With no games on Thanksgiving tomorrow, we have a massive 13-game NBA slate tonight. On that note, happy Thanksgiving to everyone! With so many games, it's all about figuring out the plays you love, not the plays that you like. We have a lot of injury news, but we're still waiting on a few big names so make sure to adjust to any news we get closer to lock.
Russell Westbrook @ Golden State Warriors
I'm usually a one lineup per site each night, and tonight I'm going to focus on Westbrook and Durant. Westbrook returned from injury/birth of his child with a massive game against the Kings. He has a 36.1% true usage rate and he's averaging 1.60 fantasy points per minute this season. With Curry and Green both out, this game is projected to stay close, and a close game between these two teams will be great for daily fantasy. Westbrook has yet to post a triple-double this season, and this is a prime spot for him to post his first one of the season.
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David Nwaba vs. Los Angeles Lakers
David Nwaba will draw the start tonight for Larry Nance and should receive a few more minutes with JR Smith no longer with the team. This is a massive pace bump for the Cavs, and while this game has a 9.5 spread, I think we see it stay close. I think Nwaba plays 26-30 minutes tonight, and two of the last three games he's played 26 minutes and scored over 28 fantasy points in both of those games. I think he presents really good value on both FanDuel and DraftKings tonight.
Kevin Durant vs. Oklahoma Thunder
Kevin Durant has a 39.9% usage rate with Green and Curry off the floor this season. That's a 6.3% bump on his season total, and he's averaging 1.51 fantasy points per minute. In a matchup with his old team, I love the floor/upside combo. Durant has at least 23 shot attempts in four of the last five games. I don't see that changing tonight and wouldn't be surprised if he approaches closer to 30 shot attempts in this game. He only has one game over 70 fantasy points in the last ten, and I hope that scares people away from him at his price across the industry.
Other Options: Dorian Finney-Smith, TJ Warren
Wendell Carter Jr. vs. Phoenix Suns
For some reason, FanDuel has Carter Jr. listed as a power forward, and I fully plan to take advantage of it tonight. I like him a lot of DraftKings at center as well. Carter is averaging 1.14 fantasy points per minute this season and draws one of the best matchups on the board tonight. The Suns rank 28th in DRPM against centers this season, and 22nd in defensive efficiency. With that said, Ayton actually ranks 69th out of 74 centers in defensive efficiency this season. Carter has struggled recently, and this is a great spot for him to bounce back.
Jarrett Allen @ Dallas Mavericks
After missing two games, Allen has come back strong, and posted at least 38 fantasy points in three straight games. He's played at least 28 minutes in three straight games. Allen has at least 33 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, and while he's a little pricy on FanDuel, he seems underpriced on DraftKings. Jordan has been tough on centers this season, but Allen proved me wrong in a tough matchup against Whiteside last night. I think you can play a bunch of different centers on this slate, but I really like this spot for Allen.