Zeller continued his efficient season from the floor Friday, hitting four of his six attempts from the field. The center is knocking down 58.5 percent of his field goals this season, and is averaging 10.8 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game. His three rebounds Friday does leave something to be desired from the seven-footer, but it's clear that the Hornets had success without Zeller crashing the glass, and he did see about four minutes less than average in the blowout victory. The Hornets will face off against the Nets on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back set.
The points and rebounds were each career highs, and he is averaging a robust 21.3 points, 20.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game over the past three outings. He extended his streak with 10 or more rebounds to 29 consecutive games. While his point totals can sometimes be erratic, that hasn't been a problem lately.
In his third game back from a fractured fibula that sidelined him 15 games, Capela finally looked like himself. He was springy around the basket, and gave poor, flat-footed Zaza Pachulia fits all night at the rim. The last time Capela had a double double was December 10th against the Mavericks. He'll look to build on his return against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Gasol scored 28 for the second consecutive outing as he's shown an aggressive mindset over the last two games with his two highest free throw attempt totals of January coming in the past two outings. He also knocked in three three-pointers, the most he's made since he also drained three against the Celtics on Dec. 27. He'll look to stay hot against the Rockets on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back.
It was one of Biyombo's best games of the season so far as the 13 rebounds and four blocks were both one shy of season highs. He picked up his sixth double-double of the season and got it going on the defensive end, as it was the first time he's blocked more than two shots in a game since he swatted three shots against the Lakers on Dec. 23. Biyombo has been good in two of the last three games, but he'll have a tougher matchup against the Warriors on Sunday.
The seven-footer played a strong role in the Hornets' blowout victory over the Raptors, hitting half his shots on his way to 16 points and snagging a solid eight rebounds in only 27 minutes. His 29.7 percent shooting from behind the arc this season leaves something to be desired, but Kaminsky is showing how crucial he can be for his team's offense when he gets hot from the field.
Embiid finished the game with 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks across 22 minutes of action. Embiid's knee buckled during the game while landing from a jump, sending him to the locker room. He returned to the game after that, but tweaked the knee again and was not allowed to return. The 76ers are noting that sitting Embiid for the remainder of Friday's game is precautionary, so it's likely not serious. However, Embiid usually sits on the second half of back-to-back sets anyway, so it's doubtful he'll see the floor during Saturday's game against the Hawks.
Updating a previous note on Hilario, he'll dress for Friday's game in case he's needed for some reason, presumably for foul trouble, but is still very unlikely to take the floor. Montrezl Harrell and Clint Capela will likely see all of the minutes at the center position.
This is a spot start for Hamilton, who normally backs up Brook Lopez at the center spot. Trevor Booker (rest) will not play, and this move should allow good floor spacing for the Nets, who can use Hamilton and Lopez to shoot threes against the Pelicans.
The 34-year-old big man will have an opportunity to rest Friday against the Warriors with Clint Capela returning from injury and Montrezl Harrell performing well. Capela and Harrell will likely see similar minutes to one another, and will have plenty of opportunities for scoring and rebounding against a fast-paced Warriors offense.