DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  November 24 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: November 24
Ben Scherr
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Headshot

Kidd-Gilchrist totaled 17 points (7-15 FG, 3-4 FT) and five rebounds across a season-high 37 minutes of action in a 100-99 loss to the Cleveland cavaliers on Friday.

The 17 points marked MKG's second-highest total of the season, as he also set a season-high with 15 shots taken and 37 minutes played. The only issue is the lack of defensive statistics, as he's averaging just 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game for the season. That's simply too low from a player who specializes in defense, but he's due for some positive regression if he continues to see 30 minutes a game.
2:44 am (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard recorded his fourth-straight double-double on Friday, as he tallied 20 points (7-14, 6-9 FT) and 13 rebounds in a 100-99 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Howard has been feasting the last four games, as he's collected 87 points and 62 rebounds in that span. What makes it all the more impressive is the fact that he's doing it without taking more than 14 shots in any of those games. That's incredible efficiency, as he's 32-of-47 from the field in that span as well. This looks more like the Orlando Howard than the Houston Howard and fantasy owners are surely reaping the benefits.
2:38 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Pelicans, LoganMurdock of the Mercury News/ reports.

Coach Steve Kerr made the announcement following Friday's victory over the Bulls, which was played without Durant. The star forward tried playing through the injury in Wednesday's return to Oklahoma City, although Kerr also stated Durant probably should not have played in the contest. Omri Casspi started at small forward Friday, but it remains to be seen who will get the start Saturday should Durant ultimately sit out. Andre Iguodala and Patrick McCaw would be other options.
1:21 am (EST)
Steven Adams Headshot

Adams scored 12 points (6-10 FG) to go with 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 37 minutes in Friday's 99-98 loss to Detroit.

Collecting his second consecutive double-double and fifth of the season, Adams collected 12 rebounds for the second straight game. Also, the center scored in the double-digits for the fourth consecutive game. Averaging a career-best 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, Adams is building a solid, all-around game playing in the low post.
Yesterday 11:18 pm (EST)
Andre Drummond Headshot

Drummond scored 17 points (8-14 FG, 1-3 FT) to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 36 minutes in Friday's 99-98 win over Oklahoma City.

Drummond's rebounding numbers have been nothing short of phenomenal in the early going. Friday was no exception as he recorded 14 rebounds to secure his 13th double-double of the season. The center has gathered no fewer than eight total rebounds in a single game this season. In addition, he has collected at least 12 rebounds in 17-of-18 games. Averaging 15.2 rebounds per game, Drummond is on a career-high pace. If nothing else, he can be counted on to tally high numbers in the rebound column on a nightly basis.
Yesterday 10:59 pm (EST)
Carmelo Anthony Headshot

Anthony scored 20 points (9-24 FG, 2-6 3PT) to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal over 36 minutes in Friday's 99-98 loss to Detroit.

Including Friday's 20 point, eight rebound performance, Anthony is averaging 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five games. The issue of chemistry with Paul George and Russell Westbrook will always linger over this year's experiment in Oklahoma City. However, the trio are all averaging north of 20 points, distributing the offensive firepower three ways and sacrificing a few points to each of their individual numbers. For Anthony, this current five game stretch is nearly on pace with his season averages in points (20.1) and rebounds (6.3). Expect both categories to keep hovering around their respective numbers moving forward.
Yesterday 10:53 pm (EST)
Victor Oladipo Headshot

Oladipo left Friday's victory over the Raptors in the fourth quarter and was ultimately unable to return, Pacers' sideline reporter Pat Boylan reports.

The severity of the injury is unknown at this time. Oladipo had contributed 21 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-5 3PT), one rebound, three assists, and one steal across 29 minutes before exiting the game. The Pacers play the Celtics on the second half of a back-to-back set Saturday, so Oladipo's status is certainly up in the air as of now. Lance Stephenson and Bojan Bogdanovic would presumably benefit in terms of minutes should he miss any time.
Yesterday 10:45 pm (EST)
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrok scored 25 points (9-27 FG, 1-9 3PT, 6-7 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals over 38 minutes in Friday's 99-98 loss to Detroit.

While his points per game are down compared to his MVP season, Westbrook still has a knack for delivering top notch, statistical performances. Collecting his sixth triple-double of the season, the guard is in the midst of a three game stretch in which he is averaging 27.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.6 assists. Lofty statistical numbers aside, Westbrook shot 33.3 percent in a losing effort against Detroit. To date, his field goal shooting percentage (39.6 percent) is on a career-low pace. Westbrook will look to straighten out his struggling shot against Dallas on Saturday.
Yesterday 10:42 pm (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown is traveling to Atlanta following Friday's victory over the Magic to attend a close friend's funeral Saturday, which means he may be unable to make it to Saturday's game against the Pacers, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

Coach Brad Stevens has given Brown permission to miss the game if he needs to, so his status is certainly up in the air at best. The Celtics will also be without out Marcus Morris (rest) so there could be extra minutes available for reserves Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier should Brown ultimately miss the game.
Yesterday 10:32 pm (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder scored 26 points (11-18 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-5 FT) to go along with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's 116-104 win against New York.

Schroder was an all-around threat from the point against New York. Falling two points shy of tying his season-high the guard led Atlanta's push towards erasing a 15 point deficit and, eventually, the victory. Schroder also dished out eight assists to further take hold of the reins of the offense in the role of distributor. Friday night's performance was one of those nights when all facets of Schroder's offensive game were clicking on all cylinders.
Yesterday 10:26 pm (EST)
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