FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/16/17
Jimmy Butler has already burned the Suns twice this season and will have his eyes set on a third huge fantasy night tonight.
PG – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics @ Memphis Grizzlies
The Celtics are suddenly reeling at the moment, and by reeling, they’ve lost three out of their last six games. It’s still far from crisis mode, but Kyrie Irving will likely want to get this team back on track against the Memphis Grizzlies, who finally got a win last night.
Irving has been red-hot scoring-wise recently, topping 33 points in three of his last four games. He should reach at least 40 fantasy points against a Grizzlies defense which remains very shaky, with a potential ceiling of 50.
SG – Troy Daniels, Phoenix Suns @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Troy Daniels is making the most out of his opportunities to play in Phoenix while Devin Booker is out. The journeyman shooting guard went off for 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc against the Raptors. He’s now averaging 14.8 points on 50 percent shooting over his last five games.
He had a decent outing last time out against the Timberwolves with 13 points. But with his explosion against the Raptors and rookie Josh Jackson’s recent struggles, the streaky Daniels could have a couple more looks coming his way, which makes him an intriguing shooting guard option.
SF – Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Phoenix Suns
Jimmy Butler just continues to churn out minutes – and fantasy points. He still played 36 minutes against the Sacramento Kings despite the Wolves winning by 23, and in the process, he went for 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Over his last seven games, he’s putting up 26.4 points, six boards, six assists and two steals in 40 minutes per game, which is more like the All-Star Jimmy Butler of last season in Chicago. He’s put up 25-5-5 in two meetings with Phoenix this season, and should once again have 50-plus fantasy-point potential.
PF – Jonas Jerebko, Utah Jazz @ Cleveland Cavaliers
With Rudy Gobert and possibly Derrick Favors both out tonight against the Cavs, it’ll have to be all hands on deck for the Jazz. Jonas Jerebko answered the call in last night’s win against the Celtics with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Jerebko obviously isn’t a tremendous lock to keep up that type of offensive production, but through the sheer amount of minutes he’s likely to play against an iffy Cavs defense, there’s still a decent chance he can work himself to a more than productive fantasy night.
C – Enes Kanter, New York Knicks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Carmelo Anthony isn’t the only one set for a revenge game tonight. Enes Kanter will also get the chance to get one over on his old team, which should put an extra skip in his step. His chances of getting the better of his old team, particularly Splash Bro Steven Adams, jumped that much higher as the Thunder played a grueling triple-overtime war in Philadelphia last night, and the last thing they want is to get stuck in with Kanter in the paint.
Another potential point for Kanter is the fact that Kristaps Porzingis is still questionable to play because of a knee injury, which could mean even more looks come his way offensively.
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