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 Player: Tony Parker G, San Antonio Spurs 11/06/08, Time: 10:52 am
 Status:
Hot
 News: Parker exploded on Wednesday night, scoring a career best 55 points and also adding 10 assists and 7 rebounds.
 Analysis:

Parker shot the ball a whopping 36 times and while you cannot expect that pace to continue he will be asked to do more offensively with Manu Ginobili out. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Tim Duncan F, San Antonio Spurs 11/06/08, Time: 10:49 am
 Status:
Hot
 News: Duncan contributed 30 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
 Analysis:

Duncan started out cold, but made up for it in the second half. He should continue to top his career averages, as the Spurs do not have a ton of talent surrounding him. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Mike Miller G, Minnesota Timberwolves 11/06/08, Time: 9:53 am
 News: Miller had by far his best game of the season in the Timberwolves loss to the Spurs, totaling 25 points (including 5 three-pointers), 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
 Analysis:

Miller had been struggling somewhat before this game so this had to be an encouraging sign for his owners. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Al Jefferson C, Minnesota Timberwolves 11/06/08, Time: 9:50 am
 Status:
Hot
 News: Jefferson had 30 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks in the Timberwolves double-overtime loss against the Spurs.
 Analysis:

Jefferson has been on a tear to start the season, averaging 22.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Brevin Knight G, Utah Jazz 11/06/08, Time: 9:44 am
 News: Knight came off the bench with 6 points and 6 assists on Wednesday and played more minutes than starter Ronnie Price.
 Analysis:

With Deron Williams out, Knight is a more valuable fantasy player than Price. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Ronnie Brewer G, Utah Jazz 11/06/08, Time: 9:40 am
 News: Brewer continued his solid play on Wednesday night with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
 Analysis:

Brewer has earned the staring shooting guard role in Utah and is an excellent flex option for fantasy. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Mehmet Okur C, Utah Jazz 11/06/08, Time: 9:37 am
 News: Okur had an excellent game on Wednesday night against the Trail Blazers with 22 points and 9 rebounds.
 Analysis:

He is still not making many three-pointers, but he has improved his performance in every game this season. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Tim Thomas F, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/06/08, Time: 9:24 am
 Status:
Cold
 News: Thomas had his best game of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers, with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
 Analysis:

With Camby back in the starting lineup, expect Thomas' minutes to decrease.

 Player: Marcus Camby C, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/06/08, Time: 9:21 am
 News: Camby started his first game with the Clippers on Wednesday night, but only played 16 minutes. He had 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in that short amount of time.
 Analysis:

Camby is proving that despite having his minutes limited he can still produce blocks and rebounds. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Al Thornton F, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/06/08, Time: 9:18 am
 News: Thornton led the Clippers in scoring on Wednesday night with 22 points.
 Analysis:

Thornton is proving that he is one of the top young scorers in the game. He is still available in way too many leagues, so see if you can pick him up. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Baron Davis G, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/06/08, Time: 9:15 am
 News: Davis started on Wednesday against the Lakers and had a solid game with 21 points (7-21 shooting), 7 assists, 4 rebounds and three steals.
 Analysis:

The low shooting percentage is the only thing that is disconcerting. His finger injury could be factoring into it. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Kelenna Azubuike G, Golden State Warriors 11/06/08, Time: 9:12 am
 Status:
Hot
 News: Azubuike had 22 points and 8 rebounds in 43 minutes on Wednesday.
 Analysis:

With Maggette sidelined with a hamstring injury, Azubuike becomes an excellent waiver wire option. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Brandan Wright F, Golden State Warriors 11/06/08, Time: 9:10 am
 News: Wright played 32 effective minutes on Wednesday, with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.
 Analysis:

If Harrington continues to have his minutes limited or ends up being traded, then Wright becomes an instant fantasy contributor. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Al Harrington F, Golden State Warriors 11/06/08, Time: 9:07 am
 Status:
Cold
 News: Harrington played 16 minutes on Wednesday against the Nuggets. Don Nelson has become disencahsnted with him and the Warriors are reportedly looking for a trade partner.
 Analysis:

Unless he is traded, Harrington is unlikely to see big minutes. It might be wise to stash him on your bench for the meantime. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Marcus Camby C, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/05/08, Time: 7:15 pm
 News: Camby, who played 26 minutes in Monday night's loss to Utah, is still rounding into game shape.
 Analysis:

Don't expect Camby to get starter's minutes for another week or so, but despite this he should still be effective. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Baron Davis G, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/05/08, Time: 7:11 pm
 News: Davis' sore left hip is improving although his left index finger is still bothering him.
 Analysis:

Whether he starts or not is still up in the air, but he will definitely play big minutes against the Lakers. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Tony Parker G, San Antonio Spurs 11/05/08, Time: 7:03 pm
 News: Parker contributed 22 points and 3 assists in the Spurs loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday night.
 Analysis:

