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What you need to know for Tuesday's games
By Jim McCormick
Monday's eight-game slate delivered a nice spectrum of upsets, competitive games, and big fantasy lines. Both Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo reconfirmed their elite statistical status, while Tatum's Boston Celtics were upset as heavy favorites by the Charlotte Hornets.
Even though they don't appear like a playoff team, it was impressive for Charlotte to counter such a good Celtics team in a game fueled by Gordon Hayward's savvy (rostered in 55.9% of ESPN leagues) and a massive double-double from breakout second-year center Mark Williams (67.2%).
The true fantasy star of Monday's slate was Herbert Jones (34.7%) of the New Orleans Pelicans, who tallied a diverse line of 18 points, seven boards, and three stocks (steals plus blocks) in a big win over the Sacramento Kings. Jones has fantasy league-winning potential given his astounding defensive rates.
Thankfully, we have another nice slate for Tuesday, with five games on the schedule and several offering fantasy intrigue. The main injury news ahead of the night is the absence of Donovan Mitchell. However, we mention another Cleveland Cavaliers sharpshooter of note below.
The continued absence of Wendell Carter Jr. merits the mention of a certain center below while the Portland Trail Blazers elevating Malcolm Brogdon (63%) to questionable is a big shift for a player who was balling before his injury. Skylar Mays would stand to lose luster if Brogdon is indeed back.
The best offensive climate of the night is the game between the Atlanta Hawks (ranked sixth in offensive rating and third in pace) and the Indiana Pacers (first in offensive rating and first in pace). The game has the highest total of the season thus far at a whopping 251.5 points. With the Hawks as just 3.5-point favorites, the implied totals for each team sit above 120 points, evidence this is a game we want to focus on when building out DFS lineups and selecting streamers. You can read more about this offensive epic below.
Tuesday's Stream Team
This segment nominates three key streaming options ahead of that day's action. A streamer, by our standards, is a player available in at least half of ESPN men's basketball leagues.
If Jalen Johnson (62.2%) is somehow still available in your league(s), change that. Otherwise, the prudent play is to add Bogdanovic ahead of Tuesday's offense-fest in Atlanta. He is up to nearly 20 PPG over the past week and brings enough assist and steal production to merit interest.
Mathurin has regressed a bit given he is part of a more competitive rotation, but his ceiling for a big box score is still present. His usage should be up tonight given the high projected total, aiding Mathurin's potential as a streaming candidate.
Despite being quite different skill-set wise, Bey and Bogdanovic have posted similar numbers over the past week (17.3 PPG and 1.7 SPG). Bey is a complementary floor-spacer in Hawks' second unit. With the tempo turned up, expect a night shot diet on Tuesday night for Bey.
George has been producing great passing results as the starting point guard for Utah, while Horton-Tucker just flashed with a huge game and inflated minutes in double overtime. However, Horton-Tucker might just smell some revenge facing his former team Tuesday.
The Magic have platooned the center spot since Wendell Carter Jr. went down, but Bitadze's block rate combined with likely a bigger role facing Jakob Poeltl Tuesday night adds to the interest in him as a spot play for those who need rebounds and blocks.
Projections and Injury Reports
Fantasy projections powered by ESPN Analytics.* Projections assume all players who are listed as GTD will play. Injury aggregation by Rotowire.com. Players available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues are listed in italics.
BPI Projection: Raptors by 0.3 in the 5th highest-scoring game of the slate.
Scottie Barnes, SF/PF: 41.4 FPTS (19.7 pts, 8.6 reb, 5.2 ast, 1.7 blk)
Pascal Siakam, PF/C: 39.6 FPTS (21.1 pts, 7.5 reb, 5.0 ast)
O.G. Anunoby, SF: 27.9 FPTS (14.9 pts, 4.2 reb, 2.1 ast, 2.5 3PM)
Dennis Schroder, PG: 26.3 FPTS (12.5 pts, 2.5 reb, 5.2 ast)
Jakob Poeltl, C: 23.1 FPTS (9.8 pts, 8.0 reb, 1.7 ast)
Precious Achiuwa, PF/C: 17.6 FPTS (7.7 pts, 5.6 reb, 1.4 ast)
Gary Trent Jr., PG/SG: 17.2 FPTS (10.3 pts, 2.3 reb, 1.0 ast)
Franz Wagner, SG/SF/PF: 34.1 FPTS (18.9 pts, 5.4 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.9 3PM)
Paolo Banchero, SF/PF: 32.3 FPTS (18.5 pts, 6.8 reb, 4.3 ast)
Jalen Suggs, PG/SG: 26.8 FPTS (13.1 pts, 4.5 reb, 2.6 ast)
Goga Bitadze, C: 20.8 FPTS (9.7 pts, 7.0 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.7 blk)
Moritz Wagner, PF/C: 19.0 FPTS (10.1 pts, 4.8 reb, 1.0 ast)
Cole Anthony, PG: 18.6 FPTS (9.9 pts, 3.7 reb, 2.2 ast)
Anthony Black, PG/SG: 15.3 FPTS (7.9 pts, 4.3 reb, 2.2 ast)
BPI Projection: Hawks by 4.7 in the highest-scoring game of the slate.
Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG: 47.3 FPTS (22.9 pts, 4.0 reb, 8.6 ast, 2.8 3PM)
Myles Turner, C: 29.6 FPTS (17.2 pts, 7.4 reb, 1.4 ast, 1.6 blk)
Bennedict Mathurin, SG/SF: 25.5 FPTS (14.5 pts, 5.0 reb, 2.2 ast)
Bruce Brown, SG/SF: 24.3 FPTS (11.1 pts, 4.5 reb, 2.6 ast)
Buddy Hield, SG/SF: 20.0 FPTS (9.1 pts, 3.0 reb, 2.4 ast, 2.3 3PM)
Jordan Nwora, SF: 18.6 FPTS (10.2 pts, 3.6 reb, 1.7 ast)
Aaron Nesmith, SF: 18.6 FPTS (10.0 pts, 3.7 reb, 1.0 ast)
Trae Young, PG: 48.1 FPTS (27.5 pts, 2.8 reb, 9.6 ast, 2.4 3PM)
Dejounte Murray, PG/SG: 42.8 FPTS (21.6 pts, 4.5 reb, 5.7 ast, 2.1 3PM)
Jalen Johnson, SF: 26.2 FPTS (12.5 pts, 6.6 reb, 1.9 ast)
De'Andre Hunter, SF/PF: 25.8 FPTS (14.2 pts, 4.0 reb, 1.5 ast, 1.8 3PM)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF: 24.3 FPTS (11.5 pts, 2.6 reb, 2.3 ast, 2.5 3PM)
Clint Capela, C: 23.2 FPTS (9.7 pts, 8.8 reb, 0.9 ast, 1.5 blk)
Saddiq Bey, SF/PF: 20.5 FPTS (9.3 pts, 4.7 reb, 1.0 ast)
BPI Projection: 76ers by 6.9 in the 4th highest-scoring game of the slate.
Cavaliers: Ricky Rubio, (OUT - Personal); Caris LeVert, (GTD - Knee); Donovan Mitchell, (OUT - Hamstring); Isaac Okoro, (OUT - Knee); Ty Jerome, (OUT - Ankle)
76ers: Kelly Oubre Jr., (OUT - Ribs)
Darius Garland, PG: 35.1 FPTS (20.2 pts, 2.9 reb, 6.4 ast, 1.8 3PM)
Evan Mobley, PF/C: 31.9 FPTS (15.9 pts, 9.9 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.5 blk)
Max Strus, SG/SF: 28.7 FPTS (12.5 pts, 5.1 reb, 3.5 ast, 2.6 3PM)
Caris LeVert, SG/SF: 27.1 FPTS (13.8 pts, 3.7 reb, 3.4 ast, 1.8 3PM)
Jarrett Allen, C: 22.8 FPTS (11.7 pts, 7.6 reb, 1.6 ast)
Dean Wade, PF: 12.3 FPTS (3.9 pts, 3.8 reb, 0.9 ast)
Isaiah Mobley, PF: 11.2 FPTS (4.9 pts, 3.3 reb, 0.5 ast)
Joel Embiid, C: 49.1 FPTS (29.0 pts, 10.2 reb, 5.6 ast, 1.5 blk)
Tyrese Maxey, PG/SG: 47.5 FPTS (25.4 pts, 4.4 reb, 6.1 ast, 2.9 3PM)
Tobias Harris, SF/PF: 36.5 FPTS (19.9 pts, 5.9 reb, 3.4 ast)
De'Anthony Melton, PG/SG: 24.6 FPTS (10.8 pts, 3.7 reb, 3.3 ast, 1.8 3PM)
Paul Reed, PF: 12.1 FPTS (4.7 pts, 4.2 reb, 0.9 ast)
Robert Covington, SF/PF: 11.2 FPTS (3.8 pts, 2.6 reb, 1.0 ast)
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF: 10.8 FPTS (2.8 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.3 ast)
BPI Projection: Suns by 11.9 in the 3rd highest-scoring game of the slate.
