FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/4/17
With the Knicks significantly shorthanded, Enes Kanter and another teammate make up two of tonight’s list of five players to pick up on NBA DFS.
PG – Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors
It took a while, but Jrue Holiday is finally turning in more consistent performances. The Pelicans guard is averaging 17.7 points, 4.1 assists, 1.8 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals over his last nine games. He put up 17 points, five rebounds, and seven assists against the Portland Trail Blazers in the absence of Anthony Davis. Holiday had an impressive outing against the defending champion Golden State Warriors a couple weeks ago, putting up 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists with three 3-pointers. With Davis still out of the lineup for tonight’s matchup against the Warriors, Holiday should have a great chance to put some similar numbers up once again.
SG – Courtney Lee, New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
Courtney Lee has been quietly killing it over the last couple of weeks. He averaged 17.8 points (on a sizzling 62 percent shooting), 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games of November. He then popped up with 19 points, five boards, two assists, and two steals last night against the Orlando Magic with Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. both out of the Knicks lineup. Although the 32-year-old Lee’s effectiveness on the second night of a back-to-back is a bit concerning, the combination of his price and the upside he has as one of the Knicks’ top offensive options against a fast-paced Pacers team makes him worth the risk.
SF – Jonathon Simmons, Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Hornets
Jonathon Simmons has taken to life in the starting lineup well. The former Spurs swingman has topped 16 or more points in three of his four starts thus far, and put up an impressive 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals last night against the shorthanded New York Knicks. Simmons is now averaging 38.5 minutes per game with Terrence Ross sidelined with a knee injury. Even on the second night of a back-to-back, Simmons should get a lot of minutes in tonight’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte have been awful at defending opposing wings this season. They are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards, so expect Simmons to stand a good chance of putting up more strong numbers.
PF – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers vs Phoenix Suns
Ben Simmons was unusually subdued in the Sixers’ win over the Detroit Pistons. The star rookie had just five points on six shot attempts in 39 minutes after burning the Pistons for a 21-point triple-double in just his fourth career game. However, Simmons still chipped in with ten rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. After delivering that season-low point total against the Pistons, Simmons now gets just about the best opportunity at a bounce-back game as he faces off against the fast-paced, poor-defending Suns, who are ceding the most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season.
C – Enes Kanter, New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
Enes Kanter was a big winner in the absence of both Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from the Knicks lineup last night as the Turkish center went off for 18 points and 16 rebounds against the Orlando Magic. Kanter has hardly shown any lingering effects of the back issue which sidelined him for three games. He had 22 points and 14 boards in his return to the lineup against the Miami Heat.
Kanter is very clearly the can’t-miss, must-start center on tonight’s slate as he takes on the Pacers, who are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing centers by a wide margin this season. Kanter dominated that Pacers frontcourt to the tune of nine points and 18 rebounds in their first meeting, and with Porzingis and Hardaway once again out tonight, he will have a golden opportunity to feast even more on the offensive end.
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