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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: DraftKings NBA Lineup Advice, Strategy for Dec. 8

Mark Vandeusen@@lucidsportsfanContributor IIIDecember 8, 2015

Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin (0) drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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There are only six games on the NBA schedule Tuesday, but many of the league's brightest stars will take the floor.  DraftKings daily fantasy contests feature a whopping seven players with price tags of at least $10,000: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins and LeBron James.

You'll most likely need at least one of these big names to build a winning roster, but who is the best bet to lead your squad?

Harden is the pick, along with the following four choices to point you in the right direction on December 8.

SG James Harden, Houston Rockets ($10,600) at Brooklyn Nets

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Harden leads the NBA with an average of 39.2 minutes per game, over two full minutes more than No. 2 Jimmy Butler.  The Rockets guard also has the league's third-highest usage percentage, behind only Westbrook and Cousins.  The combination of those two stats gives Harden a leg up on everyone when it comes to fantasy potential.

Harden posted 49 DraftKings points Saturday vs. the Sacramento Kings, the only time in his last eight games he failed to top 50.  Over his past 10 contests, Harden is averaging 57.9 DK points, including scores of 62.25, 71.75 and 84.5.

Harden also has the best matchup out of the handful of superstars mentioned above.  According to RotoWire, the Nets are allowing 44.4 fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, which is second-most in the NBA.

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PG Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers ($8,700) at Cleveland Cavaliers

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On November 30, Damian Lillard had a salary of $9,400.  He played only 17 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers that night, leaving the game early in the third quarter with abdominal pain.  Lillard's cost has dropped $700 in the last eight days, yet his numbers remain strong.

He's played over 35 minutes in each of his past four contests, averaging 23.3 points, 8.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 three-pointers in that time.

As reported by Mike Richman of Oregon Live, Monday's tough loss in Milwaukee prompted a rare post-game one-on-one conversation between Lillard and Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.  Don't be surprised if it gives Lillard a little extra motivation in Cleveland Tuesday.

Considering the point guard can be had for his lowest price since early November, it's worth adding Lillard to your lineup. 

PF Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors ($8,100) at Indiana Pacers

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As can be expected with the Warriors, their matchup with Indiana features the highest over/under of the night: 213 points, per Odds Shark.  Draymond Green is an integral part of nearly everything his club does and should be a prime benefactor of a high-scoring affair.

A road game against the 12-7 Pacers also represents one of the toughest tests yet for undefeated Golden State, which means Green should see plenty of action.

Beginning on November 27 with his first of back-to-back triple-doubles, Green has put up spectacular numbers over his past six contests:

Draymond Green Average Stats Since November 27
MINREBASTSTLBLKPTSFPTS
35.310.38.70.51.514.845.3
Basketball-Reference.com

With season averages of 8.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game, Green leads the Warriors in both categories. 

PF Ed Davis, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,000) at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Ed Davis posted 10 points and 13 rebounds Monday, his fifth double-double in nine games.  Trail Blazers PR pointed out that Davis has been one of the most productive reserve big men in the NBA in 2015-16:

Trail Blazers PR @TrailBlazersPR

Ed Davis has more double-doubles off the bench this season (6) than any other NBA player (Enes Kanter, 5).

Davis' salary has jumped $1,200 since November 20, but he's still a bargain at $5,000.  The 26-year-old is providing remarkably consistent fantasy production lately, with DK scores of 30.5, 25.75, 32.75 and 28.5 in his last four outings.  He's also averaging 28.4 fantasy points over an eight-game stretch.

He'll need 30 DK points Tuesday to hit the magic number of six per $1,000, a total that is right on par with his recent performances.

PG Shane Larkin, Brooklyn Nets ($4,300) vs. Houston Rockets

You may decide to add Shane Larkin to your roster every day for the rest of his career after watching his block in the above video from Friday's tilt with the New York Knicks—he appears to hang in the air longer than humanly possible.

Regardless of his powers of levitation, Larkin is a great fantasy value at the moment.  He's exceeded 30 DK points twice in his past three games, while averaging 29.4 per contest in that time.

For the season, Larkin is playing 19.3 minutes a night, but that number is on the rise.  He's logged 30, 23 and 28 minutes over his last three outings.

On Monday, the Nets announced that rookie shooting guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will have surgery to repair a broken ankle.  Hollis-Jefferson's absence will likely allow Larkin's court time to continue trending upward.

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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