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NBA DFS Plays: Sunday 12/23

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 23, 2018, 10:59 am ET

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.

 

Keep in mind that we are looking towards the main slate at 6:00 ET with nine games.

 

POINT GUARD

 

De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (vs New Orleans)

 

This New Orleans-Sacramento game is definitely one to target for fantasy purposes. Both teams rank in the top six for pace and bottom six for team defensive efficiency. As a result, we have a massive 239 over/under with the Pelicans favored by one. De’Aaron Fox has been on fire lately with 43+ fantasy points in four of his past five games, the only miss coming when only playing six minutes (essentially given the night off) in a blowout loss. He should surpass that threshold in this competitive tilt against a New Orleans team that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards.

 

Also Consider: Kris Dunn, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tyus Jones (if Rose out)

SHOOTING GUARD

 

Jrue Holiday – New Orleans (at Sacramento)

 

I already mentioned the elite game environment for this Pelicans-Kings matchup, and Jrue Holiday will look to keep his hotstreak within that. Holiday is pricey on both DFS sites, but I’m willing to absorb the cumbersome salary while considering the elite matchup against a fast-paced Sacramento team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards. Holiday has reached 43+ fantasy points in seven of his past nine, and he has upside well beyond that when considering the promising draw.

 

Also Consider: Buddy Hield, Jordan Clarkson

 

SMALL FORWARD

 

Nemanja Bjelica – Sacramento (vs New Orleans)

 

Hopefully you are starting to realize how crazy I am about stacking this Sacramento-New Orleans tilt. Bjelica has been seeing more playing time with rookie PF Marvin Bagley sidelined, and I’m thinking he’ll see plenty of minutes in tonight’s scorefest. Sacramento will need his range and versatility to keep pace with the Pelicans, and we could see a high upside outing from Bjelica will plenty of opportunities. New Orleans ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards, and I believe Bjelica is a legitimate candidate for 20 points and 10 rebounds with 30+ minutes of action.

 

Also Consider: Robert Covington, Kelly Oubre Jr

 

POWER FORWARD

 

Lauri Markkanen – Chicago (at Cleveland)

 

Markkanen has been a fantasy beast lately with 43+ fantasy points in three of his past four games. An inefficient performance vs Brooklyn (18 FP in 33 minutes) is keeping his salary low, and I wouldn’t be too concerned with that outlier. This is a great matchup to keep Markkanen going, playing in a competitive tilt against a bad Cleveland defense that ranks 23rd vs power forwards.

 

Also Consider: Draymond Green, Larry Nance Jr, Jonas Jerebko (tournaments)  

 

CENTER

 

Jarrett Allen – Brooklyn (vs Phoenix)

 

Take note that I will be looking towards Ivica Zubac as a value play through all formats if he is granted another start in JaVale McGee’s (questionable) potential absence. That would help add legitimate value to this slate in an effort to stack the aforementioned plays.

Jarrett Allen is an intriguing fantasy center tonight as well. He’s looking at one of the best matchups for a big man, hosting a Phoenix team that ranks 29th vs centers and 23rd in rebound rate. Keep in mind that the Suns will likely have tired legs (maybe resting some starters?) after playing three overtimes yesterday. Allen has been up-and-down in recent games, but he has shown some glimpses of upside when the matchup corresponds. That should be the case tonight.

 

Also Consider: Marc Gasol, Julius Randle, Ivica Zubac (great value if McGee out)   

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.