FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 12/2/17
Boogie Cousins looks like an intriguing option to start on DFS with Anthony Davis likely out, but who else are worthy picks besides him?
PG – Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets
There are a handful of decent point guard options tonight. Lonzo Ball is hardly the safest option in the pack, but his price remains relatively low and his upside against the Denver Nuggets should be fairly high.
Ball already showed how high his upside could be against said opponent as he dropped a triple-double of 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists on them in their first meeting. The Nuggets defense has taken a swift nosedive without Paul Millsap since then, and Ball could be the one who benefits the most from that marked decline.
SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets
Of course, others can benefit from the Nuggets’ struggles too, like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers shooting guard has been playing with much more consistency lately. He’s topped 20 points in each of his last four games, and is also adding a healthy dose of rebounds, steals, and 3-pointers as well.
The last time he didn’t score 20 points was against the Nuggets, but he supplemented his 15 points with five rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, and four steals, to have a nearly 40-point night per FanDuel scoring. That’s the sort of performance he’s more than capable of having once again tonight against the reeling Nuggets.
SF – Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Harrison Barnes has been doing a bit of everything lately. He hasn’t scored 20 points in each of his last three games, but he had 12 boards against the Thunder, eight boards and four assists against the Spurs, and eight boards and six assists against the Nets, so his fantasy value remained fairly decent.
Still, Barnes seems due for a big scoring night, and that could potentially come tonight against the woefully shorthanded Clippers, who are struggling to prevent big fantasy performances at either forward spot this season.
PF – Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Someone has to step up for the Nuggets along the frontcourt with both Millsap and Nikola Jokic out tonight against the Lakers. Mason Plumlee will likely get a good share of minutes at center, but Kenneth Faried might be the more reliable fantasy player of the two.
He’s coming off a strong 14-point, 13-rebound double-double against the Chicago Bulls, and is putting up a solid 13 points and ten rebounds over his last three starts. Those numbers could potentially creep higher with the Lakers, who have struggled to contain opposing power forwards lately and are giving up the tenth most fantasy points at the position this season.
C – DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans @ Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins has gone off the boil fantasy-wise over the last few weeks, but with Anthony Davis out injured, Boogie instantly becomes a must-start. The last time he faced the Blazers, he was also without Davis, who left after just five minutes. The result? Nine more shots than any other Pelican and 17 free-throw attempts en route to a 39-point, 13-rebound night.
Is it so unreasonable to think Boogie can at least come close to putting up similar numbers again? Not at all. Boogie’s just that good.
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