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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: November 22
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Ryan Anderson Headshot

Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Marc Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Despite originally being expected to play, Anderson was downgraded to doubtful recently and has now officially been ruled out while he continues to recover from a sickness. Anderson's next opportunity to play will be Saturday against the Knicks and with another three days off for rest and recovery, it seems likely he'll be able to return to the court. That said, P.J. Tucker will start at power forward in his place Wednesday and will see an elevated role, while Luc Mbah a Moute should benefit as well off the bench.
6:44 pm (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon (calf) will be sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

As expected, Gordon will sit out Wednesday while dealing with a calf strain. In his stead, James Harden could be asked to play more minutes, while Trevor Ariza may spend time at shooting guard. It's possible Bobby Brown, Demetrius Jackson and Troy Williams see a handful of minutes as well.
6:44 pm (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Thunder, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

Durant had been questionable after missing the Warriors' previous game with a minor ankle issue, but he'll suit up as he goes up against his former team for the first time this season. Expect Durant, who's once again off to a strong start (24.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 4.9 APG), to play his usual role Wednesday.
6:38 pm (EST)
Wilson Chandler Headshot

Chandler (back) has been cleared to play Wednesday against the Rockets, Ally Sturm of Altitude TV reports.

Chandler missed the Nuggets' most recent game against the Kings while dealing with back soreness. However, he's seemingly feeling less discomfort in advance of Wednesday's contest. With Paul Millsap (wrist) out, Chandler could be in store for an expanded role. He's been underperforming this season compared to what we've come to expect, posting 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest.
6:35 pm (EST)
Omer Asik Headshot

Asik (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Spurs but "probably won't play", Will Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Asik has been battling Crohn's disease, which has rendered him unable to play so far this season. While it's still unlikely he'll see the floor Wednesday, this represents a significant step in his progress.
6:30 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul is expected to see about 28 minutes during Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

The Rockets are slowly working Chris Paul back from a bruised knee. He's played 21 and 24 minutes respectively in the past two contests, so Wednesday represents more progress in that area. He still managed to average 14.0 points, 8.0 assists and 2.0 steals in those limited minutes, however, certainly making him a valid DFS option.
6:27 pm (EST)
PJ Tucker Headshot

Tucker will start Wednesday's game against Denver, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

With Ryan Anderson (illness) almost certainly out of action, Tucker will slide in at the four alongside Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza in the frontcourt. Houston will also be without Eric Gordon (calf), but coach Mike D'Antoni confirmed that Chris Paul will be available for close to 30 minutes. Expect Tucker, as well as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, to see an elevated workload Wednesday.
6:25 pm (EST)
Ryan Anderson Headshot

Anderson (illness) has been downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's matchup with the Nuggets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

Anderson came into Wednesday with a probable designation, though he apparently didn't recover as quickly as expected from the illness that's plaguing him. He's likely to sit out Wednesday and P.J. Tucker is going to pick up the start at power forward in his place. Along with Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute should see extended minutes off the bench in Anderson's absence.
6:23 pm (EST)
Eric Gordon Headshot

Gordon is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets due to a calf strain, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

It's unclear when Gordon suffered the injury, though he hasn't played well over the past two games, shooting just 33.3 percent, With Gordon most likely out, James Harden and Trevor Ariza will likely spend additional minutes at shooting guard and see increased usage.
6:23 pm (EST)
Norman Powell Headshot

Powell (hip) will be available Wednesday against the Knicks, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.

Powell has missed the last four games with a hip injury, but he'll return to the rotation as the Raptors seek their fifth consecutive win. It's unclear at this point if Powell will reclaim his starting spot, or if Dwane Casey will stick with rookie OG Anunoby at small forward.
6:16 pm (EST)
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