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Date Player
11/18/2017 Buddy Hield, Sac, SG
Hield is unlikely to play Saturday at Portland after spraining his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Friday's home matchup with the Blazers.

Analysis: Hield is probably looking at a longer absence than that after he was spotted on crutches after the Kings' 86-82 win. The second-year guard ranks second among Kings players at 11.6 points per game and is 11 of 21 from 3-point range over his last five contests. He had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, in just 17 minutes on Friday.
11/18/2017 Ian Clark, NO, G
Ian Clark scored six points Friday on 2-of-7 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Clark did not grab a rebound but had an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -8 in his 13:52 of playing time. Clark went 2 of 6 from 3-point range.
11/18/2017 DeMarcus Cousins, NO, F-C
DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points Friday, going 6 of 16 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Cousins pulled down six rebounds and had four assists, tallying a plus-minus of -34 in his 24:49 of playing time.

Analysis: Cousins was held out the entire fourth quarter with the score getting out of hand, which explains him failing to reach the 20-point mark for only the second time in 16 games this season. Averaging 26.8 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and two blocks over his previous eight contests, the high-volume forward will have a chance to at least match those stellar numbers if running mate Anthony Davis misses any time after being concussed in Friday's loss.
11/18/2017 Cheick Diallo, NO, PF
Cheick Diallo scored nine points Friday on 4-of-5 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Diallo grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -5 in his 12:41 on the floor.
11/18/2017 Jameer Nelson, NO, PG
Jameer Nelson scored 10 points Friday on 4-of-6 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Nelson pulled down four rebounds and had nine assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -9 in his 27:49 of playing time. Nelson went 2 of 4 from behind the arc.
11/18/2017 Rajon Rondo, NO, PG
Rajon Rondo scored 13 points Friday, going 6 of 8 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Rondo pulled down three rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -30 in his 25:14 on the floor. Rondo went 1 of 2 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Rondo's minutes have jumped from five to 14 to 25 in his three games back from sports hernia surgery, and he's 9 of 13 from the floor with 16 assists in that limited time. Though the 31-year-old hasn't been a reliable scorer in some time, he should remain a very good source of assists and steals going forward.
11/18/2017 Dante Cunningham, NO, F
Dante Cunningham scored seven points Friday on 3-of-7 shooting as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Cunningham grabbed one rebound and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -23 in his 26:19 of playing time. Cunningham went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.
11/18/2017 E'Twaun Moore, NO, G-F
E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points Friday, going 7 of 11 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Moore pulled down two rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 27:08 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Moore went 2 of 3 from behind the arc.

Analysis: After struggling to a 4-of-12 shooting performance against a tough Toronto defense on Wednesday, Moore returned to his recent hot ways in this one. The combo guard has hit on 59.3 percent of his field goal attempts while averaging 16.2 points over a string of five straight double-digit scoring efforts.
11/18/2017 Darius Miller, NO, G-F
Darius Miller scored six points Friday, going 2 of 6 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Miller did not grab a rebound but had an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -5 in his 28:23 on the floor. Miller went 2 of 5 from 3-point range.
11/18/2017 Jrue Holiday, NO, G
Jrue Holiday scored 13 points Friday, going 6 of 12 from the field, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Denver Nuggets 146-114. Holiday pulled down four rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -31 in his 27:28 on the floor. Holiday went 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

Analysis: It's the 14th straight game in which Holiday has dished out at least five assists, and his turnovers have dropped dramatically lately with Rajon Rondo back and taking some of the point-guard responsibilities. Averaging 16.8 points on 53.8 percent shooting along with seven assists and 4.6 rebounds over his last five games, the well-paid guard's outlook appears bright with his adjusted role.
11/18/2017 Paul Millsap, Den, F-C
Paul Millsap scored 20 points Friday on 8-of-14 shooting as the Denver Nuggets topped the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Millsap pulled down six rebounds and had seven assists, tallying a plus-minus of +33 in his 27:03 of playing time. He added two blocks and two steals. Millsap went 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Another day at the office for the ultra-dependable forward, who's totaled between 16 and 20 points in each of his last five games while averaging five assists and a stellar 2.8 blocks over his past four. Millsap didn't have a great October, but he's stepped it up by averaging 17.6 points in eight games this month.
11/18/2017 Wilson Chandler, Den, G-F
Wilson Chandler scored 15 points Friday, going 5 of 8 from the field, as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Chandler grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +29 in his 35:40 on the floor. Chandler went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.

