FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/29/17
Pacers guard, Lance Stephenson should be a top pickup for DFS tonight with the absence of Victor Oladipo. Who else joins him?
PG – George Hill, Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns
George Hill still is not doing much offensively lately. He has now totaled just 24 points over his last three games after reeling off four straight games of 16 or more points. However, he is still contributing in other categories and is playing well over 30 minutes per game as De’Aaron Fox remains sidelined due to injury. If there is ever a team which he can finally snap his recent slump against, it will be against the Suns, who are giving up the third most fantasy points to point guards this season.
Also consider: Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls
Another relatively cheap point guard to consider will be Darren Collison of the Indiana Pacers. Collison had 16 points and seven assists against the Mavs with Victor Oladipo sidelined. Dipo will remain sidelined for tonight’s game against the Bulls, so Collison could continue to see more of the ball.
SG – Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls
Speaking of that Pacers-Bulls game, Lance Stephenson will be the obvious beneficiary to Oladipo’s continued absence. Stephenson has capitalized on his two chances to start with Oladipo missing this season. He dropped 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists against the Boston Celtics and came up with an even better line of 16 points, 15 boards, and five assists against the Mavs. And as if the additional playing time were not a good enough reason to pick up Stephenson, the fact that the Bulls are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards makes him all the more valuable.
Also consider: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets
Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson is also another SG to consider. Johnson has had 27 or more fantasy points per FanDuel scoring in each of his last five games as he is started in place of the injured Dion Waiters. He also had a solid game against the Nets earlier this month and if he is not too bothered by the sprained ankle he suffered against the Magic, he figures to do so again considering that the Nets are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to shooting guards.
SF – Josh Richardson, Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets
Josh Richardson has turned into Mr. Reliable suddenly in Miami. The third-year forward has been doing a bit of everything to make up for all the Heat’s injuries. Over his last six games, he has been averaging 21.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 2.2 3-pointers. He has had just one bad game during that spell and it is unlikely he has another one against a Nets team that will push the pace and give up points.
PF – Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Lakers rookie sensation Kyle Kuzma is questionable to play because of a quad injury. If he does miss out, Julius Randle could be called upon to start. Randle has curiously not been getting much playing time even with the absence of Brook Lopez, but when he has played, he has produced. Prior to his 11-minute stint against the Grizzlies, he had put up 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in 22 minutes over his last three games. If he can get out of Luke Walton’s doghouse and play close to 30 minutes, he would be quite a valuable pickup.
C – Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns
Willie Cauley-Stein has been playing some of his best basketball of his career lately. The Kings’ big man has averaged 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals over his last three games. He was sent back to the bench against the Cavs, but that still did not stop him from putting up 17 points, nine boards, and four assists. Cauley-Stein has not been outstanding against the Suns in two meetings this season – 12 points, five rebounds per game – but his current play, coupled with the fact that the Suns are still giving up the second-most fantasy points to centers, should be more than enough to justify his selection.
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