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Buckle up for a wild Wednesday with 11 games on the NBA schedule.Read More
NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks 11/25/17
Saturday (11/25) offers a well rounded 10 game slate, in which features some interesting variables to take into consideration when constructing your potential game winning lineup.
Kyle Lowry ($8,200 FD/$7,700 DK) – As of late, Kyle Lowry has been as productive as ever, with very little recognition. He has scored at least 50 FPTS in 4 of his last 5 games. (DraftKings scoring system) Saturday night he meets up with the Atlanta Hawks, ranked 24th in defensive rating and 14th against PG’s this season. Even after Kyle’s explosive performance last night, his DK salary price dropped $400, making him a very affordable PG in a slate where you will need your PG’s to do some justice. One concern with taking Lowry might be that he is playing back to back games, and logged 40 minutes last night. This shouldn’t be a huge concern as for the price he is listed, he could benefit your lineup severely.
T.J. McConnell ($4,700 FD/$4,000 DK) – If you need a cheap play at the point guard position that has the potential to get you exactly what you need then T.J. McConnell is your man for the night. With Ben Simmons out Saturday night against the struggling Magic, McConnell was listed as the official starter to replace the thriving rookie. This would evidently require Joel Embiid to carry a much heavier workload as his dynamic duo is sidelined, opening much more opportunity for McConnell to stuff the stat sheet. When McConnell was relied on to get the job done at certain points last season he produced very well, almost in a surprising fashion. The kid has huge upside to him when he is locked in, which anyone taking him would hope for tonight. In this slate, a starting $4K PG who’s usage will be increased seems much worth the little risk he brings.
Bradley Beal ($7,600 FD/$7,400 DK) – Bradley Beal might be my favorite play at SG on this slate. John Wall has just been announced to miss approximately two weeks with a lingering injury, leaving it up to Beal to take over and try to keep this Wizards team from collapsing. The last two games John Wall has not started, Bradley Beal has provided 32.5 points per game. (43.9 DK points per game) It’s a very small sample size, however, it shows that Beal can be relied on and for this price i think he can benefit just about any lineup. He’ll have a little bit of a tough match up as he clashes with Portland, but somebody is going to have to score for this team tonight. I’m locked in on Beal for the slate.
Klay Thompson ($6,600 FD/$6,700 DK) – With very little value plays at SG this slate, your best bet is definitely to get a combination of affordable guards with massive upside. With Kevin Durant ruled out for a second consecutive game, the warriors will turn to the splash brothers to get things heated up on the offensive end. Last night Klay made use of only 26 minutes by pairing them up with 29 points and 4 rebounds. If the Warriors didn’t completely demoralize the Bulls, Klay would’ve easily had 40+ points. He was still able to use his 26 minutes to provide 40 FPTS, which for his price is a secret weapon. Klay has the second highest usage rating, alongside his splash brother Stephen Curry, when Durant is off the floor.
Robert Covington ($6,800 FD/$6,200 DK) – Again, this slate consists of many star injuries, opening up usage for many players that bring upside. This is what you will need to orient your lineup around for the night. With Simmons off the court, Covington has been one of the primary players seeing their usage increase, and he’s been taking advantage. Covington averages roughly 40 DraftKings points per 36 minutes with Simmons off the court this year, and has a great match up against Orlando tonight. His price won’t damage the salary too much which makes him even more of a necessity in this slate.
Omri Casspi ($3,300 FD/$3,600 DK) – With Durant out, Casspi seems as if he will get the starting nod once again in the second game of this back to back span or the Warriors. In games where he has logged a minimum of 20 minutes, Casspi has provided an average of 26.3 DK points/game as well as 29.00 FD points/game. At a price in the 3,000 range, this is excellent value and under these conditions he might be a necessity for a value play tonight.
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,300 FD/$11,000 DK) – Saturday night’s Pelican game is set to be a high scoring, high paced event as they square off with the lethal Warriors. The last time these teams have met, Cousins absolutely punished them, stuffing the stat sheet with 35 points and 14 rebounds. The only concern, as usual is if the Pelicans can keep up with the Durant-less Warriors in order to get Cousins his usual minutes. He’s a bit pricy, but combined with a value play or two, you can really construct a solid lineup with Cousins taking control as your potential leading scorer. However, due to lineup regulation differences between FanDuel and DraftKings, Cousins can only be a Center for FanDuel lineups. For DraftKings, he is eligible at PF as well as Center.
John Collins ($6,800 FD/$5,200 DK) – Collins has been everything and more that the Hawks hoped he would be as he fills in for injured Luke Babbit and Mike Muscala. His ownership of recent has been through the roof, providing excellent value for most lineups. Babbit and Muscala are once again ruled out Saturday Night, opening room for this double-double machine to do his thing at home. His salary did increase on FanDuel, making him a little less of a value play. On DraftKings he still sits at a beneficial price, and could be a huge play for this slate.
