Fantasy basketball tips and projections for Monday

Jeremy Sochan has become a valuable source of assists and rebounds for fantasy managers in the final stretch of the season. Photos by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

With just 20 days left in the NBA marathon and even fewer remaining in most fantasy basketball leagues, we are truly in the stretch run of the campaign. The good news is Monday offers a robust 11-game slate to sift for statistical value.

With 22 teams in action, it's important for managers and bettors to have a discerning lens given such volume of choice. One key tool to leverage during such busy days in the league is point totals, as they can help indicate which climates are projected and expected to be friendly offensively. A more physical, playoff-like brand of basketball has emerged around the league lately thanks to shifts in officiating, so games with lofty totals stand out even more.

Looking over Monday's schedule, we find three games with totals of at least 230 points, all of which actually sit above 233. More possessions and more points are what we want from a fantasy perspective. The first of this trio sees the Phoenix Suns visit the San Antonio Spurs in a game with a total of 233.5 at ESPN BET. As you'll see in our streaming section below, a uniquely versatile Spurs forward makes for a strong plug-and-play option.

The Dallas Mavericks are in Salt Lake City tonight to face the Utah Jazz in a game with the day's highest total (236.5). The Jazz have the league's worst defensive rating (125.1) by a wide measure over the past 10 games. The top-heavy Mavs run most of their action through their duo of superstar creators, yet Utah produces multiple streaming candidates, as you'll read below.

The final game in this "230 club" has the Indiana Pacers playing the LA Clippers. Both offenses rank in the top four in pace this season. Two-way wing Aaron Nesmith (11.0% rostered in ESPN leagues) becomes more fantasy relevant in what reads like a points-fest in Los Angeles tonight.

Another actionable tool during such a busy night is to allow our stream team to help guide your utility decisions. It can prove challenging to keep up with all the injury news and rotational shifts at this stage of the season, so let us help in that regard.

Monday's Stream Team

Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls (Rostered in 31.8% of ESPN leagues)

Dosunmu had a quieter line last time out which is reasonable, considering the Bulls faced a Boston Celtics team stacked with perimeter defenders. Chicago faces a Washington Wizards that won't claim much resistance at the point of attack. Dosunmu could get back on track in a big way tonight.

Isaiah Hartenstein, PF/C, New York Knicks (40.4%)

Some truly absurd defensive results have emerged from this active big man in recent games. With the potential to collect multiple steals and blocks in any given matchup, while also proving to be a double-double threat, Hartenstein is in a top spot against the feeble Pistons.

Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (26.8%)

How many centers in the Eastern Conference can achieve double-digit dimes in any random game? Olynyk is in this unique club, as he just dished 10 dimes last time out and should again be a busy distributor against the undersized Nets tonight. Teammate Gary Trent Jr. (27.9%) is also a fine candidate to help managers given his rare blend of 3-and-D rates.

Scoot Henderson, PG, Portland Trail Blazers (51.5%)

The Trail Blazers are turning to their young prospects in these final weeks of the season. Injuries to their core of veterans only adds to the opportunity rates Henderson should consume tonight against the Rockets.

Jeremy Sochan, PG/PF, San Antonio Spurs (25.5%)

Dangerous in passing lanes and with a growing ability to clean the glass, Sochan is the rare player eligible at both point guard and power forward thanks to the team's early-season experiment aimed at expanding his game. Sochan should prove busy this evening in a game with fun offensive metrics in place.

Santi Aldama, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies (16.0%)

The Grizzlies' frontcourt has endured a wild amount of attrition this season. Aldama is the rare frontcourt vet for the team who has been mostly healthy this season, but more importantly, very productive in recent games. The Nuggets are not a fun matchup, per se, but Aldama's secure role often leads to nice results.

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.

Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers
7 p.m. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland

BPI Projection: Cavaliers in the 11th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Hornets: JT Thor, (GTD - Shoulder); Bryce McGowens, (OUT - Knee); LaMelo Ball, (OUT - Ankle); Mark Williams, (OUT - Back); Cody Martin, (OUT - Ankle); Seth Curry, (OUT - Ankle); Kai Jones, (GTD - Hamstring)
Cavaliers: Dean Wade, (GTD - Knee); Max Strus, (GTD - Knee); Donovan Mitchell, (OUT - Nose); Ty Jerome, (OUT - Ankle)

Hornets projections:

Cavaliers projections:

