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NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks for 12/14/17
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Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN vs. NY
FanDuel = $7,700
DraftKings = $6,700
Dinwiddie has continued to get plenty of playing time in the Nets’ injury-riddled backcourt, logging at least 30 minutes in eight of his last nine games. He’s been solid in 15 starts this season, averaging 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 2.4 three-pointers per game. The Knicks struggle to defend point guards, allowing the third-most FanDuel points per game and fourth-most DraftKings points per game to the position. With no elite options available at point guard Thursday, Dinwiddie may have one of the best performances of the night.
J.J. Barea, DAL at GS
FanDuel = $5,500
DraftKings = $5,600
Barea hasn’t moved into the starting lineup with Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) out the last three games, but he’s provided scoring punch off the bench with at least 16 points in each of the last two games. He doesn’t need to be scoring to provide value either as he has dished out at least six assists in nine of his last 10 games. His 26.3% usage rate puts him ahead of players like Kemba Walker, Goran Dragic, and Kyle Lowry, so he’s heavily involved when he’s on the floor. Considering the Warriors play at the fifth-fastest pace (103.3) in the league, Barea has upside at this price.
Caris LeVert, BKN vs. NY
FanDuel = $6,100
DraftKings = $5,400
LeVert has established himself as an important member of the Nets bench, averaging 16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 three-pointers over his last four games. With all their injuries at point guard, he’s done a nice job of helping run the offense as a member of the second unit. The Nets play at the second-fastest pace (104.4) in the league, which helps create more opportunities for LeVert to contribute. With the Knicks struggles on defense, LeVert is a viable option for your entry.
Wesley Matthews, DAL at GS
FanDuel = $5,100
DraftKings = $4,600
The Mavericks have really struggled offensively as they are one of only four teams in the league averaging less than 100 points per game. While Matthews will never be confused as being an elite scorer, his 12.4 points per game are third-most on the team. One of the two players who scorers more than Matthews is Smith, so the Mavericks will really need Matthews to step up if they have any chance of keeping this game close. With the added opportunities to produce, Matthews is someone to consider at this discounted price.
LeBron James, CLE vs. LAL
FanDuel = $12,600
DraftKings = $11,900
James continues to dominate the league, posting two triple-doubles and seven double-doubles in his last 10 games. He’s as close to automatic as they come with his production as his 30.4% usage rate is tenth-best in the league. You can go on for days with stats about how excellent James has been, giving him a very high floor in DFS. He’s going to cost a ton, but he can still provide value against a weak defensive team in the Lakers on Thursday.
Andre Iguodala, GS vs. DAL
FanDuel = $4,700
DraftKings = $4,200
Iguodala could be in for an expanded role Thursday with Stephen Curry (ankle) out and Draymond Green (shoulder) listed as doubtful. Both Curry and Green play significant roles in running the Warriors offense, so expect Iguodala to potentially provide extra assists with both likely out. The Mavericks also like to play small, which could lead to some extra run for Iguodala. On a night with limited cheap options with value, Iguodala might be your best bet to save some money at small forward.
Kristaps Porzingis, NY at BKN
FanDuel = $10,200
DraftKings = $9,600
Porzingis is showing no ill effects from a recent ankle injury, playing at least 36 minutes in three straight games. He took advantage of two bad defenses in the Lakers and Hawks his last two games, scoring at least 30 points in both contests. Not only was he great offensively, but he combined for eight blocks and three steals as well. Even with the addition of Jahlil Okafor, the Nets are still lacking depth up front. Porzingis already torched them for 30 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and one steal earlier this season, so get ready for the encore.
Taj Gibson, MIN vs. SAC
FanDuel = $5,800
DraftKings = $5,900
Gibson has been somewhat of a security blanket for coach Tom Thibodeau this season as he is averaging 34 minutes per game compared to only 17 minutes per game for Gorgui Dieng. He coached Gibson in Chicago and clearly plans to play him a ton, which is no surprise considering Thibodeau’s history of giving his starters big minutes. The volume has made Gibson fantasy relevant as he’s averaging 11.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Expect big minutes and solid numbers from him again Thursday.
Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. SAC
FanDuel = $10,100
DraftKings = $9,100
Believe it or not, Towns has actually had his playing time decrease in the second year of the Thibodeau era. Don’t be alarmed though, he’s still averaging a whopping 35 minutes per game. His scoring is understandably down with Jimmy Butler now in the fold, but he’s still been fantastic by averaging 20.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. The Kings struggle to defend opposing centers, allowing the second-most points on both FanDuel and DraftKings to the position. Look for a big performance in this game from Towns.
Willie Cauley-Stein, SAC at MIN
FanDuel = $6,000
DraftKings = $5,100
Cauley-Stein recently missed three games with a back injury but returned to play 29 minutes Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns. It’s encouraging he played so many minutes right off the bat, especially considering the Kings crazy frontcourt rotations. Cauley-Stein has played much better off the bench this season, posting a 24.5% usage rate with the second unit compared to 17.8% as a starter. He should be needed for heavy minutes against the Timberwolves big frontcourt, making him someone to definitely consider.
NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks for 11/8/17
Stephen Curry, GS vs. MIN
FanDuel = $9,500
DraftKings = $9,300
Curry has picked up right where he left off last season as he is averaging 25.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 3.8 three-pointers per game. He is still productive even when he doesn’t get a ton of playing time due to a lopsided score as he has scored at least 20 points in all three games where he played less than 30 minutes this season. Wednesday brings a favorable matchup against a Timberwolves team that has allowed the fourth most points (24.0) and third most assists (10.0) per game to opposing point guards.
Frank Ntilikina, NY at ORL
FanDuel = $4,400
DraftKings = $3,800
You often have to take risks to cash in big in tournament play. Ntilikina provides an interesting opportunity Wednesday based on how little he costs on both sites. After missing the start of the season due to injury, Ntilikina is finding his groove and has played at least 25 minutes in three of the last four games. While he doesn’t provide much offense, he dished out at least seven assists in all three of those games where he saw increased playing time. If you want to take a chance on a very cheap play at point guard, Ntilikina is a viable option.
Avery Bradley, DET vs. IND
FanDuel = $6,300
DraftKings = $5,500
Bradley has seen an increase in playing time of late as he has logged at least 33 minutes in each of the last four games. It’s no coincidence that his numbers were stellar as a result as he averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 steals and 2.8 three-pointers over that stretch. His rebounding is down this season, but the 6.1 rebounds per game he averaged last season were highly unsustainable as his previous career high for a season was 3.8. He will still provide enough value Wednesday and I especially like using him on DraftKings based on his price.
Tim Hardaway Jr., NY at ORL
FanDuel = $6,000
DraftKings = $6,100
Hardaway has the green light to shoot on the Knicks as he is averaging career highs in shot attempts (14.2) and three-point attempts (8.2) per game. Outside of Kristaps Porzingis, Hardaway is the best offensive talent they have on the team. Hardaway is averaging 21.0 points, 3.3 three-pointers and 1.8 steals over his last six games, making him a strong play again Wednesday against the Magic.
Kevin Durant, GS vs. MIN
FanDuel = $10,400
DraftKings = $9,700
I really don’t have to make much of an argument to justify using Durant on any given night. He has been providing his usual stellar stats as he is averaging 24.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.9 three-pointers per game. This is a promising match up though against the Timberwolves as they have allowed the second most points per game (109.8) in the Western Conference this season.
Bojan Bogdanovic, IND at DET
FanDuel = $4,700
DraftKings = $4,800
Bogdanovic has seen increased playing time on a rebuilding Pacers team that is lacking depth as he is averaging a career-high 29 minutes per game. Increased playing time has led to increased production as he is averaging 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game. He has been even better offensively of late, averaging 15.4 points and 2.4 three-pointers over his last five games. If you are looking to save money at small forward, look no further.
Kristaps Porzingis, NY at ORL
FanDuel = $9,800
DraftKings = $9,500
Porzingis has been one of the more entertaining players to watch so far this season. His unique set of size and athleticism have lead to some crazy plays on both ends of the floor. His first season without Carmelo Anthony has gone swimmingly as he is averaging career highs in points (30.0), rebounds (7.5), blocks (2.3) and three-pointers (1.9) per game. Although he will cost you a lot Wednesday, the volume he gets is worth the price.
James Johnson, MIA at PHO
FanDuel = $6,200
DraftKings = $6,400
Johnson may be one of the more underrated players in the NBA, but you shouldn’t look past him for your lineup Wednesday. He has the ability to provide excellent all-around production, evident by his averages of 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 three-pointer per game this season. With that type of talent, it provides for a high floor on a nightly basis in terms of DFS production. Expect much of the same from him against a bad Suns defense in this game.
Hassan Whiteside, MIA at PHO
FanDuel = $9,000
DraftKings = $7,400
Whiteside threw up a clunker in his last game against the Golden State Warriors and was benched in the second half for a lack of effort. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this shouldn’t carry over into tonight’s game, so expect Whiteside to return to his normal allotment of minutes. He has scored at least 21 points and grabbed at least 14 rebounds in three of the fives games he has played this season, providing tremendous value. Look for him to respond with a strong performance tonight, making him an especially good play based on his price on DraftKings.
Enes Kanter, NY at ORL
FanDuel = $6,800
DraftKings = $6,200
Kanter has thrived as the starting center for the Knicks as he is averaging a double-double (13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game) for the first time in his career. What makes his production even more impressive is the fact that he is only averaging 25 minutes per game. The Magic have depth up front with Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo, so the Knicks will be counting on Kanter to provide valuable minutes again Wednesday. If you can’t spend the money on Whiteside, Kanter is a solid mid-tier priced option.