Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook 11/24

Chris Paul

Tuesday, November 24, 2015. A 6-game daily fantasy basketball slate is upon us tonight as some premier superstars such as Stephen Curry, Paul George, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul take the court. In this edition of the Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook, the best strategy would be to take a stars and studs approach to your lineup. Build around the stars, and fill in with the best value plays of the slate. Best of luck tonight guys, lets go out and win.

 

Play of the Night: Paul George

Tonight Paul George gets what I consider a great matchup against the Washington Wizards. Washington has played a lot of small ball this season, attempting their defensive minded Coach Randy Wittman to open up the tempo some. George has dominated the first 13 games of the season with averages of just under 25 ppg. He makes for an elite play across daily fantasy formats, as his price tag will seemingly be under those of Curry, Griffin and Paul. This will be a close game as both teams are contenders in the Eastern Conference.

 

Pacers vs. Wizards

This matchup between the Pacers and Wiz begins with how well John Wall plays. He is the catalyst for the Wizards. John has had a few underachieving performances lately, but that won’t stop me from trying to fit him in my lineup tonight. If Washington expects to compete, they need Wall to play more towards a 20-10 game and add his usual arsenal of steals. Indiana is pretty thin in the front court, so we may see Paul George play a little power forward, alongside Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill. Hill makes for a solid GPP play, especially if the daily fantasy site you play on requires a center position. Other GPP and large tournament plays from this game include Monta Ellis and Bradley Beal as I expect ownership to be below 10% on these guys.

Hawks vs. Celtics

The Hawks and Celtics will face off in Atlanta, where the home team is heavily favored. Atlanta has battled injury early on in the season, but have had solid contributions from guys filling in. Paul Millsap will be healthy and dominant tonight. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has a weird rotation in his frontcourt, so Millsap should be able to take his game to new levels against the spread of young guys he will have thrown at him. I want him in a lot of my lineups tonight. I would look for some Al Horford for similar reasons, but Al simply can’t be trusted right now in a daily format. For Boston, Avery Bradley is a guy who does a little of everything for his team. He will always have a medium range price-tag, which makes him a solid buy in cash games. You may think 13-5-5 are average numbers for fantasy, but throw a few steals in there and Bradley has around 30 fantasy points for your team. Boston needs to let Thomas shoot 20 times a game no matter what. He is their star and makes the offense run. I love Isiah Thomas in cash games also, as his price ranks well below the other major stars at point guard on the slate.

Mavericks vs. Grizzlies

The Dallas Mavericks are not very good this season. Taking on the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, expect a lot banging in the frontcourt from center Zaza Pachulia. Yes, its 2015 and Zaza is actually a relevant figure in DFS. Crazy. Regardless, his price makes him a solid option, but I wouldn’t build my team around him tonight. Deron Williams has had a bit of a resurgence in the last few games, but in a matchup against defensive stud Mike Conley Jr. I don’t like his opportunity here. For Memphis, I think this is a game that will favor their pace and their big men. I am all in on Marc Gasol in this one. He has been on fire lately, and there just isn’t a reason you should avoid him. He is a very safe pick, which is great for cash games. Look for him to pay off his value and some, in what should be a very close game.

Clippers vs. Nuggets

Los Angeles travels to Denver in what will make for the fantasy goldmine of the night. High scoring, fast paced, lots of threes and dunks, and stars on both sides of the floor. Vegas currently has this game at a pick-em, meaning they do not have a favored team. LA has underachieved this season, and on the road I can see why they aren’t looked to defeat Denver. However, I see Blake Griffin being absolutely ridiculous tonight. Blake has taken his game to new levels, and truly looks like the number one option on this team. No disrespect to CP3 but Blake is in his prime right now, and will be for the next 5 years. I am all in for a mix of Griffin, Paul, and Jordan on your rosters, while for Denver I LOVE Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay. You’re probably think why the rookie Mudiay? Well, up-tempo games tend to mean less defense being played, which is good for any point guard looking to learn the game. He should be comfortable in this one at home, and have some extra motivation going against one of the leagues top guards.

Bulls vs. Blazers

This game is probably my least favorite on the tab tonight, simply because it will be overshadowed by Golden State looking to make history and the fantasy implications are rather low. I am a big fan of what Jimmy Butler is doing for Chicago this season, but not a fan of his price among the daily fantasy industry. Most DFS sites will have you pay top dollar for Butler, which is fine as he is a star, but with Derrick Rose in the lineup he loses shot attempts and the team seems to play worse. For Portland, I will take my chances with Dame Lillard. He is a star player, but has been very inconsistent. I think he simply tries to do too much for his team, leading to bad shots and silly turnovers. Portland will be fine, but look for Chicago to pull this one out. Some large tournament plays I like from this one are CJ Mccollum, Ed Davis, and Pau Gasol.

Lakers vs. Warriors

The final game of the night is one that will probably be talked about the most. The defending champion Golden State Warriors look to improve to 16-0 against the LA Lakers, which would mark the best start to a season in NBA history. In the Warriors last 97 regular season games they are 82-15. Absolutely incredible. But does this have anything to do with your daily fantasy team? Not exactly. Lets be honest, as a Lakers fan I understand that they are not very good. Thus, this game makes for a blowout. I would say if there is any night that I would fade playing Curry, it is this one. I think this game will be over by halftime, and the Warriors will use a strong usage of their bench tonight. Take your chances in GPP’s with Clarkson and Randle of the Lakers. For the Warriors throw in some Klay, Iggy, and maybe even Ezeli if you’re looking to save a ton of salary. This will be a great game to watch, but it will be a blowout. Good luck at history dubs.

 

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on Twitter @BrandonHodge for any NBA DFS questions you may have!

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