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12/17/2017 Khris Middleton, Mil, G-F
Khris Middleton scored 23 points Saturday, going 8 of 17 from the field, as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Middleton grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 34:03 of playing time. He tacked on two steals. Middleton went 3 of 9 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Middleton's outside shot has been a bit off lately, as he's 7 of 27 from beyond the arc over his last three games. The high-scoring wing has racked up six steals over the past two, though, and remains a quality fantasy option with averages of 23.2 points, five rebounds and 4.7 assists during a nine-game stretch.
12/17/2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, F
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points Saturday on 10-of-22 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Antetokounmpo grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -5 in his 42:19 on the floor. He tacked on four steals.

Analysis: More or less another day at the office for the fantasy superstar, who's averaging 30.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals over his last 10 games to maintain his elite status. Antetokounmpo has now netted at least 20 points in 19 consecutive games.
12/17/2017 Malcolm Brogdon, Mil, G
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points Saturday on 7-of-12 shooting as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111. Brogdon grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +9 in his 36:27 on the floor. He added two blocks and one steal. Brogdon went 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Brogdon rediscovered his 3-point shot after going a woeful 4 of 27 from beyond the arc over his previous nine contests. Though his fantasy stock has declined since Eric Bledsoe became a teammate, the reigning Rookie of the Year has picked it up some by averaging 13.4 points over his last five outings.
12/17/2017 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL, G-F
Caldwell-Pope is ineligible to travel with the team over a 25-day span due to a plea agreement stemming from his DUI case in Michigan, he announced Saturday.

Analysis: Caldwell-Pope is not allowed to leave the state of California while attending a rehab program, meaning he will not be able to play in Los Angeles' games in Houston (Dec. 20 and Dec. 31) and Minnesota (Jan. 1). He did not play Thursday in the Lakers' 121-112 loss at Cleveland, as he was unable to get to the game in time after a court appearance in Michigan.
12/17/2017 Lou Williams, LAC, G
Lou Williams scored 13 points Saturday, going 4 of 16 from the field, as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat 90-85. Williams pulled down one rebound and dished out seven assists, tallying a plus-minus of -2 in his 36:16 of playing time. Williams went 1 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Williams wasn't very good on this night, committing a season-high seven turnovers to go along with his erratic shooting. Owners shouldn't be too deterred, though, as he's still averaging 23.6 points and 7.1 assists over his last seven games and hasn't had those numbers affected much by Milos Teodosic's recent return.
12/17/2017 Milos Teodosic, LAC, G
Milos Teodosic scored 13 points Saturday, going 5 of 14 from the field, as the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Miami Heat 90-85. Teodosic pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -11 in his 27:44 on the floor. Teodosic went 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Teodosic hasn't shot the ball well since returning from a long absence caused by a foot problem, as he's hit on just 31.4 percent of his field goal attempts in three games upon coming back. The Euroleague veteran has collected at least six rebounds in each of those outings and owns an 11-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio during that period.
12/17/2017 Montrezl Harrell, LAC, F-C
Montrezl Harrell scored 15 points Saturday on 7-of-10 shooting as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat 90-85. Harrell grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 15:52 on the floor. He added two blocks.

Analysis: Harrell still isn't getting a ton of playing time since Blake Griffin went down, but he's made a case for an increase by averaging 10.2 points on a terrific .698 field goal percentage over his last nine games despite usually getting around 15 minutes a night. Since he hasn't completely earned Doc Rivers' trust, the young forward has to be considered a hit-or-miss fantasy play.
12/17/2017 DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C
DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points Saturday on 6-of-9 shooting as the Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Miami Heat 90-85. Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -7 in his 33:30 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.

Analysis: Since Blake Griffin's latest injury, Jordan has gobbled up rebounds at a staggering 17.3-per-game rate, tops in the league since Nov. 30. The standout center has also scored in double figures in seven of his past nine games as he takes on a larger offensive role on a depleted Clippers squad.
12/17/2017 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Goran Dragic scored 10 points Saturday, going 4 of 11 from the field, as the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 90-85. Dragic grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +5 in his 30:08 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Dragic went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Though he still leads the Heat in scoring, Dragic hasn't been able to consistently recapture his early-season form. Averaging 11.6 points on 37.7 percent shooting along with a modest 3.9 assists over his last 10 games, the veteran has moved down several pegs in the hierarchy of fantasy point guards.
12/17/2017 James Johnson, Mia, F
James Johnson scored three points Saturday, going 1 of 3 from the field, before leaving the Heat's 90-85 win over the Clippers in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Johnson pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +7 in his 5:45 on the floor.

