DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Thursday 12/26/19
With six games to choose from on tonight's NBA slate, let's take a look at how to utilize the DFS possibilities.
Here are some of the top plays and sleepers on DraftKings. As always, good luck.
Elfrid Payton ($5,300) -- The battle of New York is tonight between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and we should be in for an exciting matchup in Brooklyn. Payton has been running the Knicks' offense of late, and they've averaged 115.8 over the past five games while he's recorded 6.0 points and 9.2 assists in those five matchups. He's led the Knicks in assists in four of the past five games and totaled 26 or more FanDuel points in six of his last 10 games.
Spencer Dinwiddie ($8,700) -- Perhaps the best guard in the battle of the New York squads, Dinwiddie has scored 31 or more real-world points in three in a row, including 39 and 41 in his last two. He's attempted at least 21 shots in four straight and shot 42 percent or better in nine of his last 10 games. The Nets are 12th in scoring per game (111.9) and have averaged 110 over their last five home contests. Our model projects Dinwiddie with 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 6.6 made field goals tonight. He has made seven or more field goals in seven straight games.
Bradley Beal ($9,900) -- Beal remains fifth in the league in scoring at a career-high 28.3 points per game, and he's recorded 30 or more points in four of his last five and at least nine three-point attempts in six in a row. The Washington Wizards are third in the league in points per game (117.5) and second in assists (27.3) behind the play of Beal. Beal has averaged 32.6 points, 6.4 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and 53.65 fantasy points over his past five games. He's projected to be the leading scorer with 26.8 points tonight in a nice matchup versus the Pistons.
Andrew Wiggins ($7,800) -- Wiggins running mate, Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,500), is questionable tonight, and if KAT is out, Wiggins must be in your lineup. The Canadian swingman has scored at least 16 points in every game this season and recorded 20 games of 20 or more points in 25 games. Wiggins has averaged 24.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his last 10 games.
Buddy Hield ($6,300) -- Hield has been in a three-game slump with 25 combined points across the three, going 9 for 45 (20%) from the field and 4 for 28 (14.2%) from three-point land. In 12 games in December, Hield has averaged 19.9 points and 3.4 made threes while attempting 10.3 three-point tries per night. Hield ranks third in the league in three-pointers made (110) and attempts (307) while the Sacramento Kings as a team are 16th in total threes made (364) and 14th in three-point attempts (1,035). Facing the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hield could get back on track in this one.
Joe Harris ($5,700) -- Harris is averaging a career-high marks of 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 made threes per game. Harris has attempted 10 or more shots in eight of his last 10 games en route to 16.2 points per game and 43.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Nets as a team are 26th in three-point percentage (33.7%). Harris is 10th in three-point percentage (43.4%), 17th in made threes (79) and 31st in attempts (182).
Kristaps Porzingis ($8,300) -- If Luka Doncic sits again, you can book Porzingis for at least 19 points for the seventh straight game as the Mavericks welcome their state rivals in the Spurs. Porzingis has averaged 22.0 points and 12.8 rebounds over his last six games with five-straight double-doubles. The Mavs haven't dropped from atop the league leaders offensively since Doncic has been out. They are fourth in the league in scoring per game (117.2) and lead the way in offensive net rating (115.8). Our model projects Porzingis at his lowest point total (16.2) with Luka Doncic potentially coming back. If Doncic remains sidelined, Porzingis' outlook gets a big boost.
Marvin Bagley III ($5,300) -- Bagley has played seven games since coming back from injury, and he's averaging 13 points and 6.9 rebounds since his return. The Kings' 2018 first-round pick has scored double-digits in every game this season with two double-doubles on the year. The Kings will welcome Bagley back with open arms as they rank 29th in rebounding (41.9) and 30th in points in the paint (43.1). If Karl-Anthony Towns is out for Minny tonight after being tagged questionable, Bagley has even better value at $5,300.
Andre Drummond ($10,000) -- Drummond, for the second time all season, recorded fewer than 10 rebounds in his last game, grabbing nine boards both times he's failed to get to 10. Drummond did, however, score 27 points, his most since November 6th, when he scored 27. The Wizards are last in the NBA in rebounding per game (41.6) while Drummond leads the league (16.1). Last season, in two games versus Washington, Drummond averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and 3.5 steals. He should be dominant on the boards tonight with a potential 20-rebound game on tap.
Jarrett Allen ($6,400) -- Allen has recorded six double-doubles in his last 10 games and shot 50 percent or better in eight of those 10 contests. The 'Fro is putting up 13.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in December (10 games) and has posted 10 or more rebounds in eight of his last 10. Allen and DeAndre Jordan ($5,100) should both have successful nights for the Nets down low. Brooklyn is second in rebounding (48.6), and Allen has a solid floor today.
Vaughn Dalzell is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Vaughn also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username vdalzell. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his/her personal views, he/she may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his/her personal account. The views expressed in his/her articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.