Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has 11 NBA games. Kemba Walker (neck) is listed as doubtful after suffering a neck sprain during Friday’s game. Bogdan Bogdanovic (hamstring) is listed as available to play after missing the Kings’ most recent game, while Malcolm Brogdon (back) is not on the Pacers’ injury report. In addition, Rudy Gobert (ankle) and Kevin Love (back) are questionable, and Hassan Whiteside (hip) is probable.
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Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudLeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs ($11,200)
A full-time move to point guard has spiked James’ facilitating. James is averaging a league-best 11 assists per game, two more than his previous career-high of nine per game, which he set during the 2017-18 season. James is creating 20 potential assists per game and 28 points off assists per game, which both lead the league. James’ player efficiency rating of 27.5 remains elite, ranking sixth best among qualified starters. His 56.0 DKFP per game ranks second on Monday’s slate.
James takes his elite fantasy output into a strong matchup against a Spurs team that has been poor defensively. The Spurs have been the league’s fourth worst defense on a possession-adjusted basis and have allowed the seventh most points to opponents and fifth most assists to opponents.Other options- Trae Young ($9,800)
ValueChris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors ($6,900)
The 34-year-old Paul is in a decline, but he is still a good player, posting a 20.5 player efficiency rating, eighth best among PGs. Paul has a strong matchup against a foul Warriors defense that ranks as the league’s worst team defense on a possession-adjusted basis. The Warriors have allowed the third most points to opponents and second most assists to opponents, putting Paul in good position to score and assist. In Paul’s most recent game vs. the Warriors this season, he scored 40 DKFP in 31 minutes.
Other options- Malcolm Brogdon ($6,000)
StudZach LaVine, Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($7,500)
After being challenged by head coach Jim Boylen, LaVine chucked up 17 3-pointers and 28 shots in Chicago’s most recent game while posting a heavy 40% usage rate, all his highest marks of the season. LaVine drilled 13 of his 17 3-pointers, tied for the second most made 3s in a game in NBA history. Provided LaVine sticks in heave-mode in the short term, he could be primed for a boost in volume, and he draws a good matchup against a poor Portland defense Monday. The Trail Blazers have allowed the sixth most points to opponents.Other options- Andrew Wiggins ($7,600)
ValueBrad Wanamaker, Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings ($4,300)
With Kemba Walker (neck) looking unlikely to play, Wanamaker is a candidate to enter the Celtics’ starting lineup. Provided Wanamaker sees an expanded role, he draws a good matchup against a Kings team that has been below average defensively. Wanamaker’s 17.4 player efficiency rating this season is better than average.
Other options- Kendrick Nunn ($5,500)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz ($11,800)
Antetokounmpo’s 32.1 player efficiency rating is the best of his career, ranking second behind only Luka Doncic (33.3), and his 62.9 DKFP per game comfortably leads all players on Monday’s slate. A matchup against the Jazz looks rough on paper, as Utah has the league’s best defense on a possession-adjusted basis and has been excellent at protecting the interior, allowing the third fewest field goals within five feet of the basket. However, monster interior defender Rudy Gobert (ankle) missed Utah’s most recent game, and his status is uncertain for Monday. If Gobert is out again, Antetkounmpo will have much better basket clearance to score at the rim. Antetokounmpo leads the league in shots attempted within five feet of the basket, taking 11 of his 19 field goals per game in that zone, and also leads the league in made field goals in that zone.Other options- Ben Simmons ($7,300)
ValueJimmy Butler, Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets ($7,700)
Butler’s price has dropped from $8,600 in the Heat’s most recent game to $7,700. Butler is showcasing the best facilitating of his career, creating about 12 potential assists per game, the highest on the Heat. It represents a boost from the 7.5 potential assists Butler created per game with the 76ers last season and the nine potential assists he created per game with the Timberwolves. Seven of Butler’s 12 potential assists per game have been converted into buckets, his best assist statistics of his career, with his previous high of 5.5 assists per game coming in 2016-17 with the Bulls.
The Heat have a soft matchup against a Hornets team that has been poor defensively and poor on the glass. Charlotte ranks in the bottom six in both possession-adjusted team defense and team rebounding, and its assist prevention has been the worst in the league. Butler’s 24% usage rate is tied for highest on Miami, and he will be in good position to score points, dish out assists and grab rebounds. The biggest issue here for the Heat could be a blowout limiting volume late in the game.
Other options- Danilo Gallinari ($5,900)
StudAnthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs ($9,700)
An early candidate for defensive player of the year, Davis is averaging 3.0 blocks per game, which leads the league. His 27.5 player efficiency rating is a tick better than teammate LeBron James for fifth best among qualified starters. Like James, Davis draws a strong matchup against a Spurs team that has been poor defensively, putting him in good position to score.Other options- Domantas Sabonis ($8,100)
ValueJayson Tatum, Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings ($6,900)
Tatum’s usage has risen significantly in minutes with Kemba Walker (neck) off the court this season, posting a heavy 32% usage rate with Walker off the court, a boost from 24% with Walker on the court. Provided Walker is out Monday, Tatum looks primed for a bump in volume against an unimposing Kings defense.
Other options- Lauri Markkanen ($5,500)
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves at Atlanta Hawks ($10,400)
Towns is having the best season of his career by player efficiency rating (29.0), and his increase in offensive efficiency can be attributed in part to his success from the 3-point line. Towns is attempting nine 3s per game, double the amount he attempted last season. He is sinking an outrageously strong 45% of 3s, which is even more impressive by the standards of the center position. Towns will be in good position for a productive fantasy outing against the Hawks, who have allowed the fifth most points to opponents and have allowed a lot of wide-open 3s. The Hawks have allowed the second most wide-open 3s per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Towns is shooting a lights-out 49% on wide-open 3s this season.Other options- Joel Embiid ($8,800)
ValueHassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls ($6,100)
Whiteside has missed Portland’s past two games due to a hip injury, but if he is healthy enough to return and play a normal workload, he lands in a favorable matchup against the Bulls. The Bulls have been poor on the glass, ranking as the league’s fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. Whiteside is among the best rebounders in the league, ranking seventh best by rebound rate.
Other options- Tristan Thompson ($6,800)
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