DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 12/28/18
UPDATED (6:27 PM) - Washington has a good matchup tonight agianst Chicago and now will be without Wall, Porter Jr., and Morris so I'm going with value here and getting Tomas Satoransky & Jeff Green in my lineup. I still have Westrbook in the DK lineup with Schroder & Adams as George has been listed out and now have Winslow in this lineup as I love the matchup agianst the Cavaliers. Image is updated below. Good Luck!
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for tonight NBA DraftKings Slate that features 10 games and starts at 7:00pm.
We’re going to start our “initial lineup” with a stack an Oklahoma City stack of Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder, and Stephen Adams as not only do they have a great matchup against the Phoenix Suns, they could be without Paul George who is battling a quadriceps injury. As of right now, I would be surprised if George plays as I think the Thunder will play it safe with their star forward, especially, as they have an easier matchup agianst the Suns.
Westbrook & Adams are still in play even if George suits up as the matchup is just so solid. Phoenix has been terrible agianst opposing PG’s & Centers all season as they currently rank 24th in DEFF vs. PG’s & 28th in DEFF vs. C’s. Westbrook is once agianst averaging a triple-double as he comes into this matchup averaging 20.2 ppg, 10.2 apg, & 10.7 rpg and recently went off for a 72.75 DraftKings point night agianst a Sacramento Kings team that has also struggled agianst PG’s this season. Adams comes in averaging 16.1 ppg & 9.9 RPG on the season and has posted at least 31.75 DraftKings points in 4 of his last 5 games.
Schroder is the only OKC player in which I’ll make an adjustment if George plays. Schroder is averaging 16.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, & 3.9 rpg and as he should see his usage spike up with George out, I think he can do a bunch of damage at this price point if he sees 34 minutes like he did against the Rockets on Christmas.
I’m also stacking the Lakers once agianst as although they will be on the 2nd half of a back-to-back, the young core of the Lakers just has too much upside at their current prices with Lebron currently out. We’re going to go with what I imagine will be a popular stack in Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma in their great matchup against their cross-town rival, the LA Clippers. Ball has one of his best games as a Laker last night as he went 8 for 13 from the field for 20 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block and faced a Clippers team that ranks just 22nd in DEFF vs. PG’s. Kuzma went 12 for 24 last night for 33 points, 9 rebounds, & 4 assists and as the Clippers rank just 25th in DEFF vs. PF, it’s hard not to image that he won’t have another big night tonight. This duo put up 106.0 combined DraftKings points last night and with this matchup, there is no reason why they can’t match or exceed that total tonight.
We’ll have to keep an eye on Hassan Whiteside who is currently questionable with a hip pointer. If he doesn’t go, you have to get Bam Adebayo in your lineups as the bargain price of just $4,100. Adebayo recently averaged 33.9 DraftKings points over a 4-game stretch in which Whiteside was out and I have little doubt that Adebayo will be able to at worst hit 5x value at his current price if he gets the start.
Malik Beasley continues to see heavy minutes while the Nuggets continue to be without Will Barton & Gary Harris and the 2nd year guard out of Florida State is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity. Beasley went off for a 39.3 DraftKings point performance (22 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl) against the same San Antonio Spurs this past Wednesday and as he has put up an average of 13.6 shots per game over his last three contests (28.3 mpg), I think he has great value at just $4,000.
Rodions Kurucs has come out of nowhere to be a solid contributor for the Brooklyn Nets as of late as over his last three games, the big man out of Latvia is averaging 17.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 bpg, & 1.3 spg in 35.3 mpg. Kurucs price has gone up a bit however, unlike FanDuel, I think he is still a bargain on DraftKings and I have no problems rostering him agianst a Hornets team in which he just posted a 41.0 DraftKings point performance against this past Wednesday.
Check back later for updates!