NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for November 24, 2017
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
When playing daily fantasy NBA, it’s important to consider the point spreads and totals in trying to predict gameflow. Injuries play a huge role in the NBA on a nightly basis, and value plays can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
11/24/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $450k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $105k guaranteed
FanDuel Jumbo Layup: $7 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4.44 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Spectacular Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Mike Conley (Achilles)
Paul Millsap (wrist)
Kevin Durant (ankle)
Draymond Green (rest)
Nic Batum (elbow)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Nikola Jokic (ankle)
Avery Bradley (groin)
Best NBA DFS Picks for November 24, 2017
Russell Westbrook vs. DET ($10.6k DraftKings, $10.6k FanDuel)
Let’s double down on Russell Westbrook after he exceeded value in his second consecutive outing, especially at his relatively modest price tag on DK. The reigning MVP might’ve received some whispers within the organization to take on a larger scoring load, as he’s averaging 23.5 PPG over six appearances to break the Thunder out of a four-game losing streak. He was dynamic against the Warriors on Wednesday and faces another contender in the Pistons, a team that’s weak defensively at PG with Reggie Jackson and the diminutive Ish Smith sharing reps.
Tim Hardaway Jr. @ ATL ($6.6k DraftKings, $6.6k FanDuel)
Playing Tim Hardaway Jr. isn’t necessarily chasing points after his career-high output on Wednesday, because he’s been consistently great for the Knicks over the past couple of weeks. Tonight, he’ll have some extra motivation to face his former teammates in Atlanta with plenty of opportunities to stay hot. The Hawks allow a league-high 32.6 3-point attempts per game this season. It’s no coincidence Atlanta coughs up the most FPPG (44.98) to opposing SGs as a result of that inability to close out on shooters.
Rajon Rondo @ PHO ($4.9k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
Rajon Rondo’s ramping up in terms of his playing time and serving as a solid Cash play in the mid-tier range. He’s always been a productive per-minute player, so it’s not surprising he’s averaging 10.8 points along with 10.4 assists per 36 minutes while playing alongside Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins this season. He has a chance to flash his upside against a Suns team that gives up the most FPPG (52.86) and the seventh-most APG (9.16) to opposing PGs along with the most total RPG (47.3) while playing at the second-fastest pace in the NBA.
Others to Consider: Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, Tyreke Evans, Mario Chalmers, Dion Waiters, Dwyane Wade, Tyler Johnson
***UPDATE: Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are both OUT for the Warriors tonight, making Steph Curry a lock in cash and easily one of the highest ceilings for GPPs as well.
LeBron James vs. CHA ($11.2k DraftKings, $11.9k FanDuel)
You may have heard at this point about LeBron James’ domination of Charlotte since Michael Jordan took over that franchise. He went for 31 points and eight assists in a win over the Hornets earlier this season, consistent with his averages of 31.8 PPG and 9.5 APG over four meetings with Charlotte last year. The Hornets got Nic Batum (elbow) back briefly before their best wing defender re-aggravated that injury, so they’re vulnerable at that position and were already giving up the fourth-most RPG (9.25) and fifth-most APG (3.56) to opposing SFs this season.
T.J. Warren vs. NO ($6.6k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
T.J. Warren’s price tag remains fixed in this range on DK, where he’s an easy choice to deploy in any format with a solid floor-ceiling combination. He’s primed for more success tonight against a Pelicans team that gives up the third-most FPPG (45.02) to opposing SFs on the year. New Orleans allows the fourth-most PPG (109.2) overall while playing at the seventh-fastest pace in the NBA. Warren averages 19.8 PPG on 50.5 percent shooting at home this season.
John Collins vs. NYK ($4.8k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
Fresh off his fifth consecutive game scoring double-digit points, John Collins is bound to earn more playing time for a rebuilding Hawks team that should be giving their young players a long look this season. The rookie out of Wake Forest is averaging 11.7 PPG on 61.8 percent shooting at home this season. He’s producing 18.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per 36 minutes and could start once again if Luke Babbitt (back) remains sidelined against the Knicks tonight.
Others to Consider: Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum, Jeremy Lamb, Taurean Prince, Juancho Hernangomez, Marcus Morris, Kenneth Faried
Dwight Howard @ CLE ($7.0k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
Dwight Howard’s been an absolute beast lately with averages of 22.3 PPG and 16.3 RPG over his last three appearances, despite drawing tough matchups against the Clippers, Wolves, and Wizards. Now, he’ll face a Cavs team that’s starting natural PF Kevin Love at center with Tristan Thompson (calf) injured and is struggling on the interior, allowing the third-highest FG percentage (.474) to the opposition this year. Howard averaged a solid 13.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG over three meetings with Cleveland last season. This year’s version of the Cavs coughs up the eighth-most PPG (23.18) to opposing centers.
Mason Plumlee vs. MEM ($3.6k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
We can only speculate on the status of Nikola Jokic at this point, but the big man’s tweaked ankle could keep him out of tonight’s tilt or at least limit him. Mason Plumlee would become a very popular play if “The Joker” can’t go but is worth a look regardless as a cheap tournament option considering he’s played 72 minutes with 24 points, 19 rebounds, and five blocks over his last three appearances. Basketball players can play through an ankle issue the night it happens, but it becomes much more difficult to suit up after the injury swells.
Others to Consider: Marc Gasol, Andre Drummond, Myles Turner, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe