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Here's a rundown of the best fantasy basketball options on each NBA team for Monday, Jan. 7.
San Antonio Spurs (23-17, 6-12 Away)
- DeMar DeRozan: DeRozan recorded his first career triple-double against his former team last week, and he should fill up the stat sheet again against the Detroit Pistons tonight. The Pistons are surrendering 51.6 points in the paint per game this season, so look for DeRozan to drive to the hoop and get easy buckets against a mediocre
Detroit Pistons (17-20, 11-9 Home)
- Blake Griffin: Griffin is coming off of a 34-point performance against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, and he could give the San Antonio Spurs' defense fits tonight. Griffin has totally remodeled his game, and he's surprisingly averaging a career high in points this season, with 25.1 per game. San Antonio's defense has been uncharacteristically average this season, as the Spurs allow opponents to convert 46.1 percent of their field-goal attempts, so expect Griffin to continue his strong play tonight.
Brooklyn Nets (20-21, 10-10 Away)
- D'Angelo Russell: The light seems to have finally turned on for Russell. The Nets' point guard is making all the Lakers fans who buried him eat their words as the budding star is averaging 26.5 points and 7.5 assists over his last four contests. The Boston Celtics' defense has been great this season, ranking fourth in opponents' points per game, but Russell is simply playing too well to ignore right now.
Boston Celtics (23-15, 13-5 Home)
- Kyrie Irving: Irving might be a little rusty, as he missed the Celtics' last two games, but he's been lights out at home this season. When playing at home this year, Irving is averaging a 24.9 points on 52.7 percent from the field with a staggering 46.5 percent from 3-point range. Expect Kyrie to put on a show at home against the Nets this evening.
Denver Nuggets (26-11, 10-8 Away)
- Nikola Jokic: Jokic has played like a legitimate MVP candidate this season. The talented center scored a season-high 39 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, and should dominate a Houston Rockets defense that surrenders 51.9 points in the paint per game (27th in the NBA).
Houston Rockets (22-16, 13-5 Home)
- James Harden: Harden is playing at a historic pace right now, and fantasy owners should just kick back and enjoy the ride. He's coming off of an impressive 38-point performance against the Trail Blazers, and that was actually his lowest point total since Dec. 20. Expect Harden to continue his incredible play against the Nuggets tonight.
Utah Jazz (20-20, 12-12 Away)
- Donovan Mitchell: Mitchell has suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump this season, but hopefully his recent play is an indication that he's starting to turn it around. Mitchell shot 44.4 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from 3-point range over his last five games – a big improvement on his season averages of 41.2 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
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Milwaukee Bucks (27-11, 18-4 Home)
Memphis Grizzlies (18-21, 8-12 Away)
- Marc Gasol: The reports of Gasol's demise have been greatly exaggerated. His impact can't always be quantified in the box score, but he's leading a Memphis Grizzlies' defense that holds opponents to a paltry 102.6 points per game (2nd in the NBA). He's also sinking a career-high 1.5 3-pointers per game, and he should find more success against a New Orleans Pelicans defense that allows opponents to make 12 3-pointers per game (26th in the NBA).
New Orleans Pelicans (18-22, 13-6 Home)
- Anthony Davis: There's not much to say about Davis that hasn't already been said. The talented big man is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists this season, and he's been even better recently. In his last four games, Davis is averaging 31 points, 16 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. Those numbers are absurd, and he's likely in for another big game, even against the Grizzlies' tough defense.
Los Angeles Lakers (18-21, 8-12 Away)
- Brandon Ingram: You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone else to start on this Los Angeles Lakers' roster with LeBron James out and Kyle Kuzma questionable to play tonight. Ingram has played really well over his last five games, averaging 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists during that span. Look for Ingram to carry the Lakers' offense if Kuzma ultimately doesn't suit up.
The Mavs have filed trademarks for THE MATADOR and EL MATADOR, the nickname given to Luka Doncic by Mavs player development coach Mike Procopio. Interesting that team is trying to own the nickname given to one of its players. Filing first discovered by @JoshGerben.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 2, 2019
Dallas Mavericks (18-22, 13-6 Home)
- Luka Doncic: Doncic is putting up one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time, and the only flaw on his resume thus far might be his odd nickname, "El Matador." Luka has cooled off a bit recently, but he should dominate in the open court against a Los Angeles Lakers defense that surrenders 14.6 fast-break points per game this season (20th in the NBA).
New York Knicks (10-29, 6-17 Away)
- Kevin Knox: Knox has been the lone bright spot for New York Knicks fans this season. And the talented rookie is seemingly getting better as the season wears on, averaging 15.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game over his last five contests. Knox should face little resistance from a Trail Blazers defense that allows opponents to hit 36.8 percent of their 3-point attempts this season (26th in the NBA).
Kevin Knox thinks he could still grow another inch, possibly. A doctor told the Knicks rookie last year it's possible he gets taller than his current 6-9. "The doctor said I have a half an inch to an inch left, maybe," he said. "That’s what he said. So hopefully I’ll get that."— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) January 7, 2019
Portland Trail Blazers (23-17, 15-7 Home)
- Damian Lillard: Lillard could put on a show at home against the Knicks tonight. He should torch a Knicks defense that surrenders 115.8 points per game (27th in the NBA), while allowing opponents to shoot 47.8 percent from the field (28th in the NBA). Expect Lillard to light up the scoreboard against a lackadaisical Knicks defense in Portland.
Orlando Magic (17-22, 7-11 Away)
- Nikola Vucevic: Vucevic should be in for a big night against the terrible Sacramento Kings defense. He is averaging career highs in nearly every major statistical category this season, and the big man should continue to feast against a Kings defense that surrenders 52.7 points in the paint this season (28th in the NBA).
Sacramento Kings (19-20, 10-10 Home)
- De'Aaron Fox: Fox is a blur in the open court, and the speedy point guard is the primary reason why the Sacramento Kings lead the NBA in fast-break points with 22.6 per game. That up-tempo pace should help Fox and his running mates find some open 3-pointers tonight as the Magic are allowing opponents to hit 37.2 percent of their 3-point attempts (29th in the NBA).
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