FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 11/28/17
Stock up on some Suns and Bulls players as the two struggling teams square off in a matchup that should produce points.
PG – Mike James, Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls
There aren’t a ton of outstanding point guard options on tonight’s slate, so why not pull the trigger on the Phoenix Suns’ Mike James? The 27-year-old rookie is coming off a career-high 27 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with 5 rebounds and 7 assists. That’s obviously going to be a tough line to match, but he could come closer than you think since he faces off with the Chicago Bulls, who are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season.
Prior to the Wolves game, James’ best game in a while came against the Bulls as he put in 15 points, 3 boards, and 5 assists off the bench. James’ upside will be that much higher if Devin Booker is once again unable to play, so keep an eye on that.
Also consider: Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Washington Wizards
Jones has been remarkable stepping in for the injured Jeff Teague. He has ten rebounds, thirteen assists, and eleven steals in his two starts, and if Teague misses out again, he’ll have an advantageous matchup against Wizards backup Tim Frazier.
SG – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
The up-and-down play of rookie Donovan Mitchell was evident once again in his last two games. After putting up just four points on 1-of-10 shooting against the miserable Bulls, he came right back to score 24 points, with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a career-high 6 3-pointers against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The streaky Mitchell’s great play usually comes in bunches – four of his five 20-point games this season have come on back-to-back games and all five have come at home – so it should be fair to expect another strong showing from him against the Nuggets.
Also consider: Wayne Ellington, Miami Heat @ Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have tightened up their defense significantly of late, but they could still be vulnerable on the second night of a back-to-back. If they do slip to old habits, Wayne Ellington could be the Heat player who benefits. Ellington has had three games of 19 or more points and five or more 3-pointers in his last four outings, and could be an interesting dark-horse play against the Cavs and their wing defense deficiencies.
SF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami Heat
There’s a bit of risk in picking LeBron seeing as the Cavs are on the second night of a back-to-back. However, King James should still have a bit left in the tank as he needed just 31 minutes to put up 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists last night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
James has been on another remarkable run of late, putting up 29.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists over his last five games. Don’t expect him to take the foot off the gas as he meets the Miami Heat. He always seems to play with a bit of an edge whenever he goes up against his old team and this time should be no different.
Also consider: TJ Warren, Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls
Warren has fallen off a bit in terms of his fantasy production recently as he’s also failed to top 20 points in each of his last two games. However, Warren was in the midst of a similar rut the last time he faced the Chicago Bulls. As it turns out, facing that soft Bulls defense was just the cure he needed to bounce back as he finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Don’t be surprised if he puts together similar numbers tonight.
PF – Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets
Derrick Favors has stepped up to become quite a reliable force in the middle for the Utah Jazz in Rudy Gobert’s absence. The 26-year-old had another strong night against the Milwaukee Bucks as he delivered 16 points, 6 boards, 2 blocks, and a steal. Favors is now averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks over his last five games.
Favors had a decent line of 14-4-4 in his first meeting with the Nuggets and he stands a good chance of exceeding those numbers given the loss of Paul Millsap, who is far and away the Nuggets’ best interior defender.
Also consider: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns
Markkanen has been on a bit of a shooting slump of late, shooting just 25 percent over his last four games. However, he has the perfect matchup to help him bust out of that slump as he faces the generous Phoenix Suns defense. Just before going on his slump, Markkanen burned the Suns for a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds.
C – Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings vs Milwaukee Bucks
What’s gotten into Willie Cauley-Stein? The Kings’ big man had another wildly impressive game last night as he put up 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks to help the Kings land a shock upset over the Golden State Warriors. That’s now WCS’s fourth game of 18 or more points in his last six contests.
Cauley-Stein has also been contributing a steady amount of rebounds, blocks, and steals to become quite the fantasy force. He will have an outstanding matchup to keep his hot streak going tonight as he faces a Bucks team which has simply sucked in terms of keeping opposing big men silent.
Also consider: Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls vs Phoenix Suns
Speaking of sucking at defending big men, the Suns are right up there. Bulls big man Robin Lopez knows all too well, as he had a strong 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against his old team in their first meeting this season.
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