FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Sunday 12/4/22

In a matchup versus a Pistons' team ranked 29th in defensive rating, Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke ranks as numberFire's top value option. Who else is an ideal option for Sunday's six-game main slate?

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy basketball is very reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news, we have player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's break down today's main slate on FanDuel.

Team Opp O/U Spread Implied Total Injuries
NY CLE 221.5 3.5 109
DET MEM 228.5 6.5 111 Cunningham, Livers OUT
CLE NY 221.5 -3.5 112.5 Allen, Wade OUT
BKN BOS 231.5 3 114.25 Simmons OUT
IND POR 233 3 115 Haliburton questionable
LAL WSH 233.5 2 115.75 Schroder available, Davis probable, James questionable
BOS BKN 231.5 -3 117.25 Smart OUT
MEM DET 228.5 -6.5 117.5 Adams, Bane OUT
WSH LAL 233.5 -2 117.75
POR IND 233 -3 118 Lillard expected to return, Hart questionable
CHI SAC 239 2.5 118.25 Caruso probable
SAC CHI 239 -2.5 120.75


Ja Morant ($9,900): In a great matchup versus a Detroit Pistons' team ranked 26th in fantasy points (50.9) allowed per game to point guards, Morant is rated fourth overall with 47.1 expected FanDuel points. In 402.5 minutes with Desmond Bane off the floor, Morant is averaging 1.47 FanDuel points per minute and a 37.1% usage rate.

De'Aaron Fox ($8,800): After scoring just 14 real-life points and 28.2 FanDuel points in his last appearance, Fox's FanDuel salary has moved down 16.6% versus a Chicago Bulls' team allowing 46.8 fantasy points to his position.

DeMar DeRozan ($8,600): In his last three contests, DeRozan's FanDuel salary has remained unchanged despite recording 1.16 FanDuel points per minute. During this time period, the 33-year old has produced 0.50 shot attempts, 0.16 rebounds and 0.16 assists per minute.

Kyrie Irving ($8,100): In a revenge matchup versus a Boston Celtics' team allowing 22.9 real-life points and 44.0 FanDuel points per game to point guards, Irving stands fourth among guards with 42.5 expected fantasy points.

Zach LaVine ($7,300): After recording four straight games with at least 20 real-life points, LaVine's FanDuel salary has risen 5.8% to his second highest point this season. During this time period, Chicago's explosive guard has accounted for 1.05 FanDuel points per minute and a 26.8% usage rate.

Dillon Brooks ($6,000): The Grizzlies' fiery guard ranks fourth among his position in value with a 5.22 rating and 31.3 expected FanDuel points after his FanDuel salary decreased by 7.6%.

Malcolm Brogdon ($5,100): In 243.3 minute this season with Marcus Smart off the floor, Brogdon sees a 0.06 boost to 1.12 FanDuel points per minute with a 30.2% usage rate.

Alex Caruso ($4,200): Ranking second among guards in value with a 5.42 rating and 22.8 expected FanDuel points, Caruso stands as an optimal low salary option versus a Sacramento Kings' team 22nd in fantasy points (49.3) allowed to his position.

T.J. McConnell ($4,200): If Tyrese Haliburton is unable to suit up on Sunday night, McConnell is averaging 1.02 FanDuel points, 0.13 rebounds, and 0.26 assists in a 291.1 minute sample size.


Anthony Davis ($11,600): The Lakers' big man will attempt to continue his recent hot streak versus a Washington team giving up 48.3 FanDuel points to his position. In his last nine games, Davis is averaging an eye-popping 1.92 FanDuel points, 0.96 real-life points, 0.45 rebounds, 0.08 assists, and 0.54 shot attempts per minute.

Jayson Tatum ($10,800): After his worst offensive game on Friday, Tatum will look to bounce back against a Brooklyn Nets' team ranked 13th in defensive rating and 28th in opposing three point shooting percentage. Boston's offensive leader produces 1.16 FanDuel points, 0.20 rebounds, and 0.15 assists per minute with today's inactives.

Kevin Durant ($10,400): In an underrated spot against a Celtics team ranked 14th in FanDuel points (39.9) allowed to his position and opposing true shooting percentage, Durant ranks second overall with 49.7 expected FanDuel points at his second lowest salary point in the past two months.

Kristaps Porzingis ($9,100): Despite a 8.3% jump in his salary in the past week, Porzingis has really turned on his recent production, accounting for 1.45 FanDuel points, 0.29 rebounds, and 0.43 shot attempts per minute.

Jaylen Brown ($8,400): With Boston's expected inactives, Brown's fantasy production is boosted by 0.05 to 1.19 FanDuel points per minute with a 30.1% usage rate in a 193.8 minute sample size.

Kyle Kuzma ($7,600): Even at his second highest salary point this season, Kuzma stands as an ideal play with a 38.1 fantasy point projection versus a Lakers' team ranked 22nd in FanDuel points allowed to his position.

Evan Mobley ($7,500): In 248.1 minutes this season with today's inactives, Cleveland' second-year big man sees a noticeable 0.16 boost to 1.18 FanDuel points per minute.

Bogdan Bogdanovic ($6,300): The Pistons' veteran has become their offensive leader with today's injuries, ranking first among his team's starters in usage (26.3%) and shot attempts (0.65) while also averaging 0.16 rebounds and 0.11 assists per minute.

Buddy Hield ($6,200): Indiana's long-range specialist would see a 0.29 increase to 1.16 FanDuel points per minute if Haliburton is inactive on Sunday night.

Al Horford ($5,400): In an underrated matchup against a Brooklyn Nets' unit allowing 51.6 FanDuel points to the five position, Boston's veteran is an optimal midrange option with a 5.48 value rating and 29.6 expected fantasy points.

Brandon Clarke ($4,400): With Steven Adams ruled out, Clarke stands as Sunday's top value option with a 7.44 rating and a 32.7 FanDuel point projection against a Detroit Pistons' team ranked 28th in points allowed in the paint and 29th in defensive rating.

Patrick Williams ($4,100): After a brief stint playing with Chicago's second year, Williams will make his 22nd start against a Sacramento Kings' team ranked 15th in opposing true shooting percentage and 22nd in defensive rating. The Bulls' second year forward ranks first among his positions in value with a 5.75 rating and 23.6 expected fantasy points.


Jusuf Nurkic ($6,500): In a great matchup against an Indiana Pacers' team allowing centers to score 27.2 real-life points and 58.6 FanDuel points per game, Nurkic's stands second among true centers with 34.7 expected FanDuel points.

Isaiah Stewart ($5,800): Since his return on November 29th, Detroit's big man is averaging 0.87 FanDuel points, 0.27 rebounds, and 0.40 shot attempts in 62.6 minutes.