4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (12/17/19)

Welcome back, everyone.

Tonight, we have a six-game slate.

Below are four players to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup.

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Kawhi Leonard (SG/SF, $9,400)

Kawhi Leonard returns to the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup tonight after resting against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. He will be at home against the Phoenix Suns, playing behind the highest implied team total of the night at 119.25 points. In the 12 games that the Clippers were projected for 115 points or more this season, the 2018-19 Finals MVP produced 50.7 DraftKings fantasy points per game.

Leonard is an exceptional way to gain exposure to the Clippers’ large team total, but he could see an even bigger bump to his projection if Patrick Beverly (head) or Lou Williams (calf) sits out.

Each of these two players missed the last two games for the Clippers, and this past Friday night, Leonard erupted for 58.75 DraftKings fantasy points in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves without them.

With this being the last game of the night, fantasy owners most likely won’t know Beverly or Williams’s status before the 7:00 pm EST tip-off, but with Leonard fresh off three days of rest, he is a great option regardless. He could enter must-play status if the Clippers’ backcourt remains depleted.


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Spencer Dinwiddie (PG/SG, $7,500)

Kyrie Irving remains out for his 17th straight game, and this is the cheapest Spencer Dinwiddie has been in 12 contests. As the interim starter for Irving, Dinwiddie is excellent, scoring 40.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. During this run, he leads the Nets in usage rate, assist percentage, and playing time.

Tonight, Dinwiddie is in an outstanding spot against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans play at the fourth-fastest pace in the NBA and rank as the third-worst defense. They allow the most DraftKings fantasy points per game to opposing point guards, and it’s not particularly close. On the season, they are surrendering 56.4 DraftKings fantasy points per game to point guards, which is the highest in the league by 5.1 fantasy points per game.

Brooklyn is also an up-tempo team, ranking tenth in pace, and this game currently holds the highest game total on tonight’s six-game slate at 228.5 points. This is the best situation Dinwiddie has been in since taking over for Irving, and fantasy owners must take advantage of his discounted price tag.


Lonzo Ball (PG, $5,000)

With J.J. Redick (groin) out tonight, Ball will rejoin the starting five for the New Orleans Pelicans. He should start at point guard, while Jrue Holiday will most likely slide over to shooting guard. Ball is always a strong target when he sees healthy playing time, and with Redick’s 34 minutes on the court in his last three games gone from the rotation, Ball should see 30+ minutes against the Brooklyn Nets.

In the eight contests that Ball surpassed 30 minutes on the court this season, he is averaging 35.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game. The Nets give up the third-most DraftKings fantasy points per game to opposing point guards, and Ball produces 5.1 more DraftKings fantasy points per game at home in New Orleans.

He is an immense value at only $5,000.


Elfrid Payton (PG, $5,200)

Elfrid Payton has been a huge spark off the bench for the New York Knicks in their last three games. During this time, the Knicks are 2-1, and Payton scored 31.4 DraftKings fantasy points per contest. He notched a double-double in a very tough matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Payton logged 27.2 minutes per game in his last three games. During this run, he led the squad with a large 35.1% assist rate, helping him to 1.07 DraftKings fantasy points per minute.

The Knicks lost ten straight contests before Payton lifted them to their two past victories, and he earned himself at least 25 minutes tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks slipped defensively after a solid start, now ranking as the fourth-worst defensive unit in basketball. They also play at the eighth-fastest pace, which is perfect Payton’s style of play.

The Knicks currently possess an implied team total of 113.75 points, which is the largest team total of the season. Everything is lining up for Payton, and he should continue to impress tonight.