After taking the Thanksgiving holiday off, the NBA is back in a big way tonight. With 12 games on the slate, there’s no shortage of superstars in action to help you shake off the tryptophan. Seven five-figure players will hit the floor tonight, from LeBron James at $10,100 to Russell Westbrook at $11,600. Three of the 12 games have an over/under of at least 210 (Wizards-Celtics, Warriors-Suns, Pelicans-Clippers), as well, giving you plenty of avenues for finding fantasy points on Friday night.
Note: All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Jerryd Bayless ($4,400) @ ORL: You may want to get Westbrook or Stephen Curry in your lineups, but you’ll need to find some savings, as well. Bayless has put up 31.8 fantasy points or more in his last two games and is getting more minutes than Michael Carter-Williams. The Magic have allowed the third-most points per game to point guards.
SG: Eric Gordon ($6,100) @ LAC: Gordon gives you a cheap way of getting invested in Pelicans-Clippers, a game with an over/under of 213. Gordon throws up a dud every now and again, but he has outpaced his 27.7 fantasy point per game average in four of his last five games and eight of his last 10.
SF: Paul George ($9,900) vs. CHI: We frequently talk about fading Westbrook or Curry at your own risk. George has reached that same level. He's up to 43.2 fantasy points per game after a 55.6-point outburst in the Pacers’ last outing. The Bulls have allowed the sixth-most points per game to small forwards, but they may opt to put Jimmy Butler on the Pacers’ star.
PF: Anthony Davis ($11,100) @ LAC: Davis has played three games since returning from his minor shoulder injury. His worst fantasy performance netted his daily owners 49.1 points. In those three games, he’s averaging 26 points, 18 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per night. Without accounting for assists and turnovers, that translates to 55.6 fantasy points.
C: Marcin Gortat ($5,900) @ BOS: Gortat costs you just $5,900 on Friday night, giving you significant savings over DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre Jordan. He has averaged 33.9 fantasy points over his last two games, and is up to 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.