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Malcolm Brogdon scores a career-high 32 points in Bucks' win

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon returned from a one-game absence to score 32 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Brogdon sat out on Saturday due to personal reasons but came back shooting out of his mind, connecting on 11-of-14 field goal attempts, 3-for-4 from three, and 7-for-8 from the line for his first 20-plus scoring game of this career. He added 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block in 35 minutes of action.

The defending rookie of the year finished the day with 46.8 Fanduel points for 7.4x value against the Phoenix Suns.

Khris Middleton leads the Bucks to victory with 35 points on Monday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton scored a game-high 35 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in Monday's 109-105 win.

What It Means:

Middleton was on fire sinking 13-of-19 field goal attempts including 2-for-4 on threes. The performance was the forward's fourth 30-plus point game as he has averaged 32.3 points in the 4 games Giannis Antetokounmpo has missed this season.

Middleton finished with 50.7 FanDuel points for 5.9x value on Monday.

Jerian Grant dishes out a season-high 13 assists in Bulls' loss

Chicago Bulls point guard Jerian Gant scored 22 points with a season-high 13 assists in Monday's 2OT loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

Grant was filling in for Kris Dunn, who was out with a concussion, and he ended up racking up 47 minutes in the double-OT affair. He was nearly perfect from the field (6-for-7, including 2-for-2 from three) while nailing all 8 of his free -throws. Grant added 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, and 6 turnovers.

Grant finished with 50.5 FanDuel points bringing those who trusted to play him 9.0x value on Monday.

Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins goes off for a historic 44-point triple-double on Monday

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins dropped 44 points with 24 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday's double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Cousins became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain, over 50 years ago, to record a 40/20/20 game. The big man set season-highs in points and rebounds as he recorded his second triple-double of the season. Cousins added 1 block, 4 steals, and 5 three-pointers in 53 minutes in perhaps the greatest game by any NBA player this season.

Cousins nearly single-handedly won DFs contests for those who played him as he dropped a massive 97.8 FanDuel points for 8.5x value even while costing $11,500 on Monday.

New Orleans' Anthony Davis drops 34 points before fouling out on Monday

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis scored 34 points with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block before fouling out on Monday.

What It Means:

Davis was 14-for-23 from the floor as he bounced back from a pair of underwhelming performances, scoring just 29 total points his last 2 games. He was able to play 43 minutes before fouling out for the first time this season and the first time since February of 2014.

Davis finished with 59.3 Fanduel points for 5.2x value on Monday.

Wizards' Otto Porter exits Monday's game early with a hip strain

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter suffered a right hip strain and will not return on Monday.

What It Means:

Porter was injured in the third quarter and was ruled out not too long after, never a good sign. We will wait for more details from the team but expect Kelly Oubre to see an uptick in minutes if Porter were to miss any time.

Porter finished with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block in 22 minutes for 19.2 FanDuel points against the Dallas Mavericks.

Wesley Johnson joining the Clippers' starting lineup on Monday

Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson will join in the starting lineup on Monday.

What It Means:

Johnson gets the nod at small forward with Tyrone Wallace shifting to shooting guard and Lou Williams coming off the bench.

Our models projected Johnson for 20.5 FanDuel points in 26.2 minutes before the lineup switch was announced.

Lou Williams returning to a reserve role on Monday for the Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams will return to a reserve role on Monday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What It Means:

The Clippers are shifting the red-hot Williams to the second-unit, likely for matchup purposes or bringing more fire-power to their bench. Either way, expect the guard to see his typical 35-plus minutes per game.

Our models project Williams for 40.0 FanDuel points in 36.4 minutes on Monday.

Hornets' Dwight Howard ties a season-high with 6 blocks on Monday

Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 16 rebounds and 6 blocks in Monday's win over the Sacramento Kings.

What It Means:

The 6 blocks tied a season-high set on December 8. Howard has been fantastic in rim-protection recently, averaging 3.1 blocks in his last 8 games while swatting at least 2 shots in 5 consecutive games. The big man also recorded his 27th double-double of the season.

Howard finished Monday with 51.7 FanDuel points for 5.6x value against the Kings.

Austin Jackson signs 2-year deal with San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants have signed former Cleveland Indians outfielder Austin Jackson to a 2-year-deal, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

What It Means:

Jackson is expected to serve as outfield depth and possibly the primary starting center fielder for the Giants next season. San Francisco is Jackson's sixth team in the last six seasons.

The outfielder batted .318 with 7 homers, 35 RBI, and a .378 wOBA in 318 plate appearances in 2017.

Trey Lyles returns to a reserve role on Monday for Denver

Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles will return to a reserve role against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

What It Means:

Lyles got the start the last time out but will come off the bench with Mason Plumlee back in the starting five on Monday.

Our models projected Lyles for 26.8 FanDuel points in 29.1 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Wilson Chandler will come off the Nuggets' bench on Monday

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will come off the bench on Monday night.