Joel Embiid ($10,100 FD/$9,800 DK) – When you hear Ben Simmons is out and the Sixers will need more usage out of Joel Embiid, how could you not consider taking him? He has been absolutely explosive this season and is listed as probably for tonight’s matchup against the Magic, as he reportedly was dealing with an illness. I expect Embiid to be highly owned today, and for good reason. Mixing Him with McConnell and Covington could be a great stack today, as Embiid holds a massive 38.2 usage rate with Sommons off the court.
Marcin Gorat ($5,300 FD/$4,900 DK) – If you need a value play, Gortat may be your savior tonight. He is at a season-low in salary, sitting at just $4,900 on DraftKings. His minutes have been high lately, as he has recorded roughly 30 FPTS/game, posting double digit rebounds in four straight games along with a double-double in three of those four. Gortat has tremendous upside at little risk tonight, making him very valuable.
NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks for 11/22/17
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Kyle Lowry, TOR at NY
FanDuel = $8,000
DraftKings = $8,200
Lowry’s scoring is down significantly this season at only 14.6 points per game, However, most of that is due to a poor start as he has scored at least 17 points in six of his last seven games. Wednesday brings a rematch against the Knicks, a team that posted 22 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and five-three pointers against last week. That should come as no surprise as the Knicks struggle to defend opposing point guards, so roll with Lowry again in this game.
Mario Chalmers, MEM vs. DAL
FanDuel = $5,600
DraftKings = $5,000
Chalmers has played well as a member of the starting five for the Grizzlies, averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in four starts this season. While his usage rate is about the same whether he starts or comes off the bench, he’s averaging seven more minutes per game as a starter, leading to the added value. The Mavericks are in the top-10 in terms of most fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards this season, making Chalmers an excellent value play.
Bradley Beal, WAS at CHA
FanDuel = $7,700
DraftKings = $7,800
Beal has been an offensive force again this season, averaging 24.2 points and 2.2 three-pointers per game. Throw in averages of 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game and you get an excellent all-around option. His 28.8% usage rate is the highest on the team and puts him inside the top-20 in the NBA. The Hornets are allowing the fifth-most points per game (24.6) to opposing shooting guards this season, making Beal a strong option for your entry.
Troy Daniels, PHO vs. MIL
FanDuel = $3,400
DraftKings = $3,300
With so many elite players in action Wednesday, you want to try and find a couple of really cheap tournament plays to help with your budget. Daniels has surprisingly been a big part of the Suns’ offense of late, averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 three-pointers over his last three games. The Suns play at the second-fastest pace (106.6) in the NBA, so Daniels has opportunities to produce even in limited minutes. He won’t cost you much, so take a chance on him in tournament play if you need to save some money.
Paul George, OKC vs. GS
FanDuel = $8,500
DraftKings = $8,500
This will be a fun game to see how the Thunder’s new “big 3” hold up against the loaded Warriors. While the Thunder are only 7-9 to start the season, George is still averaging 21.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.4 three-pointers per game. The Thunder have so little depth that even with two other superstars on the team, George can still put up lofty numbers. This has the potential to be a high-scoring contest Wednesday, resulting in George having significant value.
Denzel Valentine, CHI at UTA
FanDuel = $5,100
DraftKings = $4,800
The rebuilding Bulls brought Valentine off the bench to start this season, but have finally moved him to the starting small forward in place of Paul Zipser. Valentine appears to have grabbed hold of the position, averaging 14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.0 three-pointers in his last three games. Without the injured Rudy Gobert anchoring their defense, the Jazz aren’t the same team defensively. Valentine has the potential to be one of the best value plays for the evening.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN at CLE
FanDuel = $7,200
DraftKings = $6,400
Hollis-Jefferson is coming off one of his best games of the season when he scored 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists and one steal Sunday against the Warriors. The Cavaliers present a similar opponent in style of play as they too tend to use a lot of small lineups, which is ideal for Hollis-Jefferson. The Nets play at the fastest pace (107) in the NBA, leaving Hollis-Jefferson with plenty of opportunities to provide production. Get him in your lineup at this reasonable price.
Lauri Markkanen, CHI at UTA
FanDuel = $6,200
DraftKings = $6,600
The Bulls continue to struggle this season, but Markkanen has been one of the bright spots on their depleted roster. The rookie is averaging 15.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.5 three-pointers in 31 minutes per game. The fight between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic opened up a starting spot for Markkanen and it appears he is now going to hold onto it for the rest of the season. As one of the few quality scoring options on the team, he should continue to see heavy minutes again Wednesday. Based on his production and role on the team, this is a very reasonable price for Markkanen on both sites.
Nikola Jokic, DEN at HOU
FanDuel = $9,000
DraftKings = $8,900
The Nuggets were dealt a significant blow Wednesday when it was announced Paul Millsap needs surgery on his injured wrist and will be out indefinitely. Millsap had the second-highest usage rate (23.7%) on the team, leaving a lot of opportunities for others to produce now that he is out. Jokic was already one of the focal points of the team as he had a 21.1% usage rate himself, but he could see increased production going forward. Both the Nuggets and Rockets and are in the top-12 in the NBA in terms of pace, so this could be a huge night for Jokic.
