FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy Basketball Lineup For November 15

Jimmy Butler has become a FanDuel NBA standout all year, but even more so lately, tallying at least 20 points, five assists and three steals in each of the past four games for Chicago.

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The scoring levels for Jimmy Butler continue to increase.

Even after adding Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade in the offseason, resulting in a slight decrease in shot attempts each night for Butler, he has still managed to find a way to raise his scoring average for the sixth season in a row.

The only players to increase their scoring averages for six consecutive years or more are Derek Harper and Arron Afflalo, who both managed to raise their point totals for eight consecutive seasons.

Neither player ever managed to score more than 20 points per game during their tenures in the NBA.

Butler has managed to up his average to 24.3 points, 3.4 more than he posted a year ago, with a combination of effective drives to the rim and exceptional shooting percentages from all over the court.

The two-time All-Star is scoring 6.2 points per game off drives to the rim, resulting in points 82 percent of the time, the fifth highest average among all players averaging at least six points off drives per game.

While he is converting more than 50 percent of his attempts at the rim, Butler is actually at his best from around the paint, away from the rim. Butler is converting 70.8 percent of his attempts between three and 10 feet away from the basket.

Butler is shooting 48 percent from the field, 43.2 percent on 3-point attempts and has knocked down 89.2 percent of his free throws.

Opponents have surrendered 20 or more points to Butler eight times in 10 games this year.

Nov 11, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard Marcus Thornton (15) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 11, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards guard Marcus Thornton (15) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Point Guards

  1. Kemba Walker ($8,300) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Kyrie Irving ($7,400) vs. Toronto Raptors
  3. Dennis Schroder ($6,100) vs. Miami Heat
  4. D’Angelo Russell ($5,800) vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • The Cavaliers are relying on Kyrie Irving to pack a scoring punch each night and he has delivered, posting a career-high 23.9 points per game to begin the season. Few players receive as many scoring chances as Irving each night, as he is one of just four players averaging more than 20 field goal attempts per game.
  • A return to his home country, Germany, to fine tune his jump shot has immediately paid dividends for Atlanta guard Dennis Schroder. During the first nine games of the season, the career 32.9 percent shooter from 3-point range has connected on 13-of-33 attempts (39.4 percent) from beyond the arc, giving the Hawks an additional threat on the perimeter.

Nov 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles the ball during the third quarter in a game against the New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 118-107. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Shooting Guards

  1. DeMar DeRozan ($9,200) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. C.J. McCollum ($7,400) vs. Chicago Bulls
  3. Sean Kilpatrick ($5,500) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Josh Richardson ($4,000) vs. Atlanta Hawks

Rationale:

  • It’s the other category DeMar DeRozan is averaging more than 30 per night that is just as encouraging for his presence on a FanDuel NBA roster. Along with his league-leading 34 points per game, DeRozan ranks sixth in the NBA in minutes at 37.1 a night. Toronto has kept him on the floor for more than 35 minutes a night since the season opener against Detroit. The extended time on the floor has paved the way to averages of 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game, enough to generate 44.9 FanDuel NBA points each night.
  • Miami guard Goran Dragic is still recovering from a sprained left ankle, but is making progress. Dragic is expected to miss his third consecutive game tonight as the Heat host the Hawks. Josh Richardson is still recovering from a partially torn MCL ligament, but has taken over the starting point guard job in the absence of Dragic. Richardson is averaging 10 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game since taking over starting duties, enough to garner consideration as a value play in FanDuel NBA leagues.

Nov 12, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) dunks in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Small Forwards

  1. LeBron James ($9,900) vs. Toronto Raptors
  2. Jimmy Butler ($8,600) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  3. Andrew Wiggins ($6,900) vs. Charlotte Hornets
  4. Kent Bazemore ($4,800) vs. Miami Heat

Rationale:

  • The Cavaliers have been experimenting with different lineups all season, and Sunday against the Charlotte, LeBron James delivered a victory with a superb fourth quarter performance. The 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting along with five assists in the final period doesn’t seem too impressive, until the elevated play came alongside four bench players that had never played together in a regular season game. The four players with James on the court are irrelevant, he will still find a way to put games out of reach.
  • The name perched atop the league’s 3-point percentage list is no misprint. After converting 96-of-316 attempts (30.4 percent) from beyond the arc in his first two seasons, Andrew Wiggins has knocked down 54.8 percent of his attempts this year. The lofty percentage isn’t propped up from a lack of attempts, as the 21-year-old has made 17-of-31 of his 3-point field goals and has been held without a long range shot just once in nine games. Wiggins is coming off a career-high 47 point performance that included a pair of 3-pointers.

Oct 31, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) attempts a dunk during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Power Forwards

  1. Kevin Love ($7,500) vs. Toronto Raptors
  2. Paul Millsap ($7,400) vs. Miami Heat
  3. Taj Gibson ($5,500) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  4. Marvin Williams ($5,000) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Rationale:

  • Chicago’s leading rebounder will have plenty of opportunities to crash the boards Tuesday night. The next opponent for the Bulls, the Portland Trail Blazers, have been the most ineffective team in limiting rebounds for the opposition. Portland is being out-rebounded each night by 7.4 per game, easily the widest differential in the league. Taj Gibson has been quite over the last three games, totaling 14 rebounds after averaging 9.2 in the first seven games of the year.
  • The spot-up jumper is becoming the specialty of Hornets forward Marvin Williams. Through nine games, Williams has poured in 61 points off the spot-up jump shot, accounting for 59.2 percent of his total points scored this season. The Hornets expect Williams to contribute in two categories each night and he has delivered, averaging career-highs with 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 conversions from 3-point range each night.
Nov 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) dunks the ball in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) dunks the ball in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Top Four Centers

  1. Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,400) vs. Charlotte Hornets
  2. Dwight Howard ($7,900) vs. Miami Heat
  3. Lucas Nogueira ($4,600) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Justin Hamilton ($4,400) vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Rationale:

  • The Hawks have been the most dominant rebounding team in the league behind the efforts of Dwight Howard. Atlanta is limiting its opponents to just 39.4 rebounds per game, as Howard collects 12.4 himself, tying for the third most in the NBA. Howard has also been the most potent scorer, leading the league in field goal percentage for the second time in his career, converting 63 percent of his attempts.
  • An ankle injury cost Lucas Nogueira the first five games of the season, but in his first four games back, he has been one of the steadiest defensive contributors in the league. Toronto has carved out more than 20 minutes each night for Nogueira and he has responded by generating 2.5 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis as the only players averaging 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season. Nogueira is coming off a breakout performance against the Knicks, as he logged career-highs with 10 points and five blocks.

Final Lineup

PG Kyrie Irving ($7,400)
PG Kemba Walker ($8,300)
SG Josh Richardson ($4,000)
SG Sean Kilpatrick ($5,500)
SF Jimmy Butler ($8,600)
SF Andrew Wiggins ($6,900)
PF Marvin Williams ($5,000)
PF Trevor Booker ($5,600)
C Dwight Howard ($7,900)

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