NBA DFS Playbook – 12/01

Tuesday, December 1, 2015. A 6-game slate is upon us tonight as some premier superstars such as John Wall,  LeBron James, and the retiring Kobe Bryant take the court. For tonight’s NBA DFS Playbook, my overall advice to everyone tonight is to simply play Lebron James.


Play of the Night: LeBron James

Start by building all of your lineups with The King. This game sets up perfectly for him to dominate, and I have no doubts that he will. Washington has been terrible defensively this season and LeBron should hover around a triple-double. His price is hefty, but pay up for him as you won’t be disappointed.

Wizards vs. Cavs

This matchup between the Wiz and Cavs begins with LeBron James. He probably loves all the attention that Golden State is getting. His team is on cruise control, quietly getting healthy, and quietly 13-4 dominating the Eastern Conference yet again. In DFS, I love James as the Wizards generally give up a lot of points to the small forward position. Yes, I know Lebron plays everywhere, but honestly the Wizards have taken a step back defensively this season and their 6-8 record shows just that. I like Tristan Thompson for GPP purposes, as he has shown to make the most of his minutes on the court. For Washington, I would just love to play John Wall, as his price has decreased heavily over the first month of the season. His scoring and assists are down. But there isn’t anyone who can guard him other than LeBron on Cleveland, and his efforts will be focused elsewhere. Wall should be able to get his tonight.

Lakers vs. 76ers

As a Lakers fan, I am saddened by the news of Kobe Bryant‘s retirement announcement. As a Daily Fantasy Sports fan, I am ecstatic. This was long overdue. Kobe has killed his team and held back Clarkson and Russell so much. Hopefully with this announcement off his chest, he can relax and be at ease watching his teammates grow on the court. I like Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle tonight in cash games, and I wouldn’t be surprised if D’Angelo Russell gives Philly fans a show. Just a hunch, but save his talents for GPP large tournaments. On the 76ers side, I would consider Jahlil Okafor. He has been great this year and the Lakers don’t particular shut down big men and centers. Okafor may be playing with a chip on his shoulder, as the Lakers passed on him with the second overall pick. And with his recent brawl in the streets, he may be looking to give fans a reason to forget about his childish antics off the court. He also makes for a solid cash game play. Robert Covington will be highly owned, he is a DFS favorite and must play. But again, high ownership isn’t always a good thing. This game should be high scoring, so take advantage somewhere.

Suns vs. Nets

Phoenix travels across country to take on Brooklyn. Unfortunately this game will be overlooked as neither team has winning records. I think Eric Bledsoe is a star, and possibly the best point guard play of the night. And Tyson Chandler will sit this one out, so look to save a ton of salary with Alex Len in your lineup. Im a big fan of watching Rondae Hollis-Jefferson pay off value for Brooklyn, and watching Brook Lopez get easy baskets in the paint. There is actually a lot of value in this contest, so when picking your lineups try and target a few sleepers from this one, as ownership will be low.

Timberwolves vs. Magic

Minnesota will travel to sunny Orlando, Florida tonight to play the Magic in a battle of young talent. This is a game of small market teams, one you probably won’t be viewing on television unless its through League Pass or you are in one of these cities. In fantasy basketball and DFS tonight, play tons of Karl-Anthony Towns. Listen to me. Just do it, pay the price. Also for the Wolves, I like what Zack Lavine has been able to do this season off the bench. Orlando is somewhat of a dart board in DFS. I would feel okay about playing Victor Oladipo if his minutes were a little more consistent and the Magic truly ran their offense through him. There have just been too many games where Fournier will dominate and too many games where Elfrid Payton sniffs low scoring triple doubles. This team is pretty much hand made for GPP’s.

Grizzlies vs. Pelicans

NBA really knows how to pick boring Tuesday night games, huh? But this is what Daily Fantasy is for, we make the most of the boring games in the 82 game season. In this one you have to mention The Brow himself right? Ehhh, not exactly. Anthony Davis has battled injuries this season and has simply just been underwhelming. His team is struggling mightily as well. His price hasn’t fallen far enough across the industry to consider him a top play. You are basically paying the same for Stephen Curry, which is ridiculous. I do like some Ish Smith in tournaments. For Memphis, take your shot with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. They usually hit value, but I do feel that their upside is limited.

Mavericks vs. Blazers

The last game of the night is Dallas and Portland. Something tells me that I should take my chances with a Wes Matthews revenge game, or maybe take advantage of the low price tag on Chandler Parsons. However, I will probably play Damian Lillard and call it a night. Not a whole lot going on in this one, and Vegas does not think it will be particularly high scoring. Play it safe, and stack other games.


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