There were seven games in the National Basketball Association on Monday, and there were plenty of impressive fantasy performances. The Detroit Pistons won again, topping the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91. They're unbeaten since making the trade for Blake Griffin, who ended up with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists across 30 minutes in a game against a familiar foe. That wasn't the only big performance in Motown. There were also a couple of big fantasy performances off the bench, and a handful of injuries, too. Let's get started!
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Monday's Fantasy Five
Andre Drummond and Griffin are combining to be quite the one-two punch in the Detroit Basketball frontcourt. Drummond went for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, and he added 17 rebounds with five assists, a steal and three blocked shots over 34 minutes while turning in a plus-12 rating. That's the good news. The bad news is that he rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter. He was able to leave under his own power, and the game was fairly out of hand at the time. And he stayed on to shoot free throws rather than leaving the game immediately, so his exit could simply have been as a precaution. If Drum is forced to miss any time to rest the ankle, Anthony Tolliver would be one to watch, especially for DFS purposes. He posted 15 points with seven rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
Rodney Hood bounced back from a marginal performance on Saturday, posting 30 points on 12-of-14 from the field in 27 minutes off the bench, including 4-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. He also chipped in with three assists, three rebounds and a steal while also going 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He only scored five points in 16 minutes in Saturday's return in San Antonio, as the team treated him with kid gloves after a six-game absence. They knocked the training wheels off in this one after he got off to a hot start shooting, and it appears safe to get him back into the active fantasy lineup across all formats if you were keeping him reserved waiting for him to knock off the rust.
Nikola Jokic went for 15 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 32 minutes across Monday's 121-104 win against the Hornets. The big man fell just short of posting his fourth triple-double of the season, but he is still averaging 21.0 points, 12.7 rebounds and 8.7 assists with 1.7 steals per game in three outings in the month of February. While Charlotte has been a tough assignment for opposing centers this season, as dealing with Dwight Howard has been an ugly matchup for most, he was not flummoxed in the least. That's nine consecutive games with five or more assists, as he continues to provide fantasy owners with top 20-value in nine-category leagues. He'll be rested and ready to go Friday in Houston.
Bobby Portis was good for 18 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals with just one turnover across 32 minutes in Monday's 104-98 collapse at Sacramento. He was able to hit 7-of-19 from the field and 2-of-6 from behind the arc. He has 10 or more rebounds in three straight games, and double-doubles in each of his past two outings. While the trade of Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans hasn't been good for the win-loss column of the Bulls, he is proving to be quite a useful power forward. He is averaging 14.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game over his two games in the month of February. If he is still somehow available in your fantasy league, snap him up immediately.
Last but not least it was Danilo Gallinari coming alive for 28 points in Monday's monster comeback against the Dallas Mavericks. He was a very efficient 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, and he added 6-of-6 from the free-throw stripe. In addition, Gallinari was able to roll up five rebounds, two assists and just one turnover over his 34 minutes. It appears he is going to get plenty of opportunity alongside recent acquisition Tobias Harris in the L.A. frontcourt. Harris posted 19 points in his 35 minutes to give the team a solid performance. It wasn't quite Griffin and Drummond, but it wasn't bad, either.
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Fantasy Game of the Night
As you might expect, when a team drops 133 points in regulation, their roster was littered with big fantasy performances. That's exactly what happened in Utah's 24-point victory on the road against the Pels. We mentioned Hood above in the Fantasy Five, but he wasn't the only one with a hot shooting hand. Derrick Favors hit 7-of-11 from the field to finish with 19 points, seven rebounds and an assist over 28 minutes while also going 2-of-2 from behind the arc. Joe Ingles stepped up his game with 7-of-12 shooting, 18 points and five rebounds while adding three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Jingles also buried four triples. Rudy Gobert was effective, too, hitting 7-of-8 from the field to finish with 19 points, 10 rebounds and a block over his 33 minutes. He might have had an even better line if not for a spot of foul trouble. Ricky Rubio continues to be hot, going for 20 points, 11 assists and three rebounds. Royce O'Neale also was tremendously efficient, hitting 6-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-1 from the perimeter, while ending up with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists over 20 minutes. He is enjoying quite a nice run lately, and is worth scooping up in deeper fantasy formats. It wasn't all great for the Jazz, as stud rookie Donovan Mitchell managed just two points on 1-of-6 shooting over 19 minutes.
The Pelicans continue to adjust to life without DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles'), but the acquisition of Mirotic will certainly ease their pain somewhat. The former Bulls big man needs to be a little better, however, as he posted just five points on 2-of-8 shooting with three boards, two dimes and a steal over 33 minutes. Once he gets in his comfort zone in the Crescent City he'll be just fine. His frontcourt partner in crime, Anthony Davis, posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in a ho-hum effort by his standards. Jrue Holiday turned in a very nice performance, going for 28 points on 13-of-21 shooting, including 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in his 33 minutes of work. E'Twaun Moore was good for 14 points, including a pair of triples, while Ian Clark also posted 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting in his 19 minutes off the pine. Cheick Diallo also got a little run, posting six points in 15 minutes. He'll continue to get his feet wet and is worth a speculative pick in most deeper fantasy leagues if you need help in the frontcourt.
Quick Hits: Ian Mahinmi was outstanding off the bench for Washington, hitting 4-of-4 from the floor while finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist over 24 minutes. … Tomas Satoransky made another start, but he finished with just five points, six assists and two steals in his 22 minutes of work. He wasn't bad from the floor, hitting 2-of-3, but it was Kelly Oubre seeing more minutes off the bench. He played 32 minutes, posting 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. … Bojan Bogdanovic rolled up a season-best 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, while adding four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over his 37 minutes. He is averaging 22.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in three February outings. … Mario Hezonja stepped up with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while hitting four 3-pointers over 32 minutes in a 111-109 win at Miami, a rare victory on the road for the Magic. D.J. Augustin was solid off the bench, hitting 6-of-11 from the field to end up with 16 points. … Hassan Whiteside returned from a one-game absence due to illness, posting 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting while adding 14 rebounds. … Wayne Ellington, a 3-point specialist, wasn't so special in Monday's loss. He was 0-of-9 from the floor, including 0-of-8 on treys, accounting for his five points at the free-throw stripe. … Bam Adebayo was good for 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots over 26 minutes. … Zach LaVine just missed out on Fantasy Five honors, going for 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He was also 4-of-8 from behind the arc while adding 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Unfortunately for fantasy owners he didn't do much else, finishing with only three rebounds, two assists and a steal. He did have a posterizing dunk on JaKarr Sampson to make Stacey King lose his mind on the telecast, however. It was his first huge slam since returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.