Fantasy basketball daily notes for Monday

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A series of expulsions in Sunday’s game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers overshadowed an important story from the competition. Attention to fantasy managers: Top pick Cade Cunningham comes strong for the Pistons.

The young playmaker joined Grant Hill (1995) and Dave DeBusschere (1963) as the only Pistons rookies to record a triple-double in their first year in the league. Cunningham becomes the youngest Pistons player to achieve the feat in the same week he joined Stephen Curry, Trae Young and Jason Kidd as the only rookies in NBA history with at least 25 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and five 3- pointers. in the same game.

After a historically slow start to his career of shooting from the floor, Cunningham has gone up in a big way with an average of 18.3 points, 7.5 assists, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.5 3-pointers over his last four games. The window of opportunity to claim Cunningham for fantasy lists is likely to close in most leagues, especially as the rookie continues to gather big matches.


Weekend summary

SATURDAY

Highlights

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 32 points (8-16 FG), 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: 39 points (10-21 FG, 14-14 FT), 7 assists, 3 blocks

Lowlights

Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers: 5 points (2-7 FG), 1 rebound, 3 assists

Yes Morant, Memphis Grizzlies: 11 points (3-9 FG), 5 assists, 3 TO

SUNDAY

Highlights

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers: 30 points (11-19 FG), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 5 blocks

Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors: 33 points (10-13 FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Lowlights

Eric Bledsoe, LA Clippers: 2 points (1-4 FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Gary Trent Jr., Toronto Raptors: 11 points (3-16 FG), 2 rebounds

Weekend takeaways

  • Poole has retained solid value as a scorer and shot threat for much of his start as a starter. Last night, he delivered a career high of eight 3-points, giving him 30 plus points in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Poole will certainly lose both minutes and shots when Klay Thompson returns to the fold, but with about a month left as a key starter for an elite offense, he is one of the better temporary additions to the goal until then.

  • In the victory over Cunningham and the Pistons, the Lakers’ Davis became the first player with as many as 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four steals in the same match since Hakeem Olajuwon back in December 1993. Even as the Lakers have struggled to open season, it’s encouraging to see such massive statistical performance come from Davis.

  • Antetokounmpo’s statistical opus on Saturday against Magic came in just 30 minutes of play, marking the fewest minutes ever played in a match with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and five assists since the statistics were first tracked in 1951. Antetokounmpo made a season-high 15 free throws, becomes the first player in Bucks history with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 15 free throws made in a game

  • Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen, who stuck to the champions, produced a clean 16 points to go along with seven boards in Saturday’s victory over Magic. Allen is quietly enjoying a breakout season with a career high of 15.1 PPG and is in third place in the league in catch-and-shoot points per game. fight after only Curry and Kristaps Porzingis. Allen’s rebounding has been impressive enough to consider him more than just a shooting specialist.

  • In a loss to the Hawks on Saturday that ended the Hornets ‘winning streak of five games, Charlotte’s Miles Bridges continued its bid for the most improved player by becoming the second youngest player in the Hornets’ history with 35 points and 10 rebounds in one game, behind with Alonzo Mourning. LaMelo Ball recorded his fourth triple-double of his career, right with Lamar Odom as the fourth most in NBA history before turning 21.

Notice damage

  • Luka Doncic missed another game for Dallas on Sunday due to a lengthy ankle injury. Jalen Brunson has been very productive in his place.

  • Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams III are both listed as likely to play for Boston against the Rockets.

  • Oklahoma City list Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as doubtful to play against the Hawks due to an ankle sprain.

  • Cole Anthony is listed as questionable due to an ankle injury that kept him from playing against the Bucks at the weekend. If Anthony sits, RJ Hampton will be an interesting fantasy opportunity.

Analytics benefit for Monday

Lauri Markkanen is no longer on the injury report, but the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without both Evan Mobley and Collin Sexton for tonight’s match against the visiting Nets. With striker Cedi Osman listed as doubtful to play, Markkanen was able to step into big roles on both sides of the floor.

Mobley dives deeper into the numbers and leads Cleveland with 7.5 field goal attempts defending at the edge per. match. Markkanen is in third place on the team this season with 4.5 rim protection events per. fight – a rate that is likely to increase given Mobley’s absence from the floor. Such a role often leads to increased block production, making Markkanen an ideal addition ahead of Monday’s matchup with a Brooklyn team that is a bit thin on front-backs.

DFS discussion

  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves: With a statistical ceiling competing with Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn’s star duo on Monday’s board, Towns is priced far below its fantasy peers tonight. Building around Towns against a relegated Pelicans team could pay off as New Orleans ranks 29th in defensive rating this season.

  • Robert Williams III, Boston Celtics: Reasonably priced at DraftKings and likely to look up to the humble Houston Rockets this evening, Williams could enjoy a team that has given the centers the fourth most fantasy points per game. match.

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