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Here's a rundown of the best fantasy basketball options on each NBA team for Monday, Jan. 7.
Indiana Pacers (27-13, 13-8 Away)
- Domantas Sabonis: Sabonis is in the midst of a breakout season, and he's played even better recently. The talented big man is averaging 18.6 points, 10 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his last five contests, and he should continue to feast against the Boston Celtics. Boston has struggled on the glass against bigger teams this season, as they allow 35.6 defensive rebounds per game (23rd in the NBA). The Pacers will be playing without Myles Turner tonight, so Sabonis should see an increase in minutes, and will likely dominate the smaller Celtics' frontcourt.
Boston Celtics (24-15, 14-5 Home)
- Jayson Tatum: Tatum has seemingly broken out of his mini-slump. The second-year stud is averaging 17 points and 1.5 steals over his last two games, and he could take advantage of an Indiana Pacers' defense that struggles to defend the 3-point shot. Indiana surrenders 11.6 3-pointers per game, so look for Tatum to find success from beyond the arc tonight.
Philadelphia 76ers (27-14, 9-11 Away)
- Joel Embiid: Joel Embiid has been playing at a ridiculous pace lately. He's averaging 28.8 points and 14.8 rebounds over his last four games, and he should dominate a Washington Wizards' team that will be playing without Dwight Howard tonight.
Washington Wizards (16-25, 11-7 Home)
- Bradley Beal: Beal has been tasked with carrying the Washington Wizards' offense now that John Wall is out for the season with a heel injury. Beal has certainly responded well, as the all-star is averaging 25.8 points, 5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last five games. Look for Beal to light up the scoreboard against a Philadelphia 76ers' team that allows 112.2 points per game (22nd in the NBA).
Atlanta Hawks (12-28, 5-18 Away)
- John Collins: John Collins has put together a really impressive sophomore season. Collins is averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds on 58.3 percent from the field this season, and he should face little resistance from the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have struggled against opposing big men this season, as Brooklyn is allowing 51.3 points in the paint per game (24th in the NBA). Look for Collins to dominate the Nets' inexperienced frontcourt tonight.
Brooklyn Nets (20-22, 10-11 Home)
- D'Angelo Russell: Russell has come a long way since the Snapchat incident. The mercurial point guard has seemingly hit his stride this season, as he's averaging career highs in points, assists, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. And Russell should have little trouble filling the stat sheet against the Atlanta Hawks tonight. Atlanta allows a league-high 117.2 points per game this season, so look for Russell to continue his strong play.
Milwaukee Bucks (28-11, 9-7 Away)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: The two most likely MVP candidates, Giannis
Houston Rockets (23-16, 14-5 Home)
- James Harden: Although, don't expect Harden to go quietly. Harden has been playing at a historic pace lately; Harden's recent stretch has simultaneously willed the Houston Rockets back into contention and put him squarely back into the MVP conversation. Expect Harden's step-back to terrorize a Milwaukee defense that allows a league-high 12.8 3-pointers per game this season.
San Antonio Spurs (24-17, 7-12 Away)
- DeMar DeRozan: DeRozan is averaging a career-high 6.4 assists this year, and he's actually been even better lately. The San Antonio Spurs' star is averaging 8 assists over his last five games, and he should continue to spearhead the Spurs' offense against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies allow opponents to assist on 63.4 percent of their made field goals (29th in the NBA), so DeRozan should have no trouble facilitating the offense tonight.
FINAL SCORE THREAD — NBA (@NBA) January 8, 2019
The @spurs win their 5th straight game behind a complete performance from DeMar DeRozan (26 PTS, 9 AST, 7 REB)! #GoSpursGo 119#DetroitBasketball 107
LaMarcus Aldridge: 25 PTS, 6 REB
Derrick White: 17 PTS
Blake Griffin: 34 PTS, 8 AST pic.twitter.com/nBeGk2k02f
Memphis Grizzlies (18-22, 10-9 Home)
- Mike Conley: Mike Conley has played surprisingly well since tearing his Achilles last season. The Memphis Grizzlies' floor general has averaged 20.3 points and 6.2 assists this season, and he's been shooting exceptionally well recently. Conley is hitting 45.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc over his last five games, and he should continue his hot streak against a San Antonio defense that ranks 20th in opposing team's effective field goal percentage.
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-33, 3-16 Away)
- Collin Sexton: Sexton has had an up-and-down rookie season, but the point guard gets a tasty matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. The Pelicans are allowing opponents to shoot 36.2 percent from 3-point range this season (21st in the NBA), which could spell trouble for New Orleans. Sexton is an inconsistent shooter, but he's shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc over his last five contests. Look for Sexton to get open 3-point shots against New Orleans.