While he has been scoring in bunches, the Spurs need for Parker to increase his assist total. He is currently averaging 6.3 per game which is not bad, but the 0-3 Spurs need more. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Tim Duncan F, San Antonio Spurs 11/05/08, Time: 5:29 pm
 Status:
Hot
 News: Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds in the Spurs loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.
 Analysis:

Duncan has been on a tear so far this season, averaging 26 points and over 10 rebounds per game. With Manu Ginobili out, expect Duncan to continue top put up excellent numbers. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Chauncey Billups G, Denver Nuggets 11/05/08, Time: 5:25 pm
 News: Billups will not play against Golden State on Wednesday.
 Analysis:

His first practice with the Nuggets should be on Thursday. It will be interesting to see when he is inserted into the starting lineup. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Antonio McDyess F, Denver Nuggets 11/05/08, Time: 5:23 pm
 News: McDyess' agent stated publicly that they are seeking a buyout.
 Analysis:

Expect McDyess to land with a championship contender. Do not rule out a possible return to Detroit.

 Player: Rudy Fernandez G, Portland Trail Blazers 11/05/08, Time: 5:18 pm
 Status:
Hot
 News: Fernandez, who has been arguably the best rookie so far this season, may soon be inserted into the starting lineup.
 Analysis:

This would increase his fantasy value even more. If he is still on waivers in your league then pick him up immediately. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Travis Outlaw F, Portland Trail Blazers 11/05/08, Time: 4:57 pm
 News: Outlaw will be the sixth man in Portland for the forseeable future.
 Analysis:

This is the role that McMillan prefers for Outlaw as he shined in it last season. Don't worry about this move as Outlaw will still play over 30 minutes a game. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Andrew Bynum C, L.A. Lakers Lakers 11/05/08, Time: 4:46 pm
 Status:
Probable
 News: Bynum strained his right rotator cuff in practice but is still expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers.
 Analysis:

While he is reportedly healthy, Bynum has had his struggles so far this season. They will need his presence against the twin towers of Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Tracy McGrady G, Houston Rockets 11/05/08, Time: 4:42 pm
 Status:
Hot
 News: McGrady continued his excellent play for the Rockets with 26 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.
 Analysis:

McGrady is proving that when healthy he is still a top-30 player in the NBA. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Luis Scola F, Houston Rockets 11/05/08, Time: 4:40 pm
 Status:
Hot
 News: Scola had his best game of the season so far with 21 points and 9 rebounds against the Celtics.
 Analysis:

With Shane Battier out, Scola is a solid fantasy option. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Yao Ming C, Houston Rockets 11/05/08, Time: 4:38 pm
 News: Yao had an off night against the Celtics on Tuesday with only 8 points and 7 rebounds.
 Analysis:

Don't overreact to this, it was simply one bad game. Yao had been solid prior to this. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Raymond Felton G, Charlotte Bobcats 11/05/08, Time: 7:20 am
 Status:
Questionable
 News: Felton is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks due to a strained right hamstring.
 Analysis:

Felton is considered day-to-day but look for rookie D.J. Augustin to start at point guard if Felton cannot play. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Rajon Rondo G, Boston Celtics 11/05/08, Time: 7:17 am
 News: Rondo had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Rockets on Tuesday.
 Analysis:

Rondo continues to put up solid numbers and is now averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists so far this season over a four game span. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Kendrick Perkins C, Boston Celtics 11/05/08, Time: 7:15 am
 News: Perkins had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks on Tuesday against Houston.
 Analysis:

Perkins had his best game of the season, staying out of foul trouble and going 7-for-8 from the field in 35 minutes. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Paul Pierce F, Boston Celtics 11/05/08, Time: 7:14 am
 News: Pierce had 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals on Tuesday against the Rockets.
 Analysis:

After scoring 27 points in the season opener, Pierce has not been very good since. He was only 5-for-15 from the field and is now shooting only 27 percent (8-for-30) over his last two games. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Kevin Garnett F, Boston Celtics 11/05/08, Time: 7:09 am
 News: Garnett had 14 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one block on Tuesday in a 103-99 win over Houston.
 Analysis:

Garnett only shot 6-for-15 from the field but recorded his third straight double-double. Garnett is averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds so far this season over a four game span. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Ray Allen G, Boston Celtics 11/05/08, Time: 7:07 am
 News: Allen had a team-high 29 points, five rebounds and five assists on Tuesday in a 103-99 win over the Rockets.
 Analysis:

Allen had been off to a slow start so it was nice to finally see him play the way his is capable of. Allen was 11-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-6 from downtown in 35 minutes. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Josh Boone C, Brooklyn Nets 11/05/08, Time: 7:05 am
 News: Boone had only two points, three rebounds and one steal on Tuesday against Phoenix.
 Analysis:

After recording his first double-double of the season, Boone got into early foul trouble and only played 20 minutes. The only bright spot in a bad night for Boone was that his three rebounds were all offensive. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Bobby Simmons F, Brooklyn Nets 11/05/08, Time: 7:02 am
 News: Simmons had 11 points and one rebound on Tuesday in a 114-86 loss to the Suns.
 Analysis:

