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Game Recaps

Tyreke Evans shot 3-of-10 from the floor, good for seven points in Saturday's 105-83 loss to the Houston Rockets. Evans recorded seven rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Evans was shooting 57.9 percent shooting 62-of-107 from the floor over the past seven games entering the contest. Evans was bound to have a slow night, and it came against the Rockets. With Conley out, Evans should bounce back on Monday against the Portland Trailblazers.

In Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets, Marc Gasol scored 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting. He added nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Excluding a 35 point night on Wednesday, Gasol has averaged 15.4 points over the past six games. With Conley out for the next couple of weeks, Gasol should take on a larger scoring role. The Grizzlies play the Trailblazers on Monday.

Lance Stephenson shot 5-for-7 from the field netting 13 points in 18 minutes on Friday. He added eight rebounds, three assists, and turned the ball over three times.

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson is certainly aggressive in the limited minutes he has played off the bench this season. He has averaged 6.9 shot attempts per game in just 19.9 minutes per game. He has struggled to make those shots but is 9-for-11 from the field in his last two games. If he continues his hot streak, he may earn himself some more playing time. Until then, he is not a viable fantasy option and should remain on the waiver wire.

Cory Joseph scored five points in 26 minutes off the bench in Friday's win against the Pistons. He also picked up six rebounds and two assists.

Fantasy Impact: Joseph has been averaging 26.4 minutes per game in his last five games. Unfortunately, he has yet to do anything in those minutes to warrant ownership in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues. Unless there is an injury to Lance Stephenson or starter Darren Collison, it's hard to see the production picking up anytime soon.

Bojan Bogdanovic shot 50 percent from the field netting 15 points as a starter in a win versus Pistons. He added one rebound and three assists.

Fantasy Impact: Bogdanovic remains a consistent scoring option for the Pacers this season. While he doesn't do much outside of scoring, he has done that remarkably well as he is shooting over 50 percent from the field this season. He also has been hot from beyond the arc as he is shooting 44.6 percent from three-point range. If you are in desperate need of a high percentage shooter that is likely available in most leagues, he is a great option.

Domantas Sabonis shot 4-for-11 from the field netting 12 points in 24 minutes off the bench for the Pacers on Friday. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also added 10 rebounds, one steal, and one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Sabonis continues to be a bright spot off the bench for the Pacers. He played the same amount of minutes as Myles Turner did on Friday night. Keep an eye on the rotations that coach Nate McMillan runs out in the coming weeks as Sabonis may start stealing minutes from struggling starter Turner. If Sabonis starts getting 30 or more minutes, he should be rostered in all formats.

Darren Collison went 6-for-10 from the field netting 16 points in 31 minutes on Friday. He also picked up six assists, one rebound, one steal, and one turnover.

Fantasy Impact: Collison remained hot for the second straight game. Collison struggled early in the season with his shot, so this is a great sign. He is now 14-for-23 from the field in his last two, which is good for 60.8 percent. If he continues to shoot at a high percentage clip, he is worth keeping an eye on as a sneaky starter.

Thaddeus Young logged 39 minutes netting 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting. He added five rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: After averaging just 2.5 points in his last two games, Young returned to form Friday night. With his teammate Myles Turner continuing to struggle, he played the most minutes in a game he has played all season. If Turner continues to struggle, we could see coach Nate McMillan turn to Young to shoulder the load instead. It's hard to trust Young due to his inconsistency recently, but he is a player to keep an eye on. If he continues to get minutes like we saw Friday, he could become a viable starter.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting. He was hot from beyond the arc going 5-for-10 from three-point range. He added 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. He also turned the ball over four times.

Fantasy Impact: The breakout season continues for the young guard. Oladipo has been a remarkably consistent scoring option this season. He has scored at least 21 points in 12-of-16 games on the year so far. Even though he shot just 31.6 percent from the field in this game, he still managed to have a great game. If this is the type of floor he has, he can be started in all fantasy formats.

Myles Turner played just 24 minutes in the Pacers' victory over the Pistons. He struggled with his shot going 3-for-13 from the field and scoring just seven points. He added five rebounds, one assist, and three blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Turner continues to be a bit of an enigma from a fantasy perspective. He struggled in his previous matchup with Detriot's Andre Drummond, so that is a possible reason for struggling in this game. He has been shooting more this season as he is averaging 11.3 field-goal attempts per game, which is 1.3 more per game than his career average. Unfortunately, he is only shooting at a 44.1 percent clip, which is 6.1 percent less than his career average of 50.2 percent. He still may not be fully recovered from his concussion. Until he shows he can consistently score points, it may be time to bench the big man.

Anthony Davis took a shot to the face in Friday's game against the Nuggets and suffered a concussion ending his night. Davis was on a tear playing just 21 minutes and scoring 17 points (7-of-11 FG's). Davis added five boards, two assists, and one steal. Davis gets two days off before playing the Thunder on Monday making him questionable for that game. Dante Cunningham will fill-in mostly for Davis with Cheick Diallo also seeing more minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Dante Cunningham benefits from this news if Davis does miss a game but he remains a low-upside fantasy player. We are still waiting for Diallo to be unleashed so DeMarcus Cousins, E'Twaun Moore, Rajon Rondo, and Jrue Holiday will have to step up if Davis misses time.

