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FanDuel NBA Plays: Thursday

by Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

We have an appealing five-game slate on the cards for Thursday, and I’m here to point out some of my favorite plays at each position on FanDuel. Let’s get to the analysis.


Point Guard

Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, $6,600 - Eric Gordon is set to miss four to six weeks and it looks like Holiday is going to step into the starting lineup. Tyreke Evans is also banged up, so there is extra usage available at guard for the Pelicans. Holiday has really started to pick it up recently, as he’s topped 33 FanDuel points in each of his past three games. He’s still cheap compared to where his price is likely headed, and the matchup with the Pistons is not prohibitive. 


Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, $9,800 - CP3 is coming off of a 62 FD point effort against Houston in overtime, and has put the Clippers on his shoulders with Blake Griffin out, especially in competitive games. This should be a very competitive game with Cleveland and if the Clippers hope to pull off the road win then he’ll have to produce a big game. He’ll face one of the Cavs’ weakest defenders in Kyrie Irving, and I’d expect a ton of pick and roll involving the Cavs’ other poor defender, Kevin Love



Shooting Guard

Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks, $5,000 - Bazemore was on a solid roll, but has hit a rough patch lately and has been under ten FD points in two of his last three games. Luckily for Bazemore, there’s no better slump buster for a SG than the Kings’ “defense”. They’ve been awful against SG going on three years now and allow the second-most real PPG to SG this season. 


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, $5,900 - KCP has never been known as someone that is dependable, but he’s now topped 25 FD in eight of his last ten games, and plays big minutes each night. This will be a pace up game for the Pistons against the poor defense of the Pelicans, who are 25th in DvP against SG. If you can’t quite squeeze in Bazemore or KCP, then Jamal Crawford is still cheap and has picked up extra shots and minutes with Blake Griffin out of the lineup. Crawford is a solid value as he’s hit 20 FD points in five straight games. 



Small Forward


Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, $7,100 - Gallinari has been very steady recently, as he’s topped 30 FD points in eight of his last nine games. The Grizzlies are still a solid defensive team, but they’re not the caliber of previous seasons and have struggled against SF. They are 21st in DvP against SF and Gallinari took advantage in the first matchup with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. 


Marcus Morris, Detroit Pistons, $5,200 - LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are quality options as well, but both are kind of scuffling, and if you can’t quite afford their salary then Morris offers attractive minute volume on a short slate. He’s not an exciting player to, but he is normally locked into 35+ minutes a night and has been better offensively recently. He’s topped 25 FD points in three straight games, and this will be a pace-up game for the Pistons. 


Also Consider - Paul Pierce, P.J. Tucker (if Suns frontcourt is out)



Power Forward

Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, $8,700 - Anthony Davis always provides solid upside, but Millsap offers solid savings from him and draws an elite matchup against the Kings’ awful defense. Sacramento is 28th in DvP against PF and Millsap shredded the Kings for 23 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in the first meeting of the season. 


Darrell Arthur, Denver Nuggets, $4,300 - He’s no longer starting and the Denver frontcourt can be tough to trust, but Arthur just keeps on producing. Over his past five games, he’s averaging 27 minutes, 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The matchup against the Grizzlies is not ideal, but the Grizzlies big frontcourt should help solidify his minutes. He’s topped 20 FD points (roughly 5x value) in six of his last seven games, including a 25 FD point game against this same Memphis team. 




DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, $10,700 - Boogie has taken off recently and has been on a tear over his past eight games. He’s coming off of cake matcup with the Lakers, and draws another plus matchup with an Atlanta team that is dead last in rebounding differential. The Hawks are 21st in DvP against centers and allow the sixth-most rebounds as well as the seventh-most points to the position too. 


Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8,800 - This looks like “spend up” night at center to me, as both of the top options draw great matchups. Drummond is coming off of a pedestrian game against the Rockets, but he’s in a nice bounce back spot. The Pelicans are 29th in DvP against centers and allow the fifth-most rebounds, fifth-most blocks and sixth-most points to centers, which bodes well for Drummond’s prospects. 


Also Consider - Marc Gasol, Phoenix centers (punt options if all of their PFs are out)


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.