NBA Player News
|1/18/2017||John Wall, Was, PG|
|Wall had 25 points, including six in the final 2:11, and 13 assists for the Wizards in Wednesday's 104-101 win over the Grizzlies.
Analysis: The Wizards are in New York on Thursday, and Wall is averaging 25.2 points in the second half of back-to-backs.
|1/18/2017||Otto Porter, Was, SF|
|Porter had 25 points and a career-high six 3-pointers as the Wizards extended their home winning streak to 13 straight with a 104-101 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Wizards are at New York on Thursday, and Porter had 21 points and eight rebounds against the Knicks in their only matchup this season back in November.
|1/18/2017||Isaiah Thomas, Bos, PG|
|Thomas had 39 points in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks, the 13th time this season he's hit the 30-point plateau.
Analysis: Thomas, who has scored at least 20 in 26 consecutive games, has averaged 34.2 points on 49.0 percent shooting in his last six games. He's shooting 44.3 percent (31 for 70) from long range in that span.
|1/18/2017||Marc Gasol, Mem, C|
|Gasol led Memphis with 28 points in Wednesday's 104-101 loss to the Wizards.
Analysis: Gasol had totaled just 23 points in his previous two road games. The Grizzlies return home to face the Kings on Friday, and Gasol was held to just two points and missed all six of his field goal attempts in 21 minutes at Sacramento on New Year's Eve.
|1/18/2017||Mike Conley, Mem, PG|
|Conley had 20 points in Wednesday's 104-101 loss to the Wizards.
Analysis: Conley has scored at least 20 in six of nine games since sitting out two with a toe injury.
|1/18/2017||Jae Crowder, Bos, F|
|Crowder had 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and five rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Knicks.
Analysis: Crowder has scored in double figures in four straight games, averaging 18.5 points on 56.5 percent from the field - including 13 of 27 from downtown - while adding 6.8 rebounds.
|1/18/2017||Reggie Jackson, Det, G|
|Jackson scored 26 points to lead the balanced Pistons to a 118-95 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Jackson made 10 of 20 shots after going 9 of 27 in his previous two games combined. The Pistons are off until hosting the Wizards on Saturday, and Jackson has averaged 21.3 points on 51 percent shooting in three games this season on two days' rest.
|1/18/2017||Reggie Bullock, Det, G-F|
|Bullock finished with 15 points in Wednesday's win over the Hawks.
Analysis: Bullock, who made 6 of 11 shots, made just his second start of the season and was playing in his third game after being sidelined since since late November due to a torn meniscus.
|1/18/2017||Paul Millsap, Atl, F-C|
|Millsap had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks in Wednesday's loss to the Pistons.
Analysis: The Hawks host the Bulls on Friday, and Millsap had 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting and 11 rebounds in a win over the Bulls on Nov. 9.
|1/18/2017||Anthony Davis, NO, F-C|
|Davis finished with game highs of 21 points 14 rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Magic.
Analysis: For the second consecutive game, Davis missed time while getting X-rays, but this time it didn't matter. Davis, who did not return to a 98-95 loss at Indiana on Monday after a third-quarter fall left him with a sprained left thumb and a right hip contusion, missed much of the second quarter Wednesday night while having X-rays on his left hand. Those X-rays were negative just as they were two days earlier, but this time Davis returned.
|1/18/2017||Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, SF|
|Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in Wednesday's loss at Houston.
Analysis: Antetokounmpo scored at least 30 points for the ninth time this season and had double-digit rebounds for the 15th time. Since illness limited him to zero points on 0-of-3 shooting at San Antonio on Jan. 10, the Greek Freak has averaged 26.8 points, 8.3 boards and 5.0 assists while shooting 60.3 percent (44 for 73) in four games.
|1/18/2017||Tyreke Evans, NO, G-F|
|Evans came off the bench to score 18 in Wednesday's win over the Magic.
Analysis: Evans made 4 of 6 3-pointers and the Pelicans improved to 5-2 when he reaches double digits.
|1/18/2017||James Harden, Hou, G|
|Harden amassed 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: Harden fell short in a bid for his third straight triple-double, but 38-8-6 is hardly a line to be disappointed with. In his last three games, Harden has averaged 33.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Harden will earn his fifth All-Star selection and is a leading contender for MVP.
|1/18/2017||Eric Gordon, Hou, SG|
|Gordon bounced back with 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting - including 7 of 17 from long range - in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: Gordon was limited to seven points on 3-of-17 shooting while playing on a tweaked ankle Tuesday in Miami. Gordon is shooting just 27.5 percent (19 for 69) from downtown in his last six games. With 160 3-pointers, Gordon is challenging Stephen Curry for the league lead, and will face Curry's Warriors on Friday.
|1/18/2017||Patrick Beverley, Hou, G|
|Beverley filled the stat sheet with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: In his last three games, Beverley has averaged 13.3 points, 7.7 boards and 4.7 assists. Calling Beverley a fantasy stud would not be an overstatement.
|1/18/2017||Rudy Gay, Sac, F|
|Gay sustained a left foot injury late in the third quarter against the Pacers on Wednesday night. The preliminary report from the team was that Gay tore his left Achilles tendon. An MRI exam was scheduled for Thursday.
Analysis: Teammates and trainers helped Gay off the court after he tried to drive the baseline and went down in a heap with 14.3 seconds left in the third quarter. The ball came loose, and Gay tried to reach for it while sitting prone but could not reach it. Gay grimaced and seemed to point trainers to the area of his left calf and Achilles tendon.
|1/17/2017||Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G|
|Bledsoe just missed a first triple-double of the season on Monday, finishing with 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Suns' loss to Utah.
Analysis: Bledsoe's assist totals have risen of late and haven't affected his scoring, as he's averaged 8.1 helpers and 21.8 points over his past nine games. More importantly, he's yet to miss a game this season after being limited to 31 by a knee injury in 2015-16.
|1/17/2017||Devin Booker, Pho, SG|
|Booker continued his recent scoring binge by dropping in 25 points in Monday's loss to Utah.
Analysis: The performance comes after back-to-back 39-point efforts from the Suns' sharpshooter. Averaging 30 points while going 18 of 33 from 3-point range over his last six games, Booker should be locked into fantasy lineups until he cools off.
|1/17/2017||P.J. Tucker, Pho, G-F|
|Tucker matched a season high with 13 rebounds while adding eight points and a pair of steals in Monday's loss to Utah.
Analysis: The defensive specialist has been good on the glass this month, averaging 8.3 rebounds in Phoenix's seven January games. Tucker doesn't contribute enough in other categories to make him anything more than a specialty play, though.
|1/17/2017||Rudy Gobert, Uta, C|
|Gobert was again a force in the Jazz's latest win, amassing 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting along with 17 rebounds and four blocks Monday at Phoenix.
Analysis: The standout center has now recorded double-digit rebounds in 28 consecutive games, and his average of 13.6 boards per game over that stretch ranks second in the NBA. Add in his league-leading 110 blocks and improved scoring, and you've got an elite fantasy player if Gobert is on your roster.
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