Jonas Valanciunas attempted just six shots making two of them to finish with two points over 18 minutes in Friday night's 107-84 blowout of the Knicks. He added five rebounds, one block and one assist to go along with his meager scoring output.

Fantasy Impact: This was a tough outing for Valanciunas, especially for a player with double-double upside. He struggled to get into the flow of the game and certainly didn't deliver on expectations on a night where Serge Ibaka was held out of the lineup. He is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game this season so look to see if he can get back to that type of production in Toronto's next game against the Wizards on Sunday.

DeMar DeRozan finished Friday nights drubbing of the Knicks with 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists and one steal over 34 minutes of action. DeRozan shot a very impressive 10-for-16 resulting in a 62 percent shooting percentage. He's now finished with at least 20 points in eight consecutive games.

Fantasy Impact: DeRozan is the perfect blend of opportunity and volume. He's seeing an average of 34 minutes and 17 shot attempts per game this season. He's finishing on a solid 47 percent of those attempts as well resulting in a season average of 24 points per game. He should be placed into lineups with confidence right now and has made his place among the fantasy stalwarts at the guard position.

Kyle Lowry narrowly misses a triple-double finishing with 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting, eight rebounds and 10 assists in Friday night's 107-84 thumping of the Knicks. This marks the fourth time Lowry has recorded at least 10 assists this season and his 22 points ties a season-high. His contributions came in 32 minutes of playing time.

Fantasy Impact: Lowry is a very reliable fantasy starter with triple-double upside. This was his fourth double-double of the season to this point. His season averages of 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds qualify him as a fantasy basketball stud. He's scored in double-figures in six consecutive games and finishing on 48 percent of his field goal attempts in the month of November. Lowry should be rolled out while he is hot.

Kyle Anderson ended Friday night's 104-101 win over the Thunder with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting. He added six assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal to his stat line while logging 31 minutes of playing time. This was the first time in three games he's reached double-figures in scoring and is now shooting an impressive 57 percent from the field in November.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is a jack of all trades type that doesn't master in any one thing for fantasy purposes. While he is a very efficient scorer he only averages six shot attempts per game. His rebounding will typically carry his fantasy production. In 16 games played he's finished in double-digit scoring seven times.

Rudy Gay finished Friday night's 104-101 win over the Thunder with nine points 4-for-8 shooting and failing to make either of his two three-point attempts. Gay did contribute four rebounds, one assist and one block in 18 minutes of action. This marks Gay's third consecutive game finishing in single-digit points and fourth time in the past five games.

Fantasy Impact: Gay's season started off with a bang and he came out on fire in both scoring and rebounding while leading the second unit of the Spurs. Things seemed to have slowed down dramatically however, especially in the past few games. Gay now has not finished in double-figures in three straight games and in that stretch has also failed to make one three-pointer. His four rebounds mark the lowest he's had in November and his minute averages have dropped by two minutes per game between October and November. It's tough what to make of this stretch for Gay as usually he's used his rebounding to cover up for offensive struggles, but he was unable to get anything going Friday night. Look for Gay to break out of this rough patch in the Spurs matchup with the Hawks Monday night.

Patty Mills had a tough time knocking down shots finishing with a 3-for-11 line resulting in eight points. He did attempt seven three-pointers, but only made two resulting in a 28 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Mills chipped in with three rebounds and three assists as well over 34 minutes of action in the 104-101 win over the Thunder Friday night. His 27 percent shooting percentage is his lowest in the past six games.

Fantasy Impact: This game was a struggle for Mills finishing in single-digits for the fourth time in nine games since becoming a starter. He continues to see plenty of opportunity averaging 29 minutes per game since joining the starting group, but he's struggled finding consistency with his shot. For a player that typically relies on just his scoring for contribution it makes him tough to rely on for fantasy purposes.

As he continues to deal with a back injury, Nurkic was limited to just four points in 27 minutes on Friday against the Kings. He added seven boards, two steals, and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: Nurkic has been a fantasy bust so far this season dealing with injuries and foul trouble. If you can, make a deal for him now cause his value is at it's lowest point. He's a buy-low candidate right now.

CJ McCollum scores 19 points on Friday against the Kings on 8-of-15 shooting. McCollum missed all four attempts from deep while adding 3-of-4 from the line. He added three assists, three steals, and three rebounds but four turnovers on a team-high 38 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: McCollum is averaging 22.6 points per game over his last five games, continue to get him in your lineups with confidence. He gets the Kings once again on Saturday at home this time.

Danny Green scored 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting and added six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four steals across 35 minutes in Friday night's 104-101 win over the Thunder. Green shot a whopping 13 three-pointers hitting on five of them resulting in a 38 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. This was Green's highest scoring output in five games and his six rebounds are his highest in November. His four steals and assists ties a season-high for both stats.

Fantasy Impact: This was a very impressive overall performance for Green. He filled up the stat sheet in every way imaginable and proved the kind of upside he brings to every game. Problem is he doesn't always deliver on that upside. This just happened to be a game where Green was very aggressive looking for his shot, especially the three-point shot and attempted the most shots he has in six games. While this game was statistically impressive it'd be hard to expect something like this every outing. He should still be kept in mind as a player with this kind of upside, especially in a plus matchup.