FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/13/17
Eric Bledsoe has been ballin’ for the Bucks lately, which is why he leads tonight’s list of potential DFS studs.
PG – Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks @ New Orleans Pelicans
After a bit of an adjustment period in Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe has been exactly what the Bucks hoped for when they traded for him. Over his last nine games, Bledsoe is putting up 21.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.1 steals, and 2.0 3-pointers as one of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s main running mates. He remains reasonably priced in DFS, which should make him a prime target tonight as he takes on a New Orleans Pelicans team which is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season.
SG – Jonathon Simmons, Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers
Evan Fournier is still out and Aaron Gordon remains questionable to return from his concussion. If Gordon does miss out, it’s probably a good idea to turn to Jonathon Simmons once again. Simmons took full advantage of Gordon’s absence last time out as he put up a career-high 29 points, with seven rebounds, five assists, and three 3-pointers against the Atlanta Hawks. Through six games in December, Simmons is averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds in 36.5 minutes thanks to all the Magic’s injuries. Moreover, he faces a nice matchup against a Clippers team which has not been the best against opposing wings, so he deserves a good look.
SF – Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets
Jayson Tatum is coming off the worst game of his young NBA career against the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics rookie finished with a season-low four points, shooting just 1-of-7 from the floor and 0-of-4 from beyond the arc after coming in as the league’s leading 3-point shooter. However, he’s a strong candidate to bounce straight back up tonight against the Nuggets. With Al Horford set to sit out the game and Marcus Morris also out, Tatum should be able to get his share of looks against a Nuggets team which will be going on the second night of a back-to-back and can still be hit-or-miss defensively.
PF – Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors @ Phoenix Suns
Serge Ibaka is showing no signs of slowing down. The Raptors forward had another productive outing last time out against the Clippers as he went for 17 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Ibaka is having a terrific start to December, putting up 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 3.0 3-pointers through the first five games. Ibaka burned the Suns for 19 points, six boards, and three blocks in their first meeting earlier in the month, and with the Suns playing on the second night of a back-to-back, their already suspect frontcourt defense figures to be that much more susceptible to another big night from Toronto’s power forward.
C – Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers
Steven Adams doesn’t have the highest ceiling in the world in terms of centers. Nikola Vucevic and DeMarcus Cousins have much higher upsides, especially if their respective frontcourt partners remain sidelined. However, Adams is a relatively safe pick because of his high floor. He doesn’t dip below 28 fantasy points per FanDuel scoring too often and has been consistently in the 28-40 range over the past few weeks, providing decent value for his price. More importantly, though, Adams’ ceiling will be raised just that little bit higher as he faces an Indiana Pacers team which has had big problems with opposing big men this season.
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