FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/19/17
The Greek Freak and The King meet yet again tonight, but who is a better bet to deliver on NBA DFS?
PG – George Hill, Sacramento Kings @ Philadelphia 76ers (FD – $4700, DK – $4600)
George Hill is in the midst of his best run of the season. The veteran point guard is putting up 16.7 points on 58 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.3 3-pointers per game over his last four games. The potential return of De’Aaron Fox to the Kings’ lineup could cut into Hill’s touches, but Hill still represents the best value among point guard options in this limited three-game slate if he can replicate his recent production.
His chances of doing so should be reasonably good as he faces a Sixers team which is on the second night of a back-to-back and coughed up 20 points, four rebounds, and six assists to Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn.
SG – Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers (FD – $7800, DK – $7300)
Bradley Beal against the Pelicans is a tempting choice, but Khris Middleton is the slightly cheaper option and could potentially have just as much upside as the Bucks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at home. Middleton will come into that contest on quite a roll. Over his last nine games, he’s putting up 23.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 3-pointers.
He was also outstanding in the Bucks’ most recent meeting against the Cavs as he garnered 20 points, seven boards, 11 assists, and three steals. Given the Cavs’ highly questionable wing defense, Middleton is a good bet to put up comparable numbers tonight.
SF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks (FD – $12000, DK – $11600)
It’s a toss-up as to who among LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, or DeMarcus Cousins will be the big-money option who can come up with the most points tonight. While all are decent options, James just gets the edge over Giannis at small forward because he’s The King.
James has been outstanding of late with three straight triple-doubles to keep the Cavs rolling along. And over his last nine games, he’s averaging a ludicrous 27.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 2.0 3-pointers per game. He’ll be well-rested and will likely up his game once again in his matchup with Giannis, so look for LeBron to have another fine fantasy night.
PF – Mike Scott, Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans (FD – $4500, DK – $4500)
It might be time to get on the Mike Scott bandwagon. The Washington forward kept up his outstanding play of late with 19 points on eight-of-14 shooting against the Cavs. He also added four rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, and three 3-pointers to make it an all-around great fantasy night. Over his last seven games, Scott is shooting an absurd 74 percent from the floor.
If Otto Porter once again misses out for the Wizards due to his hip injury, that could mean more time for Scott against the Pelicans. His chances of coming up with another impressive fantasy night will be that much higher since the Pelicans are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season.
C – Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Milwaukee Bucks (FD – $8000, DK – $7800)
Kevin Love is having a strong December, which has been his best month of the season to date. He’s averaging nearly 21 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 49 percent from beyond the arc.
Love’s December could get a lot better as he once again faces the Bucks. Love has torn the Milwaukee frontcourt to shreds this season, as he’s averaging 24.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in his first two meetings against them. That includes his dominant 32-point, 16-board effort in their most recent meeting, which resulted in 62 fantasy points, per FanDuel scoring. With that sort of upside, Love is definitely the center worth spending on tonight.
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