  • Darius Garland, PG: 39.5 FPTS (20.6 pts, 3.0 reb, 6.3 ast, 2.4 3PM)

  • Caris LeVert, SG/SF: 37.7 FPTS (18.4 pts, 4.8 reb, 5.4 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • Jarrett Allen, C: 34.8 FPTS (16.3 pts, 10.8 reb, 2.5 ast)

  • Evan Mobley, PF/C: 31.3 FPTS (13.5 pts, 9.1 reb, 3.3 ast)

  • Georges Niang, PF: 21.5 FPTS (10.8 pts, 3.8 reb, 1.1 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • Isaac Okoro, SG/SF: 20.8 FPTS (10.2 pts, 3.2 reb, 1.7 ast)

  • Sam Merrill, SG: 14.9 FPTS (6.7 pts, 2.0 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.9 3PM)

Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. State Farm Arena, Atlanta

BPI Projection: Celtics in the 2nd highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Celtics: Derrick White, (GTD - Hand); Xavier Tillman, (GTD - Knee); Jrue Holiday, (OUT - Shoulder)
Hawks: Mouhamed Gueye, (OUT - Elbow); Onyeka Okongwu, (OUT - Toe); Seth Lundy, (OUT - Back); Jalen Johnson, (OUT - Ankle); AJ Griffin, (OUT - Ankle); Kobe Bufkin, (OUT - Toe); Trae Young, (OUT - Finger); Saddiq Bey, (OUT - Knee)

Celtics projections:

  • Jayson Tatum, SF/PF: 45.9 FPTS (27.4 pts, 6.8 reb, 4.8 ast, 3.2 3PM)

  • Jaylen Brown, SG/SF: 32.6 FPTS (19.8 pts, 4.1 reb, 3.2 ast, 2.2 3PM)

  • Derrick White, PG/SG: 30.0 FPTS (13.7 pts, 4.1 reb, 5.2 ast, 2.0 3PM)

  • Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C: 25.5 FPTS (15.2 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.4 ast)

  • Payton Pritchard, PG: 21.9 FPTS (10.2 pts, 3.6 reb, 3.1 ast, 1.8 3PM)

  • Al Horford, PF/C: 19.5 FPTS (7.2 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.9 ast)

  • Sam Hauser, SF: 17.1 FPTS (8.4 pts, 3.0 reb, 1.1 ast, 2.3 3PM)

Hawks projections:

Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden, New York

BPI Projection: Knicks in the 8th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Pistons: Cade Cunningham, (GTD - Knee); Jalen Duren, (GTD - Back); Quentin Grimes, (GTD - Knee); Simone Fontecchio, (GTD - Toe); Taj Gibson, (GTD - Hamstring); Ausar Thompson, (OUT - Illness); Isaiah Stewart, (OUT - Hamstring); Stanley Umude, (OUT - Ankle)
Knicks: Julius Randle, (OUT - Shoulder); Mitchell Robinson, (OUT - Ankle); OG Anunoby, (OUT - Elbow)

Pistons projections:

Knicks projections:

Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. Scotiabank Arena, Toronto

BPI Projection: Nets in the 9th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Nets: Keon Johnson, (GTD - Illness); Cameron Johnson, (OUT - Toe); Dennis Smith Jr., (OUT - Hip); Keita Bates-Diop, (OUT - Lower Leg); Ben Simmons, (OUT - Back); Dariq Whitehead, (OUT - Lower Leg)
Raptors: D.J. Carton, (OUT - Ankle); Immanuel Quickley, (OUT - Personal); Jontay Porter, (OUT - Personal); Chris Boucher, (OUT - Knee); Jakob Poeltl, (OUT - Finger); RJ Barrett, (OUT - Personal); Scottie Barnes, (OUT - Hand)

Nets projections:

Raptors projections:

Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls
8 p.m. United Center, Chicago

BPI Projection: Bulls in the 6th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Wizards: Jordan Poole, (GTD - Ankle); Eugene Omoruyi, (OUT - Ankle); Kyle Kuzma, (OUT - Shoulder); Landry Shamet, (OUT - Calf); Tyus Jones, (OUT - Back); Bilal Coulibaly, (OUT - Wrist); Isaiah Livers, (OUT - Hip)
Bulls: Alex Caruso, (GTD - Ankle); Coby White, (GTD - Hip); Dalen Terry, (GTD - Calf); Julian Phillips, (OUT - Foot); Lonzo Ball, (OUT - Knee); Patrick Williams, (OUT - Foot); Zach LaVine, (OUT - Foot)