Analysis: It's the first double-double of the season for Chandler, who's starting to atone for a miserable start by putting up at least 13 points in three straight games. The injury-prone forward is averaging a solid 14 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 55.6 percent during that stretch, so he could rate as a good buy-low candidate.
11/18/2017 Will Barton, Den, G-F
Will Barton scored four points Friday, going 2 of 5 from the field, as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Barton pulled down three rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -7 in his 24:45 of playing time. He added one block.
11/18/2017 Nikola Jokic, Den, F-C
Nikola Jokic scored 13 points Friday on 3-of-5 shooting as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Jokic pulled down 11 rebounds and had six assists, tallying a plus-minus of +23 in his 26:31 of playing time. He added one block. Jokic went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
11/18/2017 Jamal Murray, Den, G
Jamal Murray scored 31 points Friday on 13-of-18 shooting as the Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Murray pulled down two rebounds and dished out four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +30 in his 34:00 on the floor. Murray went 3 of 7 from 3-point range.

Analysis: What a difference a week can make. Murray went 9 for 25 from the field while managing a measly 25 points during a four-game slump from Nov. 3-9. He's averaged 27 points while shooting at a 55.2 percent clip in three games since. With his confidence clearly back, the young guard may have a few performances like this one still in him.
11/18/2017 Emmanuel Mudiay, Den, PG
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points Friday, going 7 of 11 from the field, as the Denver Nuggets topped the New Orleans Pelicans 146-114. Mudiay pulled down two rebounds and had six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 23:11 of playing time. He added one steal. Mudiay went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Analysis: With Jamal Murray adding 31 points in the blowout, we can understand why the Nuggets didn't seriously enter the Eric Bledsoe sweepstakes. Though Mudiay is still on the short end of that point guard tandem, he's been a fairly consistent contributor with nine double-figure scoring efforts over Denver's last 11 games. The 21-year-old is averaging a useful 13.4 points, 3.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds while going 14 of 28 on 3-point tries during that span.
11/17/2017 P.J. Tucker, Hou, SF
P.J. Tucker scored eight points Thursday, going 2 of 4 from the field, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 142-116. Tucker pulled down nine rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +12 in his 32:59 of playing time. He added three steals. Tucker went 2 of 4 from behind the arc.
11/17/2017 Trevor Ariza, Hou, G-F
Trevor Ariza scored 11 points Thursday on 4-of-8 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Phoenix Suns 142-116. Ariza grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +22 in his 35:19 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Ariza went 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
11/17/2017 Ryan Anderson, Hou, F-C
Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 24 points Thursday on 7-of-12 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 142-116. Anderson pulled down four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +22 in his 29:08 on the floor. He added one block. Anderson went 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Anderson found the perfect remedy for his recent shooting woes in the Suns' soft defense. The 3-point specialist was just 8 of 25 from beyond the arc while averaging 7.4 points over his previous five games, so fantasy players may want to take a wait-and-see approach to find out if he's truly back.
11/17/2017 James Harden, Hou, G
James Harden scored 48 points Thursday on 12-of-22 shooting as the Houston Rockets defeated the Phoenix Suns 142-116. Harden grabbed two rebounds and had seven assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +15 in his 34:37 on the floor. He added one block and two steals. Harden went 6 of 11 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Harden had 23 points in the second quarter alone in his latest fantasy masterpiece. The prolific guard is on arguably the best six-game stretch of his career, a tear in which he's averaging an absurd 40.2 points and 11.2 assists while connecting on 31 of 70 (44.3 percent) attempts from beyond the arc and going to the foul line 82 times.
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