Basketball Picks Daily Fantasy Expert Advice

12/08/2018
Austyn Varney

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates - 12/8/17

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What We Know

John Wall is fully expected to return against the Cavs

He missed last game due to personal reasons and didn't practice yesterday, but Coach Brooks said he's good to go for this one. he's going to be fully rested and will get his usual 34-38 minutes. The game is expected to be high-scoring (223) and the Wizards are only favored by 6, so we should expect Wall to get his full workload. If he does, Collin Sexton is one of the worst defenders out there and Wall has to be considered one of the best plays on the entire night.

Paul Millsap will miss time with a broken toe

The injuries just keep coming and coming for the Nuggets. With Harris already sidelined 3-4 weeks, Millsap will join him for at least a couple of them. He hasn't been an excellent DFS player so far this year, but plays big minutes and an important role for Denver. In his absence, it's going to be between Trey Lyles, Mason Plumlee, and Juancho Hernangomez to benefit. I think Lyles benefits most and could get over 30 minutes, which would make him a must play in cash games. They could also go big and play Plumlee, who's an elite FP per minute player. Hernangomez is another guy with a ton of upside and won't be as popular as he probably should be.

Brandon Ingram will miss at least a week more with a sprained ankle

With Ingram out last game, Josh Hart jumped up and played 36 minutes. For a guy that typically sits around 20, those minutes make him a hard guy to pass up on for cash games. With that being said, the Grizzlies are an underwhelming match-up and I don't think any of these Lakers are musts. If you must, Hart and LeBron are my two favorites.

Taurean Prince, Jeremy Lin, Omari Spellman, Miles Plumlee, and Alex Poythress are all out against the Nuggets

Holy cow. The injury bug has demolished both of these teams. Kent Bazemore is going to see the biggest bump and will get the start, along with 32+ minutes. Deandre Bembry is another guy that will benefit and is tremendous in a FP per minute basis. If he gets the 30 minutes that are very possible, he will destroy value. John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon are also going to see 30+ minutes and are excellent plays. There is a lot of opportunity in this game tonight and my exposure will be plentiful.

What We're Waiting to Know

Domantas Sabonis is questionable to play with food poisoning

Sabonis plays a huge role for this Pacers team. He doesn't start, but plays 28-30 minutes and takes a lot of shots. If he misses, Thaddeus Young will see 30 minutes and is one of the safer plays at a boring power forward position. Kyle O'Quinn could also see 20+ minutes and is always an option when priced this low. If Sabonis plays, he's in play against a fast Kings squad. I like a lot of these Pacers players with the Kings playing so fast and so little defense.

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Every Lineup Guys

Trey LylesTrey Lyles FD - $3600 DK - $3500
Opponent - ATL
Proj Pts FD - 20.12 DK - 20.56

With Paul Millsap out, 26 minutes is a floor for Trey Lyles with a ceiling well into the 30's. The Hawks are a terrible defense in every way imaginable and Lyles will have no problem putting up his usual fantasy point per minute. He is minimum priced on both sites, and I don't see any reason to not have him in every single lineup. This is one of the best plays in a long time. You will not find a roster of mine without Trey Lyles.

Malik BeasleyMalik Beasley FD - $3700 DK - $3500
Opponent - ATL
Proj Pts FD - 18.43 DK - 19.12

With Gary Harris out of the lineup, Malik Beasley has played over 30 minutes in back to back games. Now, the only difference is Paul Millsap is out and Jamal Murray is dinged up. Beasley is going to see 30 minutes again and not much can go wrong against this porous of a defense. Beasley isn't as strong of a play as Lyles, but I'll still have him across the board in my cash games.

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  • John Wall, Jordan Clarkson: (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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