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DraftKings and FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (11/26/22): NBA DFS Lineups

We have a tiny three-game slate on tap in the NBA tonight after 28 teams were in action yesterday. Each of the six teams playing tonight will be playing in their second game of back-to-back sets, which means we could see some funky lineup scratches that we'll need to adjust to as we move throughout the day. There aren't any games that jump off the page from a positive or negative standpoint, but the Suns and Thunder appear to be in the most favorable spots for fantasy production tonight. Let's get to it.  

Here are my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel and DraftKings on 11/26/22. Keep an eye on RotoBaller’s NBA injury news and also our full NBA injury report today to stay up to date before lineups are locked.

DraftKings and FanDuel Guards - NBA DFS Lineup Picks

Josh Giddey, vs. HOU (FD: $7,700, DK: $6,900) DraftKings

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This is a DraftKings-specific play as Giddey is way overpriced on FanDuel. The second-year guard has come alive recently, exploding for 58.5 DK points on 11/13 and putting up at least 40.25 DK points in three of his last four games. He's the clear second option on the team behind Gilgeous-Alexander, entering tonight with a solid 24.3% usage rate and 1.09 FPTS/min. The Rockets, like last season, have been a gold mine to target against as they're allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing teams. They've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards and this will be a fast-paced game as both teams rank in the top nine in pace. Get to SGA if you can, but prioritize Giddey in this glorious matchup.

Dennis Schroder, vs. SAS (DK: $3,800) DraftKings

Schroder is an intriguing value option on DraftKings tonight at his bargain-bin salary. This will be just his fifth game of the season, but he has seen his playing time increase in each contest and he had a sizeable 29-minute workload yesterday. He only managed 21.75 DK points, but that was good enough to exceed 5x value and his salary dropped by $300 tonight for some odd reason. The Lakers seem to want to trust him with the starters' minutes at the position, and with their options, who can blame them?

The Spurs rank dead last in fantasy points allowed to opposing teams this season, and they're also allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards. The Lakers play at the fastest pace while the Spurs play at the eighth-fastest pace in the league, meaning there should be extra possessions on both sides in this matchup.

Tre Jones, vs. LAL (FD: $6,400, DK: $6,000)

Jones is favorably priced on both sites and gets one of the best positional matchups on the board. As mentioned in the Schroder blurb above, this game projects to be very fast-paced, which generally benefits the players with the ball in their hands (i.e. point guards and star players). Jones also benefits from facing a subpar Lakers' frontcourt that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards this season. He just put up 32 DK points on 7-of-13 shooting against this squad yesterday, so it's perfectly reasonable to expect a similar performance, or even better, tonight.

Also consider: Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, Josh Richardson, Devin Booker, Devin Vassell

 

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DraftKings and FanDuel Forwards - NBA DFS Lineup Picks

Keldon Johnson, vs. Los Angeles Lakers (FD: $6,100, DK: $6,800)

Johnson has had a disappointing start to the season from an efficiency perspective, but we don't need to factor that in for DFS lineups and the young forward is still averaging a solid 32.7 DK points per game to this point. He leads the team with a 28% usage rate and while his 1.04 FPTS/min rate could use a bump, he'll have the chance to do so tonight in a favorable matchup against the Lakers. The Lakers allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing teams and the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. This should be a fast-paced game as well as the Lakers rank first in pace while the Spurs rank eighth in the same metric. He's volatile and I'd reserve him for tournament contests only, but the minutes, usage, and opportunity should all be there for him (as long as he doesn't get benched again).

Kelly Olynyk, vs. PHX (FD: $5,300, DK: $5,400)

Yeah, I know. It's Kelly Olynyk. Everyone should be super excited. No, really. Our favorite versatile big man is underpriced on both sites as he has exceeded salary-based expectations in four straight games and has gone for 34.5 and 38.75 DK points in that span of games. His salary hasn't adjusted yet, so we can keep taking advantage of Kelly O here tonight. He holds a 0.97 FPTS/min rate this season, which will get the job done every time at his 32-minute projection. While Olynyk doesn't specifically play center with the Jazz rotating their big men, the Suns allow the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing centers this season. This game also projects to be a high-scoring one as it currently holds a 232.5-point implied total.

Also consider: Jeremy Sochan, Jabari Smith Jr., Kenyon Martin, Luguentz Dort (FD)

 

DraftKings and FanDuel Centers - NBA DFS Lineup Picks

Deandre Ayton, vs. UTA (FD: $7,500, DK: $7,200)

There's not a lot to love at the center position tonight, but I find myself getting to Ayton as my top priority all things considered. Davis is too expensive with LeBron James now back in the lineup, and Poeltl is too expensive for the right-at-value type of production he has shown recently. Ayton, meanwhile, is coming off an extremely impressive 50 DK point game his last time out, and now he gets the best positional matchup on the board against the Jazz's undersized frontcourt. The Suns rate out as the top team to target in my K-Grade model, so there's a lot of upside in getting to Ayton in this spot.

Also consider: Walker Kessler, Jakob Poeltl, Anthony Davis



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