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Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terence Davis had a season-high 16 points on Monday night. In the 132-96 win over the Charlotte Hornets, Davis also set season highs with seven assists and four made three-point shots. The rookie has now scored at least 13 points in three of his last five games as he helps the Raptors cover the loss of Kyle Lowry. Once Lowry returns to the court, Davis' minutes will surely go back down, but while he is getting the playing time he is making the most of his opportunities. Games against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks should give Davis more chances to grow his game and make a case to keep some of his minutes when Lowry returns.
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum rattled in 20 points on 8-for-21 shooting in an efficient night for the sniper. McCollum did salvage his rough shooting with two steals, five rebounds, and two assists in 38 minutes of action. McCollum has cooled off after his hot run and now has connected on just 13 of 34 shooting in the last two games. Shooters are going to shoot, so expect this cold funk to not last long for McCollum. Expect McCollum to get back to form on Tuesday against the fantasy-friendly Knicks.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard connected on 8-for-24 shooting en route to 26 points in the 108-96 loss to the Thunder on Sunday. Lillard added seven dimes, three rebounds, and a steal while connecting on just two of 12 from downtown in this one. Lillard started ice-cold missing his first seven shot attempts before getting going and he combined with his backcourt teammate C.J. McCollum and forward Carmelo Anthony to connect on just 20 of 63 shooting between the three of them, ouch. We can assume the Trail Blazers will get back on track when they face the Knicks on Tuesday.
Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside continued his resurgence of a season on Sunday when he secured another double-double and added five blocks in the loss to the Thunder. Whiteside scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds while handing out three assists while connecting on six of shooting in 32 minutes of action. Whiteside has been a walking double-double this season and to see that he is shooting 75.3% from the line this campaign, has boosted him into early-round value.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari struggled to make his shots on Sunday, but his squad still managed to get the win over the Trail Blazers. Gallinari scored 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting overall while connecting on just one of eight from three while chipping seven rebounds with a steal in this one. The rumors are swirling that now even Gallo could be moved and he would be nice a fit for a contender looking for an added scoring boost. Keep an eye on the Thunder as they are rumored to be making some moves as they look toward the future.
Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center Nerlens Noel needed just 20 minutes to provide a full line in the 12-point win over Portland on Sunday. Noel scored 13 points with 12 boards and added two blocks with a steal in this one. Steven Adams cooled off by scoring just six points but added nine rebounds with four assists in 26 minutes of action. Keep an eye on this duo when December 15th marks the date that 40% more of the league's players are eligible to be traded. Adams has been in rumors, so if he does get moved, Noel could be put into a larger role for the Thunder.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored a team-high 26 points, but it was not enough in the 110-104 loss to the 76ers on Sunday. Lowry connected on 7-for-14 shooting while adding four makes from three and he also chipped in six rebounds, five assists, and two steals in a heavy 38 minutes. Fred Vanvleet suffered a right knee contusion and did not return, so we can assume he is questionable for Monday's tilt when they face the Bulls. If VanVleet does miss some time, we can see Lowry getting an uptick in usage with Norman Powell likely being a popular DFS play on Monday.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol played a solid game, but his efforts did not show up on the box score in the 110-104 loss to the 76ers on Sunday. Gasol missed all six of his shot attempts for a scoreless game but did add four rebounds with three assists and a block. The most impressive part was that he was a team-best plus-nine in this one and he had a lot to do with containing Joel Embiid to just 10 points in this one. Serge Ibaka added 12 points with seven rebounds in the backup role, and we also saw these two play in tandem for moments. At this point, Ibaka looks like the better player to own.
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby filled up the categories on Sunday in the six-point loss to the 76ers. Anunoby connected on 8-for-14 shooting to score 19 points and added 10 rebounds with two assists and healthy defensive numbers of four steals and a block in 35 minutes of action. Anunoby has struggled with consistency at points in this season but looks to be coming into form. In December, he is posting 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 0.8 blocks, but is struggling to make his triples where he is shooting just 21.4% in that four-game sample.
Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Ben Simmons continued his elite play on Sunday when he missed out on a triple-double by just a single assist in the six-point win over the defending Champs, the Raptors. Simmons was 8-for-11 from the floor en route to 16 points and added nine assists with 11 boards and five turnovers. Simmons is having a monster December with averages of 20.3 points, 8.8 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting an incredible 76.1% from the floor in the span of five games. The 76ers play four times this week, so keep the Aussie rolling.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is not the man you want to select in DFS when he plays the Raptors, as he managed to provide just 10 points in 30 minutes of action in the win on Sunday. Embiid connected on 3-for-7 shooting while adding eight boards with six assists and a steal and a block, but also committed seven turnovers. Embiid did sit out Saturday night with a hip issue, but once again, the Raptors did a number on the All-Star and have now held him to just 5.0 points a night and 16.7% in their two meetings this season. The 76ers play next on Tuesday with another back-to-back set for Thursday and Friday, so stayed tuned for the big man's status for those games.
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