DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  December 16 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: December 16
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Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb scored 15 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 7-7 FT) to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

Lamb increased his career-high 14.4 points per game with a bench-leading 15 points against Portland. While it was not the most impressive night from the floor (36.3 percent), the guard made the most of his trips to the free throw line by sinking all seven shots. Lamb is scoring 4.7 more points per game than his previous career-high of 9.7 points set in 2016-17. As a result, Lamb is Charlotte's leading source of offense from the bench by far.
10:25 pm (EST)
Nicolas Batum Headshot

Batum scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3PT) to go with four rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.

After scoring in the single-digits in four straight games, Batum exploded for a season-high 23 points against Portland. The Charlotte forward was deadly efficient from long range, sinking a season-high five three-pointers on nine attempts. While his breakout performance from beyond the arc was impressive, expectations should be tempered as Batum is still a 26.9 percent three-point shooter on the season. Batum will look to build upon his offensive momentum when Portland takes on New York on Monday.
10:16 pm (EST)
CJ McCollum Headshot

McCollum scored 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.

McCollum added to his impressive December with a game-high 25 points on Saturday. For the month, the guard is averaging 21.8 points over seven games. In addition, Saturday's performance as McCollum's fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. After sinking 4-of-6 three-pointers against Charlotte, McCollum is shooting a career-best 44. 3 percent from beyond the arc. McCollum will look for another 20-plus point game against Minnesota on Monday.
10:04 pm (EST)
Damian Lillard Headshot

Lillard scored 18 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with seven rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.

In addition to collecting his fourth double-double of the season, Lillard added to his high-scoring month of December with 18 points on Saturday. In seven games, the Portland guard is averaging 27.1 points for the month. For Lillard, who is averaging 25.7 points, 18 points is low by comparison. In 21-of-29 games this season, he has scored at least 21 points and reached 30 points in 10 of those 21. However, on Saturday, Lillard cracked double-digits in assists for only the second time to fill out his stat line against Charlotte.
10:01 pm (EST)
Quinn Cook Headshot

Cook was reassigned to the G-League on Saturday, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

With the Warriors off until Monday, Cook will rejoin the Santa Cruz Warriors for Saturday's G-League matchup against Westchester. There's a good chance he returns to the Warriors prior to Monday's contest with Stephen Curry (ankle) still expected to be sidelined, though he isn't expected to make much of a fantasy impact during his time with Golden State.
9:14 pm (EST)
Derrick Favors Headshot

Favors (eye) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Saturday, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

Favors, who was ruled out Saturday after suffering a facial laceration Friday against the Celtics, showed concussion-like symptoms during pre-game warmups, prompting his placement in the protocol. It's unclear if he'll be forced to miss multiple games at this point, but if so, look for Ekpe Udoh and Joe Johnson to continue to benefit from increased minutes.
9:00 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans (hip) will start at point guard Saturday against the Celtics.

Evans, who sat out Wednesday's game against the Wizards with a sore hip, is good to go Saturday after apparently aggravating the injury during Friday's game against the Hawks. He still registered 22 points in 30 minutes Friday, and should be in line for another big workload with Mike Conley (achilles) still sidelined.
8:52 pm (EST)
James Johnson Headshot

Johnson will not return to Saturday's game against the Clippers after suffering a right ankle injury.

Johnson played just six minutes before sustaining the injury, registering three points (1-3 FG), two rebounds and an assist. The severity of the issue remains unknown, though things should clear up once he's further evaluated following Saturday's contest.
8:40 pm (EST)
Rudy Gay Headshot

Gay will start at small forward Saturday against the Mavericks, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.

Gay will rejoin the starting five with Kawhi Leonard (rest) and Danny Green (groin) both unavailable Saturday. The veteran, who is averaging 12.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 23.4 minutes per game this season, should share minutes with Davis Bertans and Manu Ginobili.
8:30 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant III Headshot

O'Bryant will not play in the second half of Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers due to personal reasons.

O'Bryant will finish the night with five points (2-3 FG), four rebounds and a steal across eight minutes. It's unclear if he will be forced to miss any additional time beyond Saturday, but more should be known when the Hornets release more about his situation.
8:24 pm (EST)
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