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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 11/26/23

Matthew Lo
Matthew Lo@holla2mlo
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 11/26/23

Since NBA DFS is easier to predict than baseball or football, it would likely get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Basketball players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? Trust me -- it's not!

As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to ensure that you're up to date with key injuries. numberFire's projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news. numberFire also has player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.

In addition to daily projections, numberFire also offers a matchup heat map and a lineup optimizer to help give you an edge.

Here at FanDuel Research, we'll also come at you each day with this NBA DFS primer, which breaks down a few of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's dive into today's main slate on FanDuel.

Team
Opp
O/U
Spread
Implied Total
Injuries
MEMMIN216.57104.75Morant, Kennard, Smart, Tillman OUT
CHIBKN216.53.5106.5LaVine, Caruso questionable
PHXNY219.52.5108.5Beal OUT / Durant questionable
SADEN228.511.5108.5
TORCLE220.51109.75
BKNCHI216.5-3.5110
CHAORL2287110.5Washington, Rozier probable / Richards OUT
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Guards

Devin Booker ($10,300): After scoring a season-high 62.0 FanDuel points in his last appearance, Booker's salary has moved up to his second highest salary in November against a New York Knicks' defense allowing 41.7 FanDuel points per game to his position. If Kevin Durant is ruled out after he was listed as questionable, Booker is producing an eye-popping 1.60 FanDuel points with a 40.4% usage rate in this split.

Trae Young ($9,700): Atlanta's offensive engine has been on fire in his last three contests, producing 1.58 FanDuel points and 0.98 real-life points per minute. In a matchup against a Boston Celtics ranked 16th in FanDuel points (46.9) allowed per game to point guards, Young is fourth overall with a 44.4 fantasy expectation.

Donovan Mitchell ($9,600): "Spida" could play an elite offensive role with Darius Garland uncertain to play on Sunday with a neck injury, accounting for 1.31 FanDuel points and a 33.8% usage rate when Garland is off the floor.

Anthony Edwards ($9,200): In 318 minutes with today's injuries, Edwards ranks first among his team in fantasy production (1.20 FanDuel points per minute) and usage (31.5%). "Ant-Man" is fourth among guards with a 43.0 fantasy projection versus a Memphis Grizzlies allowing 42.7 FanDuel points per game to his position.

Desmond Bane ($8,600): At his second lower salary in November, Bane is sixth among guards with a 40.2 fantasy projection even in a tough matchup against a Minnesota Timberwolves' team ranked third in defensive rating.

Jalen Brunson ($7,900): Since November 8th, Brunson has scored at least 20 real-life points per game while producing 1.05 FanDuel points per minute during this time period.

Derrick White ($6,500): Even at his second highest salary this month, White ranks sixth among guards in value with a 4.89 rating and a 31.8 fantasy projection. After Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out, White's production increases to 1.01 FanDuel points per minute while his metrics would jump to 1.14 FanDuel points per minute if Jrue Holiday is inactive.

Cole Anthony ($6,300): The 23-year old has been a sneaky option in a second unit role, accounting for 0.97 FanDuel points per minute and a 24.3% usage rate in 318 minutes during November.

Mike Conley ($5,300): Despite a recent 6% salary increase, Minnesota's veteran still provides some value with a 4.73 rating and a 25.1 fantasy projection in a revenge matchup versus a Memphis unit allowing the second most FanDuel points (52.5) per game to point guards this season.

Reggie Jackson ($5,000): In his last nine starts, Jackson has produced 0.79 FanDuel points and a 20.8% usage rate with Jamal Murray inactive. At his highest salary this season, the 33-year old is fourth among guards in value with a 4.98 rating and a 24.9 fantasy projection.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($4,200): With Jaden McDaniels sidelined, Alexander-Walker ranks fifth overall in value with a 5.16 rating and a 21.7 fantasy projection after producing 0.74 FanDuel points per minute with McDaniels off the floor.

Forwards

Jayson Tatum ($10,500): Boston's leading scorer is second overall with a 47.5 fantasy projection versus a Hawks' team ranked 23rd in FanDuel points allowed per game to power forwards. In 223 with today's inactives, Tatum is recording 1.29 FanDuel points per minute with a 34.1% usage rate while his splits jump to 1.33 FanDuel points per minute if Jrue Holiday were to sit.

Victor Wembanyama ($8,700): At his second highest salary point in November, the Spurs' rookie still ranks eighth in value with a 4.9 rating and a 42.6 fantasy projection versus a Denver Nuggets' unit allowing 46.4 FanDuel points per game to his position. Wembanyama has accounted for 1.40 FanDuel points per minute and a 30.3% usage rate in 376 minutes this month.

Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,500): The Timberwolves' big man has been in a groove since the start of Novmeber, averaging 41.1 FanDuel points per game and 1.22 FanDuel points per minute while his salary has only increased by 1.1%.

Jaylen Brown ($8,200): In 106 minutes with today's current inactives, Brown is second among his team's starting unit in usage (32.0%) and third in fantasy production (0.95 FanDuel points).

Mikal Bridges ($8,000): Since November 12th, the 27-year old has been the centerpiece of Brooklyn's offense, producing a team-high 32.0% usage rate and an efficient 1.21 FanDuel points per minute while his salary has moved up 3.8%.

DeMar DeRozan ($7,900): If Zach LaVine is ruled out, DeRozan would rate as an optimal mid-salary option after his production jumps to 1.26 FanDuel points per minute with a 29.5% usage rate.

Paolo Banchero ($7,600): At his second lowest salary this month, Orlando's second-year forward is sixth in value among his position with a 4.99 rating and a 37.9 fantasy projection. Banchero is averaging 1.10 FanDuel points per minute and a 27.3% usage in 358 minutes with today's injuries.

Franz Wagner ($7,000): Despite producing 1.17 FanDuel points per minute in his last five games, Wagner could be overlooked in an appealing spot against a Charlotte Hornets' team ranked 28th in defensive rating.

Michael Porter Jr. ($6,900): After a 4.1% salary drop, Porter is 11th among forwards in value with a 4.82 rating and a 33.3 fantasy projection versus a San Antonio Spurs' team allowing 39.8 FanDuel points per game to his position.

Aaron Gordon ($6,600): Denver's big man is third among forwards in value with a 5.12 rating and a 33.8 fantasy projection after producing 0.93 FanDuel points per minute with today's inactives.

Santi Aldama ($6,200): Since November 14th, Aldama has suddenly emerged with an increased role, averaging 1.09 FanDuel points per minute and 34.4 FanDuel points per game.

Cameron Johnson ($6,100): Brooklyn's forward is fourth among his position in value with a 5.12 rating and a 31.3 fantasy projection after recording 0.93 FanDuel points per minute in his last seven games.

Saddiq Bey ($5,300): If Jalen Johnson is inactive, Bey could play more minutes after he produced 0.79 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.5% usage rate in this split.

Centers

Nikola Jokic ($12,800): After scoring at least 77.6 FanDuel points in his last two contests, Jokic's salary has increased by 2.4% to his second highest salary this season. "The Joker" is expected to produce another monster performance on Sunday with a slate-high 63.7 fantasy projection versus a San Antonio defense allowing 54.2 FanDuel points per game to centers.

Mark Williams ($6,800): With Nick Richards sidelined, the 21-year old has seen an increased role in his last contests, averaging 32.5 minutes per game and 1.17 FanDuel points per minute.


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