Anthony Davis showing off the handles pic.twitter.com/7iahx7DgS7— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 8, 2019
New Orleans Pelicans (19-22, 14-6 Home)
- Anthony Davis: Davis might be the most dynamic player in the NBA right now, and he should face little resistance from the dreadful Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland has allowed opponents to shoot a league-high 49.1 percent from the field this season, so expect Davis to shoot efficiently and rack up points.
Phoenix Suns (10-32, 4-15 Away)
- Deandre Ayton: While most people have already given the Rookie of the Year award to Luka Doncic, Ayton has quietly been making a case for himself. The first-overall-pick is averaging a double-double this season while shooting 60.7 percent from the field. Look for Ayton to get some easy buckets in transition against a Dallas Mavericks' defense that surrenders a league-high 17 fast break points per game.
Deandre Ayton wants to be clear. The No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft strongly respects fellow rookie Luka Doncic’s popularity and success.— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 9, 2019
But the Phoenix @Suns center finds the lack of fanfare for his own impressive season somewhat disappointing.https://t.co/tBwBD3HvYk
Dallas Mavericks (18-22, 15-4 Home)
- Luka Doncic: Doncic is questionable with a back injury tonight, but if he plays he should dominate the Phoenix Suns. Luka scored 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in his last outing against the Los Angeles Lakers, so there's no reason to think he won't continue his strong play if he suits up tonight.
Orlando Magic (17-23, 7-12 Away)
- Aaron Gordon: Gordon clearly improved his ball handling and playmaking this offseason, as he's averaging a career high in assists, without increasing his turnovers from last year. Gordon will be facing the stingy Utah Jazz defense, but he could be the focal point of Orlando's offense if Rudy Gobert takes Nikola Vucevic out of the game. Look for Gordon to get more touches than usual and fill the stat sheet against the Jazz.
Donovan Mitchell scored 7 straight, then apparently reminded Andre Drummond that it was his fault pic.twitter.com/7SUVvltEED— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 6, 2019
Utah Jazz (20-21, 8-8 Home)
- Donovan Mitchell: It looks like Mitchell has finally gotten his groove back. The second-year star tallied 26 points in back-to-back games over his past two contests, and he figures to get more touches with Ricky Rubio sitting out tonight. Furthermore, the Orlando Magic have struggled to defend the 3-point shot, as they've allowed opponents to hit 37 percent of their 3-point attempts this season. Look for Mitchell to put up great fantasy stats tonight as he carves up Orlando's defense.
Chicago Bulls (10-30, 5-14 Away)
- Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been solid since returning from an elbow injury back in December. Markkannen is averaging 17.4 points per game this season, but he's been particularly effective from beyond the arc. The Finnish big-man is shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range this season, and his hot shooting could give the Portland Trail Blazers issues tonight. The Trail Blazers rank 25th in the NBA in opposing team's 3-point percentage, so expect Markkanen to knock down some easy 3-point attempts tonight.
Damian Lillard scores 17 PTS and dishes out 9 AST to lead the @trailblazers in Portland!#RipCity 111#NewYorkForever 101— NBA (@NBA) January 8, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic: 20 PTS, 8 REB
CJ McCollum: 17 PTS
Seth Curry: 13 PTS, 3 3PM pic.twitter.com/NUFZNdHaCF
Portland Trail Blazers (24-17, 16-7 Home)
- Damian Lillard: Damian Lillard should put on a show for his home crowd tonight. The all-star point guard has been extremely efficient at home this season, where he shoots 46.2 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. Expect Lillard to continue his hot shooting as he torches the Chicago Bulls tonight.
Detroit Pistons (17-21, 6-11 Away)
- Blake Griffin:
5 years ago today, Blake Griffin posterized Kris Humphries with one of the best dunks of the year.— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 8, 2019
Back then, the general public used to confuse the two because Blake was a star and Kris was married to Kim Kardashian. pic.twitter.com/atSJPpkIp3
Los Angeles Lakers (22-1, 13-8 Home)
- Lonzo Ball: Lonzo Ball is a riskier selection, but he has been playing pretty well since LeBron James went down with a groin injury. The second-year player is coming off of a 21 point 7 rebound 5 assist performance against Dallas, and he should find similar success against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons allow opponents to sink 47 percent of their field goal attempts (22nd in the NBA), so look for Lonzo to put up some big numbers tonight.
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