NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel – 1/10/2022

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NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel - 1:10:2022

We have a solid seven-game slate to kick off the week in NBA DFS. Teams seem to be getting healthier, and extreme value is not as easy to come by. Still, there is plenty, and here are some of the best options we have today.

MIL (118.5) @ CHA (116.5)

Jordan Nwora and Bobby Portis stand out on DraftKings and FanDuel, with some critical guys missing for Milwaukee. Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s extremely high price on both sites, he is actually an excellent points-per-dollar value in this juicy matchup with Charlotte. This is rare for a guy on the upper end of the pricing spectrum. He should be a priority on this slate.

LaMelo Ball is the leading stud on Charlotte, but he is too expensive on DraftKings. I’d be more inclined to go with Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, or Miles Bridges. On FanDuel, the pricing is a bit more even, and I would consider any of Ball, Rozier, Hayward, and Bridges. Washington is priced up too high on FanDuel to be a good option here.

UTA (118.25) @ DET (106.75)

With Utah missing some key bodies, we can look at Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Donovan Mitchell on DraftKings. While Whiteside’s price has risen considerably, he’s still too cheap for his starting role in the absence of Rudy Gobert and will be a top play tonight. Whiteside, Mitchell, and Conley are the Jazz I’m looking at on FanDuel.

We don’t have too much value on Detroit. Saben Lee and Trey Lyles are DraftKings options if going there. On FanDuel, we’re looking at Cade Cunningham and Lyles. The minutes and offense are a bit spread out for this team, and their key guys at the moment outside of Cunningham are still priced up based on his absence. It’s not a great DFS spot against Utah here.

IND (104.25) @ BOS (110.75)

Keifer Sykes, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner will all be good plays here on DraftKings, assuming Malcolm Brogdon (questionable) cannot suit up. I’d mostly look at Duane Washington and, to a lesser extent Sabonis on FanDuel.

With Boston’s key guys all healthy, there aren’t any good value plays on either DFS site. Of course, guys like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have upside. Still, I’d avoid outside of multi-entering large-field tourneys as it just isn’t optimal to play any of them.

SAS (103.25) @ NYK (109.25)

Due to health protocols, many vital guys are out for the Spurs. In turn, they will be one of our top teams for salary relief tonight. Keita Bates-Diop, Lonnie Walker IV, Bryn Forbes, Joshua Primo, and Jakob Poeltl are all good DraftKings plays here. Dejounte Murray does not offer the same value but has the highest upside. It is mostly the same on FanDuel, although I would be less inclined to play Forbes or Murray.

We have some solid value on the other side of the game with Alec Burks, Immanuel Quickley, and Mitchell Robinson. These are the guys I would look at on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

PHI (118.75) @ HOU (108.25)

The Sixers are short a couple of crucial bodies. This is a fantastic matchup against Houston, hence their sizable team total. Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle, Seth Curry, and Joel Embiid can all be considered here on DraftKings. FanDuel is the same, although Curry is not as good of an option at his FD price tag. I’d give Tobias Harris a minor look as well, although he is on the outside looking in a bit in terms of value.

Though Houston is likely to struggle in real life here, David Nwaba, Christian Wood, and Kevin Porter Jr. are decent options on DraftKings. You could look at Eric Gordon, Jae’Sean Tate, and Jalen Green to a lesser extent. I’d primarily consider Wood and Porter on FanDuel.

CLE (112.75) @ SAC (107.75)

There’s not a lot of DraftKings value to be had with Cleveland. I’d mostly look at their critical guys like Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, and Darius Garland. It is essentially the same on FanDuel, although Lauri Markkanen is also a decent option. Garland’s price really stands out on FanDuel at just $7,700, and he should be a popular option there tonight.

It is the same story again where DraftKings does not price Sacramento up. There may be some reason for this, as their offense is spread out and not terribly effective, yet the pricing algorithm appears slightly off. Our best values are Davion Mitchell, Alex Len, Harrison Barnes, Tyrese Haliburton, and Marvin Bagley III. You can also consider De’Aaron Fox at $7,600. Barnes, Haliburton, and Bagley are the only guys I would really look at on FanDuel.

BKN (119) @ POR (109.5)

Brooklyn has the highest team total on the slate and should smash here. Yet, with Kyrie Irving now playing road games, the three-headed monster of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Irving is hard to boil down for DFS. Any could have a huge outing, but it is unlikely that more than one of them will pay off their price tag. Irving is a lot cheaper than the other two at $8,800 on DraftKings, but he may not have the same minutes upside and is just getting back into the swing of things. No one stands out as a great play, but one of them likely meets or exceeds their value. Pricing on Irving and Harden is too low on FanDuel, and they are terrific plays there.

Portland will be a top spot for salary relief with three of their starters and top offensive weapons still out. Jusuf Nurkic, CJ Elleby, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little, Robert Covington, and Ben McLemore are in play here on DraftKings. Nurkic, Little, and Covington are the top FanDuel options for the Blazers. This could be an excellent game to target between Brooklyn’s high team total and all the value on Portland, assuming Portland can keep it close. Running a Brooklyn stud on one side with one or more Portland values is an excellent mini game-stacking option.

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