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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (knee) reportedly feels normal and he's excited to get back on the court this season. He did not play at all last season while he recovered from an ACL tear in his left knee. The Nuggets are going to be cautious with Murray right away. He's expected to play during the preseason, but he won't be out there for every preseason game. Fantasy managers shouldn't be shocked if the Nuggets decide to have Murray on a minutes limit to begin the season. Despite that, Murray should hold top-30 value once he's able to get back to full strength.
Sacramento Kings shooting guard Malik Monk came off the pine to nearly outscore the Suns' bench all on his own in Monday's 122-117 loss, notching a season-high 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting. The Suns' bench combined for 32 points. Monk shot 2-for-5 from downtown and even got close to a double-double, handing out eight assists with three turnovers. His defensive work included one steal in 30 minutes. This was a red-hot shooting night from the 24-year-old, and Monk has now delivered at least 26 points in half of his last six games. He is also averaging 4.5 assists for the month, so the Lakers misfit has become a very valuable piece for Sacramento and his fantasy stock should continue to trend upward.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker posted his second-highest scoring mark of the season in Monday's win over the Kings, going for 44 points on 17-for-28 shooting. Five of his misses came with six attempts from behind the arc. Booker added eight rebounds, four assists and an incredible six steals to his line with six turnovers in 41 minutes. This was a superb performance from the Suns stars, even though Booker himself noted after the game that he simply did what he gets paid to do. Booker will be out to prove his worth next against the Bulls on Wednesday. Chicago and its rock-solid defense will be a tough challenge for him, but Booker will then find himself in a pair of very favorable matchups against Houston and San Antonio.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant had a magical night against Orlando Monday, dropping a season-high 45 points on 19-for-24 shooting in a 109-102 win. He was 3-for-5 from behind the arc and 4-for-4 at the foul line. Fantasy managers could've done without Durant's six turnovers, but he made up for it with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Durant has been playing out of his skin all season, and here, he found a way to take his game even to another level. With him leading the charge, the Nets are finally at the .500 mark and Durant should be a very strong MVP candidate if he drags his team to the playoffs.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart thoroughly enjoyed picking apart the Hornets Monday, delivering a career-high 15 assists while scoring 22 points in a huge 140-105 win. He shot 8-for-11 from the field, with Smart's only misses coming during his nine three-point attempts. He was of course a busy man on the defensive end as well, picking up two steals in 31 minutes. Smart has been averaging a career-high 7.5 assists this season, so he has improved his playmaking and Monday's performance will have been very pleasing for him. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year now has five games with 10-plus assists for the year and all of them have come this month.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Anthony Edwards had one of his best offensive games of the month Monday versus Washington, finishing a 142-127 loss with a team-high 29 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He made only one of his six attempts from deep, but Edwards was able to boost his scoring numbers by getting 10 points at the charity stripe with 11 shots. He produced a good all-around line with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals but also had seven turnovers in 37 minutes. This should be the start of a very productive period for Edwards, as Karl-Anthony-Towns (calf) was hurt in the contest and looks set to miss some time. He will be the focal point of the offense, and with efficient shooting, Edwards should rack up points in a hurry.
Washington Wizards forward/center Kristaps Porzingis exploded for a career-high 41 points in Monday's 142-127 victory over Minnesota. The bucket was like an ocean for him as Porzingis shot 12-for-18 from the field with a 6-for-10 record from outside. He was perfect at the foul line with 11 attempts and capped off the night with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks. This was a comfortable victory for the Wizards in a high-scoring affair and Porzingis ended up playing for just 31 minutes, so he could've easily gotten near the 50-point mark if the game had stayed competitive. His previous career-best scoring night came back in his New York days in November 2017. This could end up being a very fruitful week for Porzingis, as Washington now faces Brooklyn, Charlotte and the Lakers, three teams that are vulnerable defensively.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Ben Simmons played only 11 minutes against Orlando Monday, leaving the game with left knee soreness. He went scoreless in the game, missing three shots from the field, and collected four rebounds and three assists with two turnovers. Joe Harris and Seth Curry picked up the slack, with the former even ending up logging 36 minutes in the game. Simmons had just found some momentum, so it's very unfortunate that he has picked up another injury. The team hasn't yet said if he will miss any time but it seems likely. In addition to Harris and Curry, Edmond Sumner might also get a boost with Simmons out of the picture, although he logged only seven minutes Monday and hasn't really used his minutes well all season.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns suffered a right calf strain in Monday's loss to Washington. He left in the third quarter after posting eight points in 22 minutes with two rebounds and four assists. Towns will undergo further tests Tuesday, but there is optimism that he avoided a serious injury. However, he is still looking at some time on the sidelines, with muscle strains typically taking a few weeks to heal. Fantasy managers should key in on Kyle Anderson whilst Toews is absent. He logged extended minutes Monday and looks set to join the starting five. Anderson is a guy who does a bit of everything for his team, so he should be a useful piece in all fantasy formats.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (foot) will return to the starting five for Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. The superstar center has missed each of the last four games due to a left foot sprain. The return of Embiid will mean less playing time for Montrezl Harrell and Paul Reed. They were getting increased value without Embiid, but won't offer much upside with the big man healthy. Fantasy managers should expect Embiid to have a full workload, so get him back in your lineups.
Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (mouth) and forward De'Andre Hunter (foot) will suit up for Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Earlier in the day, Capela was ruled out, but it sounds like he's made enough progress to play. He'll return from a two-game absence, which will move Onyeka Okongwu back to the bench. The Hawks can certainly use Capela's defense against Joel Embiid in this one. Fantasy managers should expect Hunter to play his normal role on Monday. It appears safe to get both players in your fantasy lineups for Monday's slate.