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FanDuel NBA Plays: Thursday

by Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:05 pm ET

Tonight we have a small four-game slate with Atlanta at Toronto (-4, total of 199 on the NBA odds board), Chicago at San Antonio (-11, 205), Phoenix at Denver (-7.5, 214), and Cleveland at Los Angeles Lakers (+9.5, 209).


As always, keep an eye on the injury reports because the NBA is crazy this time of year. We’re waiting to hear on the statuses of Kobe Bryant, Timofey Mozgov and Luis Scola.



Point Guard

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,200 - It’s a small slate, but some of the PGs draw elite matchups with Kyrie leading the charge. The Lakers are dead last in DVP against PGs on the season, and Kyrie has been on a roll offensively. He’s coming off of a 30 point game last night and put up 35 points, three rebounds and seven assists against the Lakers earlier this season. 


Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, $6,000 - If you have the extra $1,000, D’Angelo Russell is in a nice spot tonight, and is a great option. However, if you can’t quite squeeze him in the Mudiay is also in a great spot and I really like all three of Kyrie, Mudiay and Russell tonight. Mudiay has been playing great over his past four games, and he’s been playing 30+ minutes a night. He’s been right at or exceeded 5x value in four straight and the Suns are 29th in DVP against PGs on the season. Mudiay has taken advantage as he’s averaging 19.5 points, four rebounds and three assists in 26.5 MPG against Phoenix this year. 


Also Consider - D’Angelo Russell



Shooting Guard

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, $5,700 - Brandon Knight should be returning soon, but even if he comes back tonight, he is supposed to come off the bench in his first game. That should ensure Booker continues to get great usage in the Suns offense. He’s busted out recently as he’s scored at least 27 real points in three of his past four games, and has averaged 18 FGA over his past five games. Denver is 27th in DVP against SGs on the season and this Denver/Phoenix game looks like the top game to target tonight. 


Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers, $6,100 - The Lakers’ young guards are playing some great ball right now, and Clarkson has returned from injury and is back to playing big minutes with Lou Williams still out. He’s averaging 36.5 MPG and over 5x value in his last two games. He does draw the tougher matchup as he’s moved to SGs, so he won’t face Kyrie Irving defense, but he’s averaging 19 FGA his past two games and is still very affordable. 


Also Consider - Gary Harris, Will Barton

Small Forward

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $10,100 - SF is really thin today as it completely falls off after the top two options, so for cash games I’d definitely try to squeeze in LeBron and Kawhi. The blowout is a concern here but this game is in LA, and outside of a blowout to Atlanta, the Lakers have been more competitive recently. The Cavs recently beat the Lakers 120-111 in Cleveland, and LeBron put up 29 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists. 


Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8,700 - Kawhi is coming off of a disappointing performance against Minnesota, as his minutes were cut short by a blowout. Otherwise, he’s been great recently and will face a reeling Chicago defense that is once again without Jimmy Butler. The Bulls are 23rd in DVP against SFs on the season and with Butler out, Kawhi should feast on the likes of Mike Dunleavy, Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell


Also Consider - Nikola Mirotic, Mike Dunleavy



Power Forward

Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $6,800 - He’s still more of a tournament option, but he’s finally started to show that elite upside that we witnessed last season. With Danilo Gallinari out, his minutes have stabilized as Gallinari did play some stretch PF. He’s produced a double double in six of his last seven games and has exceeded 35 FanDuel points in five of those seven. Denver checks in with the highest team total on the night at 110 points, which is nine points higher than their season average, so they’re a great team to target tonight. Kevin Love should be very popular and I like him as well; he’s a preferred cash game option for me but Faried is a great GPP pivot off of Love. 


LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, $7,900 - There are potentially a couple of cheap options in Tristan Thompson and Jason Thompson, but we’ll have to wait to see if Timofey Mozgov and Luis Scola are returning tonight to determine their viability. Assuming Mozgov and Scola play, my three favorite PF options are Kevin Love, Kenneth Faried and Aldridge. Aldridge has finally settled in offensively in San Antonio and his production is on the upswing. He’s averaging 17 FGA over his past four games, which is three over his season average and has produced at least 37 FD points in each. The Bulls interior defense has been very poor and this sets up for another quality outing from Aldridge. 




Alex Len, Phoenix Suns, $6,600 - Len came back to earth a little bit last night as he put up a terrible first half. However, he responded with a big second half to salvage his night and produce another double double. The Suns have said he’s going to be a focal point of the offense down the stretch, and I would expect his price to continue to rise. He’s produced six straight double doubles and has shown 50 fantasy point upside and now will face a weak Denver interior (25th in DVP against power forwards and 18th against centers). 


Also Consider - Nikola Jokic (GPP), Pau Gasol (GPP)

Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Andy has been playing fantasy sports for 15 years started playing Daily Fantasy Sports in 2012 with a $150 bankroll and is now ranked in the top 50 of the RotoGrinders leaderboard, including the top 15 in CFB and top 25 in NBA, under the name A25Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @SouthwesternAg.