Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe

Monday’s fantasy slate featured nine NBA games and six NHL games on DraftKingsbut there was also some long-awaited MLB news. After a lengthy delay due to an issue that was reportedly due to player medicals, the blockbuster MLB trade that sent Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers was finally made official.
The trade that sent Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers to the Minnesota Twins was also made official.

The NBA was filled with some lineup shuffling. Most notably, DeMar DeRozan was scratched after the start of the Spurs’ game due to back spasms, which crippled some fantasy lineups as DeRozan was unable to be switched out. Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) and Deandre Ayton (ankle) ended up sitting out, while Jimmy Butler (shoulder), D’Angelo Russell (quad) and Kyle Lowry (neck) were able to return after injury absences. Kelly Oubre Jr. was also surprisingly taken out of the starting lineup, which was apparently due to a violation of team rules.

We also had a hockey trade go down:

Wild trade Jason Zucker to Penguins — Looking to add a little scoring punch, Pittsburgh has acquired Zucker from Minnesota for Alex Galchenyuk, a 2020 first-round pick and a prospect. The 28-year-old has registered at least 20 goals in three-straight seasons and looks well on his way to accomplishing that feat yet again in 2019-20, with 14 goals in 45 games. However, Zucker is in a bit of a slump as of late, having only found the back of the net twice in his past 13 contests. He should benefit from playing alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. — Garion Thorne


NIGHTLY RECAP

Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Monday’s biggest fantasy NBA performances on DraftKings and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.


Timberwolves-Raptors shatters over/under on DKSB — Monday’s matchup in Toronto finished with 263 total points, shattering the pregame over/under of 229.5 total points on DraftKings Sportsbook. A large component of the high-scoring affair was the frantic pace of the game. The teams played roughly 111 possessions each in 48 minutes, way above the 2019-20 league average of 100 possessions per team game. The extra possessions led to extra scoring opportunities. The Timberwolves were able to get to the free throw line 35 times and launch 40 3-point attempts, both higher than the league averages of 23 free throw attempts and 34 3-point attempts per team game. Toronto, meanwhile, was super efficient to lead their scoring, shooting 57% from the field and sinking 17-of-33 (51.5%) of their 3s. — Timothy Finnegan
Khris Middleton comes through in a chalk spot in win vs. Kings — It’s nice for things to sometimes just go the way they’re supposed to. Death, taxes and Middleton ($7,900; 57.75 DKFP) coming through in a chalk spot when Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) isn’t available to play. Milwaukee’s second All-Star was as good as expected on Monday in his team’s 123-111 victory over Sacramento. In fact, Middleton came awfully close to notching a triple-double, with 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Again, none of this is all that shocking, as Middleton entered this evening’s slate with a massive 33.2% usage rate with Antetokounmpo off the court in 2019-20. Eric Bledsoe ($6,800; 52.5 DKFP) was also fantastic, winding up with a nearly identical line of 28 points, eight boards and eight dimes. — Garion Thorne

Spencer Dinwiddie knocks down game-winner to push underdog Nets past Pacers — Dinwiddie ($7,900; 47.5 DKFP) hit a jumper with less than a second left to give the Nets the 106-105 victory. Brooklyn was a trendy underdog play throughout the day, going 5-1 against-the-spread (ATS) in its last six, facing a Pacers squad that entered the game on a five-game losing streak. The Nets were bet from +7 down to +6.5, but easily covered while hitting the +225 moneyline. DeAndre Jordan ($5,000; 40.25 DKFP) was huge in the win, ripping down 19 boards. Domantas Sabonis ($9,600; 58.5 DKFP) led the way for the Pacers with a triple-double on 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Pacers are now just 1-5 ATS during their six-game losing streak, while the Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven. — Julian Edlow

OG Anunoby scores a career-high 25 points in win vs. Timberwolves — It would appear that Minnesota is suddenly going to be everyone’s favorite DFS matchup to exploit. The Timberwolves can’t defend and they play at an exceedingly high pace, it’s truly the perfect combination. Take, for instance, Monday’s contest in Toronto, where the usual faces stepped up for the Raptors in a 137-126 victory. Kyle Lowry ($7,300; 57.75 DKFP) returned from a one-game absence and posted a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while Pascal Siakam ($8,100; 56.5 DKFP) scored an impressive 34 points of his own. However, with Serge Ibaka (illness) sidelined, there was also some serious value. Anunoby ($3,900; 55.0 DKFP), in particular, set a career-best with 25 points and eclipsed 50.0 DKFP for the first time in 2019-20. — Garion Thorne

Report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist agrees to deal with Mavericks — According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a contract with Dallas following his buy-out from Charlotte this past weekend. It’s a roster move that was rumored immediate after the former second-overall pick his the free market. Kidd-Gilchrist had only appeared in 12 games for the Hornets in 2019-20, averaging 4.0 points and shooting a paltry 34.0% from the field. It would take quite the shift in role for MKG to suddenly have any DFS value. — Garion Thorne


For a full leaderboard of tonight’s fantasy NBA scoring, download the DK Live app or head over to live.draftkings.com.


