FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy Basketball Lineup For February 4

Jan 12, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers small forward Luol Deng (9) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 12, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers small forward Luol Deng (9) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is in the midst of the best offensive stretch of his career, making him a prime candidate for any FanDuel NBA roster.

The NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons has developed into one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the league.

The emergence of Kawhi Leonard as an elite scorer, as he is one of 11 players scoring 25 or more points per game this season, has even led to Isiah Thomas, a member of the league’s Hall of Fame, anointing him as the league MVP.

High praise for Leonard has come as the result of his ability to produce 25.5 points per game without inhibiting the free-flowing offense in San Antonio.

Leonard is seeking to become only the 14th player in league history to average at least 25 points per game while taking fewer than 18 shots a night, a feat only matched by the Golden State duo of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this season.

The 25.5 points per game from Leonard have come on just 17.3 shot attempts per game. While he doesn’t shoot in bulk, Leonard rarely misses.

The 6-foot-7 forward is threatening to join the impressive 50-40-90 club, as he is connecting on 48.7 percent of his attempts from the field, 40.6 percent of his shots from three-point range and has converted 90.5 percent of his free throws.

For Leonard to generate his point total, he routinely has to beat his defender off the dribble.

Nylon Calculus points out Leonard has managed to thrive creating his own shot, with 53.1 percent of his total shots made this season have come without an assist.

Over the past 10 games, Leonard has been perhaps the most dominant scorer in the league, totaling 30 or more points on seven occasions.

In each of his past 10 games, Leonard has registered at least 35 points in FanDuel NBA tournament play while averaging 31.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

The consistent production in multiple categories makes Leonard an ideal foundational piece for any FanDuel NBA roster for Saturday night.

Jan 23, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball up court as Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) gives chase during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 23, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the ball up court as Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) gives chase during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Point Guards

  1. Stephen Curry ($9,700) vs. Sacramento Kings
  2. Jrue Holiday ($8,000) vs. Washington Wizards
  3. Reggie Jackson ($6,100) vs. Indiana Pacers
  4. George Hill ($5,800) vs. Charlotte Hornets

Rationale:

  • Stephen Curry is once again pulling away from the rest of the league in long distance shooting. As the two-time MVP seeks to lead the league in three-point field goals made for the fifth consecutive time, a feat never before achieved, he is once again connecting in bunches. Curry knocked down 11 shots from three-point range Wednesday night against the Hornets, two short of the single-game record he set earlier in the season against New Orleans.
  • Jrue Holiday has provided New Orleans with unexpected precision from three-point range this season. The 6-foot-4 guard is connecting on 40.3 percent from beyond the arc with a frequency of 1.6 times per game, both the highest marks of his career. Holiday has scored 20 or more points in each of his past four games, producing three double-doubles in the process and making him a prime point guard candidate for any FanDuel NBA roster.
Jan 23, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 23, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Shooting Guards

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,500) vs. Phoenix Suns
  2. Dion Waiters ($7,200) vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  3. Bradley Beal ($7,000) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  4. Courtney Lee ($4,600) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Rationale:

  • An unexpected nine-game winning streak in Miami has been sparked by an even more unlikely source. Heat guard Dion Waiters has averaged 21.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, generating 33.5 FanDuel NBA tournament points during the run. Much of the success from Waiters has been predicated on his accuracy from three-point range, as he has connected an average of 2.7 times per game at a 49 percent clip.
  • Saturday night shouldn’t feel like another road contest for Washington guard Bradley Beal. During a 116-108 victory over the Lakers Thursday, Beal said the Verizon Center felt more like a home game for Los Angeles with the large contingency of Lakers fans. Beal has given Wizards fans plenty to cheer for this season, with career-high averages of 22 points and 3.6 assists per game, and he has been one of the most productive FanDuel performers at the shooting guard position.
January 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 126-91. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

January 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 126-91. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Small Forwards

  1. LeBron James ($11,500) vs. New York Knicks
  2. Kawhi Leonard ($9,700) vs. Phoenix Suns
  3. Otto Porter ($6,400) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  4. Wilson Chandler ($5,900) vs. San Antonio Spurs

Rationale:

  • Strange to think another dominant season from LeBron James is being completely overshadowed. Prior to this season, only two players have ever logged averages of 25 points, 8.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game: Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan. James is posting 25.7 points, 8.6 assists and 8.0 rebounds a night, but with James Harden and Russell Westbrook topping those marks, the contributions from James have been somewhat neglected. Any FanDuel NBA lineup would benefit with the presence of James on the roster.
  • Even though he is entrenched in the best season of his nine-year career, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler wants his role in the organization clearly defined. Denver reportedly has considered moving the 29-year-old forward, as he is averaging 15.6 points per game, but has started only 14 times in 45 games. Numerous injuries to his teammates have forced second-year coach Mike Malone to shuffle his rotation, with Chandler having the most upheaval, starting just twice in the past 13 games.
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Oct 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) dribbles the ball between Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and guard C.J. McCollum (3) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Power Forwards

  1. Nikola Jokic ($10,300) vs. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Jabari Parker ($7,400) vs. Phoenix Suns
  3. Ersan Ilyasova ($6,100) vs. Miami Heat
  4. Terrence Jones ($5,500) vs. Washington Wizards

Rationale:

  • Fresh off his first career triple-double, Denver forward Nikola Jokic has proven to be one of the most consistent producers in FanDuel NBA play. Jokic posted 20 points,13 rebounds and 11 assists during a win over Milwaukee. The 6-foot-10 forward has been logging impressive numbers over the past nine games, scoring 20 or more points on seven occasions while grabbing 10 or more rebounds eight times. Any concerns about the hip injury that forced Jokic to miss three consecutive games earlier in the week were quickly erased with his standout performance Friday night.
  • The last three times Philadelphia has played Ersan Ilyasova 30 or more minutes, he has submitted elite FanDuel NBA outings. Ilyasova is posting averages of 23 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game when he receives extended minutes. The 76ers have kept Ilyasova on the court for 30 or more minutes 16 times this year and he has been in the starting lineup 31 times in the 44 games since he was acquired from Oklahoma City in exchange for Jerami Grant.
Feb 3, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 3, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Centers

  1. Hassan Whiteside ($8,800) vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  2. Marc Gasol ($8,700) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Dwight Howard ($7,400) vs. Orlando Magic
  4. Guillermo Hernangomez ($5,300) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Rationale:

  • As one of just three players averaging at least 20 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game this season, Marc Gasol has proven to be an elite center option for FanDuel NBA rosters. Over the past 10 games, he has provided a majority of the offense for Memphis, averaging 24.5 points per game and scoring over 30 points four times. The Grizzlies are keeping Gasol on the floor as much as possible, with his average of 34.3 minutes a night ranking as the third-highest among all centers in the NBA.
  • The Knicks may have stumbled onto their long-term starting center. Willy Hernangomez has supplanted Joakim Noah and Kyle O’Quinn in the rotation over the past two games, and for good reason. Hernangomez was the best value in FanDuel NBA tournament play over the past two games, producing a pair of double-doubles while averaging 15.5 points, 15 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a steal per game.

Final Lineup

PG George Hill

PG Jrue Holiday

SG Courtney Lee

SG Bradley Beal

SF Kawhi Leonard

SF Otto Porter

PF Jabari Parker

PF Terrence Jones

C Willy Hernangomez

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