FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/11/17
Tonight’s slate features another strong list of interesting and relatively cheap options for NBA DFS led by Blazers guard C.J. McCollum.
PG – Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans @ Houston Rockets
Jrue Holiday showed that his one-game dip against the Sacramento Kings was just a blip as he bounced back in style last night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Holiday dropped 34 points, four rebounds, five assists, two blocks, two steals, and five 3-pointers on his old team. Through his first six games of the month, Holiday is averaging 22.8 points on 50 percent shooting, with 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
There’s admittedly a slight risk with Holiday given that he played 41 minutes last night. However, he’s fared well in the back end of back-to-backs this season. In three games, he’s averaging a decent line of 17 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. If that’s the baseline of his production, he should be more than decent value given his affordable price. And if he can continue to perform the way he has over the last few weeks, his upside will be that much higher.
SG – CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors
After a surprisingly chilly start to December wherein he averaged just 14.5 points on 34 percent shooting, CJ McCollum resumed normal production by dropping 28 points on the Houston Rockets. The Blazers will expect much more from McCollum with the continued absence of Jusuf Nurkic and McCollum has shown he has the ability to deliver.
McCollum is no stranger to putting up big games against the Warriors. He burned them for 41 points in Game 1 of last year’s first-round playoff series at Oracle, and also erupted for 35 points, nine boards, and five assists in his last regular-season visit to Oakland. He has 40-fantasy point potential tonight, which would be outstanding value given his relatively low price.
SF – Danilo Gallinari, Los Angeles Clippers vs Toronto Raptors
It didn’t take long for Danilo Gallinari to get back in the swing of things. In just his second game back from a glute strain, Il Gallo went off for a season-high 25 points in the Clippers’ win over the Washington Wizards. Gallo still didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (8-19 FG, 2-7 3-PT FG), which was also his main issue prior to the injury.
However, he did get to the line seven times and should continue to be one of the team’s leaders in attempts as long as Blake Griffin remains out of the lineup. Moreover, moving him over to power forward could be just the change he needs since he’ll get to face some slower power forwards like the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka tonight.
PF – Al-Farouq Aminu, Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors
Al-Farouq Aminu has stepped up nicely for the Blazers upon returning to the starting lineup. In those two games, Aminu has averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5 3-pointers in 34 minutes of action. Although, it remains to be seen just how long he can continue to be as prolific from beyond the arc given his streaky shooting.
Nevertheless, he should still be an interesting power forward option given the playing time he figures to get against the Golden State Warriors. Aminu also has a decent history of performing well against the Warriors. The last time he visited Oracle Arena, he put up a strong line of 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers. And in the last two games against them in the playoffs last season, he averaged 19.5 points, eight rebounds, a block, 1.5 steals, and 3 3-pointers.
C – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Clint Capela’s production has taken a slight dip recently. The Rockets’ big man has averaged just 8.7 points and 10.3 boards during that span. That’s quite a dip from his previous ten games, where he was putting up 14.8 points, 12 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks. However, Capela could be a strong buy-low option at center as he faces a Pelicans team on the second night of a back-to-back that can be susceptible to big games from opposing big men.
See how they allowed the Philadelphia 76ers trio of Amir Johnson (16 points), Trevor Booker (16 points, nine rebounds), and Richaun Holmes (12 points, nine rebounds) productive nights in the absence of Joel Embiid last night. And, of course, Zach Randolph burned them for 35 points and 13 boards while primarily playing center.
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