NBA GPP Pivots: Tuesday, Dec. 7

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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We will be looking at Tuesday’s three-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (at LA Lakers)

Smart becomes more appealing in daily fantasy if Jaylen Brown (questionable) does not play. That would force Smart into a more aggressive and higher-usage role against a Lakers team that ranks first in pace and 29th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Smart’s fantasy production has been a rollercoaster as of late, but he’s capable of reaching 40+ fantasy points, which he actually did (43 FP) in the last meeting with the Lakers on Nov. 19.

SHOOTING GUARD

Alec Burks - New York (at San Antonio)

Kemba Walker is out of the Knicks’ rotation at the moment. Burks has served as the primary beneficiary of that move. Over the last four games with Walker sidelined, Burks has posted 34+ fantasy points in three of them. That includes fantastic 39 and 46 FP efforts. Burks struggled last time out against the Nuggets, but this is an interesting bounce-back spot while playing up in pace against the Spurs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Burks got back to that 35-40 FP groove.

SMALL FORWARD

DeAndre’ Bembry - Brooklyn (at Dallas)

Bembry represents a cheap filler worthy of consideration on this three-game slate. Joe Harris will miss time moving forward, and Bembry has been filling that void as of late. Sometimes he just hangs back and watches Kevin Durant or James Harden carry the team, but Bembry has inflicted some damage of his own with 34+ fantasy points in two of his last five. He’s averaging 26 FPPG over his span, which isn’t a bad baseline when considering the cheap price.

POWER FORWARD

Kristaps Porzingis - Dallas (vs. Brooklyn)

Porzingis was questionable earlier in the day, but the latest reports say that he’s probable. This could be a high-scoring matchup with the Nets, and Porzingis might have to shoulder some extra usage if Luka Doncic (questionable) is out. There’s plenty of competition at the power forward position, and Porzingis could get lost in the shuffle. Don’t rule him out against a Brooklyn team that ranks 24th in rebound rate.

CENTER

Al Horford - Boston (at LA Lakers)

The Celtics frontcourt is weird. Injuries have made it an even stranger situation. Horford missed the last game, but he’s set to return to the lineup tonight. Can he back up his 47 FP showing at Utah from last Friday? Probably not, but it’s nice to know the veteran still has some gas left in the tank. Horford has notched 31+ fantasy points in seven of his last eight games, and now he’s playing up in pace in a high-scoring matchup with the Lakers. Jaylen Brown’s potential absence could send more usage towards Horford as well.

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