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Daily Fantasy Basketball Plays for 12/23/2013

I hope everyone enjoyed the NFL action yesterday; we got to see Peyton Manning break the single season touchdown record while the NFC North does not want to crown a division winner with Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit all losing yesterday.

We move to some NBA action today that has 11 games on the schedule, highlighted by a rematch from last season’s playoff match-up between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors. Make sure you get your fantasy basketball fix on today as there are no games tomorrow.

Today, I am going to turn my focus to Fanduel.com; looking for some players who are worthy of consideration tonight.

I ‘am not wasting any more time – let’s find some players who are going to make an impact for us tonight.

Centers:

Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats ($8,100): “Big Al” comes into tonight’s contest with three straight double-doubles (42.56 FP AVG Last 3). Tonight he faces the Milwaukee Bucks who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing centers this season.  He is averaging 21 points and 10.5 rebounds in two contests with Milwaukee this season; how does he not exceed his value tonight?

Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,100): The former first round pick has so much upside but disappoints his owners more than he should. Over the last three games he is averaging 27.7 fantasy points per game; tonight he faces the Detroit Pistons who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.  The Cleveland and Detroit contest should come down to the wire, allowing for him to get some consideration for a GPP tonight.

Power Forwards:

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers ($7,300): The two-time Olympic Silver Medalists sat out Saturday’s game with a respiratory issue; tonight he faces the Phoenix Suns who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing centers the last five games.  Back on 12/10 he played 29 minutes against the Suns, finishing with 30.5 fantasy points; with all the injuries LA has now they will need him to log big minutes in this favorable match-up.  Keep an eye on the injury update, if he is a go he needs consideration tonight.

David Lee, Golden State Warriors ($7,700): The former Florida Gator has been on fire, recording eight straight double-doubles (38.83 AVG FP).  Tonight he gets a match-up with the Denver Nuggets who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing PFs this season.  Tonight’s contest has high scoring written all over it; look for him to stuff the stat sheet tonight with all the opportunities he is going to have.

Point Guards:

Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings ($7,600): The former Washington Huskies star continues to impress us with his play; averaging 36.14 fantasy points per game the last ten games. Tonight he faces the New Orleans Hornets who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing PGs the last five games. Tonight’s contest has a total of 208.5 posted on it; look for him to log plenty of minutes, allowing for him to exceed his value in this fast pace-high scoring affair.

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats ($7,700): I am always a fan of putting the former UCONN Huskies star into my line-up when he is playing at home; he averages about 4 more fantasy points at home than on the road. Tonight he faces the Milwaukee Bucks who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing PGs the last five games.  He has been extremely consistent (30 or more FP the last 5 games) as of late and now has a favorable match-up to exceed his value.

Small Forwards:

Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons ($7,500): If you do not want to spend on Paul George or LeBron James tonight than “J-Smoove” needs some consideration. Over the last five games he is averaging 41.4 fantasy points per game and now gets a match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers who rank dead-last for fantasy points allowed to opposing SFs this season. There is no way Cleveland is going to slow him down tonight.

J.R. Smith, New York Knicks ($4,800): The Knicks are extremely short-handed with all the injuries they have now; allowing for the troubled veteran to continue to log big minutes and exceed his value (36.03 FP AVG last 3 games). Tonight he faces the Orlando Magic who has allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs the last five games.  Not many people like to play him due to his inconsistency; if you are playing a GPP tonight he needs some consideration.

Shooting Guards:

Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,300): It can get frustrating with the way Coach Larry Drew shuffles his line-up around; one thing is for sure, the former Kentucky Wildcat is running the point. Tonight he faces the Charlotte Bobcats who gave up 29.6 to Trey Burke and 38.7 to Brandon Jennings the past two games. We only need about 26.5 fantasy points for him to meet his value tonight; I like his chances to exceed that tonight.

Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers ($6,400): The former New York State Mr. Basketball is averaging 35.62 fantasy points per game the last five games. Tonight he faces the Brooklyn Nets who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season.  As long as Indiana does not blow Brooklyn out of the building, Stephenson will log plenty of minutes to exceed his value tonight.

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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, draftstreet.com FanEx.com, draftkings.com and Draftday.com. When not partaking in daily fantasy sports contests Mike enjoys golfing, fishing and hanging out with his son and wife.

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