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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for Kings vs. Lakers Showdown on November 26

Friday evening’s featured NBA Showdown contest is a matchup between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET. As standard, DraftKings is that includes an enormous Showdown contest for this sport, and beneath are slate particular targets for Friday’s nightcap.

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Captain’s Picks

Russell Westbrook ($17,700)

LeBron James ($16,800 CP; $11,200) and Anthony Davis ($17,100 CP; $11,400) obtain the entire reward, however Westbrook is the man exhibiting up on a regular basis and placing within the work. The Lakers’ upset win at Indianapolis on Wednesday is credited to the return of LeBron James, however Westbrook was the true star — his Plus/Minus was +14 whereas James had a -3, and Davis didn’t even hassle to swimsuit up as a result of he was underneath the climate. James outscored Westbrook and dished out yet another help, however Westbrook out rebounded James and was just one block shy of James’ two. Furthermore, James scored twice as many factors as Westbrook — 39 pts to twenty pts — as a result of he took twice as many pictures — 29 FGA to fifteen FGA (each must work on their taking pictures, however that’s one other story).

The query turns into, “Why gained’t James play hero ball once more?” It might occur or James might return into security mode and construct his vitality reserves. The Lakers had misplaced seven of 10, had been closing out a six sport street journey and LeBron had been absent for most of these trials and tribulations. He wanted to step up and kick some followers out of the primary row, and he checked each of these containers in Indianapolis. With that out of the way in which and a matchup with the Kings on deck, it might appear doubtless that James fingers the keys again over to Russell Westbrook. In the sport earlier than the Pacers win, Westbrook recorded a triple-double towards the Knicks whereas LeBron was suspended.

The notion is that Westbrook is having a down season, however that’s anecdotal and closely influenced by highlighting particular video games (i.e. his 33% taking pictures proportion vs. the Pacers). The actuality is that he’s taking pictures 43.1% from the sector and his profession common is 43.7%. The notoriously common 3-point shooter is taking pictures the lengthy ball the identical as all the time (30.3% this season vs. 30.5% over his profession).

This choose is fairly easy, and for essentially the most half, the stats are noise. There is however one factor that issues on Friday evening: Does LeBron play, and in that case, then how onerous? If LeBron is all-in, then he’s the Captain’s Pick. If it’s LeBron mild, then hearth up Russell Westbrook.

Buddy Hield ($9,900)

Early within the Alvin Gentry interim period, Buddy Hield has emerged because the Kings’ standout. Hield performed for Gentry throughout his rookie season (New Orleans 2016-17), so there might be some historical chemistry. Hield’s emergence might be the results of somebody having to hold the load for the second unit in Gentry’s paced-up offense. Perhaps nothing has modified, it’s simply {that a} couple extra threes have fallen for Hield within the final two video games.

He might go chilly tonight and be an absolute bust, or he stays scorching and the brand new teaching employees will increase his position as a result of nobody else on the workforce is doing something. Whether the pictures fall or not is one other factor, however his minutes will probably be there (over half-hour in every of the final three video games) and so will the pictures — 16 FGA on Nov. 22 vs. the 76ers and 16 FGA on Nov. 24 vs. the Trail Blazers.

The Lakers play on the third-fastest tempo within the league and are center of the street defensively. It’s not that they’re dangerous defensively, however being that it’s the common season, this veteran workforce doesn’t exert most effort on a nightly foundation. The veterans don’t even swimsuit up on a nightly foundation. Westbrook solely performs each evening as a result of he’s the brand new child on the town. Anthony Davis and LeBron James may play and so they may sit, or they play however barely play as a result of it’s the 7-12 Kings in any case. All of that is to say, Buddy Hield needs to be in a positive spot for DFS functions on Friday evening.

UTIL Plays

Antony Davis ($11,400)

If all three of LA’s large three play, then Davis suffers the least. That being stated, even with Davis’ numbers taking the smallest hit when all three are on the courtroom, it will likely be troublesome to think about rostering any of the Lakers’ stars within the Captain’s spot. Of course if LeBron James sits, then it’s all methods go for Davis and a statistical evaluation just isn’t obligatory. However, if all three play, why is Davis safer?

