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  • Pascal Siakam records 29/8/7 line vs. Celtics
    Pascal Siakam played 38 minutes in Monday's 116-110 loss to the Celtics, posting a line of 29 points (9-of-20 FGs, 9-of-13 FTs), eight rebounds, seven assists, and two 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Spicy P has increased his point total in the five games he's played since returning from a strained groin. And he's shot 45% or better from the field in each of those outings. Siakam took advantage of the foul line on Monday, and that's what high-level scorers do when their shot isn't falling at the usual clip. Closing in on top 25 value for the season, Siakam has provided 2nd-round per-game value in 9-cat formats over the last week. Toronto has three more games this week, including two against the Magic, which is good news for those who have Siakam rostered.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 7 minutes ago
  • Blake Griffin looks sharp, scores 13 in 32 minutes
    Blake Griffin shot 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from the foul line in Monday's win over the Raptors, tallying 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes. 

    Advice: With Al Horford ruled out, Griffin made his fourth start of the season, and Monday's performance was the best of the bunch. This was his first double-digit scoring effort of the 2022-23 campaign, and Griffin also established a new season-high with eight rebounds. With Horford expected to be available for Wednesday's game in Phoenix, fantasy managers can drop Griffin. His next starting opportunity could come on December 12 or 13, as the Celtics will play games against the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 12 minutes ago
  • Marcus Smart logs 39 minutes in return Monday
    Marcus Smart posted a line of 18 points (7-of-14 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and four 3-pointers in Monday's 116-110 win over the Raptors. 

    Advice: After sitting out Sunday's win over the Nets, Smart was back in the starting lineup for the second game of Boston's road back-to-back. With another solid shooting night under his belt, it's safe to say Smart's improved accuracy is no fluke. He entered Monday shooting a career-best 44.9% from the field, and Smart has made 54.7% of his attempts over the last two weeks. While Smart's rebounding and steals numbers have decreased compared to last season, he's shooting considerably better while averaging a career-high 7.7 assists per game. At this rate, he should again finish the season as a top 100 player in 9-cat formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 16 minutes ago
  • Jaylen Brown posts 22/8/8 line vs. Raptors Monday
    Jaylen Brown shot 9-of-22 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in Monday's win over the Raptors, scoring 22 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. 

    Advice: Brown has now scored 22 points or more in 13 consecutive appearances, and he's been rolling recently as far as fantasy value is concerned. Providing 3rd-round per-game value for the season, Brown is ranked 3rd in 9-cat over the last two weeks. With Jayson Tatum ranking 5th during that stretch, it's easy to see why the Celtics have one of the best offenses in recent NBA history. Brown will look to keep his run going Wednesday night in Phoenix.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 21 minutes ago
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic scores 17 with five triples
    Bogdan Bogdanovic found his shot on Monday, finishing with 17 points (6-for-13 FGS), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and five triples in 22 minutes off the bench in a loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: In just his second game of the season, Bogi was able to remind us of why he has been a top-100 asset for the last three seasons. His debut didn’t go well at all, but this game was much better. His minutes will continue to be limited, but he doesn’t need 30 minutes to contribute. Atlanta doesn’t have a ton of shooting this season, so he has the ultimate green light when he’s on the floor. He’s rostered in 53% of leagues, so if he’s available in yours, he’s worth an add. NBCSportsEDGE.com 23 minutes ago
  • Dejounte Murray posts 24/6/3/2/2 line vs. Thunder
    Dejounte Murray filled up the stat sheet on Monday, contributing 24 points (10-for-21 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three triples in a loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: With Trae Young back in the lineup, Dejounte's assists went back down, but he was still able to contribute in plenty of other ways. He's still posting top-20 numbers this season, but he's only posted top-50 numbers over the last month. His assists have slowly declined as the Hawks have adjusted to life with both Dejounte and Trae, but he's been able to make up some of that value by hitting a career-high 2.2 triples per game and 3.5 per game over the last two weeks. Nobody expected this type of shooting from him when the Hawks traded for him, so it's been an incredibly nice bonus. NBCSportsEDGE.com 23 minutes ago
  • Jayson Tatum scores 31 PTS with a full stat line
    Jayson Tatum finished Monday's 116-110 win over the Raptors with 31 points (11-of-24 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes. 

    Advice: Tatum surpassed the 30-point mark for the 13th time this season on Monday while also extending his double-double streak to four games. He's providing top-5 per-game value in 9-cat formats and has shown no signs of slowing down. The negative for fantasy managers who have Tatum rostered is he'll only play two more times this week: Wednesday in Phoenix and Saturday at Golden State.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 28 minutes ago
  • Trae Young puts up 23/10 in loss to Thunder Monday
    Trae Young struggled with his shot against the Thunder, but he still finished with 23 points (6-for-19 FGs), three rebounds, 10 assists, one triple and four turnovers in a 121-114 loss on Monday.

    Advice: After the strange fiasco between Young and Nate McMillan, Trae was back out on the floor on Monday. It doesn't seem like he went through shootaround ahead of this game either with how off his shot was. Over the last two weeks, Trae has shot 46% from the floor, which has allowed him to post top-20 value during that stretch. Hopefully this was just one poor shooting night, and he'll get back to shooting a higher percentage in New York on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com 29 minutes ago
  • Aleksej Pokuesevski disappears in win over Hawks
    Aleksej Pokusevski only played 13 minutes in Monday's win over the Hawks, finishing with two points (1-for-6 FGs), two rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: Every other game, Poku goes from solid contributor to nonexistent. His upside to too great for him to be droppable, but this was an awful game for him. His play over the last few weeks has kept him outside the top-100 in season long 9-Cat value. Perhaps the theme will continue, and he'll be much better in their next game. His chance to bounce back will be in Memphis on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com 36 minutes ago