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Date Player
12/4/2016 Wesley Matthews, Dal, G-F
Matthews had his shot working again on Saturday, when he drained 7 of 11 tries from 3-point range and tied a season-high with 26 points to lead the Mavericks past Chicago.

Analysis: Matthews was 1 of 11 from beyond the arc two nights ago, but he's still connecting at a 46.3 percent rate during a four-game stretch in which he's averaged 21.8 points. He's shooting 43.8 percent from 3 at home this season, compared to a 31.3 percent mark on the road.
12/4/2016 Harrison Barnes, Dal, F
Barnes posted 22 points and five rebounds to help the Mavericks defeat Chicago on Saturday.

Analysis: Barnes hasn't been scoring at quite the rate he was earlier in the season, though his averages of 17.7 points and six rebounds over the last nine games are nothing fantasy owners can gripe about.
12/4/2016 Jimmy Butler, Chi, G-F
Butler continued his recent scoring binge with 26 points and nine rebounds in the Bulls' 107-82 loss at Dallas on Saturday.

Analysis: The Bulls may be an erratic team, but Butler has been ultra-consistent. He's now logged 20 or more points in 13 consecutive games. The All-Star guard has been particularly prolific of late, averaging 29.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists over his last six outings.
12/4/2016 Damian Lillard, Por, PG
Lillard wasn't at his best Saturday, though he still managed 19 points and six assists in the Blazers' win over Miami despite finishing 6 of 19 from the field.

Analysis: The Portland star was due for a drop-off after averaging 30.3 points on 51.3 percent shooting along with 9.3 assists over his previous four games. One so-so performance is certainly no cause for concern.
12/4/2016 Devin Booker, Pho, SG
Booker finished with 21 points and five assists Saturday.

Analysis: The second-year guard remains wildly inconsistent. Over his last nine games, he's scored more than 20 points in four of them - averaging 26.3 - but he's failed to top 13 points in the other five.
12/4/2016 Maurice Harkless, Por, SF
Harkless contributed 17 points and seven rebounds to Saturday's win over Miami.

Analysis: The five-year veteran has turned into a dependable third option in Portland. Harkless has reached double figures in points in nine consecutive games and is averaging 19.3 over the last four.
12/4/2016 Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G
Bledsoe had 27 points, hitting five 3-pointers, to go with five steals, five rebounds and four assists Saturday.

Analysis: The absence of T.J. Warren (head injury) has been a boost to Bledsoe's fantasy stock. In the seven games since Warren has missed, Bledsoe is averaging 24.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
12/4/2016 C.J. McCollum, Por, G
McCollum recorded 17 points along with four rebounds and four assists in Portland's 99-92 win over Miami on Saturday.

Analysis: McCollum's shot has been a bit off over the past two games, as he's 3 for 11 from 3-point range while totaling 36 points during that span. He's still been a low-risk player from a fantasy standpoint, having scored at least 16 points in 18 of the Blazers' first 21 games.
12/4/2016 Hassan Whiteside, Mia, C
Whiteside put forth another dominant performance in Saturday's loss at Portland, in which the Miami center amassed 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Analysis: The league's leader in rebounding (14.9/gm), Whiteside produced his 16th double-double in 20 games this season. He's now had at least 25 points and 16 boards in three of Miami's last four contests.
12/4/2016 Kevin Durant, GS, F
Durant didn't have a big game Saturday but was very unselfish and efficient. He had eight assists and attempted a season-low seven field goals, hitting five, while making all nine of his free throws to finish with 20 points.

Analysis: It was Durant's fewest field-goal attempts since 2009. He's among the NBA leaders at 56.2 percent from the floor.
12/4/2016 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the decisive third quarter of Saturday's win over the Suns.

Analysis: Curry shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. He's made at least four 3s in six straight games while averaging 28.8 points.
12/4/2016 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Dragic nearly had a triple-double in Saturday's loss at Portland, recording 18 points, a season-high nine rebounds and eight assists.

Analysis: Dragic has been on fire since returning from a two-game absence caused by an elbow injury, averaging 22 points and 9.5 assists over a four-game stretch. He should continue to receive plenty of opportunities on a Miami team that lacks great talent and is dealing with several key injuries.
12/4/2016 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Thompson had 26 points Saturday, hitting 6 of 7 from 3-point range, to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Analysis: Thompson had gone 11 of 34 from beyond the arc in his previous four games.
12/4/2016 Draymond Green, GS, F
Green had a season-high 13 assists and three steals Saturday to go with nine points and five rebounds.

Analysis: Green's scoring remains down, surely due to Kevin Durant's arrival, but he continues to stuff the stat sheet in many other ways.
12/3/2016 Dwyane Wade, Chi, G
Wade had 24 points in the Bulls' 111-105 win over the Cavs on Friday.

Analysis: The Bulls are only 3-4 when Wade scores 20 points.
12/3/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James had 27 points and 13 assists in the Cavs' 111-105 loss to the Bulls on Friday.

Analysis: James also had eight turnovers as his role as the Cavaliers' primarily playmaker is also leading to a lot of miscues. He has 20 turnovers during Cleveland's three-game skid.
12/3/2016 Taj Gibson, Chi, F-C
Gibson had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the Bulls' 111-105 win over the Cavaliers on Friday.

Analysis: With 12.4 points per game and 54.7 percent shooting, this free-agent-to-be is making himself some money.
12/3/2016 Marcin Gortat, Was, C
Gortat had 21 points and 18 rebounds in the Wizards' 107-105 loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Analysis: What a resurgence for Gortat, who's shooting 62.9 percent while scoring in double figures in 10 straight.
12/3/2016 Bradley Beal, Was, SG
Beal had 23 points in the Wizards' 107-105 loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Analysis: Finally healthy, Beal is averaging 27.3 points and shooting 50.3 percent in eight games since returning from his latest injury.
12/3/2016 Sam Dekker, Hou, SF
Dekker had 17 points in the Rockets' 128-110 win over the Nuggets on Friday.

Analysis: That's three straight games in double figures for Dekker, who did that only three times in his first 17.
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