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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Dinwiddie keeps rolling for Nets

Spencer Dinwiddie has taken flight with Kyrie Irving sidelined due to injury, but he isn't the only Nets player who is shining in box scores. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie sank a game-winning jumper against the Cavs with 1.8 seconds left, as he's become the offensive engine in Brooklyn sans an injured Kyrie Irving. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week helped the Nets secure their fourth consecutive win while extending his career-best streak with at least 20 points to six games, moving the team to 5-1 with Irving missing from the lineup on the season.

Entering the night, Dinwiddie was averaging 25.0 PPG and 6.2 APG with a stellar 61% true shooting percentage as a starter, confirming his status as a fantasy star in such scenarios.

It wasn't just Dinwiddie shining for Brooklyn last night, with emergent big man Jarrett Allen recording his second career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the sixth player in franchise history with at least two such performances for the team.

You can find Dinwiddie still in free agency in more than 30% of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday morning, while Allen sits next to a plus symbol in a fifth of leagues.

Monday recap

Highlights

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets: 22 points (9-10 FG), 21 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 50 points (17-31 FG), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings: 41 points (15-26 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 TO

Lowlights

Robert Covington, Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 points (1-8 FG), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 TO

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: 0 points (0-11 FG), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 TO

Monday takeaways

  • Antetokounmpo dropped 50 points on Monday against the Jazz without committing a single turnover, becoming the first Bucks player since individual turnovers became official in 1977-78 to have a 50-point game without a turnover. Antetokounmpo also became the fourth player to ever record 50 points, 10 rebounds and zero turnovers in a game since turnovers became official in 1977-78. Antetokounmpo posted his 17th straight double-double to open the season; only Bill Walton (34 straight in 1976-77) had more to open a season since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976. Antetokounmpo also became the seventh player 6-foot-11 or taller with multiple 50-point games since the 1976-77 NBA-ABA merger as the Bucks extended their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2002.

  • Maybe it was a bit premature to entirely write off Carmelo Anthony's fantasy utility, at least for those in need of scoring pop, as the veteran dropped 25 points on 20 shots last night in a sound win for the Trail Blazers in Chicago on Monday. Melo passed Alex English for 18th on the NBA all-time scoring list in the process.

  • Hield delivered a career scoring effort and a Kings record 11 3-pointers in a close loss to the Celtics on Monday. The performance marked the most 3-pointers ever made against Boston, while joining Stephen Curry as the only players to hit 11 3s in a loss in NBA history (Curry has done it twice; 2013 and 2019).

  • He said he was going to make history this season, but this likely wasn't what Embiid had in mind, as his 0-of-11 showing in Toronto marked just the fifth time a Philadelphia 76ers player in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) missed as many shots from the field in a game, joining Robert Covington (2016), Evan Turner (2013), Ed Conlin (1958) and Wally Osterkorn (1954).

  • The Thunder have relied on Dennis Schroder to fuel the offense off the pine, and he's responded with strong production; the microwave has averaged 22 PPG the past week while lofting more than 16 shots per game, evidence his impressive production could prove enduring, given the right matchups.

Injuries of note

  • Charlotte's Cody Zeller left Monday's loss to the Heat with a left hip injury. It's unclear if Zeller will miss time, while Bismack Biyombo is likely to earn an uptick in minutes if so.

  • Rudy Gobert didn't play on Monday due to an ankle injury. Tony Bradley would become a viable streaming option if Gobert misses any more time.

Analytics advantage for Tuesday

With just four teams in action tonight, sourcing streaming options in redraft competition and affordable production in DFS play can prove tricky.

One analytics angle to pursue is DvP data, which is defense versus position information born from DFS results. For instance, using DraftKings' scoring key, we find the Wizards, who play in Denver tonight, allow 48.7 fantasy points per game to shooting guards, which makes the Nuggets' trio of Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Will Barton all highly investable options ahead of this matchup.

Top players to watch tonight

Does it get more marketable than Luka Doncic vs. Kawhi Leonard? Or Doncic vs. Paul George? I'd even pay admission for Luka vs. Patrick Beverley.

The Clippers head to Dallas as slight favorites. Meanwhile, Doncic is already an early MVP candidate as the league leader in win shares and VORP (value over replacement player). This decidedly marquee matchup of impressive rosters helps make up for the fact we get just two games on Tuesday.