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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 1/2

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: January 2, 2020, 12:03 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game 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.

We’ll take a look at the nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on Thursday. 

POINT GUARD

Luka Doncic - Dallas (vs. Brooklyn) 

This could be Luka’s night. The matchup looks great against a Brooklyn team that ranks fourth in pace and 25th in defensive efficiency to point guards. On top of that, Kristaps Porzingis is questionable with a knee injury. Even if Porzingis plays, it’s hard to fathom that he’ll be 100%. That would result in more offensive opportunities for Doncic, who is aligned perfectly to cash in on this beautiful draw. There is enough value to absorb Doncic’s marked-up salary, and I highly recommend that strategy. 

Also Consider: Aaron Holiday, Shabazz Napier (if Teague out) 

SHOOTING GUARD

Damion Lee - Golden State (at Minnesota) 

Lee’s salary has climbed to mid-range territory, but let sticker shock cloud your judgment. Lee is trending upward with 31+ fantasy points in each of his last four games. That includes a sweet 53 FP showing against Houston on Christmas Day. D’Angelo Russell will remain sidelined for the Warriors, giving Lee even more upside with minutes and opportunities. That should translate to fantasy success against a Minnesota team that ranks first in pace and 22nd in overall defensive efficiency. 

Also Consider: Devonte’ Graham, Lou Williams (if playing)  

SMALL FORWARD

Jarrett Culver - Minnesota (vs. Golden State) 

This Wolves-Warriors matchup looks good for daily fantasy purposes, as two bad defenses are facing each other in a competitive matchup. Minnesota has been decimated by injury, as Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, and Karl-Anthony Towns have missed the last several games. If that continues to be the case (especially if Teague and/or Wiggins are out), Culver will maintain starter playing time that inspired 35 minutes and 38 FPPG averages over the past two games. 

Also Consider: Paul George, Alec Burks, Joe Ingles

POWER FORWARD

Richaun Holmes - Sacramento (vs. Memphis) 

Holmes has been a beast lately, hitting 36+ fantasy points in four of his last six outings. Marvin Bagley will miss some time moving forward, which solidifies Holmes’ role in the Sacramento frontcourt. He’s looking at a sneaky-good matchup tonight, as the Grizzlies rank 21st in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Holmes posted 40 FP in 29 minutes against Memphis on December 21, and he could see more playing time with Bagley out. 

Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard, Christian Wood, Marquese Chriss 

CENTER

Tristan Thompson - Cleveland (vs. Charlotte) 

Thompson isn’t a must-play by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a solid mid-range option if you are looking in his price range. The matchup is excellent, as Charlotte ranks 27th in defensive efficiency to power forwards and 27th in rebound rate this season. Thompson’s fantasy production has been up-and-down lately, but I’m expecting him to easily surpass his 32 FPPG average in this welcoming draw. 

Also Consider: Rudy Gobert, Gorgui Dieng (if Towns out)  

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