Philadelphia's road woes continued with a loss to the surging Clippers on Sunday in Los Angeles, but a key positive for the 76ers was a breakout performance from combo guard Shake Milton, who produced a career-high 39 points in front of a national audience. Milton even bested his G League career peak of 36 points and has now scored 19-plus points in three straight games in the absence of All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. By making seven of his nine 3-point attempts against the Clippers (including knocking down all of his first five), Milton also tied Furkan Korkmaz for the most 3-pointers made in a game this season.
Given the huge Sunday afternoon audience on ABC, it's not surprising to see Milton become the most-added player in ESPN leagues during the past week. He's now rostered in two-thirds of leagues. With Embiid on the shelf for several weeks with a shoulder ailment and Simmons sidelined indefinitely with a back injury, Milton -- who shot 42.7% from 3-point range on substantial volume at SMU -- is in prime position to help fantasy rosters heading into the fantasy playoffs. If he's still on the wire in your league, now might be the perfect time to shake up your lineup.
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks: 4 points (2-8 FG), 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 TO
Westbrook led the Rockets to an overtime win over the Celtics, thanks to his 37th career game with at least 40-5-5, fittingly breaking a tie with Larry Bird for the fourth-most such lines since the NBA-ABA merger. Houston's Robert Covington was also stellar, collecting 16 rebounds and tallying four combined steals and blocks. The versatile forward is emerging as a league-wining roto force on defense.
In a rousing win over the Lakers on Saturday night, Morant became the first rookie with consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games in Grizzlies history. Morant joined Mike Conley, Mike Bibby, and Delon Wright as the only players on the franchise with consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games. Morant is just the third rookie with a 25-point, 10-assist game against LeBron James, joining Ben Simmons and Raymond Felton in this exclusive club.
Speaking of the Lakers, superstar LeBron James tallied 34 points and delivered his 34th career 30-point triple-double in a win over the Pelicans on Sunday evening on ESPN. The showing gives James the third-most 30-point triple-doubles all-time behind only Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers are 19-0 this season when James scores at least 30 points, which is the most games without a loss to start a season in any individual's 30-point games in NBA history.
In the loss to James and the Lakers, super rookie Zion Williamson posted a career-high 35 points and became the ninth player to score 25 points in his first two career games against the Lakers (and the first since Derrick Rose). Zion also became the first teenager in NBA history with multiple 25-point games against the Lakers. He is also just the third player over the last 35 seasons with three 30-point games within his first 15 career games, joining Allen Iverson (5) and Michael Jordan (6).
A fun weekend saw Toronto's Anunoby accrue 13 steals across two games. Anunoby posted a huge overall line on Sunday evening in a loss to Denver, becoming just the fifth player since player since steals were first tracked in 1973-74 with at last 30 points and seven steals while shooting 75% from the floor. Toronto's Norman Powell is also a worthy target from this deep roster, as the shooting guard is back from injury. He produced 24 points on Sunday.
Detroit's Christian Wood continues to produce big lines like Sunday's solid double-double showing and merits universal attention in fantasy formats. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk also deserves an uptick in attention from fantasy managers, as the Pistons' shooting guard played a team-high 39 minutes on Sunday with a productive line in the loss to the Kings.
Injuries of note
As if Philadelphia needed more injury news, guard Josh Richardson suffered a concussion in the loss to the Clippers on Sunday and will be reevaluated as the team continues its road trip this week.
Derrick Rose exited Detroit's game on Sunday with a right ankle sprain and didn't return. If Rose misses time, Mykhailiuk becomes even more intriguing.
Golden State's Draymond Green did not play on Sunday due to a sore left knee, opening a big role for surprising breakout rookie Eric Paschall. The Villanova product now has five 25-point games this season -- the most by any Warriors rookie since Klay Thompson in 2011-12. Stephen Curry didn't make his return from injury on Sunday, but reportedly will suit up sometime this week.
Analytics advantage for Monday
Luka Doncic didn't play for Dallas on Sunday in their big win over the reeling Timberwolves due to a thumb injury that had previously bothered him against Miami. Coach Rich Carlisle told reporters on Sunday that Doncic might not suit up for Monday's tilt with the Bulls given the lingering nature of this ailment. If Doncic does sit, not only does Porzingis become a DFS building block, but we should also chase streaming shares of Seth Curry, who just produced 25 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He enjoys a sizable leap in scoring usage when Doncic is absent from the floor.
Top players to watch Monday
The marquee game of Monday's slate is undeniably the exciting matchup between Morant and Memphis going up against Atlanta's Trae Young. These two young and gifted playmakers make for must-watch content.