DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 12/30/18
Update (5:27 PM) - I'm sticking with the majority of my AM lineup as I'm going to stick with the SAC/LAL stack. I did upgrade to Bjelica at the Utility spot & put in Olynyk as he should see some more minutes with James Johnson already ruled out. Image is updated. Good Luck!
We’ve continued our strong run as of late for our FREE NBA lineups as our 339.0-point performance last night once again had us cashing in both our GPP’s & 50/50’s.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for the NBA 5-game “Main” slate that starts at 6:00pm today.
As of right now, we’re going to be heavily targeting the SAC/LAL matchup which has the highest O/U on the slate set at 232.
Lonzo Ball has really picked it up on the offensive end as of late as in the two games that LeBron has been out, the 2nd year guard out of UCLA is averaging 19.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 9.0 apg & 1.5 spg. Ball has seen an average of 40 minutes in his last two games as Rondo is also out and you have to expect him to be a chalk play tonight after putting up a 57.75 DraftKings-point performance agianst the Kings last Thursday.
Josh Hart is once again seeing major minutes as he has been starting over the last two games and make the perfect “low-scoring” option tonight as he does have 30+ DraftKings point upside, however, still has just a $3,700 price tag on him. Hart put up a solid stat line of 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, & 1 block in 33 minutes agianst the Kings last Thursday and I expect similar production out of him tonight.
I love how Kyle Kuzma has no reservations on putting up shots and with Lebron out, we’ve seen the former Utah Utes put up an average of 22.5 shots per game while seeing 40+ minutes over his last two games. Kuzma is averaging 28.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, & 4.5 apg since LeBron has been out and should get us at least 40+ DraftKings points tonight.
For the Kings, we’re going with De’Aaron Fox, Iman Shumpert, and Willie Cauley-Stein.
De’Andre Fox has been incredible in his 2nd season with the Kings and I expect him to continue his strong season tonight. Fox is averaging 19.0 ppg, 10.4 apg, 4.2 rpg, & 2.6 spg over his last 5 games and has posted at least 40.0 DraftKings points in that span. Fox seems to relish going up agianst Ball to prove that he was the best PG out of the 2017 class and as Fox has had Ball’s number both at Kentucky and in the NBA, I think we can pencil Fox in for a 50 DraftKings point night tonight.
Everyone was pretty focused on Hield & Bogdanovic agianst the Lakers, however, it was Iman Shumpert who did the heavy damage and as his price is still affordable at just $4,300, I think he is solid option tonight. Shumpert put up a 43.0 DraftKings point performance (18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block) agianst the Lakers last Thursday and as he saw 37 minutes in that matchup, I think he one of the better value options on tonight’s slate.
I’m going with Willie Cauley-Stein as I think he is at a very reasonable price for the upside that he brings to this matchup. Cauley-Stein is averaging a double-double (15.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg) over his last 5 games while also seeing an average of 32.2 mpg in that span. Cauley-Stein hit 5x value against the Lakers last Thursday putting up a 38.0 DraftKings Point performance and I think he can beat that if he is putting up another 15 shots tonight.
We were all over Justise Winslow this past Saturday against Cleveland and he didn’t disappoint as he came through with a monster 52.75 DraftKings point performance after torching the Cavaliers for 24 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Winslow is really coming into his own as of late after taking over the starting PG duties for the Heat and as he most likely will be matched up agianst Tyus Jones, I think Winslow can dominate once again tonight.
Speaking of Tyus Jones, we will be also getting him in the lineup tonight at our UTIL spot. Jones should be starting tonight as it looks like both Rose & Teague will be out, although we’ll have to confirm this prior to tip-off. Jones has shown in the past to put up solid numbers and although he is little more expensive than I would like, he still is a good option tonight.
Check back later for updates!