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Friday night in the NBA features a 10-game slate of action. As always be sure to watch for late-breaking news before finalizing your lineup. So, with that here are my FanDuel player recommendations for the Friday slate…
NBA DFS FanDuel lineup advice for December 16
Kyle Lowry (TOR) $8,600
Lowry has scored at least 35 FanDuel points in nine of his last 10 games. He has the potential to score over 50 points on Friday in a favorable matchup against the Hawks who have allowed increased production to opposing point guards in points (+11.6%), rebounds (+17.3%) and assists (+16.5%).
Elfrid Payton (ORL) $5,700
Payton profiles as a better GPP play than he does for Cash games with his erratic play as shown by his 50.6 FanDuel points on Tuesday after scoring less than 21 FanDuel points in the three games proceeding it. Payton has an opportunity for another explosion game on Friday when the Magic take on the Nets in a game with one of the highest Vegas totals on the slate in a plus matchup.
James Harden (HOU) $11,800
Harden is the highest priced player on the slate Friday night. He is a lock for at least 45 FanDuel points but needs closer to 60 to pay off his high price tag. He has the potential to reach that number on Friday in the game with the highest Vegas total against the Pelicans who have allowed a few extra points to opposing shooting guards this season.
Evan Fournier (ORL) $5,900
Fournier has improved on his peripheral stats over the last few games with at least six assists in three straight games to go along with at least 23 points in each of those games. He will look to make it four straight games with those numbers in a favorable matchup against the Nets who have allowed more points (+9.5%) and assists (+10.0%) to opposing shooting guards.
Jimmy Butler (CHI) $9,000
Butler is far and away the top small forward on the slate Friday night. He gets a favorable matchup against the Bucks in which he could outpace all other small forwards by 15 FanDuel points giving those that use him a big advantage over the those who choose to fade him.
Robert Covington (PHI) $5,000
Covington has come on over his last two games averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He will get a favorable matchup against the Lakers who have allowed increased production to opposing small forwards in points (+9.5%) and rebounds (+4.1%).
Paul Millsap (ATL) $8,300
Millsap is one of the most consistent fantasy producers in the NBA. He has scored at least 39 FanDuel points in each of his last four games since missing a few games with a hip injury. He can stuff the stat sheet in multiple categories including assists and rebounds where the Raptors have allowed increase production to opposing power forwards.
Trevor Booker (BKN) $6,000
Booker has pulled down at least 12 rebounds in four of his last five games. He will have an opportunity for another big rebound day against the Magic who have allowed an extra 2.7% board to opposing power forwards.
Andre Drummond (DET) $8,300
Drummond only managed three points against the Mavericks on Wednesday but he extended his double-digit rebound streak to eight games. Look for the points to return on Friday against the Wizards who have allowed an additional 5.5% points to opposing centers to go along with more rebounds (+4.1%).
Jahlil Okafor (PHI) $5,100
Okafor has seen his minutes and production increase recently as he has scored at least 20 FanDuel points in each of his last seven games regardless of if Joel Embiid has played or not. The return of Nerlens Noel could be another story, however. Watch closely to see which of the big men are playing on Friday, if all three play then you may want to pivot to a different option at center.