FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/27/17
After his disappointing Christmas Day output, LeBron James has the scent of bounce-back potential for DFS as he takes on the Kings.
PG – Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
Kris Dunn had another unbelievable outing for the Bulls last night against the Bucks. He went off for 20 points, 12 assists, four steals and two blocks as he picked up 54 points in FanDuel scoring. Apart from slight hiccups against the Celtics, Dunn has been as consistent as anyone fantasy-wise this month. Dunn will be on the second night of a back-to-back tonight, but he was also in a similar situation the last time he faced the Knicks and he still dropped 17 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in just 30 minutes. The Knicks have continued to give up those sorts of fantasy numbers to opposing point guards, so Dunn should still be a rock solid option tonight.
SG – Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Jordan Clarkson got the start in the absence of Lonzo Ball against the Timberwolves and he took full advantage of it. He shot the ball 24 times, and ended up with 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and four steals en route to a 45 fantasy point night. Clarkson’s shot attempts will likely decline with Brandon Ingram set to come back against the Grizzlies. But he should still see a lot of playing time and a lot of the ball as the Lakers do not have too many ballhandling and playmaking options besides him without Ball.
SF – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Sacramento Kings
LeBron James served up a sizable dud on Christmas Day he finished with just 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and seven turnovers. Everyone is just so spoiled by James at this point that that constitutes a horrific game by his standards. As disappointing as that performance was, you have to believe King James resumes normal fantasy service tonight against the Kings because it is hard to imagine James having back-to-back poor outings. Prior to the Christmas game, James had delivered nine straight games of 53 or more fantasy points per FanDuel scoring. That streak started with a spectacular 66 fantasy-point performance against Sacramento, which could have been much higher had it not been for seven turnovers.
PF – Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Even as his price has skyrocketed in recent games, Kyle Kuzma continues to provide value. He had another terrific performance on Christmas with 31 points and six three-pointers for 47 fantasy points in FanDuel. That is Kuzma’s fourth game of 47 or more fantasy points in his last four starts. Luke Walton continues to play him close to 40 minutes per game and he has shown he is more than capable of that workload. The Grizzlies may not seem like the ideal matchup for him on paper, but Memphis will be on the second night of a back-to-back and are playing the likes of Brandan Wright and Jarell Martin at power forward. Those are the matchups Kuzma should continue to capitalize upon.
C – Enes Kanter, New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls
Enes Kanter is on one of his absolutely dominant runs again. The Turkish big man has had back-to-back monster performances, following up his 22-point, 16-rebound, three-block outing against the Pistons with 31 points and 22 boards against the Sixers on Christmas. Chances are he falls back to earth soon, but it is worth taking one more gamble on him tonight. That is because his matchup against a Chicago Bulls team giving up the third-most fantasy points to centers and on the second night of a back-to-back is just too good to pass up.
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