The NBA Five And Dime for Saturday, December 17

The NBA Five And Dime for Saturday, December 17 0001

We have a 6-game slate of NBA action on Saturday night, and there are plenty of big prizes up for grabs on DraftKings and FanDuel. The Five and Dime highlights several players that will likely be part of winning lineups, and one "sleeper" selection that could jettison a GPP lineup towards the top of the leaderboard.

The Five

He comes with a lot of risk in a potential blowout spot at Oracle Arena, but there's no denying that Lillard has the most upside of any PG on the board this Saturday. The Blazers superstar is coming off a 40-point, 10-assist performance in a shootout loss (132-120) at Denver and we could see a similar track meet against a Warriors team that ranks third in pace and first in PPG (117.3) this season. Lillard managed to score 31 points in a 23-point loss to the Dubs earlier this year and 38 points in a 25-point loss at Oracle towards the end of last season, so he's still dangerous in a blowout loss. He also notably dropped a 51-7-6 line to lead the Blazers to a blowout win over Golden State right after the ASB last year, and he can certainly torch Steph Curry and a Warriors squad that coughs up an above average 42.45 FPPG to opposing PGs this season.

Far from limited in his first game back after a several week absence, Harris carried the Nuggets to victory with 18 points on 7-of-11 FG shooting over 32 minutes of playing time. He's managed to shake off the rust very quickly and should draw consideration in all formats at this modest price tag against a weak Knicks defense. New York allows the ninth-most FPPG (39.27) and fourth-most PPG (24.15) to opposing SGs this season, while Harris has produced 53% of his FPs via actual points over six appearances this season.

Durant is still temptingly cheap on DraftKings along with teammates Draymond Green ($7800) and Steph Curry ($8500) and all three players are worth consideration in a game with one of the highest Over/Under lines (232 points) set all season. The Blazers and Warriors are two of the best and fastest-paced offensive teams in the NBA, so this is certainly a contest to target in DFS contests. Durant draws a plus matchup against the Blazers revolving door rotation at SF, as Portland coughs up the fourth-most PPG (21) and an above average 39.11 FPPG to opposing SFs this season. Despite the consistently easy wins at Oracle Arena, Durant is averaging 26.7 PPG and 51.3 DK PPG over 12 appearances at home this season and he could see more minutes than usual if this game remains close.

Porzingis is an excellent GPP play because he finished with just 13.75 DK points (12 FD points) on Thursday despite the absence of both Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) and Derrick Rose (back). Yet both of those high-usage players are in danger of missing a second consecutive game and that means Porzingis should get another chance to lead the Knicks with a big-time offensive performance. The Nuggets are an inferior defensive team when compared to the Warriors, as Denver ranks 25th in defensive rating and gives up the ninth-most PPG (21.05) to opposing PFs this season. The "Unicorn" averaged 13.5 PPG, 9 RPG, 2.5 APG and 2 BPG over 2 meetings with the Nuggets as a rookie and he's clearly taken a huge step forward in his second year.

Hopefully most DFS players will look at the fact that Jokic produced just 13 points over 19 minutes in a 132-120 win over the Blazers on Thursday and choose to fade him on Saturday. The big man finally moved back into the starting lineup for Nuggets HC Mike Malone, but promptly got into foul trouble, thus limiting his upside in that shootout. He should bounce back against a weak Knicks interior defense that is giving up the sixth-most FPPG (49.07) to opposing centers this season and rotates two slow-footed big men in Kyle O'Quinn and Joakim Noah. Jokic is incredibly skilled and his ability to dish or score off the dribble gives him tremendous upside, as proven by the fact that he's averaging 1.15 FPs per minute this season.

The Dime

It sounds like Carmelo Anthony will return to action tonight for the Knicks, but Derrick Rose is "unsure" of his status, and if we know anything about the former MVP, we can expect him to use caution and sit out if he feels like anything is wrong. Jennings would immediately become a virtual must-play if Rose sits, but he's still worth a look as a GPP option if Rose tries to play through his back tightness. Jennings is averaging 5.2 APG and 20.8 DK PPG while playing just 23.2 MPG on the season and he's averaging 12.4 points and 8 assists per 36 minutes, so he should be able to exceed value if this game turns into shootout.

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Nathaniel Weitzer

Nathaniel Weitzer

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player that specializes in Daily NBA and MLB advice. He's currently working as a sports journalist in Boston, but writing about fantasy sports is way better than doing "human interest" pieces on local athletes, so he contributes to multiple fantasy sites on a daily basis. Follow him @nweitzer7 for year-round fantasy sports advice.