Analysis: Johnson is slated for an MRI on Sunday, and there's probably a decent chance he sits out Monday's game against the lowly Hawks. The versatile forward had gotten back to playing well again, as he entered Saturday's contest averaging 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 blocks over his previous four games.
12/17/2017 Kelly Olynyk, Mia, F-C
Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points Saturday, going 4 of 10 from the field, as the Miami Heat topped the Los Angeles Clippers 90-85. Olynyk grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +7 in his 34:25 on the floor. He tacked on five steals. Olynyk went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Olynyk isn't known for his defensive aptitude, but he's now recorded 12 steals over the Heat's last six games. The stretch forward is still struggling with his outside shot, though, having gone 4 for 20 from 3-point range in his past five outings.
12/17/2017 Josh Richardson, Mia, G
Josh Richardson scored a career-high 28 points Saturday on 10-of-16 shooting as the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 90-85. Richardson pulled down three rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 36:00 of playing time. He added three blocks and one steal. Richardson went 6 of 8 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The third-year wing is having a breakout December, averaging 16.3 points in eight games this month while becoming deadly accurate on 3-point tries. Richardson is now a scorching 21 of 36 from beyond the arc during his hot streak.
12/17/2017 Tyler Johnson, Mia, G
Tyler Johnson went scoreless Saturday, going 0 of 9 from the field, as the Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 90-85. Johnson grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 24:11 of playing time. He tacked on one steal.

Analysis: Johnson had been on fire coming in, shooting a terrific 69.2 percent from the floor and going 15 of 23 from 3-point range while averaging 18.8 points over his previous four games. The Heat were playing the second of a back-to-back, which could perhaps explain this surprisingly off-target performance.
12/17/2017 Wesley Matthews, Dal, G-F
Wesley Matthews scored six points Saturday on 3-of-11 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Matthews grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of -11 in his 38:41 of playing time. He tacked on two steals.

Analysis: The bad Matthews is showing up again. He's gone 6 of 23 from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range while managing just 13 points over his last two games, a stretch which followed a three-game run in which he averaged 19.7 points on 51.1 percent shooting. The veteran guard continues to be a maddening player to own for fantasy purposes.
12/17/2017 Yogi Ferrell, Dal, G
Yogi Ferrell scored 17 points Saturday on 7-of-14 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Ferrell grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of +2 in his 38:32 of playing time. He added one steal. Ferrell went 2 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Ferrell has been a very solid fill-in for the injured Dennis Smith Jr., as he's averaged 14 points, six assists and four rebounds while starting each of Dallas' last four games. Smith may be ready to return Monday against Phoenix, which would obviously impact Ferrell's fantasy prognosis.
12/17/2017 Maxi Kleber, Dal, PF
Maxi Kleber scored a career-high 21 points Saturday on 9-of-10 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks lost to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Kleber grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 34:16 of playing time. He added three blocks. Kleber went 3 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: The German still hasn't been consistent enough to be a surefire recommended fantasy starter, but his stock is clearly rising with averages of 11 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over a six-game stretch. With the Mavericks clearly going nowhere this season, Kleber stands a good chance of continuing to get an extended look.
12/17/2017 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal, F-C
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points Saturday, going 8 of 13 from the field, as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Nowitzki grabbed two rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 24:48 of playing time. Nowitzki went 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

Analysis: The future Hall of Famer clearly hasn't lost his shooting touch, as he's now 27 of 54 from beyond the arc over his last 12 games. Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds in Dallas' previous outing against Golden State, so he's at least showing some flashes of his onetime dominant form.
12/17/2017 Harrison Barnes, Dal, F
Harrison Barnes scored 10 points Saturday on 3-of-11 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks lost to the San Antonio Spurs 98-96. Barnes pulled down three rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 36:49 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Barnes went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.
12/17/2017 Pau Gasol, SA, F-C
Pau Gasol did not score Saturday on 0-of-4 shooting as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 98-96. Gasol grabbed one rebound and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 14:45 on the floor.

Analysis: Gasol has produced a paltry four points on 2-of-12 shooting along with four assists over San Antonio's last three games. Though he's not nearly as useless as those numbers would indicate, the Spurs are going to monitor the 37-year-old's minutes in order to keep him fresh come playoff time, therefore he's probably not worth using right now.
12/17/2017 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points Saturday, going 9 of 18 from the field, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 98-96. Aldridge grabbed 14 rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 34:09 of playing time. He added one block.

Analysis: Perhaps the lone San Antonio regular who isn't rested on a somewhat regular basis, Aldridge continues to put up consistently good numbers with averages of 21.6 points and 10.4 rebounds over his last six games. The dependable forward has notched three double-doubles during that time frame.
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