Blazers: Robert Williams III, (OUT - Knee); Malcolm Brogdon, (GTD - Hamstring); Scoot Henderson, (OUT - Ankle); Anfernee Simons, (OUT - Thumb); Ish Wainright, (OUT - Knee)
Suns: Yuta Watanabe, (GTD - Quadriceps); Bradley Beal, (OUT - Back); Damion Lee, (OUT - Knee)
Jerami Grant, PF: 36.5 FPTS (25.9 pts, 4.5 reb, 3.0 ast, 2.5 3PM)
Shaedon Sharpe, SG/SF: 35.3 FPTS (21.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 4.2 ast, 2.2 3PM)
Deandre Ayton, C: 30.8 FPTS (13.5 pts, 11.2 reb, 1.3 ast)
Skylar Mays, PG/SG: 29.6 FPTS (14.2 pts, 2.6 reb, 5.3 ast)
Duop Reath, C: 17.7 FPTS (8.8 pts, 2.6 reb, 1.6 ast)
Jabari Walker, PF: 16.9 FPTS (8.6 pts, 4.8 reb, 0.8 ast)
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF: 16.8 FPTS (7.9 pts, 1.8 reb, 1.2 ast)
Devin Booker, SG/SF: 49.0 FPTS (27.3 pts, 5.7 reb, 6.5 ast, 2.8 3PM)
Kevin Durant, SF/PF: 45.7 FPTS (28.3 pts, 7.3 reb, 4.9 ast)
Jusuf Nurkic, C: 27.2 FPTS (10.2 pts, 9.0 reb, 3.7 ast)
Eric Gordon, SG/SF: 22.4 FPTS (10.3 pts, 1.9 reb, 3.0 ast, 1.9 3PM)
Grayson Allen, SG: 22.1 FPTS (9.4 pts, 4.8 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.9 3PM)
Drew Eubanks, PF: 16.3 FPTS (7.2 pts, 5.2 reb, 1.6 ast)
Keita Bates-Diop, SF: 15.5 FPTS (7.3 pts, 3.8 reb, 1.0 ast)
BPI Projection: Lakers by 2.2 in the 2nd highest-scoring game of the slate.
Jazz: Walker Kessler, (OUT - Elbow)
Lakers: Anthony Davis, (NA - Hip); Jalen Hood-Schifino, (GTD - Knee); Jarred Vanderbilt, (GTD - Heel); LeBron James, (NA - Calf); Gabe Vincent, (OUT - Knee)
Lauri Markkanen, SF/PF: 41.8 FPTS (23.8 pts, 10.4 reb, 1.6 ast, 3.6 3PM)
Jordan Clarkson, SG: 32.6 FPTS (20.2 pts, 4.1 reb, 5.1 ast, 2.1 3PM)
John Collins, PF: 27.4 FPTS (14.6 pts, 9.0 reb, 1.1 ast)
Talen Horton-Tucker, SG/SF: 23.3 FPTS (10.9 pts, 4.0 reb, 4.5 ast)
Kelly Olynyk, PF/C: 20.2 FPTS (7.5 pts, 7.2 reb, 3.1 ast)
Collin Sexton, PG/SG: 18.9 FPTS (11.6 pts, 2.4 reb, 2.6 ast)
Ochai Agbaji, SG/SF: 18.2 FPTS (9.2 pts, 4.4 reb, 1.1 ast)
LeBron James, SF/PF: 46.1 FPTS (25.3 pts, 7.7 reb, 6.3 ast, 1.9 3PM)
Anthony Davis, PF/C: 41.0 FPTS (22.2 pts, 10.7 reb, 3.4 ast, 3.6 blk)
D'Angelo Russell, PG/SG: 35.1 FPTS (18.3 pts, 3.2 reb, 5.9 ast, 2.2 3PM)
Austin Reaves, SG/SF: 26.0 FPTS (12.1 pts, 4.5 reb, 4.3 ast)
Cam Reddish, SG/SF: 18.9 FPTS (9.4 pts, 3.1 reb, 1.0 ast)
Taurean Prince, SF: 16.8 FPTS (8.8 pts, 2.1 reb, 1.0 ast)
Rui Hachimura, SF/PF: 15.9 FPTS (9.3 pts, 2.4 reb, 1.0 ast)