NBA DFS Picks: Yahoo Plays and Strategy on November 25th

The Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown duo is one to watch on Friday as the Celtics host the Kings.

The NBA returns on Friday with a packed 14-game schedule. One of the most interesting matches will feature the Celtics hosting the Rising Kings. A battle between two strong defensive teams will occur when the Cavs take on the Bucks. The Bulls, who have defeated the Celtics and Bucks in back-to-back games, will continue their current road trip in OKC. The Warriors will also be going home against the Jazz who are off to a surprisingly strong start. Let’s dive into all the matches and highlight some players to target on Yahoo, as well as a few to avoid.


guards

Jaylen BrownBOS vs. SAC ($36): Usually an efficient shooter, Brown has been better this season by going 50.0% from the field and 80.2% from the free throw line, both of which qualify as career highs. He also plays a lot, having clocked 36 minutes per game. That left the Browns with solid averages of 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Another exciting baseline could come against a Kings team that ranks sixth from bottom in the defensive rankings.

Milton shookPHI at ORL ($15): Countless injuries to the 76ers forced Melton into a prominent role. He has started and participated for at least 36 minutes in three consecutive rounds. And Melton didn’t let his chances go to waste with no less than 29.7 Yahoo points in each one. This is a great game for him to remain productive given Magic and the fifth worst Defensive Rating.

guard to avoid

Three JonesSAS vs. LAL ($20): Despite the Lakers’ poor record, they were actually solid on defense with the seventh best defensive rating. Jones doesn’t really get many photo attempts with a usage rate of just 19.1%. If he can’t provide assists because his teammates are struggling to score, it will be difficult for him to provide value.


attackers

Jason TatumBOS vs. SAC ($48): Pairing Tatum with Brown isn’t exactly a budget-friendly strategy, but there are other value options to help offset the duo. Tatum was as good as it gets by posting 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. This match is too good to miss.

Paul ReidPHI at ORL ($16): Reed was excellent off the bench again on Wednesday tallying 30.1 Yahoo points in 22 minutes. While he scored only six points, he made eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Joel Embiid (ft) isn’t ready to return yet, so Reid will have another favorable opportunity to offer value at a reduced salary.

forward to avoid

Harrison BarnesSAC in BOS ($19): Barnes is an important veteran for the Kings and still plays a lot, averaging 31 minutes. However, his utilization rate dropped to 16.1%, which is nearly three percentage points lower than last season. Add in fewer shot attempts against a tough Celtics defense and Barnes could have a hard time being productive.


positions

Nikola VucevicCHI at OKC ($30): The Thunder have added some interesting young players to their roster, but they still lack talent and depth in the center position. It’s one of the main reasons why they allow the most rebounds per game. Look for OKC to have a hard time slowing down Vucevic, who is averaging 15.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists so far.

Clint CapellaATL at HOU ($22): It looks like the rocket will be shortened in the middle with Alperen Sengun (groin) listed as questionable. Bruno Fernando (knee) is a suspect after being out for over a month. So even if he did return, his attendance might be limited. Their lack of size could be an issue for Cabella, who has managed at least 33.9 Yahoo points in four of his last five matches.

center to avoid

Marvin Bagley 3, DET in PHX ($19): Bagley starts for the Pistons and will likely stay in that role for a while with Isaiah Stewart (toe) and Sadiq Bey (ankle) not even close to returning yet. The problem is, Bagley has not logged more than 23 minutes in any of his last five matches. His limited playing time resulted in him posting modest averages of 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Until Bagley starts seeing more action continually, he’s too risky for DFS.

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Mike began covering fantasy sports in 2007, and joined RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, and RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab, and KFFL.com.

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