DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Christmas Lineup – 12/25/18
We have an exciting 5-game slate on Christmas this year as all the matchups are going to be entertaining to watch.
This is certainly a tough slate to put together as there just are just so many studs playing and unless you really want to stretch out your salary, you really can only afford two of them.
Here is my lineup as of right now, however, please check back before tip-off tomorrow as I might need to make some adjustments based on any injury news.
At the PG position, I’m going to spend up for Stephen Curry as he is not as expensive as a Harden or Westbrook, however, I think is in one of the best matchups of the day agianst the Lakers. Curry loves the spotlight and it doesn’t get much better than going against LeBron on x-mas day. Curry put together an impressive 57.5 DraftKings-point performance agianst the Clippers on Sunday and as the Warriors have the highest implied total, currently set at 122.0, I think Curry can put up a 60+ DraftKings point performance if his shot is falling.
I’m fading James Harden which is tough to do with Chris Paul out, however, I’m hoping that Paul George and the OKC defense which has been solid this season can hopefully contain him bit. As I’m not going with Harden, we’re hoping get value at the SG position and it starts with Marcus Smart. The Celtics have been playing much better overall with Marcus Smart in the lineup and as I expect Smart to see 30-35 minutes tomorrow, I think he is a great value pick at his $4,400 price point. Smart is not much of a scorer as he is shooting just 38.4% from the field and 33.0% from beyond the arc, however, Smart always has some decent upside he can just fill up a stat sheet, especially when it comes to steals. Smart has averaged 30 DraftKings points over his last 4 games and if he able to hit a few shots, I think he can eclipse this total again.
If there is one player I would not want to anger, it would probably be Giannis Antetokounmpo and that is exactly what Mario Hezonja and the Knicks did in late November after Hezonja stepped over the Greek Freak after throwing down a dunk. Antetokounmpo is already a top-5 player in this league as he is averaging 26.2 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.4 bpg, 1.2 spg and as he is going to have plenty of motivation to have a big game in New York against the Knicks, I think Antetokounmpo is the best big-money player on this slate.
The MIL/NY matchup is one of my favorite on the slate and Milwaukee can struggle defending down low, I think it’s a great opportunity to get great value with both Kevin Knox & Noah Vonleh. Knox has been seeing an incredible 37.4 mpg over his last five games and has been playing well as in that span he is averaging 19.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, & 1.0 apg. Knox was outstanding agianst Milwaukee in early December as in 37 minutes, he put up 26 poitns, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and a block in 37 minutes. Vonleh is having his best season as a professional as the former 1st round pick out of Indiana is almost averaging a double-double on the season with 8.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, & 2.3 apg. Vonleh is seeing an average of 32.6 mpg over the Knicks last five games and also saw 35 minutes against the Bucks in their last matchup.
The center position is where it’s going to get difficult when I’m making my adjustments tomorrow morning as Ivica Zubac is almost a must play if both McGee & Chandler are once against unable to go. McGee is currently doubtful as he has been battling pneumonia over the past week while Chandler is GTD with a back injury. Zubic has put up 38.75 & 33.0 DraftKings point performances over his last two games so he can produce if given the minutes. I’m ok rostering Zubac even if Chandler plays as I still think he can hit value, however, if McGee is available, we’re going to have to find another option.
Ricky Rubio can be inconsistent however, he also has great upside as he can easily go off for 40-50 DraftKings points. Rubio is having a solid season as he is averaging 12.9 ppg, 6.4 apg, and 3.6 rpg and has been shooting the ball well as of late as he has put up 36 points over his last two games. Rubio has a solid matchup agianst the Trailblazers who ranked 24th in DRPM vs. opposing PG’s and as Rubio put up a 42.0 DraftKings Point performance (24 points, 2 reb, 8 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl) against Portland last Friday, I like him at his price-point on this slate.
Rounding out the team, as I wanted to get at least one other Laker in my lineup in what should be a high scoring matchup against the Warriors, I think Brandon Ingram has some great upside at just a $5,300 price tag. Ingram looks healthy after missing a few games due to injury and had a great game last Sunday agianst Memphis as in 37 minutes, he put up 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Ingram is a pure scorer and if he can get hot in this matchup, I think he can put up 40+ DraftKings on this slate.
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