Six games are on the NBA schedule for Thursday
, and with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and L.A. Clippers all in action FanDuel players have some high-caliber teams from which to fill out their rosters. Cleveland hosts the Clippers in a game matching teams in need of a boost after tough losses Tuesday night. Cleveland jumped out to a solid lead on Milwaukee, only to take their foot off the gas and have Giannis Antetokounmpo
storm back to win by 17 points. Head coach Tyronn Lue
benched his starters during that loss, and star forward LeBron James
($9,700) didn't have the level of influence on the game we've come to expect from him.
While Cleveland's marquee players should be motivated by their benching, motivation shouldn't be an issue for Doc Rivers' Clippers either. They've lost three straight games on the road, the most recent being a double overtime loss to the Nets with forward Blake Griffin ($9,000) being rested by Rivers (who was ejected in overtime). Griffin will be back, but the matchup with Kevin Love ($8,300) won't be an easy one for either player. Lastly, Golden State hosts Houston with some highly productive fantasy options being involved including Houston's James Harden ($11,300) and Golden State's Kevin Durant
Here are our FanDuel matchup picks for Thursday's games, working within the rules of a nine-player roster and a $60,000 salary cap. Some stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.