FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 11/29/17
Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns collide once again tonight, but which star big man is the better bet to start on DFS?
PG – Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks vs Brooklyn Nets
After suffering a bit of a lull, Smith looks like he’s back on track. He’s averaging 17 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.3 3-pointers over his last three games. Those aren’t quite the numbers he was dropping earlier in the month, but he should have a fairly favorable matchup which could potentially take him to that level. The Brooklyn Nets always have the potential to give up big fantasy nights due to the fast pace with which they play, and Smith could be the main beneficiary of that style on the Mavs team.
Also consider: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves
It’s still a bit scary to completely trust Holiday, who remains one of the more inconsistent players in the league. However, he’s put up back-to-back fantastic games, including a 24-6-6 line against the Warriors. Tonight’s matchup against a Timberwolves team that might once again be starting Tyus Jones will be a favorable one.
SG – Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets
With Victor Oladipo once again questionable to play against the Houston Rockets tonight, keep tabs on Stephenson, who should be one of the main beneficiaries if Oladipo is out. Stephenson has delivered three straight outstanding games, averaging 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 3-pointers during that span. He stepped up with 16-8-5 in his first start of the year against the Celtics when Oladipo was out, and followed that up with another 18-8-5 line against the Magic.
Also consider: Nicolas Batum, Charlotte Hornets @ Toronto Raptors
Batum is admittedly a bit of a risk as he struggled mightily upon his return against the Spurs following a relapse of his elbow injury. However, with Kemba Walker doubtful to feature against the Raptors with a shoulder injury, Batum could be thrust into a much more central role in the Hornets’ offense, which could be highly beneficial fantasy wise if he is in fact anywhere near 100 percent.
SF – DeMarre Carroll, Brooklyn Nets @ Dallas Mavericks
Carroll missed out on the Nets’ most recent game against the Houston Rockets due to an upper respiratory infection, and Brooklyn missed him dearly. He should be back for the Nets’ visit to Dallas, though, and with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe still questionable to return due to their lingering injuries, the Nets will need Carroll to be a major part of the offense. Carroll certainly stepped up in his last game as he poured in 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 3-pointers against the Grizzlies.
Also consider: Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets
Similar to Stephenson, Bogdanovic could also prove to be a big gainer if Oladipo misses out. Bogdanovic has been on fire recently, putting up 20.6 points on 54 percent shooting from the field. He doesn’t offer much else aside from his scoring, but another 20-point outing against a Rockets team which will let their share of points in should still make him a worthy investment.
PF – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Davis was back to his dominant best as he dropped 30 and 15 on the defending champion Warriors. That’s now three games of 50-plus fantasy points per FanDuel scoring for The Brow, including two of 56 or more. Davis’ chances of reaching that level of production tonight against the Timberwolves should be fairly good. The struggling Timberwolves will be on the second night of a back-to-back, which will do their defense no favors. They are already allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing power forwards, a flaw that Davis should take full advantage of.
Also consider: Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic
The Magic have been an absolute train wreck defensively of late, giving up 118 or more points in five of their last six games. That’s certainly good news for Anthony and his chances of upping his averages of 19.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.3 3-pointers over his last six games as he goes up against that porous Magic D.
C – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets vs Indiana Pacers
Capela has been on quite a fantasy run recently. He’s exceeded 35 fantasy points in three of his last four games. Those games have seen him put up a 17-point, 13-rebound, 3-block effort against the Grizzlies, 12-15-3 with 3 blocks against the Knicks, and 20-6-3 and 2 blocks against the Nets. And, of course, a couple weeks back he dropped 20 and 17 on the Indiana Pacers, who he will meet again. The Pacers have been unable to contain opposing big men this season, giving Capela a strong likelihood of a repeat performance.
Also consider: Alex Len, Phoenix Suns @ Detroit Pistons
After seeing limited minutes over the last three games, Len sent quite a statement with a 13-point, 18-rebound outburst against the Chicago Bulls last night. That’s Len’s fourth game of 12 or more boards in his last five appearances. He’ll obviously have his hands full against the dominant Andre Drummond, but he could still deliver in a big way if he gets enough minutes.
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