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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday 12/27

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 27, 2018, 1:17 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 five games.  

 

POINT GUARD

 

Lonzo Ball – LA Lakers (at Sacramento)

 

Rajon Rondo and LeBron James are out tonight, so Ball should see plenty of minutes and usage to make some fantasy noise. A strong matchup against a Sacramento team that ranks second in pace, 20th vs point guards, and 27th in team defensive efficiency certainly helps as well. Ball has been very mediocre over his past three games, but he should get back to the extended playing time and subsequent fantasy totals of his 38 FPPG (36 MPG) run through five games in mid-December.

 

Also Consider: De’Aaron Fox, Ben Simmons

SHOOTING GUARD

 

Buddy Hield – Sacramento (vs LA Lakers)

 

The shooting guard position is pretty tough tonight, especially on FanDuel without the benefit of multi-position eligibility. I’ll be playing with the salaries of Hield, Khris Middleton, Eric Gordon, and maybe even Josh Hart (in tournaments). Of that group, Hield has the most upside within this elite game environment and 230 over/under against the Lakers. Hield has shot his way to 35+ fantasy points in three of his past four games, even tallying 55 FP vs Oklahoma City on December 19. The Lakers rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards as well as 27th in three-point percentage allowed (37.5%) to that position. In other words, Hield will certainly have an opportunity to make things happen if his shot is falling.

 

Also Consider: Khris Middleton, Eric Gordon, Josh Hart (tournaments)  

 

SMALL FORWARD

 

Lance Stephenson – LA Lakers (at Sacramento)

 

As mentioned earlier, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo will not play tonight. That should elevate Lance Stephenson into a more prominent role in the Lakers’ rotation. I’m expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 minutes for him. Lance is averaging a consistent 25 FPPG in three recent games with at least 22 minutes. This is a fantastic matchup in a fast-paced game at Sacramento, and Stephenson should see sufficient usage with LeBron out. He’s a solid all-around value play on both sites.

 

Also Consider: Kevin Durant, Brandon Ingram, Nemanja Bjelica

 

POWER FORWARD

 

Draymond Green – Golden State (vs Portland)

 

Green is underpriced on both FanDuel and DraftKings. He wasn’t very good in the Warriors’ Christmas Day flop vs the Lakers, but Draymond posted 37 and 44 fantasy points in two other games this week. Now he’s facing a Portland team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against the power forward position. I’m expecting a big effort from Green and the Warriors after Tuesday’s embarrassing loss.

 

Also Consider: Kyle Kuzma, Marcus Morris, Kevin Knox (tournaments)

 

CENTER

 

Ivica Zubac – LA Lakers (at Sacramento)

 

JaVale McGee has missed five straight games, and he’s questionable for tonight’s contest at Sacramento. Zubac has stepped up in his absence while averaging a consistent 38 fantasy points and 31 minutes over his past three. Even if McGee returns to action, I wouldn’t be surprised if Zubac keeps the starting spot with 25-30 minutes. After all, it’s hard to shy away from his hot hand. The matchup looks great as well, given that Sacramento ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs centers and 27th in rebound rate.

 

Also Consider: Willie Cauley-Stein, Enes Kanter (tournaments)

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