What It Means:

The Nuggets are shaking up their starting five versus the Portland Trail Blazers with Will Barton getting the nod at small forward and Chandler moving to a reserve role.

Our models projected Chandler for 22.7 FanDuel points in 34.5 minutes, before the lineup change was announced.

Mason Plumlee return to the Nuggets' starting lineup on Monday

Denver Nuggets forward/center Mason Plumlee will start on Monday versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Plumlee came off the bench on Friday but returns to the starting five on Monday with Trey Lyles returning to the second-unit.

Our models projected Plumlee for 16.3 FanDuel points in 14.7 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Will Barton getting the starting nod Monday for Denver

Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton will start on Monday versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

The Nuggets are shaking their lineup up with Barton getting the nod at small forward and Wilson Chandler coming off the bench.

Barton was projected for 29.8 FanDuel points in 32.2 minutes before the lineup change was announced.

Arizona Cardinals hire Steve Wilks as their next head coach

The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as the next head coach.

What It Means:

Wilks spent last season as the Panthers' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was a defensive backs coach for Carolina since 2012 and has spent time with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers in a similar role before that. He replaces Bruce Arians who retired after 5 seasons with Arizona.

The Cardinals finished 2017 with an 8-8 record while owning the 16th-best overall nERD rating. Their defense ranked 30th and their offense 6th, according to our metrics.

Wizards' John Wall (migrane) will play and start on Monday

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (migraines) is playing on Monday night versus the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

Wall was considered a game-time decision after experiencing migraines this afternoon. He is good to go and is expected to be at full strength on Monday.

Our models project Wall for 43.6 FanDuel points on Monday.

Cleveland Browns hire Todd Haley as new offensive coordinator

The Cleveland Browns have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley to the same position on their team, per Michael Silver Sports Illustrated.

What It Means:

Haley spent the last six season with Pittsburgh but had his contract not renewed after reported disagreements with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He takes over Browns' play-calling duties from head coach Hue Jackson, who has been in charge of the offense the last two seasons.

The Browns finished the season 0-16 while scoring just 14.6 points per game, the worst mark in the league.

Jarell Martin (hand) will start for Memphis on Monday

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (hand) will start on Monday night versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Martin who is dealing with a hand injury is good to go and will replace JaMychal Green at power forward on Monday night.

Our models project Martin for 25.0 FanDuel points in 32.1 minutes against the 76ers.

JaMychal Green (ankle) will not play Monday as Memphis plays Philly

Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (ankle) will not play on Monday night.

What It Means:

Green hurt his ankle early in Saturday's game and is considered day-to-day. Jarell Martin will likely start in his place against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Green has averaged 21.9 FanDuel points per game this season.

Grizzlies' Mario Chalmers (shoulder) active against Philadelphia

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

What It Means:

Chalmers missed Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and with Andrew Harrison (shoulder) also returning, Chalmers will come off the bench again tonight.

numberFire's models project Chalmers for only 12.6 FanDuel points in 15.7 minutes of action on Monday.

Andrew Harrison (shoulder) will play Monday for Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (shoulder) will play on Monday versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

What It Means:

Harrison sat out on Saturday but is good to go on Monday and is expected to return to the starting lineup. Ben McLemore should head to the bench and will likely see reduced minutes with Harrison back.

Our models project Harrison for 20.5 FanDuel points in 27.6 minutes on Monday.

Wizards' John Wall (migraine) to be a game-time decision on Monday

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (migraine) is now a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

What It Means:

It was announced earlier that Wall was expected to play in this one, but apparently his migraine issues aren't clearing up, and a decision about his status will be made shortly before tip-off. If he can't go, look for Tomas Satoransky to move into the starting lineup, while Bradley Beal's usage would see a significant bump.

If Wall does play, numberFire's models project him for 43.6 FanDuel points in 36.3 minutes of action on Monday.

Pau Gasol (wrist) listed as out for Spurs-Cavs clash on Tuesday

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (wrist) is listed as out for Tuesday's game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Gasol has been dealing with a nagging wrist injury, and it appears the Spurs are prepared to rest their big man against the Cavs in hopes it gets better. Of course, this is also the Spurs we are talking about, so there remains a shot Gasol still suits up on Tuesday.

Gasol has averaged 27.4 FanDuel points per game this season and would be projected for 29.8 if he played on Tuesday.

Devin Harris (concussion) has been ruled out Monday in Dallas

Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (concussion protocol) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Washington Wizards.

What It Means:

The Mavs said that Harris was "questionable at best," earlier this afternoon, so it appears he has yet to be cleared from the league concussion protocol. Look for Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea to grab a few extra minutes with Harris out.

Harris is averaging 15.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Vince Carter is starting for Kings on Monday, Justin Jackson heads to the bench

Sacramento Kings guard/forward Vince Carter will move into the starting lineup on Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.

What It Means:

The Kings recently announced that they were going to give their veterans some nights off and play their young guys, but Carter will get the random start on the road in Charlotte. Justin Jackson will come off the bench Monday.

Carter is averaging 12.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

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