NBA Showdown Playbook December 21: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets DFS Picks
Published: Dec 21, 2022
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
It should not come as a surprise but although we came close, it does not look like both teams will be at full strength tonight as the Charlotte Hornets take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George looks like he is slated to return to action for tonight’s NBA DFS Showdown Slate while a litany of Clippers is tagged with the questionable tag. On the other side of the ball, Terry Rozier is likely going to miss tonight’s game for the Hornets. As we prepare to finish the night in the green, let us take a look at some NBA DFS Showdown Slate picks.
Terry Rozier – Doubtful (hip)
Dennis Smith Jr - Out
Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George – Questionable (knee)
Reggie Jackson – Questionable (achilles)
Ivica Zubac – Questionable (knee)
Norman Powell – Questionable (groin)
NBA DFS Showdown Slate Picks
Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
One of the things to take note of at the top of tonight’s slate is the soft pricing, but I am not sure how much of that really should be a knock-on George. When we last saw George a week ago, he was terrible from a shooting perspective making just four of 13 shots from the field, but he still finished with a triple-double (17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists) before missing the next few games with a knee injury. After he practiced on Tuesday, George is trending towards making his return tonight and I would expect him to lead the way for Los Angeles once again.
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
In the four games since making his return, Ball has appeared to not miss a beat as he is averaging 26 points and 7.8 assists per game. That tracks with what we can generally expect from Ball and with Rozier likely sidelined tonight, the former’s role should only serve to increase tonight.
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
I know that some of this production did come with George on the sidelines, but the Clippers are still not exactly at full strength, and there is plenty of space for both superstars to do their things with Los Angeles. The main thing for Leonard has been health, workload, and stamina and he is averaging 30 minutes per game in his last four so we can check that box. Over that same stretch, Leonard is putting up 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and his price is only going to go up from here.
Kelly Oubre, Charlotte Hornets
Oubre certainly can score, 31 points on Monday and games of 28 and 29 in this recent stretch, and with Rozier likely out tonight, he steps up in the pecking order for Charlotte. Moving into the starting lineup likely means close to 40 minutes of playing time and around 20 shots for Oubre and we can make that work.
Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets
It has been a solid season for Hayward, and with double-digit shot attempts in four of his last five games and he moves up in the pecking order tonight. At 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, Heyward is a solid option tonight.
Mason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets
There is something to be said for predictability, and that is what we get from Plumlee. While some nights are better than others, Plumlee can generally be found at around 30 DK points per game as he is averaging 9.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and four assists per game. He shouldn’t have any problems continuing on that trend tonight.
John Wall, Los Angeles Clippers
With Leonard and George going strong, Wall can fade a little more into the role of a third or fourth option, and he also benefits with Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson both banged up. Wall has averaged just under 10 shots per game but is holding him back this year is a 31.3% field goal percentage during that stretch and a 40.7% overall.
Amir Coffey, Los Angeles Clippers
The playing time for Coffey does fluctuate but he is averaging 10.5 points and three rebounds per game in his last two, and there should be an available role for him tonight with the Clippers banged up a bit on the perimeter.
Theo Maledon, New Orleans Pelicans
Maledon is always going to have a role as a key backup for the Hornets, but with Rozier out, he does move up in the pecking order. The guard should get around 15 to 20 minutes of playing time and even at his season average of 5.8 points and a handful of rebounds and assists, the path to a strong return oh his value is not too onerous.
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