Fantasy Basketball Week 24: Who's hot, who's not and a DFS play for Monday

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Fantasy Basketball Week 24: Who's hot, who's not and a DFS play for Monday
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The NBA wrapped up Week 23 with a seven-game slate and recent fantasy stars remained hot to end the weekend. A trio of 2022 All-Stars stood out as outstanding fantasy assets to have down the home stretch, and we’ll go over what heavyweights you can count as the regular season winds down in Monday’s recap. Let’s get into Sunday’s studs and duds before talking about the chalky DFS matchup that’s sure to get plenty of attention at 10 p.m. ET in Monday’s nine-game slate.

Who’s hot

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Jayson Tatum BOS • SF • 0 PPG27.1RPG8.1BPG.65 View Profile

The Boston Celtics have won six consecutive games and Tatum has thrived on offense during their hot streak. The young swingman has averaged 30.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists on 58.7 percent shooting since March 16th. Tatum tallied 34 points, five rebounds, and six assists in Boston’s blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. They’ve climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference standings and could distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the coming weeks.

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LaMelo Ball CHA • PG • 2 PPG20APG7.3SPG1.563P/G2.838 View Profile

 The Charlotte Hornets rebounded from a loss to the New York Knicks by knocking off the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets in consecutive games. Their floor general is doing everything he can to give Buzz City the best playoff spot possible. Ball tallied 33 points for the second time in Week 23 against the Nets on Sunday to go along with seven boards and nine dimes. He averaged 25.8 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per contest through four games last week.

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Chris Paul PHO • PG • 3 PPG15APG10.8SPG1.833P/G1.033 View Profile

Paul remains a freak of nature. The Phoenix Suns point guard missed 15 games with a thumb injury following the All-Star break and wasn’t supposed to play again in the regular season. However, he’s recorded double-doubles in his first two games back and seems poised to help the Suns finish the year on a high note. Paul notched 19 points and 14 assists in a big-time win against the Philadelphia 76ers. His scoring efficiency and playmaking aren’t suffering at all.

Who’s not

Saddiq Bey DET • SF • 41 PPG16.3RPG5.7BPG.21 View Profile

Bey has cooled off quite a bit since recording his first career 50-point game. The second-year Detroit Pistons wing scored 14 points in a loss to the Knicks on Sunday and has fallen below his season scoring average in three straight contests. Bey’s averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game on 29.4 percent shooting in Week 23. He’s still getting plenty of minutes while Detroit lets its youth run wild, but he hasn’t been making the most of his opportunities. 

DFS target

Aleksej Pokusevski OKC • PF • 17 PPG7.3RPG5.1BPG.62 View Profile

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been ramping up Poku’s involvement since mid-March and he’s likely to be a smash hit in Monday’s throwaway matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. Both teams have nothing to play for at this point, so DFS players everywhere will likely load up on the cheap players with solid ceilings in the last game of the night. Pokusevski’s averaged 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 30.3 minutes per night since March 14th. He logged a season-high 35 minutes in his last outing and could eclipse that mark on Monday with Darius Bazley listed as doubtful.

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