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Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays for 12/16/2013

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The weekend of hunkering down is complete and now it’s time to head back to work. I hope everyone enjoyed the large NBA cards we had; the Army-Navy game and the NFL action yesterday that saw a few underdogs knock of some playoff caliber teams.

Today’s NBA card has eight games on tap, including the San Antonio Spurs heading to “La-La Land” to face the L.A. Clippers as a two point road favorite. Tonight I am looking at players who I am considering for my Draftkings.com lineups.

Let’s get down to business and find out what players are going to give to our lineups tonight.

Center:

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks ($8,100): Tonight’s match-up has the former Florida Gator facing the L.A. Lakers who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season. Even though he followed up his 60.25 fantasy points outing with a 26.5 fantasy point dud, I still have to consider him with such a favorable match-up.

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs ($7,500): Usually I am not one who wants to take a chance on getting “Popped”, tonight is an exception due to San Antonio playing the Clippers. The veteran “Big Man” faces the Clippers defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season. Tonight’s match-up will be a close game, allowing for him to log plenty of minutes and exceeding his value.

Power Forwards:

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves ($10,700): The former UCLA star is match-up proof, allowing for him being inserted in your line-up on any given night. Tonight he faces the Boston Celtics who sit in the middle of the pack for fantasy points allowed to opposing PFs the last five games. The price is high but you are getting a player who is at the top of his game now.

Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls ($6,500): The former Duke Blue Devil is coming off a horrible eight points and seven rebound performance in Saturday night’s loss to Toronto. Tonight he faces the Orlando Magic who allows the fourth-most fantasy points this season and the tenth-most fantasy points the last five games to opposing SFs.  We should see him rebound from that poor performance with a strong outing tonight.

Small Forwards:

Jeff Green, Boston Celtics ($6,400): The former 5th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft is coming off a horrendous eight point, four rebound performance. Tonight he faces the Minnesota Timberwolves who allow the ninth-most fantasy points this season and the seventh-most fantasy points the last five games to opposing SFs. Minnesota plays at a fast pace, allowing for Green to have plenty of opportunities in this favorable match-up tonight.

Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets ($5,500): “The Truth” has struggled this season with injuries and getting accustomed to playing with his new Brooklyn teammates. Tonight he faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who allow the third most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. In a game that has no defense written all over it tonight , look for him to exceed his value.

Shooting Guards:

Paul George, Indiana Pacers ($8,700): The former Fresno State Bulldog star is making a legitimate case for an MVP award this season; averaging 24.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while leading Indiana to a league best 20-3 record to start the season. Tonight he faces the Detroit Pistons who rank dead- last for fantasy points allowed to opposing SFs this season and is the same Detroit team he dropped 59 fantasy points on in the first meeting between these two teams. He is in-line for another monster outing tonight against the struggling Pistons.

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls ($4,700): The second-year SG out of Marquette seems to have that toe injury put behind him, logging 30 and 37 minutes the last two games. Tonight he faces the Orlando Magic who allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season. Victor Oladipo will have success in this league, at this time now he is struggling defensively and Butler will make him pay for that tonight.

Point Guards:

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets ($6,200): How can you not take “D-Will” at this price tonight? He is averaging 34.3 fantasy points per game the last three games and now faces the Philadelphia 76’ers who rank dead last for fantasy points allowed to opposing PGs this season. This is a must play tonight; do not have second thoughts on this one.

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat ($7,000): There are no worries here; “D-Wade” has not played since Saturday night, meaning he plays tonight. I am sure most people have hesitation about the blowout possibility against Utah tonight, Miami though plays down to their competition as you can see by failing to cover the 12.5 point line against Cleveland Saturday night. If Utah is able to stay in this game for at least three-quarters, he is going to exceed his value.

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Mike Cortright

Mike's a former sports bettor turned daily fantasy sports enthusiast. Mike can be found playing daily fantasy basketball, baseball and football at Fanduel.com, FanEx.com, Draftkings.com,Draftster.com and Draftday.com. When not partaking in daily fantasy sports contests Mike enjoys golfing, fishing and hanging out with his son and wife.