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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DFS DraftKings Best Player Picks for Dec. 3

Mark Vandeusen@@lucidsportsfanContributor IIIDecember 3, 2015

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, center, loses control of the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, left, takes it and guard Rodney Stuckey watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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There are six NBA games on tap for Thursday evening, and several of the league's top daily fantasy players will be in action.  DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Paul George each have DraftKings price tags of $10,000 or more.

They're all enticing options, but which superstar is the best bet to anchor your Dec. 3 lineup?  The answer lies below along with four other picks to build your squad around.

SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers ($10,000) at Portland Trail Blazers

In a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, George scored 31 points—two of which came via the dunk in the above highlight clip—and grabbed 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year.  Along with four assists, one block, three steals and five three-pointers, George recorded 62 fantasy points.  It was the third time he's topped 60 in his last six games.

The Pacers forward is on a three-point shooting tear at the moment.  He's knocked down 37 of 67 long-range attempts over his past eight outings, an average of 4.6 per contest at an astounding 55 percent.

George's consistent production makes him a better choice than Cousins, Westbrook or Durant.  Of the four, George is the only one who's exceeded 35 DraftKings points for 10 straight games.  In fact, George's lowest DK score in that span is 42.

PG Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings ($8,800) vs. Boston Celtics

Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

When Rajon Rondo was with the Celtics, the phrase "National TV Rondo" was born to describe his tendency to put forth his best efforts on the biggest stages.  Thursday's showdown against his former ballclub represents the NBA's one and only visit to Mexico City in 2015-16.  It may not be the U.S., but the eyes of an entire nation will be watching.

Before Rondo and the Kings hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the point guard was asked about taking on the team he spent much of the previous season with.  From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Rondo's response was simple:

Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones

Kings’ Rajon Rondo on facing Mavericks: ‘It’s not Boston. It’s not a big deal’ https://t.co/6VW4I7XTnk

In his return to Boston last January, Rondo connected on his first seven field-goal attempts on his way to a 29-point effort that included six rebounds, five assists and a career-high five three-pointers.  

SG Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics ($6,500) at Sacramento Kings

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Two weeks ago, Avery Bradley could be had for just $4,500.  Even though he costs $2,000 more, Bradley should still be worth the price Thursday.  NBA.com/Stats pointed out the success he's having to this point in 2015-16:

NBA.com/Stats @nbastats

Avery Bradley is averaging career-highs in PPG (16.1), 3FGM (2.4), 3FG% (41.8%) and SPG (1.7) for @celtics. https://t.co/tYHFLRzgVA

Like George, Bradley is currently red-hot from beyond the arc.  He's averaging 2.9 threes per contest over his last 10, at a 45 percent clip.

The matchup with Sacramento also bodes well for Bradley.  Via RotoWire, the Kings are giving up 44.9 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, the most in the league.

Per Odds Shark, the Celtics vs. Kings tilt has an over/under of 215, easily the highest of the night and a great sign for the fantasy production of all players involved.  

SF Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies ($4,300) vs. San Antonio Spurs

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Beginning with a Nov. 20 defeat of the Houston Rockets, Matt Barnes has become a surprisingly reliable contributor to the Grizzlies offense.  Barnes has scored in double figures in seven straight games while seeing at least 27 minutes of court time on each occasion.

His salary is on the rise, but it's still well below par for what Barnes is doing lately:

Matt Barnes Average Stats, Last 7 Games
MIN3PREBASTSTLBLKPTSFPTS
30.71.65.92.61.30.312.927.6
Basketball-Reference.com

If Barnes can match that 27.6 average, he'll easily reach the magic number of six DK points per $1,000.

  

PF Trevor Booker, Utah Jazz ($4,000) vs. Orlando Magic

Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press

On Wednesday, the Jazz announced that Rudy Gobert will be out indefinitely after straining his left knee in practice.  Trevor Booker is in line to reap the fantasy benefits.  Derrick Favors may shift over to center with Gobert sidelined, potentially opening up a spot in the starting lineup for Booker at power forward.

Booker got the nod when Favors missed Saturday's contest and was quick to take advantage of the opportunity.  In 38 minutes, he tallied 13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals for a total of 46.75 DK points.

If Booker can post even half that against the Magic on Thursday, he'll provide solid value at $4,000.

Make sure to check Utah's lineup before tipoff.  Jeff Withey or Trey Lyles could be a better play at $3,000 if either is starting instead of Booker.

All prices courtesy of DraftKings. Statistics via NBA.com unless otherwise noted. Mark Vandeusen is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @LucidSportsFan.


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