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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 12/13

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 13, 2018, 1:35 pm 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 8:00 ET with four games.

POINT GUARD

 

De’Anthony Melton – Phoenix (vs Dallas)

 

Melton has been trending upward while averaging 34 minutes and 35 fantasy points over his past two games. The Suns will continue to operate at a substantial usage deficit with Devin Booker still out, so Melton has another opportunity to take charge. His opponent, Dallas, ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs opposing backcourts. I like the mid-range salary on both sites, and I’ll definitely be looking towards Melton through all formats.

 

Also Consider: Chris Paul, Lonzo Ball (better on DK), Bryn Forbes (GPP)

 

SHOOTING GUARD

 

Luka Doncic – Dallas (at Phoenix)

 

This pick depends on which site you are looking at. I believe Doncic is a strong play on FanDuel, but I may look elsewhere with multi-position eligibility on DraftKings. DeMar DeRozan is cheaper on DK too, which makes the decision harder over there. However, Doncic checks in as a nice all-around snag on FanDuel while settling in as $2200 cheaper than DeRozan. For perspective, that difference is only $800 on DraftKings. This is a great matchup for the capable Dallas rookie, facing a Phoenix team that ranks bottom five against opposing backcourt players.

 

Also Consider: DeMar DeRozan, Josh Hart

 

SMALL FORWARD

 

Rudy Gay – San Antonio (vs LA Clippers)

 

Gay has notched 45+ fantasy points in two of his past four games. Both of those outings featured competitive matchups that pushed Gay to 34+ minutes. The other mediocre performances came with less minutes in blowout situations. We are expecting a tight affair between San Antonio and the LA Clippers with the Spurs favored by 2.5 (222 over/under). That should prompt Gay to see a full workload against a Clippers team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards and top ten in pace. Consider him a solid mid-range pick on both sites.

 

Also Consider: LeBron James, TJ Warren

 

POWER FORWARD

 

Richaun Holmes – Phoenix (vs Dallas)

 

Yes, I really like Kyle Kuzma and Aaron Gordon tonight (in that order). However, I thought this write-up would be better served outlining a less obvious pick like Richaun Holmes. The Phoenix big man has been producing some nice fantasy scores off the bench lately, averaging 25 FP in 20 minutes over his past five. He’s somewhat of a risk/reward pick who has hovered between a wide range of fantasy production this season (13-40 FP lately), but it’s nice to know there’s upside if things go his way. That could happen against a Dallas team that ranks dead last in rebound rate. While many will consider Holmes a tournament-only pick, I’ll be looking towards him in all formats. You can’t find many sub $5000 options with legitimate 30+ FP potential on this abbreviated four game slate. Also, top dollar picks like Chris Paul, LeBron James, Nikola Vuevic, and Doncic/DeRozan are demanding your attention. For those reasons, I’m content utilizing Holmes as a value filler on both sites through all formats. Fingers crossed.

 

Also Consider: Kyle Kuzma, Aaron Gordon, Lauri Markkanen (GPP)

 

CENTER

 

Nikola Vucevic – Orlando (vs Chicago)

 

Vucevic is probably my favorite “expensive” play of the day. His salary is somewhat relaxed after a few moderate performances with less minutes in blowout situations. That shouldn’t be the case tonight with a competitive draw vs Chicago in Mexico City. The Bulls rank 29th in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers, continuously getting roasted whenever coming across skilled bigs. Vucevic certainly fits the bill, and he could put together a high-upside performance in this one.

 

Also Consider: Clint Capela, DeAndre Jordan

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