FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/31/17
Aside from Devin Booker, which other players have the potential to deliver some fantasy fireworks on this Christmas Eve slate?
PG – Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (FD – $6300, DK – $6400)
Victor Oladipo is still doubtful to play for the Pacers due to the knee issue which has kept him out for the last two games. Darren Collison has capitalized on Dipo’s absence in a big way. After going for 16 points and seven assists against the Mavs, Collison went off for 30 points, five assists, two steals, and four three-pointers against the Chicago Bulls. Collison will have another decent matchup to put up a strong fantasy night against the Timberwolves, who will still be rolling with Tyus Jones at point guard because of Jeff Teague’s injury.
SG – Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers (FD – $7800, DK – $7800)
Collison’s teammate, Lance Stephenson, will also be a strong play at shooting guard. The same goes with James Harden, who went off for 51 points the last time he played against the Lakers. However, Devin Booker could be the best play at the position because of his advantageous matchup against the Sixers. The last time Booker faced Philly earlier this month, he burned them for 46 points and eight rebounds with five 3-pointers. Booker has the potential to match Harden’s points output at a much lower price, which makes him well worth the gamble.
SF – Otto Porter Jr., Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls (FD – $6700, DK – $6800)
Otto Porter has been on quite a tear lately. The Wizards forward is averaging 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 3.7 3-pointers over his last three games. He had a brilliant stat-sheet-stuffing performance last time out against the Houston Rockets as he went off for 26 points, six boards, seven assists, and seven three-pointers. It may be a tad unreasonable to expect another performance of that same spectacular quality, but it is well within reason to expect another game of around 35-40 fantasy points per FanDuel scoring. That would still represent tremendous value given his affordable price, particularly on FanDuel.
PF – Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers (FD – $4900, DK – $4300)
Marquese Chriss is finding much more consistency in recent games. The Suns’ second-year forward has put up at least 6x value in four of his last five games. That includes a 34 fantasy point outing on FanDuel against the Sacramento Kings as he dropped 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three three-pointers. Chriss’ price has steadily risen as a result, but he remains a relative bargain if he can continue to put up that type of production. He should have a decent chance of doing just that as he faces a Sixers team that players a fast pace and will be on the second night of a back-to-back.
C – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (FD – $7800, DK – $6500)
Clint Capela will make his return for the Rockets following a two-game absence. Capela has featured just a few times in the last few weeks, but when he has, he has made them count. He’s averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds in his last three appearances. He took full advantage of a Utah Jazz team missing its starting center as he went for 24 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks. He will have a similar matchup tonight against a Lakers team which has been playing much smaller of late with the absence of Brook Lopez, leaving them vulnerable to opposing big men.
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