Wizards projections:

Bulls projections:

  • DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF: 41.7 FPTS (25.6 pts, 4.2 reb, 5.2 ast)

  • Nikola Vucevic, C: 40.0 FPTS (19.9 pts, 11.0 reb, 3.3 ast)

  • Coby White, PG/SG: 34.8 FPTS (18.8 pts, 4.0 reb, 4.8 ast, 2.7 3PM)

  • Ayo Dosunmu, SG: 32.9 FPTS (17.2 pts, 3.7 reb, 4.2 ast, 1.8 3PM)

  • Alex Caruso, PG/SG: 28.3 FPTS (11.3 pts, 4.0 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • Andre Drummond, C: 17.6 FPTS (8.8 pts, 7.1 reb, 0.6 ast)

  • Torrey Craig, SF/PF: 14.5 FPTS (7.0 pts, 3.6 reb, 1.1 ast)

Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets
8 p.m. Toyota Center, Houston

BPI Projection: Rockets in the 7th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Blazers: Anfernee Simons, (GTD - Knee); Deandre Ayton, (GTD - Elbow); Jerami Grant, (GTD - Hamstring); Matisse Thybulle, (GTD - Ankle); Malcolm Brogdon, (OUT - Elbow); Shaedon Sharpe, (OUT - Abdomen); Robert Williams III, (OUT - Knee)
Rockets: Jabari Smith Jr., (OUT - Suspension); Cam Whitmore, (OUT - Knee); Alperen Sengun, (OUT - Ankle); Steven Adams, (OUT - Knee); Tari Eason, (OUT - Lower Leg)

Blazers projections:

Rockets projections:

  • Fred VanVleet, PG: 42.4 FPTS (18.7 pts, 4.0 reb, 7.9 ast, 3.2 3PM)

  • Jalen Green, SG: 42.2 FPTS (25.3 pts, 5.7 reb, 4.2 ast, 2.8 3PM)

  • Amen Thompson, SG: 28.8 FPTS (13.9 pts, 7.6 reb, 2.0 ast)

  • Dillon Brooks, SG/SF: 22.7 FPTS (12.4 pts, 3.3 reb, 1.7 ast, 1.8 3PM)

  • Jock Landale, C: 19.5 FPTS (9.9 pts, 5.4 reb, 1.7 ast, 1.4 blk)

  • Jeff Green, PF: 17.0 FPTS (10.1 pts, 3.2 reb, 1.2 ast)

  • Aaron Holiday, PG: 16.3 FPTS (8.6 pts, 1.9 reb, 1.8 ast)

Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs
8 p.m. Frost Bank Center, San Antonio

BPI Projection: Suns in the 4th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Suns: Damion Lee, (OUT - Knee)
Spurs: Victor Wembanyama, (GTD - Ankle); Charles Bassey, (OUT - Knee)

Suns projections:

  • Devin Booker, PG/SG/PF: 48.9 FPTS (27.1 pts, 5.4 reb, 6.9 ast, 2.0 3PM)

  • Kevin Durant, SF/PF: 46.0 FPTS (26.6 pts, 6.4 reb, 5.7 ast)

  • Bradley Beal, PG/SG: 37.3 FPTS (19.5 pts, 4.3 reb, 5.3 ast)

  • Jusuf Nurkic, C: 29.5 FPTS (12.1 pts, 10.4 reb, 3.7 ast)

  • Grayson Allen, SG: 28.3 FPTS (13.0 pts, 4.1 reb, 3.0 ast, 2.3 3PM)

  • Eric Gordon, SG/SF: 19.1 FPTS (9.1 pts, 1.7 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • Royce O'Neale, SF: 13.3 FPTS (4.2 pts, 2.7 reb, 1.9 ast)

Spurs projections:

Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets
9 p.m. Ball Arena, Denver

BPI Projection: Nuggets in the 10th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Grizzlies: Brandon Clarke, (GTD - Achilles); Desmond Bane, (GTD - Back); Jake LaRavia, (GTD - Illness); John Konchar, (GTD - Heel); Lamar Stevens, (GTD - Thigh); Vince Williams Jr., (GTD - Knee); Luke Kennard, (OUT - Personal); Marcus Smart, (OUT - Finger); Yuta Watanabe, (OUT - Personal); Derrick Rose, (OUT - Groin)
Nuggets: Jamal Murray, (GTD - Ankle); Nikola Jokic, (GTD - Hip); Zeke Nnaji, (OUT - Thigh); Vlatko Cancar, (OUT - Knee)

