NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for December 1, 2017
For the 12/1 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 at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
12/1/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $475k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $225k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $130k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $350k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $160k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
John Wall (knee)
Rudy Gobert (knee)
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Hassan Whiteside (knee)
Mike Conley (Achilles)
Terrence Ross (knee)
Zach LaVine (knee)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Rodney Hood (ankle)
Kemba Walker (shoulder)
Myles Turner (knee)
Klay Thompson (ankle)
Jeremy Lamb (knee)
Jeff Teague (Achilles)
Mario Chalmers (ankle)
Best NBA DFS Picks for December 1, 2017
Steph Curry @ ORL ($9.9k DraftKings, $9.7k FanDuel)
While Steph Curry struggled with his hand injury, or potentially with mental blocks, early in Wednesday’s game, he came alive late to torch the Lakers in overtime. He should carry that momentum into a fantastic matchup tonight. Orlando’s been horrendous defensively of late and gave up the second-most FPPG (58.05) to opposing PGs last week, along with the fourth-most FPPG (48.95) to that position on the season. Curry averaged 26 points on 53.3 percent shooting over two meetings with the Magic last year and only played 28.8 MPG in those easy wins. The Warriors are rarely blowing teams out right now and could get into yet another close one down the stretch.
Kyle Lowry vs. IND ($8.1k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Kyle Lowry is simply cooking right now and has nearly as much upside as Curry and Russell Westbrook at a much, much cheaper price tag on DK tonight. With averages of 25 PPG, 9.5 RPG, and 6.3 APG over his last four appearances, Lowry is carrying the Raptors’ offense. He’s shooting an unsustainable, but impressive 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from downtown during that span. Indiana gives up the ninth-most PPG (107.8) and eighth-most APG (23.2) while playing at a surprisingly fast pace this year, so Lowry has a good chance to stay hot against under-sized PG Darren Collison.
Tyus Jones @ OKC ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
His status depends completely on that of Jeff Teague (Achilles). But with Teague inactive over the last four contests, Tyus Jones has been the man for Minnesota. The Duke product is averaging 11.25 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 4.0 SPG during that span. His price remains low despite the fact that he’s playing huge minutes in the absence of Teague. In spite of a tough matchup against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, Jones will essentially remain a must-play should Teague sit out another game.
Others to consider: Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell, Elfrid Payton, Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams
Paul George vs. MIN ($8.2k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Russell Westbrook (hand) is expected to play tonight, but if he’s at anything less than one hundred percent, he could be more willing to defer to Paul George. George broke out of a slump with 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting on Wednesday and draws a plus matchup tonight. He’ll go against a Timberwolves team that ranks 26th in defensive rating and dead last in opponent FG shooting percentage (.483) this season. George has produced 37 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds over two appearances against the Wolves this year. He’s supplementing his scoring with nice peripheral stats, as he leads the league at 2.8 SPG.
Kelly Oubre Jr. vs. DET ($4.8k DraftKings, $5.0k FanDuel)
With John Wall (knee) out, several Wizards have stepped up. None have seen as great an increase in production as Kelly Oubre Jr. The third-year man out of Kansas dropped a career-high 22 points in just 29 minutes in a loss at Philly on Wednesday. He should continue to see steady run against a Pistons team that gives up the seventh-most FPPG (43.03) to opposing SFs this season. Oubre sees a 5.2 percent rise in usage rate (to 24.8 percent) when Wall is off the floor. He’s thriving while defenses sell out to stop Bradley Beal.
Lance Stephenson @ TOR ($4.5k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
Here’s another cheap option at forward to help you pay up for studs at other positions tonight. Lance Stephenson continues to exceed value and prove his recent production is no fluke. He’s working alongside Pacers leading scorer Victor Oladipo and averaging 13.2 PPG on 61 percent shooting over his last five appearances. Lance can go cold at any time but remains a viable GPP play in this price range with tangible upside.
Others to consider: Kevin Durant, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Wiggins, Domantas Sabonis, Taj Gibson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
DeMarcus Cousins @ UTA ($10.9k DraftKings, $10.7k FanDuel)
Perhaps you’ve been fading DeMarcus Cousins along with us over the past couple of weeks, but now is the time to pounce. Use “Boogie” at a diminished price tag against a Jazz team that’s reeling without Rudy Gobert (knee). Utah’s been burned by talented centers of late, giving up a combined 11 assists to Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets’ backup bigs earlier this week. Cousins is rocking an impressive 25.3 percent assist rate along with his 33.2 percent usage rate this season. He’s established a solid floor, even if he’s failed to meet value of late. He could blow up in this plus spot.
Bam Adebayo vs. CHA ($4.1k DraftKings, $4.7k FanDuel)
While the absence of Hassan Whiteside (knee) is going to hurt for Miami and makes Dwight Howard ($7.5k, $7.9k) an even more appealing play tonight, it also turns Bam Adebayo into a great value option. The super-skilled big man played 31 minutes in a blowout loss at MSG on Wednesday. He will be forced into action with Whiteside slated to miss a couple of weeks. Kelly Olynyk simply can’t match up with Howard, which will likely force Erik Spoelstra to roll with his rookie in heavy doses tonight.
Others to consider: Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, Kelly Olynyk