:27 AM

Trevor Ariza    G/F  Rockets

 

 

Trevor Ariza (bruised left foot) finished Wednesday's 108-96 win vs. Charlotte with 13 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Ariza is the exact type of player who thrives in roto leagues, where his 3-pointers (2.6 per game), steals (1.6) and efficiency (44.2% FGs, 92.6% FTs) are highly valued. That free throw percentage is a career high and he came in shooting 44.6% from deep in Houston's previous 17 games, during which they went 16-1. All signs point to him playing on Friday, so we'll leave him off the injury report.

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Dec 14 - 1:24 AM

DeMar DeRozan    G/F  Raptors

 

 

DeMar DeRozan matched his season-high 37 points during a 115-109 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes. The Raptors are playing some good ball these days with seven wins in their last eight, and it's all about their offense. In their last eight games, their starters have played the second most minutes together among all NBA combos (Wolves starters) and their 123.2 offensive rating in those 133 minutes ranks first in the NBA among the 26 combos with at least 48 minutes. As for DeRozan, he's been awesome in the pick-and-roll this year and he's on pace for his best field goal percentage since 2009-10.

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Dec 14 - 1:23 AM

Ryan Anderson    F  Rockets

 

 

Ryan Anderson played 33 minutes on Wednesday, making 2-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer to finish with five points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Houston extended their win streak to 11 games, but they did lose Luc Mbah a Moute to a shoulder injury tonight. He'll have an MRI on Thursday and Mike D'Antoni was hopeful he'll only miss a week or two, but in the meantime Anderson and P.J. Tucker should absorb more playing time. Anderson had averaged only 17.5 minutes over the previous two games, so this at least offers a temporary reprieve.

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Dec 14 - 1:23 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist    SF  Hornets

 

 

Kidd-Gilchrist posted 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 108-96 loss to the Rockets. With both Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum struggling with their shots on Wednesday, Kidd-Gilchrist emerged as the second-best offensive option for the Hornets. Although most of his output occurred in garbage time when the game was out of reach, he still gave his best stat line of the year. From a fantasy perspective, Kidd-Gilchrist only warrants wide ownership in deeper leagues.

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Dec 14 - 1:20 AM

Serge Ibaka    F/C  Raptors

 

 

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday. His minutes are soaring these days with 31.2 per game over his last five, and his coach likes what he sees. "He had a pep in his step," head coach Dwane Casey. "I know we look at his points, but my thing was his rebounding. He was quick to the ball. He had three offensive rebounds, kept it alive." Ibaka was absolutely rolling even before this gem this month, averaging 18.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.0 blocks and 3.0 treys on 55.4 percent from the field. He probably won't be this good, but Ibaka's high-floor game could make him flirt with early-round value the rest of the way.

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Dec 14 - 1:14 AM

Dwight Howard    C  Hornets

 

 

Howard recorded 26 points (9-20 FG, 8-11 FT), 18 rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 108-96 loss to the Rockets. Howard matched his season-high in points and recorded his 15th double-double. He's also grabbed 15 or more boards in nine games this season. He trails only Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins with 336 total rebounds in 27 games. He effectively shut down Clint Capela for the duration of Wednesday's contest, and Howard's excellent play on both ends of the floor has been one of the few bright spots on what's been a disappointing 2017 campaign for the Hornets. With the journeyman averaging a double-double in 2017, he remains a must-start in every format.

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Dec 14 - 1:11 AM

Kyle Lowry    G  Raptors

 

 

Kyle Lowry made 3-of-12 from the field for 12 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday. That's four bad games in a row for Lowry with all four below 36 percent from the field. Unlike his earlier slump, Lowry is still getting to the line and his other stats are there. Plus, he's not worried about it, of course. "I don’t know, I’ve got to figure it out, I’ll be fine, I’ll figure it out," Lowry said. "I’m going to keep shooting though." We're not worried either and he is still an elite fantasy player to own.

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Dec 14 - 1:10 AM