FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/25/17
Which stars will deliver a timely present in the form of a monster fantasy night during the NBA’s slate of Christmas games?
PG – Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards
While Kyrie Irving does not necessarily view Christmas as a holiday, he will nevertheless be a promising pick for this Christmas Day slate. Irving is averaging a sizzling 29.4 points over his last seven games, and has gone for 48, 43, and 44 fantasy points in FanDuel scoring over his last three. He should be up for his matchup against John Wall and could end up with a huge night when things are all said and done.
Also consider: Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers
Teague didn’t quite deliver as expected against a lowly Phoenix Suns team, but he will have another chance to hit it big against a shorthanded Lakers team which will be playing subpar defenders in Jordan Clarkson, Tyler Ennis, and Alex Caruso with Lonzo Ball absence.
SG – Jordan Clarkson/Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Speaking of Clarkson, he should see a lot of minutes to provide the offense-deprived Lakers more scoring options without Ball. Clarkson finally snapped out of a recent dry spell by putting up 18 points in 21 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers and could put up similar numbers with even more playing time tonight.
Meanwhile, Josh Hart is also an intriguing option with Brandon Ingram’s status still up in the air. Hart had 11 points and ten rebounds while filling in for Ingram against the Blazers, the third time he has far exceeded his value in three starts. If Ingram once again misses out, Hart will definitely be one to target as a major value play at SG.
SF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
LeBron James is just scary. The soon-to-be-33-year-old is putting up career-best numbers, going off for 30-plus point outings when he isn’t flirting with triple-doubles. Sometimes he even does both! The scarier part is he is probably still in cruise control when he’s putting up lines like the 34 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and three steals he dropped against the Chicago Bulls. LeBron can ramp it up even more when it really matters, just like in tonight’s first meeting of the season against Golden State. With the shorthanded Warriors right there for the taking, do not be the least bit surprised if James goes all out in search of the win.
PF – Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
Dario Saric has been one of the more reliably solid fantasy players at the power forward position in recent weeks. The Sixers big man has put up 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists over the last month, and has only delivered a complete dud a couple of times. With his ability to contribute in different ways coupled with the Knicks’ trouble defending power forwards, Saric is an intriguing power forward option to consider if you’re not willing to spend on stars like Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love.
Also consider: Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Instead of being hurt by Draymond Green’s return, Jordan Bell’s numbers have actually gotten better with Green back in the Warriors lineup. In his two games since Green’s return, Bell has put up 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals. Zaza Pachulia’s potential return could finally hamper Bell’s playing time, but if Zaza remains out, Bell could have one more game to provide stellar fantasy value.
C – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers
Karl-Anthony Towns seems the best center option available tonight and should be worth paying for. Towns feels due for a big game following three consecutive games of sub-50 fantasy points per FanDuel scoring and the shorthanded Lakers are the perfect team to get it against. L.A. will be playing small for most of the game with Brook Lopez out, so Towns should be able to capitalize on his significant size advantage against the likes of Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. for most of the game.
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