On Monday night, Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points while adding 11 rebounds and 12 assists to join LeBron James as the only players in NBA history with a 40-point triple-double before turning 21.
Doncic became first player in Mavericks history with a 40-point triple-double and the youngest player with a triple-double against the Spurs under Gregg Popovich, while also producing the most points in a triple-double game against the Spurs under Gregg Popovich.
This offensive opus against the Spurs saw Doncic secure his league-leading sixth triple-double of the season, and he now has five career 30-point triple-doubles, moving past Jerry West for the second-most 30-point triple-doubles by a player within his first two seasons in NBA history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Congratulations to those who secured shares of Doncic in leagues this season, as he's rapidly leapt into the elite tier of statistical contributors and is now worthy of first-round value.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: 42 points (14-27 FG), 11 rebounds, 12 assists, 5 TO
Westbrook secured his 141st career triple-double and now sits 40 behind Oscar Robertson's career tally of 181. Clint Capela is doing his best Andre Drummond impersonation lately with his fourth straight game with at least 20 rebounds, the longest such streak in Rockets history since Elvin Hayes posted a four-game streak in January of 1971. Focusing on widely available talent in fantasy leagues, we found Houston's Danuel House Jr. all over the floor as a 3-and-D glue player for the Rockets in the win over the Blazers. With a starting role on the wing and 34 minutes of exposure last night, House's strong 3-point and defensive rates this season appear legitimate.
Aaron Holiday was the focus of my analytics advantage in yesterday's edition of this series, and he delivered his first career 20-point game and first career 10-assist performance. The Pacers don't play again until Saturday, limiting the streaming appeal for the young point guard, but if Malcolm Brogdon's injury lingers or resurfaces, it's clear Holiday has impressive upside. It was a family affair for the Pacers on Monday with Justin Holiday producing 20 points as the Holidays became the first teammate brothers to have scored at least 20 points each in NBA history, per Elias.
Julius Randle tallied his 14th career 30-point game and his first with the Knicks. Twelve of Randle's 14 such scoring performances have come in the past 87 games, dating back to the start of last season, with just two coming in his first 238 appearances. Marcus Morris Sr. also continued to shine with increased opportunities in New York in the win over Cleveland on Monday.
The Bucks' Brook Lopez somehow is available in free agency in around half of ESPN leagues despite posting richer block and usage rates this season. Lopez, as noted in this week's free-agency finds piece, was third in blocks and 17th in 3-pointers last season. In a win over the Bulls last night, Lopez tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 steals. Don't sweat the sluggish rebounding rate with Lopez, as he still drives so much value with his unique 3-and-D production.
The Raptors' OG Anunoby set a new career mark with 24 points and became the first Toronto player this season to score at least 20 points while sinking at least 75% of his attempts from the floor. With awesome defensive rates and increased scoring equity for the Raptors, you should rush to make room for this versatile wing in all formats. Anunoby, after all, is rostered in roughly 40% of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday morning. For those in deeper leagues, Toronto's Chris Boucher is a fun source of shooting and rebounding, as the young big notched a double-double off the pine last night that included an impressive seven offensive rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns delivered 29 points and 13 boards in a win over the Jazz. This isn't such a remarkable line for Towns, but the interesting angle is that he sank seven 3-pointers to join only James Harden, Buddy Hield, Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard as players this season to produce at least seven made 3-pointers in multiple games. Towns' transition to an elite floor-spacer is becoming fully realized, as half of his shots from the floor are coming from beyond the arc this season.
Injuries of note
The Clippers' Kawhi Leonard missed his third consecutive game on Monday due to a left knee contusion. It's unclear if Leonard will be available against the Celtics on Wednesday evening, but the Clippers appear prepared to prove as patient as needed in letting their superstar heal.
Kyrie Irving did not play for Brooklyn last night due to a right shoulder injury and has now missed consecutive games because of the ailment. Scoring microwave Spencer Dinwiddie tallied 28 points and 13 combined rebounds and assists as the team's lead creator on Monday, signaling star-caliber value whenever Irving is sidelined.
Analytics advantage for Tuesday
Tuesday's meeting of the Suns and Kings is somewhat riveting in that Phoenix's encouraging tempo has them eighth in the league in pace with 109.5 possessions per 48 minutes, which could help add possessions and opportunities to key participants in this matchup.
The key target from the Kings would be Bogdan Bogdanovic, the savvy sixth man who has become the team's top creator with De'Aaron Fox sidelined by injury. It might seem silly to suggest this, but Bogdanovic makes for a fun counter to the playmaking of Devin Booker tonight -- during his past five appearances, Bogdanovic has slashed for 19.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.6 APG, 2.2 SPG, 3.8 3PG in 32 MPG while posting a positive net rating in all five outings.
Per the analytics angle, the Kings have sported an awesome offensive rating of 126 points per 100 possessions with Bogdanovic on the court during the past five games, signaling potential for a high-scoring and competitive climate in Sacramento tonight. It helps then, that you can add Bogdanovic for the price of a roster spot in 70% of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday morning.
Top players to watch tonight
With the Warriors still struggling with veteran injuries, the patchwork rotation and youth movement should surface again tonight against the Grizzlies. This game offers several key streaming options during Tuesday's light four-game slate.
Rookie Eric Paschall, then, becomes a top streaming option given what should be a rich batch of minutes and touches tonight. I'm also intrigued by streaming shares of wing Alec Burks, who has flashed some helpful scoring pop for Golden State of late.
For Memphis, Dillon Brooks is a somewhat volatile scorer, but this is a great matchup against a leaky defensive backcourt, possibly helping him reach the positive side of potential outcomes. The Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke is another solid streaming option tonight, given the potential for efficient scoring and helpful defensive rates to surface.