With no NBA games scheduled for Christmas Eve, Thursday has an unusually large 11-game DFS slate, even after Nets/Blazers game was postponed. With so many games, there are a massive number of options on the SuperDraft slate.
Below are my three building blocks for my NBA lineups on SuperDraft DFS for Thursday.
Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks (1.4x score multiplier)
Aside from having COVID-19 ravage through the NBA and their team, as Luka Doncic was recently added to the league’s health and safety protocols, the Mavs have had some bad luck with injuries, as Kristaps Porzingis missed the last game with a toe issue. Whether he plays or not, Brunson is an ultra-strong play.
With Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. (also in the protocols) off the floor this season, Brunson has posted a 27.8% usage rate, 39.8% assist rate and 1.13 SuperDraft points per minute. If Porzingis also sits out, this would only cause his usage rate and rebounding rate to rise, making him an even strong play. With a 1.4x multiplier, Brunson is one of the safest players to build a lineup around Thursday.
Kemba Walker, New York Knicks (1.5x)
With the Knicks backcourt dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and Derrick Rose now having ankle surgery, it looks like Kemba Walker’s return to the rotation could be a longstanding occurrence. In his two games since rejoining the rotation, Walker has looked like his old self. He’s posted a 27.5% usage rate and 17.8% assist rate, both being second on the team to only Julius Randle. Walker is averaging 25.0 points, seven rebounds and four assists on over 20 field goal attempts per game. His volume makes him a strong play with a 1.5x multiplier.
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets (1x)
It can throw you off to target players without multipliers, but there are often exceptions to that tendency, and Jokic is the prime example. Jokic has been a man among boys this season, having posted triple-doubles in four of his last eight games, he’s averaged 25.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9.3 assists over that span.
The Charlotte Hornets provide a unique matchup for Jokic, as a pace-up spot is not necessarily a massive benefit for him given his half-court playstyle. The nature in which centers continue to carve up the Charlotte interior should give Jokic room to do anything. With 70-80 raw SuperDraft points well within his range of outcomes, the lack of a multiplier is far from a deterrent for Jokic, the top play of the slate.
Other players to consider in your player pool:
· Dejounte Murray (1.1x)
· Jrue Holiday (1.25x)
· Christian Wood (1.25x)
· Kristaps Porzingis (1.25x) — if active
· John Collins (1.25x)
· Myles Turner (1.4x)
· Delon Wright (1.7x)
· Cam Reddish (1.75x)
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.