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    Kelly Oubre Jr. Nov 22 8:40am ET

    Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a team-high 25 points in Thursday's loss to New Orleans, shooting 7-for-17 from the field and 9-for-9 at the line. He had a 2-for-4 record from downtown while adding six rebounds and four assists to his tally in 35 minutes. Oubre Jr. had a miserable one-point outing against the Lakers last Tuesday but's he's since then demonstrated very good scoring form, going for 20-plus points in three of four games. He'll be in a nice spot to continue the hot streak against Minnesota, who give up a lot of three-pointers and whose defense is mediocre at best.

    Devin Booker Nov 22 8:30am ET

    Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker had only 19 points in Thursday's loss to New Orleans, shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 2-for-6 from behind the arc. It's only the second game this season in which Booker failed to reach the 20-point mark. His night also included seven assists and five rebounds with six turnovers. Booker dropped an easy 30 points on the Clippers the last time he was limited to fewer than 20 points and he's actually been on fire this month with 53.7 percent three-point shooting, so he should have a nice bounce-back performance on Saturday against the Timberwolves, who happen to be one of the worst defensive sides against shooting guards this season.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo Nov 22 8:30am ET

    Bucks' F Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a phenomenal 75.75 fantasy points with 24 points scored, 15 assists and 19 rebounds in a 137-129 win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night. Antetokounmpo has scored an average of 61.00 fantasy points in his last 3 games.

    JJ Redick Nov 22 8:20am ET

    New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard J.J. Redick did what he does best on Thursday night, sinking five three-point shots in a 124-121 win over Phoenix. He shot 5-for-8 from downtown and 10-for-14 overall from the field on his way to finishing with a season-high matching 26 points. He also had five rebounds, a pair of assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action. The veteran sharpshooter had a very slow start to the season, but he's started to get the job done in November, shooting 51 percent from deep and averaging 18.3 points per game. Utah have given up only 1.9 treys per 48 minutes this season, so Redick will have to pull something special out of his sleeve in the next matchup.

    Jrue Holiday Nov 22 8:20am ET

    New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday had a nice all-around performance against the Suns on Thursday, racking up 23 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block in a 124-121 win. His struggles from deep continued with a 1-for-4 success rate, but as a great finisher at the rim Holiday produced solid 10-for-19 shooting numbers overall. The Pels have now won four of their last five games with Holiday averaging 23.4 points during the run. He'll look to keep the momentum going on Saturday against the Jazz, who are an elite defensive team, but they have been average at best against opposing point guards this season. Lonzo Ball, who returned to action on Thursday with eight points and five assists in 19 minutes, could enjoy the matchup as well.

    Brandon Ingram Nov 22 8:10am ET

    New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram enjoyed another productive night on Thursday, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points and finishing with 28 points overall in a 124-121 win over Phoenix. Ingram shot 9-for-19 from the field, including 3-for-6 from downtown, and 7-for-9 at the line. He stuffed the stat sheet further with eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal. The former Laker is playing some really good basketball right now, but he faces a very difficult challenge next against Utah's tough defense. The Jazz own the league's best defensive rating and they have limited small forwards to just 40.7 percent shooting this season.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo Nov 22 2:30am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks' F Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a triple-double, finishing with 24 points, 15 assists and 19 rebounds in a 137-129 win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 21.

    Brook Lopez Nov 22 12:20am ET

    Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez was nowhere to be found in the Bucks win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night, with just 10 points and zero rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Despite two three-pointers along with two blocks, it was a strange game for Lopez, in part because he was averaging 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds over his previous five games, but also because he was matched up against a depleted Blazers squad without Jusuf Nurkic or Hassan Whiteside. Hopefully, Lopez can put forth a bounce-back effort in Milwaukee's next game, but that might be a tall task against the Detroit Pistons and rebounding phenom Andre Drummond.

    Carmelo Anthony Nov 21 11:30pm ET

    Newly-minted Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony had 18 points Thursday night to go along with seven rebounds and four assists against the Bucks. This was only Melo's second game with the Blazers and his 6-for-15 night shows there's still plenty of rust to shake off. Whatever contributions you think Anthony can bring to the fantasy table need to be paused until we see him playing alongside Damian Lillard, when a more accurate assessment of his role can be made and we see how many opportunities he's given to produce.

