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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 12/27/18

LeBron James' absence opens up a ton of fantasy value as the Lakers take on the Kings tonight.

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.

Let's take a look at who you should target on today's main slate.

Best of the Best

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,000): Giannis is playing his fewest minutes of the last five seasons, but thanks to his elite efficiency, the career-best 54.5 FanDuel points per game are also good for second in the NBA. The New York Knicks, thanks in part to a 29th-ranked defensive rating, allow top-10 fantasy efficiency to opposing small forwards, and with his recent form (60-plus FanDuel points in 6 of his last 14 games), Giannis should have no trouble taking advantage of this matchup.

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