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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for December 4, 2017

For the NBA DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on Draft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

12/4/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS

DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $425k guaranteed
DraftKings Dunkfest Windmill: $180 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $555 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $350k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed

PLAYERS RULED OUT
John Wall (knee)
Nikola Jokic (ankle) 
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) 
Mike Conley (Achilles) 
Anthony Davis (groin) 
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) 
John Collins (shoulder) 
Dewayne Dedmon (leg)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Rodney Hood (ankle)
Kemba Walker (shoulder)
Rudy Gobert (knee) – Will Play, Minutes Restriction
Wilson Chandler (back)
Kyle Anderson (knee) 

Best NBA DFS Picks for December 4, 2017

Guards

Devin Booker @ PHI ($7.8k DraftKings, $7.0k FanDuel)
This is clearly an appealing game to target on Monday with a 228-point over/under set in Philadelphia, and Devin Booker is clearly the player to target in a Suns uniform. The sharpshooter stayed hot with 38 points over 39 minutes against Boston’s top-rated defense on Sunday, and he draws a plus matchup tonight against a Sixers team that gives up the eighth-most PPG (23.57) to opposing SGs this year. He’s also seemingly under-priced on both main DFS sites.

Dwyane Wade @ CHI ($5.6k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
He’s been a solid mid-tier option over the past couple of weeks, and Dwyane Wade deserves even stronger consideration tonight as he faces his hometown Bulls. While he played for the franchise last year, the Chicago native should remain motivated to show out for friends and family. It certainly helps to face a rebuilding team that ranks 22nd in defensive rating with the worst record (3-18) in the NBA this year. The veteran isn’t forcing the issue as he leads the Cavs’ second unit, and it’s led to proficient FG shooting (52.7 percent) over his last six appearances while scoring in double figures in each of those games.

Tomas Satoransky @ UTA ($4.1k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
Tim Frazier’s stint as the fill-in starter with John Wall (knee) on the shelf was apparently short lived, as Tomas Satoransky combined for 29 points and 12 assists over 52 minutes of run in his last two appearances. Satoransky’s superior play led to an easy win over the Pistons, and he draws a much easier matchup tonight at Utah. The Jazz defense has been poor on the perimeter all year since adding Ricky Rubio. Even with Rudy Gobert (knee) back and on a minutes limit, the 6’7 Satoransky should be able to attack the basket in this matchup.

Others to consider: Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Elfrid Payton, Mario Chalmers, Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams

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Forwards

Ben Simmons vs. PHO ($9.8k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder) appears unlikely to return anytime soon from an AC joint sprain, and that’s forced even more on Ben Simmons’ plate. The likely Rookie of the Year after “red-shirting” last season, averages 1.21 FPs per minute with McConnell off the floor and is rocking an impressive 31.7 percent assist rate overall. Phoenix allows the most FPPG (52.96) and third-most RPG (7.04) to opposing PGs, and Simmons is obviously an elite rebounder for a guard at 6’10 with a wingspan of over seven feet.

Aaron Gordon @ CHA ($7.9k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
The Hornets are strong at the center position, where Dwight Howard will battle Nikola Vucevic tonight, but weak at PF, where skinny second-year man Frank Kaminsky and smaller PF Marvin Williams rotate. At a hulking 220 pounds, Aaron Gordon should be able to dominate that duo on the glass while continuing to show off his improved 3-point stroke. He was 15-for-30 from downtown and 30-for-56 from the field over his three appearances prior to an off game on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte is giving up the fifth-most RPG (13.08) and 10th-most FPPG (47.75) to opposing PFs over the last month. Gordon went for 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four defensive stats in a meeting with the Hornets earlier this season.

Michael Beasley @ IND ($3.5k DraftKings, $5.0k FanDuel)
With Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) out, the Knicks put their fate in the hands of the mercurial Michael Beasley, and he rewarded them by going 10-of-19 from the floor for 21 points in a close loss on Sunday. You have to like a volume shooter with no conscience in this price range. Beasley’s sporting a 23.7 percent usage rate and averaging 0.45 points per minute with both The Unicorn and THJ off the floor this season. The Pacers give up the eighth-most PPG (108.3) and rank 28th in opponent’s 2PT shooting percentage (.534) this year, so Beasley will definitely be worth a look along with center Enes Kanter ($6.8k, $6.2k) in a plus matchup tonight with the Knicks desperate for scoring options.

Others to consider: Kevin Durant, Derrick Favors, Khris Middleton, Luke Babbitt, Kelly Oubre Jr., Kenneth Faried

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Center

Dwight Howard vs. ORL ($7.7k DraftKings, $7.4k FanDuel)
Orlando continues to struggle defensively, and starting center Nikola Vucevic is a particularly poor defender. His inability to leap or box out effectively has led to a subpar 15.4 percent total rebounding rate this season and to Dwight Howard averaging 13.8 PPG and 13.8 RPG over four meetings with the Magic last season. Now playing with renewed energy to post a 25.6 percent usage rate and 32.2 percent defensive rebounding rate, D12 is an easy bet to produce a double-double in a matchup against the fast-paced Magic.

Mason Plumlee vs. DAL ($4.3k DraftKings, $5.8k FanDuel)
In his first start for the injured Nikola Jokic (ankle), Mason Plumlee performed quite well, producing 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists over 31 minutes against the Lakers. With The Joker ruled out Monday, Plumlee stands to meet or exceed value in another plus matchup, as the Mavericks allow the sixth-most APG (4.33) and eighth-most RPG (16.29) to opposing centers this year. Plumlee is a capable passer, who averaged 5.1 assists per 36 minutes during his last full year as a starter in Portland, so he’s a strong play in this price range.

Others to consider: DeMarcus Cousins, Enes Kanter, Al Horford, Kyle O’Quinn  

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Nate Weitzer

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He’s been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA advice while continuing to build his bankroll on several sites.

When he’s not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.