FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/18/17
The Lakers’ young dynamic duo of Ingram and Ball look like potential DFS studs as they take on the Warriors tonight.
PG – Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors
Lonzo Ball had another terrific all-around outing against the Cleveland Cavaliers, posting 13 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals. He would’ve easily exceeded the 40 fantasy point barrier had it not been for his career-high six turnovers. Nevertheless, Ball has at least 39 fantasy points in three of his last four outings, which represents terrific value given his price range. Ball had 33 fantasy points thanks to 15 points and ten assists in his first meeting with the Warriors a couple of weeks ago. And with both Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston out for the Dubs, the Lakers rookie has have even more opportunities to fill the stat sheet in tonight’s matchup.
SG – JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls
JJ Redick has been a picture of consistency lately. The veteran shooting guard is averaging nearly 21 points with 3.8 assists, and 3.0 3-pointers in his last eight games. He’s gone for at least 28 fantasy points in FanDuel in seven of those eight games, so while his upside isn’t particularly high, his floor is rock solid. Redick will have even more chances to launch with Joel Embiid sidelined due to rest, and that’s very good news considering he’s set to face a Chicago Bulls team that’s giving up the most points to opposing shooting guards.
SF – Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant has been putting up ridiculous numbers since Curry went down with his sprained ankle and is the obvious chalk pick at small forward. But his opposite number for tonight’s matchup, Brandon Ingram, could offer better value at a more affordable price. Ingram had a terrific performance last time out against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he dropped 26 points, six rebounds, and six assists. He stuffed the stat sheet to even greater effect in his first meeting with the Golden State Warriors as he went off for a career-high 32 points, tallied with five boards, three assists, three steals, and two blocks. Ingram will be hard-pressed to match those numbers against the reigning NBA champions, but he should threaten 40 fantasy points once again tonight.
PF – Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers
There will be a handful of affordable power forward options tonight. From Michael Beasley possibly filling in for Kristaps Porzingis, to Richaun Holmes, who will likely get a start for the resting Joel Embiid. Bobby Portis could also be a sneakily strong option. However, Jordan Bell might be the best value for money out of all of them. Bell delivered a Draymond Green-esque line of eight points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals against the Dallas Mavericks. He will have an even more advantageous matchup tonight against the Lakers, who are among the league leaders in giving up fantasy points to opposing frontcourt players.
C – Al Horford, Boston Celtics @ Indiana Pacers
Al Horford had another strong line last time out as he went for 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists against the Memphis Grizzlies. Over his last four games, Big Al has been putting up 17.3 points, 6.5 boards, and 6.0 assists. He exceeded 40 fantasy points in two of those games, and has six instances of 40-plus fantasy points over his last 11 games, which is an impressive ratio given his affordable price. One of those performances was against the Pacers, where he went for 21 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three blocks. The Pacers have remained generous in giving up fantasy points to opposing big men, so expect another big game from Horford.
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