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FanDuel NBA Lineup Advice: Thursday (12/29)

Dec 29, 2016

With a great matchup in what's sure to be a high-paced game, Terrance Ross offers exceptional value tonight

With a great matchup in what’s sure to be a high-paced game, Terrence Ross offers exceptional value tonight

Welcome back to Thursday’s FanDuel NBA Lineup Advice. Check out my lineup advice below for tonight’s six-game slate. I will also add a daily low-priced (under $5,000) value play to each position under those other players to consider.

Tread carefully with players on back-to-back sets as we should see some of those star players likely resting. For example, Joel Embiid will be resting tonight. This advice is assuming that DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Nicolas Batum will play on back-to-back sets and that DeMarre Carroll will sit.

Don’t forget to check out FantasyPros Cheat Sheets for assistance with your lineups and the FantasyPros website for injury updates prior to tip-off. Without further ado, please check out my lineup advice below.

Tonight’s games and point projection totals:

  • MIA vs. CHA – 200
  • OKC vs. MEM – 198
  • BOS vs. CLE – 215
  • PHI vs. UTA – 196
  • TOR vs. PHX – 222
  • DAL vs. LAL – 204

Point Guards

Kyle Lowry (TOR): $8,700 at PHX
Kyle Lowry is coming off one of his best games of the season against the Warriors on Wednesday posting 27 points and 11 assists. Lowry gets another favorable matchup against the Suns on Thursday who allow the fifth-most points to opposing point guards this season! I’m going with two solid point guards instead of swapping in Russell Westbrook and a low-priced guard such as Cory Joseph or Shelvin Mack.

Deron Williams (DAL): $6,400 at LAL
Prior to his previous six-point stinker against the Rockets, Williams had eight consecutive games of 12 plus points. The Rockets blew out the Mavericks in that game limiting Williams to only 23 minutes.

The Lakers give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season which should bode well for Williams. J.J. Barea is also out, and Dirk Nowitzki is questionable leaving more opportunities for Williams.

Also Consider:
Russell Westbrook (OKC) : $12,500
Goran Dragic (MIA): $7,400
Jordan Clarkson (LAL): $4,600 (daily value play)

Shooting Guards

DeMar DeRozan (TOR): $8,400 at PHX
You can’t undervalue the opportunity for DeRozen and Lowry to post monster stat lines against a struggling defense. The Suns are tied with the Nets who allow the most points in the NBA per game this season with 114.3. PLAY YOUR STUDS!

Avery Bradley (BOS): $6,700 at CLE
Avery Bradley currently leads the Celtics in rebounds per game with just over seven per contest. In his first meeting with the Cavaliers, Bradley posted a solid double-double finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Expect Bradley’s strong play to continue against the Cavaliers who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season.

Also Consider:
Nicolas Batum (CHA) : $7,600
Lou Williams (LAL): $5,500
Norman Powell (TOR): $3,500 (daily value play)

Small Forwards

Jae Crowder (BOS): $5,300 at CLE
On the other hand, Jae Crowder missed the first matchup with the Cavaliers, so he will be looking to make a difference in this contest. The Celtics lost 128-122 without Crowder and Al Horford.

Look for Crowder to follow up his two consecutive games of 16 plus points per game. Crowder is a solid mid-range price tag player who has potential for a breakout game.

Terrence Ross (TOR): $3,500 at PHX
Terrence Ross is one of my favorite low-priced daily value plays of the night. You can’t ask for a better matchup in what expects to be the highest scoring game of the night against the Suns.

Ross is coming off a 24-point explosion against the Warriors on Wednesday night. He also had seven rebounds and two steals in that game. With DeMarre Carroll not playing in back-to-back sets and likely out, Ross has even more opportunity to shine.

Also Consider:
Gordon Hayward (UTA) : $7,800
LeBron James (CLE): $10,100
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA): $4,700 (daily value play)

Power Forwards

Kevin Love (CLE): $8,300 vs. BOS
There aren’t many premier choices this evening at the power forward position with Kevin Love and Julius Randle being the top choices followed by a few solid role players in Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph. Kevin Love is a must start on a night where we only have six games and not too many starting power forwards to choice from. Love’s also in what expects to be a shootout against the Celtics.

Marvin Williams (CHA): $4,400 vs. MIA
Marvin Williams does draw a tougher matchup on paper against Hassan Whiteside and Heat. However, he’s had at least 19 fantasy points over his past two games while averaging two steals over those contests. He played only 22 minutes on Wednesday giving him a solid chance to play in the late 20s or early 30s in this second game of a back-to-back set.

Also Consider:
Julius Randle (LAL): $6,600
Ersan Ilyasova (PHI): $5,500
Patrick Patterson (TOR): $4,100 (daily value play)


Marc Gasol (MEM): $8,300 vs. OKC
Marc Gasol rounds out my lineup while coming off a solid 26-point performance against the Celtics. Gasol is averaging just under 20 points per game while averaging over four assists per game. Gasol ranks first among centers in assists per game (4.3) just above Portland’s Mason Plumlee (4.2). Look for Gasol to be very active against the Thunder hopefully with Mike Conley alongside him. If Conley sits, even more reason to play Gasol.

Also Consider:
Hassan Whiteside (MIA): $8,900
Rudy Gobert (UTA): $7,500
Jahlil Okafor (PHI): $4,600 (daily value play)

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Sean Fitzpatrick is a FantasyPros Correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Sean, check out his archive and follow him on Twitter @seanfitz2323.

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