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Kristaps Porzingis ended up with 17 points (5-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block over 33 minutes in the Mavericks 130-124 win over the Magic on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Porzingis has been dealing with lower back tightness, which forced him to miss three-consecutive games in late February. He was still able notch his seventh double-double of the season despite shooting just 33-percent from the field. The big man is averaging 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 assists per game this year. Those numbers aren't bad considering he's been working his way back into shape while recovering from offseason knee surgery and has dealt with the back issue.

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Maxi Kleber scored 13 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist over 28 minutes as the Mavericks beat the Magic 130-124 on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: This was one of Kleber's overall best games of the year as he matched a season high with two blocks and set a season best with three steals. He also knocked down three triples, his most since February 6. He's been known to disappear for long stretches, though, and that makes him hard to trust in fantasy hoops.

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Jalen Brunson provided 24 points (9-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT) with six rebounds, three assists, and one steal over 29 minutes as the Mavs took down the Magic 130-124 on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Brunson has been excellent over the last 13 games for the Mavericks, scoring in the double figures in all but two contests. Monday's 24-point explosion was his second highest point total of the season. Over the month of February (12 games), the 24-year-old averaged 25.3 minutes, 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.6 steals while shooting 54.1-percent from the field and 40.9-percent from three. Those numbers certainly play in standard category leagues. He's worth a roster spot if you're thin at the guard position.

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Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein injured his thumb early on Monday and did not return in Dallas' 130-124 win over the Magic. (Source: Mavs PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The injury was later ruled a sprain and the big man did not return to action. He chipped in two points, one rebound, and one assist over four minutes before exiting.

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Luka Doncic put up 33 points (12-22 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with 10 rebounds and nine assists over 37 minutes as the Mavericks took out the Magic 130-124 on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Doncic turned 22-years-old on Sunday and his first game after his birthday was one to remember. He put up his eighth double-double of the season (falling just one assist shy of a triple-double) while leading the Mavs in scoring. He also hit five three-pointers for the third time in the last seven games. He's shooting 50-percent from deep (30-for-60) over that span as well. Dallas has a day off on Tuesday before taking on the Thunder this Wednesday.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up with 13 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 21 minutes in the Mavericks 115-98 victory over the Nets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Hardaway Jr. put up a so-so game off the bench on Saturday. He's been a fairly reliable scoring option and three-point threat through much of the season but has become much streakier over the last six games. What's more, he's really struggled over the last three contests by averaging just 22 minutes and 13 points a game while shooting an ugly 22-percent (4-for-18) from deep. If he doesn't start making threes at a better clip then he can quickly become a liability on your fantasy team as he offers very little in other statistical categories. THJ will have a chance to get right on Monday when the Mavs visit the Magic in Orlando.

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Dorian Finney-Smith provided 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt) to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block across 35 minutes as the Mavericks worked the Nets 115-98 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: After scoring just 10 points over his previous three games Finney-Smith delivered one of his best performances of the season. He provided a season-best four assists while hauling in eight boards and chipping in a pair of steals and a block. DFS is a hit or miss player but he's capable of putting up performances like this every once in a while. He's not roster worthy in standard cat leagues, though, as he's ranked outside the top-220 players overall.

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Boban Marjanovic scored seven points (3-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds and one block over 17 minutes in the Mavericks 111-97 defeat at the hands of the 76ers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Marjanovic drew his first start of the season as Kristaps Porzingis missed his third-straight game with lower back tightness. Joel Embiid kept Marjanovic quiet on the offensive end of the floor but he was able to haul in 12 rebounds. It was still a disappointing performance for those that streamed the big man in DFS. He's typically a reliable play when locked into a starting role and would be worth streaming again on Saturday vs. the Nets if Kristaps Porzingis were to miss his fourth-straight game.

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Trey Burke finished with nine points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with two assists and one rebound over 17 minutes in the Mavericks 111-97 loss to the 76ers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the most points Burke has scored in a month and the most minutes he's logged in the last 12 games. The point guard filled in well back in January when Dallas was shorthanded due to health and safety protocols but with the team back at full strength in the back court, Burke can't carve out much playing time. Jalen Brunson is the reserve guard to keep an eye on in Dallas.

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Josh Richardson put up 13 points (5-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with six rebounds over 32 minutes as the Mavericks were handled by the 76ers 111-97 on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: This one was never really close and there was no revenge game for J-Rich. No one on the Mavs, including Luka Doncic, scored over 19 points in the ugly affair. Richardson has been playing decently well of late, though, as he's scored in the double figures in nine of his last 11 games. He's averaging 13.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 46.5-percent from the field and 93.1-percent from the free-throw line over that span. He should continue to get a lot of usage for as long as Kristaps Porzingis (back) remains on the shelf.

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James Johnson put up eight points (4-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt) to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals over 28 minutes in the Mavericks 110-107 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Kristaps Porzingis missed his second-straight game with lower back tightness and Maxi Kleber was also out with an ankle sprain so Johnson drew the start. He was playing for the first time since February 4th and played a quietly efficient game. Johnson can be an effective fantasy performer if he gets the minutes but he hasn't been playing at all over the last month. Johnson will head back to the bench as soon as Porzingis and Kleber are back in the lineup.

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Dwight Powell scored eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 FT) with five boards over 17 minutes as the Mavericks held on to defeat the Warriors 134-132 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: James Johnson was out with a sore knee and Willie Cauley-Stien was a DNP so Powell soaked up their minutes with the second unit. That didn't account for much against the small, fast-paced Warriors, though. For what it's worth, Powell shot 100-percent from the field (3-3) and the free-throw line (2-2). He offers very little from a fantasy perspective and can be left on the waiver wire.

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Josh Green managed just six points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with two rebounds and one steal over 20 minutes in the Mavericks 133-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Green has started the last three contests and has seen his minutes played per game increase since early January following the Mavericks COVID-19 scare. The uptick in playing time hasn't led much production, however as he's posting 2.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.7 assists over his last 10 games. There's no fantasy appeal here.

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Wes Iwundu finished with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal across 30 minutes as the Mavericks were defeated by the Bulls 117-101 on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Iwundu drew his fourth-straight start on Sunday in the wake of the Mavericks COVID-19 outbreak. He was able to score a season-high nine points on Sunday but contributed little else. Despite averaging 27.7 minutes per game over his last four starts, Iwundu is only putting up 4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per contest. What little fantasy value was here will go away as soon as Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson, and Jalen Brunson all return.

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