Yahoo Plays and Strategy for Friday November 25th

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Basketball series.

The NBA returns Friday with a packed 14-game schedule. One of the more intriguing matchups will be the Celtics hosting the rising Kings. A battle between two powerful defensive teams will take place as 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 play at home against a Jazz team that has made a surprisingly strong start. Let’s dive into all of the matchups and highlight some players you should target on Yahoo, as well as some you might want to avoid.


Jaylen BrownBOS vs SAC ($36): Normally an efficient shooter, Brown has been even better this season, yielding 50.0 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free throw line, both of which are career-highs. He also plays a lot at 36 minutes per game. That left Brown with robust averages of 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Another juicy stat line could come against a Kings team sitting sixth from the bottom in defensive standings.

shake MiltonPHI at ORL ($15): A spate of injuries at the 76ers has forced Milton into a prominent role. He started and played in three consecutive games for at least 36 minutes. And Milton hasn’t missed his opportunities with at least 29.7 Yahoo points in each. This is a great matchup for him to stay productive given the Magic and their 5th worst defensive rating.

Guard to avoid

Tre JonesSA vs LAL ($20): Because as bad as the Lakers’ record is, they were actually solid on defense with the seventh-best defensive rating. Jones already doesn’t get many shot attempts, with a usage rate of just 19.1 percent. If he can’t accumulate assists because his teammates are struggling to score, it will be difficult for him to add value.


Jayson TatumBOS vs SAC ($48): Pairing Tatum with Brown isn’t a budget-friendly strategy, but there are other value options to balance the duo. Tatum was as good as it gets with 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. This matchup is too good to pass up.

Paul ReedPHI at ORL ($16): Reed was excellent again off the bench on Wednesday, scoring 30.1 Yahoo points in 22 minutes. While scoring just six points, he grabbed eight rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Joel Embiid (Foot) isn’t ready to return just yet, so Reed will have another golden opportunity to offer value at a reduced salary.

Forward to avoid

Harrison BarnesSAC at BOS ($19): Barnes is a key veteran for the Kings and he still plays a lot averaging 31 minutes. However, its usage rate has fallen to 16.1 percent, down almost three percentage points from last season. Add in fewer shot attempts to face a difficult Celtics defense and Barnes could struggle to be productive.


Nikola VucevicCHI at OKC ($30): The Thunder have added some fascinating young players to their roster, but they still lack talent and depth at center. That’s one of the main reasons they’ve conceded the most rebounds per game. Note that OKC is struggling to slow down Vucevic, who is averaging 15.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists so far.

Clint CapelaATL at HOU ($22): It looks like the Rockets will be undermanned in the middle, with Alperen Sengun (bar) listed as iffy. Bruno Fernando (knee) is questionable after more than a month. Even if he does return, his minutes could be limited. Their lack of size could be an issue against Capela, who has at least 33.9 Yahoo points in four of his last five games.

Center to avoid

Marvin Bagley III, DET at PHO ($19): Bagley is starting for the Pistons and is likely to remain in that role for a while, with Isaiah Stewart (toe) and Saddiq Bey (ankle) not close to returning just yet. The problem is that Bagley hasn’t logged more than 23 minutes in any of the last five games. His limited playing time meant he had modest averages of 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Until Bagley starts seeing more action consistently, he’s too risky for DFS.

The author(s) of this article may enter Daily Fantasy competitions including, but not limited to, games that they have recommended or advised on in this article. While playing these games with their personal accounts, it is possible that they use players in their lineups or other strategies that deviate from the recommendations given above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy competitions with the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51.

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