Thon Maker, MIL at PHO
FanDuel = $3,400
DraftKings = $3,300
The Bucks are going to be thin up front Wednesday as John Henson has already been ruled out for this game with an eye injury. That’s not good news because even though the Suns are horrible, they have a lot of size up front in Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, and Greg Monroe. Maker is only averaging 18 minutes per game this season but could see significantly more playing time in this contest. If you want to take a chance on a cheap center in tournament play, Maker could be in line for a decent performance.
NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup Picks for 11/17/17
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Kyle Lowry, TOR vs. NY
FanDuel = $8,000
DraftKings = $7,700
Lowry has blown past his slow start to the season as he is averaging 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 7.8 assists over his last five games. One of the main reasons for his increased scoring is that he is 14-for-35 from behind the arc over his last four games. He and DeMar DeRozan are the focal points of the Raptors offense, so don’t expect his scoring opportunities to decrease anytime soon. The Knicks are in the top-five for most fantasy points allowed to point guards, leaving Lowry as a viable option at a reasonable price Friday.
Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN vs. UTA
FanDuel = $6,500
DraftKings = $5,500
Dinwiddie was stellar filling in for the injured D’Angelo Russell as he scored 12 points to go along with three rebounds, and 11 assists against a tough Boston Celtics defense Tuesday. This should come as no surprise as he is averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in three starts this season. Russell is expected to be out again Friday, making Dinwiddie an excellent value play with so little depth behind him.
Donovan Mitchell, UTA at BKN
FanDuel = $6,400
DraftKings = $6,500
Mitchell has burst onto the scene in his rookie season and has taken away a starting job from Rodney Hood, who many had thought was primed for a big season. In seven games as a member of the starting unit, Mitchell is averaging 16.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 three-pointers per game. His usage rate of 29.1% puts him at 16th in the NBA, which is ahead of the likes of Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, and John Wall. The Jazz will rely on him heavily for offense again Friday, so there is great potential here against a bad Nets defense.
Jordan Clarkson, LAL vs. PHO
FanDuel = $5,100
DraftKings = $5,100
Clarkson has been playing really well this season and now he’s stealing minutes away from the struggling Lonzo Ball. Clarkson has played at least 26 minutes and scored at least 20 points in both of the last two games. He took a massive 40 combined shots in those games, so the Lakers clearly have no problem feeding him the ball when he’s hot. The Lakers just played the Suns Monday and Clarkson put up 25 points in that game, so keep rolling with him until he shows signs of slowing down.
LeBron James, CLE vs. LAC
FanDuel = $11,400
DraftKings = $11,200
James continues to log heavy minutes for the Cavaliers as he has been on the floor for at least 36 minutes in nine straight games. There is never any question that he can provide elite all-around stat lines and with the Cavaliers struggles so far, there aren’t many blowouts where he sits in the fourth quarter. The Clippers have plenty of offensive weapons, so this could be another close contest. He will cost you a ton, but he should be well worth it Friday.
Thabo Sefolosha, UTA at BKN
FanDuel = $4,300
DraftKings = $4,200
Sefolosha started and played 32 minutes when these teams met Saturday, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, one assist and five steals. The Nets play a lot of small lineups, so even if Sefolosha doesn’t start Friday, he should see increased minutes. While he doesn’t have a ton of offensive upside, he can provide you with enough rebounds and steals to be of value at this cheap price.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN vs. UTA
FanDuel = $7,400
DraftKings = $6,000
Hollis-Jefferson is already averaging a career-high 28 minutes per game this season, but he has played even more lately with at least 30 minutes in six of his last seven games. With the Nets down their two best offensive players in Russell and Jeremy Lin, they are going to need scoring from Hollis-Jefferson. He is taking an average of 10 shots per contest and is shooting 49.2% from the field, taking his game to new levels so far. In a game that should see plenty of small lineups, look for him to thrive.
Derrick Favors, UTA at BKN
FanDuel = $6,500
DraftKings = $5,900
Yes, I like a lot of players from this game. What’s not to like though? The Nets are allowing the second-most points per game in the league and the Jazz are without their defensive anchor in Rudy Gobert. Favors is now starting at center and crushed the Nets for 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in their previous meeting. The Nets are particularly bad at guarding opposing centers, so expect Favors (who is also eligible at power forward on both sites) to shine once again.
Jusuf Nurkic, POR at SAC
FanDuel = $7,700
DraftKings = $7,000
Speaking of teams who can’t defend centers, I present to you the Kings. The Kings were destroyed by Dewayne Dedmon of the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday as he scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. While Dedmon is a fine player, he doesn’t have anywhere near the offensive skills that Nurkic does. Don’t overthink it, put Nurkic in your entry.
Mason Plumlee, DEN vs. NO
FanDuel = $3,500
DraftKings = $3,700
Plumlee would be starting for a lot of other teams in the league, but he’s buried behind Nikola Jokic in Denver. As a result, he is only averaging 15 minutes per game. There is the potential that he could see an increase in playing time Friday against the big Pelicans frontcourt. With averages of 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in his limited playing time this year, he could far exceed his price point with some extra run in this game. If you want to take a chance on a cheap center in tournament play, Plumlee is someone you should consider.