The why is easy. Davis has a job within the entrance courtroom. His rebounding charge is 14.1% with all three on the courtroom and 15.2% with out LeBron James on the courtroom — not a lot of a change. His utilization charge takes a small hit from 28.5% to 25.8%, however total he’s secure and productive together with his sport relying closely on rebounds and excessive proportion pictures. Whereas LeBron depends on decrease chance pictures falling, fewer rebounds and Russell Westbrook not getting scorching. Also, there’s a probability of solely Davis and Westbrook suiting up or LeBron taking it straightforward. It’s unlikely that James will play with out Westbrook or Davis on Friday. Unless Anthony Davis pulls one among his frequent Mr. Glass routines and exits early.

De’Aaron Fox ($8,600)

To say the least, Fox has been disappointing this season. However, there’s upside, if he ever decides to interrupt out. There are worth performs on this slate that permit Fox to suit into most lineups with a few stars from the Lakers. No one doubts Fox’s expertise, however the Luke Walton slow-motion offense didn’t work out too nicely for Fox or the Kings. Fox has not fared a lot better underneath Alvin Gentry, however that is solely the third sport of the brand new regime.

In his second sport with Gentry, Fox was 8-for-13 from the sector with two rebounds and 6 assists, however he solely performed 27 minutes as a result of he was ejected. Even if he performed the complete sport, he wasn’t on tempo to interrupt the slate with that rating. However, that kind of efficiency just isn’t too far-off from securing a spot within the profitable lineup on a Showdown Slate.

Fox leads the workforce in minutes per sport (35) and the subsequent closest participant to his team-leading utilization charge of 28% is Buddy Hield at 24%. Harrison Barnes has the third-highest utilization charge (21%), however he’s questionable for Friday and a few of that work would doubtless go to Fox. This is a pace-up spot towards a median protection. It could be a mistake to miss the Kings’ finest participant at an reasonably priced value.

Alex Len ($1,000)

Richaun Holmes ($7,200) was unable to play on Wednesday attributable to a knee damage and is questionable for Friday’s sport. Alex Len acquired the beginning vs. the Trail Blazers, however he didn’t see a lot motion. However, in his 17 minutes, Len was 5-for-6 from the sector with three rebounds, two assists and a block. How can we belief that Len will get minutes on Friday evening? We can’t, however his restricted motion on Wednesday was the direct results of foul bother — he picked up two fast fouls to start out the second half and acquired yanked. If Holmes sits once more and Len stays out of foul bother, he’ll simply be among the best worth performs on the Showdown Slate. Even if Holmes performs, and Len will get nearer to twenty minutes than half-hour, he can nonetheless work. In three of his final 4 video games, he’s averaged 14.6 minutes and 19.2 DKFP. That’s 1.3 FPPM and it’ll work with solely quarter-hour, however at 25 minutes, that charge breaks the slate with 32.8 DKFP from a $1,000 participant.


LeBron James ($11,200 CP; $10,500)

Go large or go residence. This is a daring transfer that may win the slate or end in lineups going nowhere close to the money line. In truth, if James goes off and carries ownerships, then lineups with out him will end close to the underside. However, James is as soon as once more carrying the Q tag into Friday evening’s matchup.

Long earlier than the Lakers’ damage report was introduced, it appeared like this might be a time off for James, or on the very least, it was going to be a light-weight evening for him. Now that he’s questionable once more, it’s not possible that he fits up and if he does, how a lot will he push it towards the Kings? The Lakers are solely seven-point residence favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook. That line is low, and it looks as if the Sportsbook doesn’t imagine that LeBron James goes to present it a go on Friday evening.

The Outcome

The Lakers aren’t good, however they’re not dangerous both. NBA followers predict this workforce to win each evening, however they don’t have the roster to roll by way of the league. They’re undoubtedly not going to win each evening, if LeBron James not often performs. Eventually they are going to be wonderful, however proper now it will likely be a battle from evening to nighttime. However, at residence towards inferior opponents, this workforce has greater than sufficient firepower to win sans LeBron.

Final Score: Lakers 118, Kings 110

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