And here’s how DK Live recapped Monday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL:

Nikita Kucherov scores twice in OT win at Blue Jackets — You can only hope to contain Kucherov ($8,200; 32.0 DKFP). The 26-year-old has been about as consistent a DFS asset as you could ask for in recent weeks, coming into Monday’s tilt against Columbus having generated at least two points in seven of his last eight games. So, any guesses on what he was able to accomplish in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 OT victory over the Blue Jackets? After notching his 26th goal of the season in the first period to open the scoring, Kucherov netted his 27th of 2019-20 when it mattered most, beating Elvis Merzlikins ($7,300; 12.6 DKFP) in the extra frame to give his squad the win. Despite Kucherov’s recent hot-streak, it was the first time he’s exceeded 30.0 DKFP since Jan. 9. — Garion Thorne

Ryan Pulock does the little things in win at Capitals — Sometimes you don’t have to be the one who scores to have a huge fantasy performance. Take Pulock’s ($5,400; 26.5 DKFP) performance on Monday in a 5-3 victory over Washington. The veteran finished the high-scoring contest with just a single assist, yet he still wound up with the game’s biggest DFS output due to the little things. Pulock registered six shots and blocked five Capitals’ shots on his way to 20-plus DKFP for the first time since Dec. 29. Josh Bailey ($3,600; 23.8 DKFP) and Brock Nelson ($4,900; 23.6 DKFP) also had great nights, each collecting three assists. See? Goals are overrated. — Garion Thorne

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) did not return Monday vs. Islanders — Prior to the start of the third period in tonight’s contest between Washington and New York, Kuznetsov ($5,100) was listed as questionable to return due to an upper body injury. The 27-year-old appeared to suffer the ailment after being checked hard into the boards during the second frame. He ultimately was unable to return to Monday’s game. Kuznetsov’s scoring has been down a little bit so far in 2019-20, yet the Russian still came into Monday’s game with the third-most points of any player on the Capitals (46). He’d be difficult to replace if his injury proves to be at all serious. — Garion Thorne

Phillip Danault (undisclosed) will not return Monday vs. Coyotes — With just over 10 minutes remaining in the third period, Danault ($4,700; 6.5 DKFP) has been ruled out for the rest of tonight’s contest against Arizona. It’s the continuation of what’s been a rough stretch for the 26-year-old, as his goalless drought will now stretch to a lengthy 10 games. Still, despite that, Danault is second on the Canadiens in points scored in 2019-20 with 39. — Garion Thorne


A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday has a five-game NBA slate on DraftKingsand the featured contest is the $400K Fadeaway. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Fadeaway [$100K to 1st].

Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries ahead of Tuesday’s NBA slate. For a full recap of all the injury blurbs, download the DK Live app or head over to live.draftkings.com.

Zion Williamson (ankle) is probable Tuesday vs. the Trail Blazers; Brandon Ingram (ankle) is questionable — Williamson was forced to sit out Saturday’s game in Indiana after rolling his ankle Thursday in Chicago. However, he was able to go through the Pelicans’ practice on Monday and is expected to be ready to return when New Orleans hosts the Trail Blazers Tuesday night. He has played eight games after a long layoff to start the season, averaging 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.9 minutes per contest. He’ll have a great matchup against Portland and could be in a smash spot if he’s close to 100%. Ingram, who also missed the last game, is questionable for this game. If Ingram remains off the floor, other plays on the Pelicans would keep some of their value, but his return would likely cause a logjam from a fantasy perspective. — Zach Thompson

Jaylen Brown (ankles) likely to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets — The All-Star break will come at a good time for Brown, who is now battling injuries to both ankles after rolling his left ankle trying to compensate for an injury to his right ankle. The injuries caused him to miss practice Monday, but he is still expected to be able to lace it up and play on Tuesday when the Celtics visit the Rockets. Boston’s last game before the break comes Thursday at home against the Clippers. Check back before tipoff on Tuesday to see if Brown will be able to give it a go. If not, there will be more work for Grant Williams, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum. — Zach Thompson


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