FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/15/17
Despite his recent struggles, Marc Gasol has terrific potential to deliver on DFS as he faces the free-falling Hawks tonight.
PG – Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
Kyle Lowry has been struggling with his shot lately. He’s averaging just 14.7 points on a miserable 34 percent from the floor through his first six games of December. His rebounding has also taken a significant dip recently as he’s grabbed just five in his last two games. But it feels like just a matter of time before Lowry puts it all together again, and when he does, he has 50 fantasy point potential.
That possibility is made even more likely with his matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, who have been susceptible to big games from opposing point guards. Their already lax defense could be even more flimsy as they’re set to go on the second night of a back-to-back, which should be even more reason for Lowry to come up with the big game that he’s due for.
Also consider: Milos Teodosic, Los Angeles Clippers @ Washington Wizards
Milos Teodosic has been solid in his two games since returning and put up an impressive line of eight points, six rebounds and six assists against the Orlando Magic. With Austin Rivers out with a concussion, Teodosic should continue to get a good deal of responsibility in the Clippers’ offense, which should give him ample opportunity to produce on the fantasy front.
SG – Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Gary Harris has been playing very well for quite a while now. He’s averaged nearly 19 points on 48 percent shooting over his last 14 games, and after a rare single-digit scoring outing he bounced back in a big way with a career-high 36 points against the Boston Celtics. Harris’ monster game was aided by Will Barton’s absence from the lineup. With Barton still questionable to return, Harris should once again be a fine fantasy pickup as he takes on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Harris is averaging 23 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 3-pointers in two meetings against the Pelicans this season, and should continue to do damage on a New Orleans defense which has been simply helpless against opposing shooting guards lately.
Also consider: Dion Waiters, Miami Heat @ Charlotte Hornets
Dion Waiters has been all over the map this month, shooting just 38 percent from the floor. However, one of his better games came against the Hornets, when he had 19 points, four assists, and four 3-pointers.
SF – Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Barton’s potential absence will also be good news for Wilson Chandler, who is finally getting his act together after a rough stretch of injury and poor play. The Nuggets’ forward is averaging 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over his last three games. Chandler wasn’t quite at his best in his most recent meeting with the Pelicans, but with some added playing time, he could match his numbers from his first game against them the season. He had his lone double-double of the season in that game, with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. He’ll prove to be terrific value given his price if he can come anywhere close to those numbers again.
Also consider: Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Rudy Gay has continued to be a stellar signing for the Spurs. He’s averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds over his last six games, and even with Kawhi Leonard back he still had 21 points against the Mavs last time out. With Leonard likely to be limited for the next few games, Gay should continue to have a bigger role in the team, especially against a Rockets team which likes to play small.
PF – Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotic has absolutely lit it up since returning to the Bulls’ lineup. The Spanish-Montenegrin forward is averaging 24 points on 62 percent shooting from the floor and 55 percent on 3-pointers with 6.7 rebounds in his last three games. He is more than filling the void left by Lauri Markkanen, who remains questionable to return against the Bucks. But even if the Finnish rookie does return, Mirotic’s fine play has more than earned him a good chunk of the minutes in the Bulls’ power forward rotation.
Also consider: Trey Lyles, Denver Nuggets vs New Orleans Pelicans
But if Mirotic’s spike in price feels too much for your liking, then why not roll the dice on Trey Lyles. The third-year forward has been getting consistent playing time for a while now, and has repaid that faith with three games of 18 or more points this month already. He had a productive line of 10 points, 11 boards, and four assists against the Pelicans earlier this month.
C – Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have been hopeless against opposing big men in recent games, and that weakness was never more evident than last night, when Andre Drummond demolished them for 12 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists, and a couple of steals and blocks each. Marc Gasol has continued to struggle with his shot of late, but his chances of putting together a strong fantasy line should be sky high as he goes up against this hilariously bad Hawks team on the second night of a back-to-back.
Also consider: Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers
Steven Adams has been on fire lately, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds in seven games this December. The Sixers are still having a hard time stopping opposing centers, especially when Embiid is off the floor, so Adams has another strong chance to shine.
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