NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for November 29, 2017
For the 11/29 NBA DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on Draft.
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.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS 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.
11/29/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
DraftKings Mini Backboard Breaker: $8.88 buy-in, $600k guaranteed
DraftKings Medium Backboard Breaker: $44 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $130k guaranteed
FanDuel EPIC Monster: $444 buy-in, $444k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $350k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
Mike Conley (Achilles)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kevin Durant (ankle)
Steph Curry (hand)
Ben Simmons (ankle)
Jeff Teague (Achilles)
Kemba Walker (knee)
DeMar DeRozan (knee)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle)
Mario Chalmers (ankle)
Rudy Gay (heel)
Best NBA DFS Picks for November 29, 2017
James Harden vs. IND ($11.6k DraftKings, $12.2k FanDuel)
Even in a walkover win against the lowly Nets, James Harden exceeded the value of his lofty price tag on Monday. The Rockets’ facilitator and best scorer draws another juicy matchup against a Pacers team playing at the ninth-fastest pace and giving up the fourth-most PPG (23.29) to opposing PGs. That’s essentially Harden’s role despite the addition of Chris Paul. He carved up Indy for 26 points and 15 assists in a road win earlier this month and seems to be the safest play on the board this Wednesday. However, on FanDuel, Russell Westbrook is much cheaper at $11k and definitely worth deploying against Orlando’s struggling defense.
Tyreke Evans @ SA ($6.6k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
Mike Conley (Achilles) remains out, and backup Mario Chalmers (ankle) is questionable, which could lead to a start for Kentucky product Andrew Harrison. Yet it could also lead to Tyreke Evans serving as the primary facilitator for Memphis in a matchup against a Spurs team giving up above average production (41.65 FPPG) to opposing SFs with Kawhi Leonard inactive all year. Evans has been quiet over his last couple of games, but his playing time remains consistent. Interim HC J.B. Bickerstaff should look to unleash Evans in an effort to come out with a tough road win.
Tim Hardaway Jr. vs. MIA ($6.5k DraftKings, $6.1k FanDuel)
He didn’t find much space to fire against the Blazers’ second-ranked defense on Saturday, but Tim Hardaway Jr. has a chance to light it up at home. Tonight’s game comes against a Heat team on the second half of a B2B set. Hardaway is scoring 0.52 points per minute with a 24.7 percent usage rate this year and should play well off Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter now that both big men are healthy. Miami ranks 25th in opponent 3-point percentage (.378). Hardaway Jr. is getting it done both inside and out while averaging 18.6 PPG and 33.1 DK PPG at home this season.
Also, keep a close eye once again on the status of Jeff Teague (Achilles). If he sits, Tyus Jones ($4.5k, $5.3k) could have another big game after three consecutive starts in which he’s exceeded value.
Others to consider: Russell Westbrook, Devin Booker, Victor Oladipo, Nic Batum, Rajon Rondo, Tyus Jones
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Paul George @ ORL ($8.6k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Orlando’s defense has been a disaster over the past few weeks. If you can’t afford Russell Westbrook, Paul George is an intriguing option as a way to gain some exposure to the Thunder offense tonight. The Magic allow the most FPPG (45.50) and third-most PPG (24.42) to opposing SGs this season. While George technically plays SF, he handles just about all the spot-up shooting on the wing when playing next to defensive specialist Andre Roberson. George has been productive with defensive stats despite going through a brief shooting slump of late and could serve as a great per-dollar GPP play if he finds his stroke in this juicy road matchup.
Harrison Barnes vs. BKN ($6.1k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
Out of necessity, Harrison Barnes has been the main man for the last-place Mavericks this year. That’s made him a very good Cash play. He draws a beautiful matchup tonight against a Nets team that plays at the third-fastest pace and coughs up the second-most PPG (113.7) in the NBA. Brooklyn also allows the second-most FPPG (44.92) to opposing SFs this season.
Kelly Oubre Jr. @ PHI ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
Kelly Oubre Jr. continued his hot streak with 16 points over 31 minutes in a plus matchup against Minnesota last night. He’s worth a look in what could be a much higher-scoring game in Philly on Wednesday. When John Wall (knee) is off the floor, Oubre sees a 5.1 percent rise in usage rate. He may even play some with Bradley Beal off the floor on the second half of a B2B set.
Others to consider: Ben Simmons, Kristaps Porzingis, Otto Porter, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Kyle Anderson
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Andre Drummond vs. PHO ($9.2k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
Call it chasing points if you want, but Andre Drummond deserves consideration after destroying the under-sized Celtics on Monday night. The big man is making a huge leap this year, averaging 14.4 PPG. He leads the league at 15.6 RPG after grabbing 20 boards in Boston. However, the biggest improvement for Drummond has been his passing, as he’s posting a career-high 16.8 percent assist rate. Finally, there’s his FT shooting (61.8 percent), which is well up from his career mark of shooting 39.2 percent at the line. Up next is a Suns team with a revolving rotation of centers, none of whom can match up with Drummond’s combination of size and speed. It certainly helps to note that the Suns play at the second-fastest pace and cough up the most RPG (47.4) in the NBA this year.
Dwight Howard @ TOR ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.2k FanDuel)
You can excuse Dwight Howard one poor game against a disciplined Spurs team that simply won’t give up easy baskets to a player that makes his living in the paint. Yet Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is hobbled, and that’s left Toronto vulnerable down low. Howard was rolling with averages of 21.8 PPG and 14.7 RPG over his previous four appearances prior to his rough outing at San Antonio. That was three days ago, so the big man has had ample rest.
Others to consider: Joel Embiid, Marc Gasol, Steven Adams, Alex Len