Grizzlies projections:

  • Desmond Bane, SG/SF: 36.7 FPTS (19.6 pts, 4.0 reb, 5.1 ast, 2.9 3PM)

  • Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C: 36.1 FPTS (23.8 pts, 5.5 reb, 2.9 ast, 2.0 3PM, 1.4 blk)

  • GG Jackson, PF: 28.7 FPTS (17.4 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.3 ast, 2.2 3PM)

  • Santi Aldama, PF/C: 28.2 FPTS (13.4 pts, 6.5 reb, 2.6 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • John Konchar, SG/SF: 20.6 FPTS (6.2 pts, 6.9 reb, 2.1 ast)

  • Jordan Goodwin, PG/SG: 19.6 FPTS (8.8 pts, 4.7 reb, 2.4 ast)

  • Jake LaRavia, PF: 19.1 FPTS (9.8 pts, 4.8 reb, 1.3 ast)

Nuggets projections:

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz
9 p.m. Delta Center, Salt Lake City

BPI Projection: Mavericks in the 3rd highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Mavericks: Maxi Kleber, (GTD - Knee); Brandon Williams, (OUT - Wrist); Josh Green, (OUT - Ankle)
Jazz: Jordan Clarkson, (GTD - Groin); Lauri Markkanen, (GTD - Quadriceps); Omer Yurtseven, (GTD - Ankle); Kris Dunn, (OUT - Suspension)

Mavericks projections:

Jazz projections:

Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings
10 p.m. Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

BPI Projection: Kings in the 5th highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
76ers: De'Anthony Melton, (GTD - Back); Kyle Lowry, (GTD - Rest); Robert Covington, (GTD - Knee); Joel Embiid, (OUT - Knee)
Kings: Sasha Vezenkov, (GTD - Ankle); Kevin Huerter, (OUT - Shoulder); Trey Lyles, (OUT - Knee)

76ers projections:

  • Tyrese Maxey, PG/SG: 47.4 FPTS (27.2 pts, 3.7 reb, 5.8 ast, 3.1 3PM)

  • Tobias Harris, SF/PF: 36.1 FPTS (17.5 pts, 6.7 reb, 2.9 ast)

  • Kelly Oubre Jr., SF/PF: 30.2 FPTS (16.8 pts, 5.3 reb, 1.7 ast)

  • Mo Bamba, C: 20.1 FPTS (8.3 pts, 7.0 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.5 blk)

  • Kyle Lowry, PG: 18.7 FPTS (5.1 pts, 2.8 reb, 3.8 ast)

  • Paul Reed, PF/C: 16.3 FPTS (6.8 pts, 5.2 reb, 1.1 ast)

  • Buddy Hield, SG/SF: 15.6 FPTS (6.2 pts, 2.0 reb, 2.1 ast)

Kings projections:

Indiana Pacers at LA Clippers
10:30 p.m. Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles

BPI Projection: Clippers in the highest-scoring game of the slate.

Injury Report:
Pacers: Isaiah Wong, (OUT - Ankle); Bennedict Mathurin, (OUT - Shoulder)
Clippers: Jordan Miller, (GTD - Thumb); Moussa Diabate, (GTD - Hand); P.J. Tucker, (GTD - Calf); Russell Westbrook, (GTD - Hand)

Pacers projections:

Clippers projections:

  • Kawhi Leonard, SF/PF: 41.9 FPTS (22.9 pts, 5.7 reb, 3.2 ast, 1.9 3PM)

  • Paul George, SG/SF/PF: 41.3 FPTS (22.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.5 ast, 3.2 3PM)

  • James Harden, PG/SG: 38.2 FPTS (15.4 pts, 4.7 reb, 7.6 ast, 2.4 3PM)

  • Ivica Zubac, C: 24.2 FPTS (9.9 pts, 8.6 reb, 1.1 ast)

  • Norman Powell, SG/SF: 20.5 FPTS (11.4 pts, 2.6 reb, 1.0 ast, 1.8 3PM)

  • Terance Mann, SG/SF: 18.9 FPTS (8.5 pts, 3.6 reb, 1.2 ast)

  • Daniel Theis, PF/C: 12.3 FPTS (5.3 pts, 2.9 reb, 0.8 ast)