This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
Now let’s move on to the NBA DFS Plays for Thursday!
Damian Lillard – Portland (at Orlando)
This is a pretty easy pick in my opinion. Orlando ranked in the bottom ten for defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards last season, and they find themselves in the same category so far this year. The Magic don’t really have anyone to impede Damian Lillard tonight, which frees up the Portland PG to make a fantasy splash. Lillard has notched 44+ FP in all three games this season, and he has an excellent opportunity to surpass that total this evening.
Gary Harris – Denver (at LA Lakers)
Gary Harris has really stepped up with Will Barton out of the lineup, a trend that should continue moving forward. Harris has produced 111 fantasy points in 95 minutes over his past three outings. That’s some impressive efficiency! The best part of that recent run comes from Harris’ ability to attack the basket. It seems that his offensive game is more well-rounded this season, where he was content to chuck three-pointers in previous years. Harris is an all-around player who should thrive in this fast-paced matchup at LAL tonight. Lock him in without hesitation!
Larry Nance Jr. – Cleveland (at Detroit)
Kevin Love is out tonight, and I’m thinking Larry Nance Jr. should start in his place. Of course, we’ll wait for confirmation before deciding to run with him in our cash lineups. If Nance is starting, he could see around 30 minutes in this draw at Detroit. He has been an efficient FP/minute producer throughout his career, so the boost in playing time should lead to fantasy success. I’m optimistic that he’ll log that type of playing time while Cleveland needs his size to combat Griffin and Drummond up front. He just needs to stay out of foul trouble, but Nance is worth the risk for a bargain salary in my opinion.
Aaron Gordon – Orlando (vs Portland)
The fantasy roller coaster has already taken off for Aaron Gordon. He has only played four games this season, logging fantasy points of 44, 29, 47, and 19 respectively. If we follow that pattern, he’s due for somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 FP, right? Seriously though, this is a quality matchup that could feed Gordon’s upside. Portland has played in some high-scoring, fast-pace games this season – something that falls right into Gordon’s wheelhouse. He has a chance to replicate the fantasy production of Blake Griffin for a fraction of the cost. This Orlando-Portland game should be much more competitive than the Detroit-Cleveland matchup (without Love) as well.
JaVale McGee – LA Lakers (vs Denver)
I have recommended JaVale McGee every time he has played this season, so why stop now? He’s still underpriced, especially on FanDuel for $6200. The Lakers play at an unbelievable pace, which gives McGee more opportunities to collect dunks (as long as they go in), boards, and blocks. In reality, his usual 25 or so minutes is more like 30+ when factoring in the amount of possessions he sees. That should be no different tonight in a fast-paced draw with Denver. The over/under for this game is 236 total points, and McGee could find another 40 FP performance within that.