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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 12/20

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 20, 2018, 1:59 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 two games.




J.J. Barea – Dallas (at LA Clippers)


Barea could see a boost if Dennis Smith Jr.(questionable) misses this game, but there’s a good chance he’ll hover in the 20 minute range regardless. Barea is an offensive-minded player who is capable of piling up points and assists in a hurry. In fact, he posted a run of 30+ fantasy points in five of seven games through mid-November – so he’s certainly capable of piling up some solid production. I’m willing to take a chance on that upside while rummaging through value options on this brief two-game slate.


Also Consider: Patrick Beverley, Tyler Johnson



James Harden – Houston (at Miami)


Settling for value plays like J.J. Barea is part of a larger strategy to make James Harden fit in my lineup. “The Beard” has been on fire with 62+ fantasy points in three of his past four – reaching as high as 79 FP with a remarkable triple-double vs the Lakers. He failed to hit that mark with only 56 fantasy points in a runaway victory last night, but I’ll definitely take that as his fantasy floor. This is a competitive matchup at Miami that should require heavy usage and minutes from the MVP candidate. The Heat are mediocre in defensive efficiency vs opposing backcourt players, so this is certainly a winnable matchup for Harden.


Also Consider: Luka Doncic, Dwyane Wade




Derrick Jones Jr. – Miami (vs Houston)


Jones has only been part of the rotation for five games, making the most of that opportunity with 27+ fantasy points in each contest. He’s still underpriced on both sites ($5200 FD, $4400 DK) while considering his new 25+ minute role for Miami. Consider Jones one of the more confident value commodities of this slate. He’s good for a look through all formats.


Also Consider: Josh Richardson, Harrison Barnes




Tobias Harris – LA Clippers (vs Dallas)


Harris is a foundational piece when assembling lineups tonight. He’s fresh off a career high 39 real points that translated to 56 fantasy points vs Portland on Monday. Tobias is brimming with confidence while seeing plenty of offensive opportunities in a strong game environment against the Mavericks (219 over/under). His price is arguably lower than deserved due to a few poor performances in blowout losses to the Raptors and Spurs. I’ll be taking advantage of that through all formats.


Also Consider: Montrezl Harrell, Kelly Olynyk (tournaments)




DeAndre Jordan – Dallas (at LA Clippers)


This is the first time DeAndre Jordan will play against his former team in Los Angeles. He played the Clippers in Dallas earlier this month, resulting a feast of 16 points, 23 rebounds, and 53 fantasy points. LAC ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers, and some extra motivation doesn’t hurt DeAndre’s fantasy cause.


Also Consider: Clint Capela

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