FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/12/17
Dennis Schroder leads tonight’s list of top NBA DFS plays as he looks to score another big game against the Cavs.
PG – Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
There aren’t too many outstanding options at point guard in tonight’s slate, so might as well go with one of the safer picks around in Schroder. The Hawks’ point guard was limited to just 22 minutes last time out against the New York Knicks due to foul trouble, but still scored 21 points in those 22 minutes. He’s been in a bit of a lull lately, topping 40 fantasy points in FanDuel scoring just once in his last seven outings.
However, Schroder does have the upside to reach that level tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The German guard has loved playing against the Cavs this season, averaging 27.5 points on 62.5 percent shooting with seven assists in his first two games against them.
SG – Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns
Buddy Hield is having an up-and-down sophomore season, but he’s currently in the middle of his best stretch yet. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 3.3 3-pointers over his last four games. Hield hasn’t erupted for a big scoring game very often this season, but the chances of that happening should be that little higher tonight. He faces a Phoenix Suns team that leaks points, plays a fast pace, and will have pretty weak defenders at the shooting guard position to throw at him.
SF – Will Barton, Denver Nuggets @ Detroit Pistons
In case you still haven’t heard, Will Barton is for real. Over the last ten games, the Nuggets’ swingman is averaging 19.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Of course, he’s taken it to a whole new level with Nikola Jokic out. He’s been stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 18.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games.
Barton’s price is quickly getting to the point where he’s not quite producing the value he once was. However, he could still have one more great game in him as he faces a Detroit Pistons team which has been burned by a couple of small forwards over the last few weeks. With the consistent minutes Barton has been playing (over 40 minutes in three of the last four), coupled with his ability to stuff the stat sheet, chances are he could still manage another productive game.
PF – Zach Randolph, Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns
At some point, Zach Randolph has to return to playing like a 36-year-old again. The veteran big man is averaging 23.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in his first five games this month, which feels pretty unsustainable. However, he could still have at least one more great game in him as he gets an incredibly advantageous matchup against the Phoenix Suns tonight. The Suns have been burned by opposing big men for most of the season, so expect Z-Bo to do the same if he manages to get enough looks.
C – Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons vs Denver Nuggets
Andre Drummond has been a bit of a fantasy dud in recent games. While he has continued to corral his rebounds, he’s scored just 14 points over his last two outings, which has seen his price drop. However, tonight could be a perfect opportunity to buy low on Drummond, who should be set for a bounce-back performance against the Denver Nuggets.
Denver’s frontcourt defense has been in shambles without Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic, with the likes of DeMarcus Cousins (40 points, 22 rebounds), Nikola Vucevic (21 points, 17 rebounds), and Myles Turner (24 points, eight rebounds) all coming up with big games at their expense. Don’t be surprised if Drummond dominates in similar fashion en route to another big fantasy night.
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