    Eric Bledsoe Nov 21 11:30pm ET

    Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe shot 11 of 21 against Portland on Thursday night to finish with 30 points, six assists and four rebounds. Bledsoe had a bit more energy in the tank not having to chase Damian Lillard around all night, and it led to his second highest scoring total of the season. Khris Middleton's absence has created a hole in Milwaukee's offense and Bledsoe is the only perimeter option to fill it, which should lead to nights similar to this one until the All-Star returns.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo Nov 21 10:50pm ET

    Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had arguably his best all-around game of the season against the Blazers, registering 24 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists. The 15 assists were a career high for the reigning MVP, who became the first Buck to ever post a 20-15-15 line. He shot an unusual 33.3 percent from the field, but he's contributed a three-pointer in all but four games this season. Already dominant everywhere else, an extended range would only take his historic level of production to new and scarier heights.

    Lonzo Ball Nov 21 9:30pm ET

    New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball (groin) will play, but come off the bench Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns. Ball has been sidelined for almost two weeks and will have a 20 minute restriction per head coach Alvin Gentry. Ball's return will likely lower the value of J.J. Redick and Nickeil Alexander-Walker moving forward.

    Ricky Rubio Nov 21 9:10pm ET

    Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio (back) will not play Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Rubio will miss his second game dealing with back spasms after fighting through the injury and playing 16 minutes on Tuesday. With Rubio out, Tyler Johnson will start at point guard. Rubio should be considered questionable for their next game Saturday.

    Anfernee Simons Nov 21 7:10pm ET

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (ankle) will play Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, his teammate Hassan Whiteside (hip) will not play after missing shootaround with a hip injury. Simons will likely start and play heavy minutes in the absence of Damian Lillard (back). In the absence of Whiteside, a committee of Skal Labissiere, Nassir Little and Carmelo Anthony will likely receive extra minutes.

    Hassan Whiteside Nov 21 5:50pm ET

    Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (hip) was not able to participate during Thursday's shootaround. He's listed as questionable with a right hip issue, but he missed shootaround, so that's not a good sign. The Blazers are already without Damian Lillard (back) for this game. Skal Labissiere could be forced into heavy minutes and be asked to do more than usual on offense. He could be worth a look for DFS contests on Thursday's small slate night.

    Anfernee Simons Nov 21 5:50pm ET

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (ankle) was able to fully participate during Thursday's shootaround. He's been listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but is expected to play. Damian Lillard (back) will sit out his second straight game here. Simons will be a popular DFS option on Thursday, assuming he's able to suit up.

    Damian Lillard Nov 21 5:40pm ET

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Lillard has been playing through a back issue, but is now going to miss his second game in a row because of it. C.J. McCollum and Anfernee Simons (ankle) will handle most of the ball handling duties. Lillard is hopeful that he can suit up for Saturday's game against the Cavs. Fantasy owners will have to check back on Saturday for more information on Lillard.

    Ricky Rubio Nov 21 5:40pm ET

    Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio (back) is listed as a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Rubio was able to play on Tuesday despite his back issues. However, he played only 16 minutes, so he'd be a risky DFS option for Thursday. Tyler Johnson and Elie Okobo would see more minutes without Rubio on the floor. Neither of those players are reliable DFS options.

    Josh Richardson Nov 21 5:40pm ET

    Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Josh Richardson (hip) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. Richardson was unable to suit up for Wednesday's game because of a right hip flexor issue. Furkan Korkmaz may land another start, but he won't be much of a streaming option. It doesn't sound like Richardson will be sidelined for too long. Fantasy owners might only be without him for one more game.

    Steven Adams Nov 21 5:30pm ET

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice. Adams has already missed three games this month due to a left knee issue. Head coach Billy Donovan said Adams is still dealing with the issue, so hopefully it's something he can overcome soon. The Thunder may limit Adams until he's back to 100 percent, so Nerlens Noel could have some extra fantasy value right now.

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