The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.
NBA DFS 12/20/2021
Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Monday, 12/20 NBA DFS action.
FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 12/20
DeMar DeRozan Fantasy
Target DeMar DeRozan, SF, Chicago Bulls ($8,900): DeMar DeRozan has been nothing short of a scoring machine during his first year with the Chicago Bulls. The 13th-year pro is averaging the second-most points per game in his career (26.8) and should have no trouble putting the ball in the basket on Monday night. The Houston Rocks own the seventh-worst defensive efficiency mark in the NBA and is giving up a whopping 112.9 points per game (No. 28 in NBA). The Rockets also play with the fastest pace in the league, which means possessions will not be hard to come by in this one. With Zach LaVine still sidelined, look for DeRozan to finish with another great performance.
Mike Conley Fantasy
Target Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz ($5,800): It's been an up-and-down year for veteran Mike Conley, but facing the Charlotte Hornets is a perfect matchup to bounce back in. Charlotte is allowing the fourth-most FanDuel points per game to opposing point guards and has not been able to defend the three-point line all year. In fact, the Hornets are allowing opponents to score 42.6 points per game from beyond the arc (No. 29 in NBA). That bodes well for Conley given he is currently shooting a career-best 45.3 percent from three-point range.
Dejounte Murray Fantasy
Target Dejounte Murray, SG, San Antonio Spurs ($9,100): There may not be an NBA player on more of a hot streak right now than San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray. The former Washington Huskie has posted two triple-doubles in his last four games played and is now averaging a a career-high 17.9 points per game on the year. Murray has been better on the road this season, draining 47.0 percent of his shots compared to just 42.4 percent at home. Keep in mind that he may also be able to avoid going up against Paul George's defense on Monday night as the All-Star forwards is nursing an elbow injury.
Draymond Green Fantasy
Avoid Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors ($7,200): One thing that can constantly ruin NBA DFS lineups is a blowout. Stars can be taken out before the start of the fourth quarter and lose any chance of putting together a solid stat line. The Golden state Warriors are huge12.5-point favorites over the Sacramento Kings and that makes Draymond Green someone to avoid. Part of Green's upside comes from his ability dish out assists. He could have a bit of trouble succeeding in that area given the Kings allow 23.9 opponents assists per game (No. 15 in NBA). The price tag here is simply a bit too high when considering Green's low floor.
Christian Wood Fantasy
Avoid Christian Wood, C, Houston Rockets ($8,200): Center Christian Wood is usually one of the only players worth targeting on the Rockets' offense. However, he is set to run into a very tough Chicago defense. The Bulls rank amongst the top 10 NBA teams in defensive efficiency and points allowed per game (105.9). Chicago also has the size to match up with Wood as two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic defends the paint. Wood has seen a dip in his scoring average from last season (21.0 down to 16.7) and is relying on his rebounding abilities to fill up the stat sheet. His lack of upside makes him someone to keep out of the lineup.
FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 12/20
Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 12/20:
PG: Mike Conley ($5,800)
PG: Tyrese Hailburton ($7,700)
SG: Dejounte Murray ($9,100)
SG: Alex Caruso ($5,400)
SF: DeMar DeRozan ($8,900)
SF: Terance Mann ($5,500)
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,000)
PF: Robert Williams ($5,600)
C: Jaren Jackson ($6,900)
Remaining Salary: $100
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