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. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
11/30/18 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Big Jam: $10 entry, $400k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Shot: $9.99 entry, $300k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $50,000 to 1st!
Slam: $77 entry, $200k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for November 30, 2018
Best Guards for November 30, 2018
Russell Westbrook vs. ATL ($11.5k DraftKings, $11.4k FanDuel)
Fresh off dismantling the lowly Cavs, Russell Westbrook is primed for another potential triple-double against another bottom-feeding Eastern Conference team. The Hawks are first in pace and yield the second-most PPG (117.8) this season, along with the most APG (27), 3PTM (12.7), and FTA (27.7) per game. The thought of Trae Young trying to keep Westbrook out of the paint is laughable. Atlanta also has very limited options down low to try and deny him at the rim with slow-footed Alex Len and Dewayne Dedmon trading reps at center, while John Collins is more of a natural PF. Westy easily dropped 31 PPG, 9.5 RPG, and 13.5 APG over two meetings with Atlanta last year and appears back to full strength after offseason knee surgery. Despite his lofty price tag, Westbrook has the highest per-dollar rating for FanDuel lineups in pro models on FantasyLabs.
Jimmy Butler vs. WAS ($7.4k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
After a quiet scoring night, Jimmy Butler is a great buy-low candidate in a fantastic matchup against the Wizards’ 30th-rated defense. Washington ranks 25th in opponents FG shooting (47.5%) and 24th against opposing SFs (45.67%) this year. Matchups matter less for Butler than game flow. He went off for 34 points in a tough win at Brooklyn before coasting in a blowout win over the Knicks. He’ll remain a high-risk option until the Sixers offense solidifies, but Butler is well worth a look in GPP formats at that price tag on DraftKings.
Ryan Arcidiacono @ DET ($4.4k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
Somehow, someway, Ryan Arcidiacano remains a verified bargain on DraftKings despite the fact he’s provided 6x salary returns while scoring 22 points in consecutive outings against the elite Spurs and Bucks defenses. Now, he’ll face a Pistons team that ranks 26th in DvP against opposing PGs over the last 14 days and 20th in opponent FG shooting (46.4%) this year. His usage rate has doubled in those outings, and he’s logged steady playing time (35.5 MPG) over his last five appearances. Arcidiacano boasts secure usage going forward until Kris Dunn (knee) can return.
Other guards to consider: Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal, Josh Richardson, Luka Doncic, Reggie Jackson, Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Marcus Smart
Best Forwards for November 30, 2018
LeBron James vs. DAL ($10.6k DraftKings, $11.0k FanDuel)
Another buy-low candidate, LeBron James already bounced back from a season-low 14-point outing in Denver with a huge game last night against Indiana and his price tag was already set for tonight. Dallas ranks 24th in DvP against opposing PGs over the last 14 days and coughs up the 10th-most PPG (20.81) to the position this year. James has taken over as the Lakers’ PG, which should help him boost his 31.6% assist rate: his lowest mark since 2007. He actually averaged more RPG (10.1) and APG (9.5) with a 32.8% usage rate when playing on zero days rest last year and he will be ready to go again at home tonight.
Markieff Morris @ PHI ($5.5k DraftKings, $6.6k FanDuel)
Moving to the bench seems to have sparked something in Markieff Morris. He’s averaging 17.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG while shooting an impressive 41.9% from downtown over his last five appearances. Philadelphia yields the most 2PT attempts and makes while playing at the seventh-fastest pace in the league. The Sixers also rank 25th in DvP against opposing PFs over the last 14 days. Morris is now rocking a career-best 112 offensive rating. His Wizards are playing much better as a unit while averaging 119 PPG over their last five contests. At his current price tag on DK, Morris offers the best per-dollar value of any player on the slate per FantasyLabs.
Jonathan Isaac vs. PHO ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.9k FanDuel)
The Magic will offer several intriguing values if Aaron Gordon (back) is unable to suit up tonight against the Suns’ 27th-rated defense. Phoenix is decent in terms of defending the 3-point line but ranks 28th in opponents 2-point shooting (54.8%) this season. Hence, we’re leaning toward Jonathan Isaac over Terrence Ross ($4.9k, $5.0k) although both are solid mid-tier options. Isaac has played 30 minutes in consecutive games against two elite teams in the Warriors and Blazers. His per-36 minute averages are up to 13.9 points and 8.5 rebounds this season, and he’s a worthwhile Cash play in this matchup if he’s locked into 30-plus minutes again.
Other forwards to consider: Blake Griffin, Paul George, Jabari Parker, Evan Fournier, Marcus Morris, Justin Holiday, Al-Farouq Aminu, Richaun Holmes
Best Centers for November 30, 2018
Andre Drummond vs. CHI ($9.4k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
The Bulls (+9.5) don’t match up well against the Pistons and their two powerfully skilled big men. Andre Drummond draws an even better matchup than Blake Griffin against a team that ranks 20th in DvP against opposing centers over the last 14 days and gives up the most RPG (49.4) overall this season. Drummond, once again, leads the NBA in RPG (16) and has been electric at home with averages of 20.1 PPG and 17.8 RPG this season. The fact that he’s coming off a quiet outing against the Knicks, and battled foul trouble against the Bulls in the first week of the season, could drive his ownership rate down.
Aron Baynes vs. CLE ($3.2k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Celtics starting center Al Horford will rest on the front end of a B2B set, opening the door for Aron Baynes to start and potentially play big minutes. His biggest competition for playing time is Daniel Theis, but Baynes’ ability to stretch the floor may be more valuable against Tristan Thompson and the Cavs. Cleveland ranks 29th in defensive rating and is dead last in opponent FG shooting (48.8%) this year. Baynes is a true punt play with limited upside, yet he’s come through in this situation before and can provide a lot of flexibility tonight with the potential for 6.5x salary returns tonight.
Other centers to consider: Joel Embiid, Nikola Vucevic, Julius Randle, Tristan Thompson, Bam Adebayo