FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 1/1/18
Start the New Year right by having these potential fantasy studs on your DFS lineups for tonight’s limited four-game slate.
PG – Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic
Spencer Dinwiddie has been in a bit of a dry spell recently, topping 30 fantasy points just once in their last nine games. That has depressed his price considerably, which should make picking him more palatable. Dinwiddie will have just about the best matchup to finally get back on track when he faces a Magic team which has continued to give up big fantasy performances to opposing point guards.
Also consider: Tyler Ennis, Los Angeles Lakers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyler Ennis got the start with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lonzo Ball both out, and he took full advantage of it. Ennis grabbed 20 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 45 minutes before fouling out. With enough playing time, he can still provide outstanding value tonight against the Timberwolves.
SG – Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Hart got yet another start in the absence of KCP and went off for a career-high 26 points, six rebounds, and four three-pointers. Hart has gone for seven times his value in five of the seven games he has started this season. While the Timberwolves are not the most advantageous matchup, he should still have a good shot to rack up more strong numbers by virtue of the Lakers’ nonexistent backcourt depth.
SF – Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Jimmy Butler should be relatively fresh on the second night of a back-to-back after playing just 27 minutes in a comfortable blowout win against the Pacers last night. However, that was still enough time for him to grab an entire night’s worth of stats with 26 points, six boards, five assists, and three steals. Butler had a somewhat disappointing 45 fantasy points in FanDuel in his last meeting against the Lakers, but he is still worth investing in because the Lakers’ defense has been just that bad in recent weeks. Do not be surprised if Butler ends up as the night’s top fantasy points-getter.
PF – Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic @ Brooklyn Nets
In just his second game back from injury, Aaron Gordon demolished the Miami Heat as he went off for 39 points, seven boards, and five three-pointers. Gordon’s price remains relatively low despite that offensive explosion, which still makes him reasonably affordable for tonight’s highly advantageous matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are in the top five in the league in giving up fantasy points to power forwards, which Gordon witnessed firsthand when he dropped a season-high 41 points and 14 boards on them back in the first week of the season.
C – Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Center options are pretty limited on tonight’s slate, and if you are not willing to break the bank for Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonas Valanciunas could be a decent high-upside alternative. Valanciunas is wildly inconsistent to be sure, but he topped six times his value in five games last December, including two in his last three games. The Bucks are still shaky enough in the middle that Valanciunas could potentially pick up a strong double-double.
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