FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy Basketball Lineup For November 29
Kawhi Leonard is once again making his case for Defensive Player of the Year, but has also become one of the most consistent FanDuel NBA performers in his sixth season with the San Antonio Spurs.
Few things about the career of Kawhi Leonard are typical.
Nearly 350 games into his career, Leonard has stolen the ball 608 times while committing just 603 personal fouls.
Only one player in league history has ever logged more minutes than Leonard while registering more steals than fouls.
Once again, Leonard is among the league leaders in steals per game, poaching the ball away 2.1 times a night while committing just 1.7 fouls per game.
This season, several players have joined Leonard, with Chris Paul, Kemba Walker, Trevor Ariza, Lou Williams, Thabo Sefolosha and Jordan Clarkson all registering at least 20 steals and forcing more turnovers than committed personal fouls.
Leonard is the primary reason San Antonio has managed to score 275 points off turnovers this season, as he is extremely effective at transforming his steals into fast break points.
Only six players have been able to produce more than the 74 points off turnovers Leonard has managed this season.
The defense of Leonard has generated 17.6 percent of his total points scored, helping him increase his scoring average for the sixth consecutive season at 24.8 points per game.
The 6-foot-7 forward is capitalizing on nearly every scoring chance, as his conversion rate of 92.5 percent at the free throw line stands as the eighth-highest in the league.
Even as the Spurs have become more reliant on Leonard, as his usage rate is at a career-high 30.5 percent, and the 10th-highest in the NBA, he has managed to limit his turnovers.
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The 8.5 percent turnover rate Leonard has registered is the lowest among the top-30 leaders in PER.
The high production coupled with limited mistakes has transformed Leonard into one of the most consistent performers in FanDuel NBA tournament play.
Leonard has scored 30 or more points in FanDuel NBA play in 14 of his 17 appearances this season, including a streak of seven consecutive games.
Three players available for Tuesday night carry a FanDuel NBA valuation of $8,400, but Leonard has the highest fantasy point average, at 40.5 points per game.
With steady contributions on both ends of the floor, Leonard deserves strong consideration for any FanDuel NBA lineup.
Top Four Point Guards
- Chris Paul ($8,800) vs. Brooklyn Nets
- Kyrie Irving ($7,400) vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- George Hill ($6,800) vs. Houston Rockets
- Matthew Dellavedova ($6,400) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
- Brooklyn has been repeatedly victimized by Chris Paul, the NBA’s leader in steals at 2.8 per game this season. In 22 career appearances against the Nets, Paul has totaled 57 steals, for an average of 2.6 per game, along with 17.3 points, 10.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game, his most against a single opponent. Paul is shooting a career-high 40.2 percent from 3-point range and is facing a Brooklyn defense that is allowing opponents to shoot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, the fourth-worst average in the league.
- A pair of eight-assist performances in each of his last two games has raised the season average to 6.3 per game for Matthew Dellavedova, the most in Milwaukee. Dellavedova is facing Cleveland for the first time since signing as a free agent with Milwaukee, so he could be in line for a strong performance and is a nice value pick for FanDuel NBA purposes.
Top Four Shooting Guards
- James Harden ($11,500) vs. Utah Jazz
- Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,000) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
- Evan Fournier ($5,800) vs. San Antonio Spurs
- Jordan Clarkson ($5,200) vs. New Orleans Pelicans
- During the first seven years of his career, Rockets guard James Harden has totaled 67 double-doubles, meaning he achieved the feat in 12.4 percent of his appearances. The switch to point guard has not only resulted in a league-high 12.2 assists per game, but Harden can move into a tie with Russell Westbrook with 15 double-doubles this season if he accomplishes the feat Tuesday against the Jazz. Harden is logging a double-double in 82.4 percent of his games played this year.
- Even though Jordan Clarkson has made just one start for the Lakers this season, he still shares the team lead with Julius Randle in minutes played, at 27.7 per game. After making his first start of the year against Golden State, resulting in a 20-point effort, Clarkson returned to the bench for Sunday’s game against the Hawks and scored 18 points. The move to the second unit has elevated his presence as a defender, as Clarkson has recorded two or more steals in nine of 18 games and leads the team with an average of 1.9 steals per game.
Top Four Small Forwards
- LeBron James ($10,100) vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- Kawhi Leonard ($8,400) vs. Orlando Magic
- Gordon Hayward ($7,400) vs. Houston Rockets
- Trevor Ariza ($5,400) vs. Utah Jazz
- LeBron James has been doing his best to fend off Russell Westbrook on the career triple-double list, as the two are tied for the sixth-most at 45. With two triple-doubles in his last three games, James isn’t ready to surrender his place to Westbrook just yet. While the 23.6 points per game he is averaging is the lowest since his rookie year, James is averaging career-highs with 9.7 assists and 8.4 rebounds.
- The past two games have been solid FanDuel NBA outings for Trevor Ariza. The Rockets small forward has averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 conversions from 3-point range, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals, resulting in an average of 32.2 FanDuel NBA tournament points. Ariza is averaging 25.4 tournament points per game, the highest of any frontcourt player valued below $5,500 by FanDuel NBA rankings.
Top Four Power Forwards
- Blake Griffin ($9,000) vs. Brooklyn Nets
- Kevin Love ($8,400) vs. Milwaukee Buck
- Jabari Parker ($6,400) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
- Serge Ibaka ($6,200) vs. San Antonio Spurs
- Kevin Love was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The rebounding average is actually one fewer than Love’s season average, as he leads the Cavaliers by totaling 10.7 per game. Along with his revitalized rebounding numbers, Love is shooting a career-high 43 percent from 3-point range and is connecting 2.5 times a game from beyond the arc.
- Serge Ibaka is finding his rhythm on the defensive end of the floor for the Magic. After totaling 14 rejections in his first 12 appearances for Orlando, Ibaka has swatted 15 shots in his last five games, raising is average to a team-high 1.7 per game, just above Bismack Biyombo.
Top Four Centers
- Andre Drummond ($8,100) vs. Charlotte Hornets
- Brook Lopez ($7,000) vs. L.A. Clippers
- Rudy Gobert ($6,800) vs. Houston Rockets
- Clint Capela ($6,000) vs. Utah Jazz
- If Brook Lopez scores 22 or more points against the Clippers at home Tuesday night, he will become one of 27 players averaging 20 points per game or more this season. This season, only three players (Rudy Gay, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill) are averaging more than 20 points per game while shooting less than 15 times a night; Lopez is at 19.9 points per game on 15.0 shot attempts.
- No player capitalizes on limited scoring chances better than Jazz center Rudy Gobert. The 7-foot-1 center is the only player in the league scoring 10 or more points on fewer than six shot attempts a night and he is converting league-high 62.9 percent of his shot attempts. Gobert is a viable FanDuel NBA roster option not because of his efficient scoring numbers, but he ranks second in the NBA in blocks per game (2.5) and the 10.9 rebounds he is averaging is tied with Anthony Davis for the seventh most in the league.
PG George Hill ($6,800)
PG Kyrie Irving ($7,600)
SG Jordan Clarkson ($5,200)
SG Evan Fourner ($5,800)
SF Trevor Ariza ($5,400)
SF Kawhi Leonard ($8,400)
PF Jabari Parker ($6,400)
PF Kevin Love ($8,400)
C Clint Capela ($6,000)