Simmons was expected to be a solid scoring option for the Nets but he is off to a slow start, averaging only 7.0 points over the first three games of the season. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Devin Harris G, Brooklyn Nets 11/05/08, Time: 6:59 am
 Status:
Cold
 News: Harris had 11 points, one rebound and seven assists in Tuesday's loss to the Suns.
 Analysis:

Harris shot only 2-for-11 from the field as he continues to struggle to begin the season. Harris is now shooting only 30 percent from the field over a three game span. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Yi Jianlian F, Brooklyn Nets 11/05/08, Time: 6:56 am
 News: Yi had 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks on Tuesday against the Suns.
 Analysis:

Yi was only 5-for-14 from the field but recorded 15 or more points for the second time in three games. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Vince Carter G, Brooklyn Nets 11/05/08, Time: 6:53 am
 News: Carter had a team-high 19 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals on Tuesday in the Nets' 114-86 loss to Phoenix.
 Analysis:

Carter was 7-for-14 from the field and is averaging 20.0 points over the first three games of the season. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Jerry Stackhouse G, Dallas Mavericks 11/04/08, Time: 7:29 pm
 Status:
Cold
 News: Stackhouse did not play in Monday's loss to Cleveland.
 Analysis:

Antoine Wright appears to have the upper hand in the battle for minutes at that position right now. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Kelenna Azubuike G, Golden State Warriors 11/04/08, Time: 7:27 pm
 News: If Maggette misses time with his hamstring injury then Azubuike will be the primary benficiary.
 Analysis:

He was an excellent sleeper already, so this only enhances his status. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Corey Maggette F, Golden State Warriors 11/04/08, Time: 7:25 pm
 Status:
Questionable
 News: Maggette, who dealt with a strained right hamstring for most of the preseason, strained his left hamstring during the Warriors loss to Memphis.
 Analysis:

Don't expect Maggette to miss much time with this minor injury. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Fabricio Oberto C, San Antonio Spurs 11/04/08, Time: 7:22 pm
 Status:
Probable
 News: Oberto is supposed to start at center against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
 Analysis:

The Spurs have been getting killed on the boards so this should help. Speaking of rebounds, unless you are in desperate need of them then Oberto holds no value. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Jason Hart G, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/04/08, Time: 7:20 pm
 Status:
Cold
 News: Mike Taylor got the start on Monday over the relatively ineffective Hart.
 Analysis:

This combined with the return of Baron Davis eliminates what little value Hart had in fantasy. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Baron Davis G, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/04/08, Time: 7:18 pm
 Status:
Cold
 News: Davis played 32 minutes and contributed 14 points (5-15 shooting), 9 assists and 2 steals.
 Analysis:

The Clippers are making a risky decision in playing Davis while he is still clearly injured. However, he is still producing strong numbers so he should remain in your starting lineup. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Marcus Camby C, L.A. Clippers Clippers 11/04/08, Time: 7:15 pm
 News: Camby surprisingly played for the first time this season on Monday against the Jazz and logged 27 minutes contributing 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
 Analysis:

While he was relatively effective his heel is still bothering him. For now, start him, but monitor his play for the next few weeks. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Dahntay Jones G, Denver Nuggets 11/04/08, Time: 7:10 pm
 News: With the Iverson trade, Jones will likely start at shooting guard for the Nuggets.
 Analysis:

Denver is making this move solely for defensive purposes. J.R. Smith will still play the majority of minutes at the 2-guard spot. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Kyle Korver G, Utah Jazz 11/04/08, Time: 7:08 pm
 Status:
Cold
 News: While he contributed 3 steals on the defensive end, Korver did not make a 3-pointer in Monday night's game.
 Analysis:

The steals are nice, but Korver was drafted for his 3-point shooting. Until Deron Williams returns Korver may not be of much use. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Andrei Kirilenko F, Utah Jazz 11/04/08, Time: 7:04 pm
 Status:
Hot
 News: On Monday night Kirilenko contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals.
 Analysis:

Kirilenko continues to play well coming off the bench, justifying Jerry Sloan's decision. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Deron Williams G, Utah Jazz 11/04/08, Time: 7:01 pm
 Status:
Out
 News: It was initally reported that Williams might return on Wednesday night's game against Portland, but he might sit for the rest of the week.
 Analysis:

The Jazz are in no hurry to rush Williams back into the lineup until he is 100% healthy, especially since the team has been playing well. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Mehmet Okur C, Utah Jazz 11/04/08, Time: 6:58 pm
 News: In 33 minutes Okur scored 16 points on 5-10 shooting from the field.
 Analysis:

It is encouraging to see Okur have a strong offensive game and this will continue when Deron Williams returns. (SportsBuff.com)

 Player: Travis Outlaw F, Portland Trail Blazers 11/04/08, Time: 5:52 pm
 News: Outlaw split first-team minutes at the power forward position with Nicolas Batum.
 Analysis:

While Outlaw will still likely see the majority of the minutes, this will certainly lessen his fantasy value. (SportsBuff.com)

  
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