NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel – 1/3/2022

NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel - 1:3:2022

Merry Monday, and Happy New Year, everyone. Here we have one of the bigger NBA slates we’ve seen in a while with a ten-gamer to start the week. Let the NBA DFS analysis begin.

CHA (114.5) @ WAS (116.5)

The Hornets and the Suns largely failed to produce for DFS last night as Charlotte got blown out by Phoenix. We should see a closer game for Charlotte tonight against Washington. The back-to-back shouldn’t be an issue either since the Hornets’ key guys didn’t play many minutes. The problem is that they are priced efficiently across sites, and no one is a good play outside of possibly Mason Plumlee on DraftKings.

We will find the DraftKings value in Washington with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Daniel Gafford, Bradley Beal, Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert, and Kyle Kuzma. FanDuel is the same, although Avdija is not priced as well there. The Hornets are a great team to play players against, but not as much to play in their own right with their balanced offense and generally efficient pricing. The Washington side is where we want to look here.

HOU (102.75) @ PHI (115.75)

Christian Wood and Jae’Sean Tate are the best Rockets options on DraftKings. No one looks great on FanDuel, but Tate would be the best option if forced to play a Rocket. Value isn’t glaring here with the team relatively healthy, and Houston is not projected to score many points against the Sixers.


Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. have been suspended. This should mean value with D.J. Augustin, Jalen Green, KJ Martin, and Daniel Theis entering the picture. Eric Gordon (questionable) may also benefit.

Philadelphia is another team that is too healthy to have a ton of DFS relevance. Tyrese Maxey is the best DraftKings play, and Joel Embiid is also in the mix. On FanDuel, you are looking at Embiid and Tobias Harris. There is some blowout risk here regarding Sixers key pieces reaching ceilings.

MEM (110.25) @ BKN (116.75)

We have enough guys out for the Grizzlies to produce good DFS options in their stead. Killian Tillie, Brandon Clarke, Tyus Jones, and Desmond Bane are the best DraftKings plays. Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. have upside, but neither are priced particularly well. Tyus Jones, Steven Adams, and Killian Tillie are the best options on FanDuel.

We are really just looking at James Harden and Kevin Durant for Brooklyn. Harden is an excellent DraftKings play and is the better of the two on both sites. He will likely be higher-owned, giving some merit to a Durant pivot.

ORL (103.5) @ CHI (117.5)

Orlando may have a hard time keeping up in this one. We do have some decent DFS plays, as some key players for the Magic are out. On DraftKings, we’ll want to consider R.J. Hampton, Moritz Wagner, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr., and Tim Frazier. The same applies to FanDuel outside of Frazier.

There is some blowout risk here. For one or more Chicago players to have a ceiling game, you’d likely need it to stay close. No one is looking too great pricing-wise on DraftKings with the team essentially healthy. Derrick Jones Jr. and Nikola Vucevic are the best options if you want to go there, but neither stand out. Pricing is looking a little better on FanDuel, and I’d be more inclined to roster some Bulls such as Jones, DeMar DeRozan, and Zach LaVine.

DET (105.25) @ MIL (121.25)

There isn’t much to love for Detroit on DraftKings, but Luke Garza is still a good play at $5,200. Hamidou Diallo, Luke Garza, Cade Cunningham, and Saddiq Bey are decent FanDuel options.

No one looks suitable for the Bucks on a points-per-dollar basis, and there is substantial potential for a blowout here. I’d only consider Giannis Antetokounmpo and might be inclined to play a Piston or two on the other side if wanting a ceiling out of him.

UTA (118.75) @ NOP (109.25)

We aren’t getting any great DraftKings values on the Utah side. Suppose you were forced to play a Utah player. In that case, Hassan Whiteside (questionable) has a bit of punt value at $3,500, even in limited minutes. I’d also consider Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert. Donovan Mitchell is a decent FanDuel option, and Gobert could also be considered.

Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas are both questionable for New Orleans. If one or both don’t play, we’ll get a lot of value there for the Pelicans. As it stands now, we have some decent DraftKings plays in Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Herbert Jones, and Josh Hart. Ingram and Valanciunas are the studs, but neither are priced well. Pricing is tighter on FanDuel, and no one stands out for New Orleans.

DEN (105) @ DAL (108.5)

Austin Rivers is projected to start and is a very strong DraftKings play for Denver at just $3,400 despite his low points-per-minute production. I’d also look to Facundo Campazzo and Will Barton. Jokic is always in play, but his price is astronomical, and this game doesn’t project for fireworks. No one looks great on FanDuel, but I’d consider the same guys.

Although neither are stand-out smashes, Maxi Kleber and Kristaps Porzingis are the best plays on DraftKings for the Mavs. On FanDuel, no one looks outstanding on the Dallas side. Luka Doncic is always playable for his upside, but he is not priced well on either DFS site for this matchup.

MIA (103.75) @ GSW (113.75)

This Heat team is getting healthier, but we still have a bit of meat on the bone, with Omer Yurtseven and Caleb Martin coming in as decent options on DraftKings. Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Kyle Lowry are all excellent NBA players, but this is a tough matchup, and none are priced well. Yurtseven is the best play on FanDuel, and I would consider Herro and Butler as well.

Golden State is balanced, deep, and healthy. No one is a good play outside of maybe Kevon Looney for value on DraftKings and Andrew Wiggins on FanDuel. Steph Curry is obviously a superstar but is not as DFS-viable on this team at these prices compared to many of his spend-up counterparts.

ATL (116) @ POR (110)

The top plays to look at for Atlanta are Onyeka Okongwu and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot for extreme savings and Danilo Gallinari. Trae Young and Clint Capela are the highest upside Hawks, but neither are priced well. The situation is similar on FanDuel, although Gallinari is not as in play, and Trae Young is actually a solid value at $9,800.

Damian Lillard will miss tonight, and Jusuf Nurkic is doubtful, with C.J. McCollum already out. This leaves Portland likely without their three best players, which is excellent for DFS. Anfernee Simons, Norman Powell, Robert Covington, and Nassir Little are great plays on DraftKings. To a lesser extent, we can also consider Larry Nance Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr. The same applies to FanDuel, with Powell, Simons, and Smith leading the charge. Little and Covington are not as valuable on FanDuel but are still okay options.

MIN (106.25) @ LAC (110.25)

Patrick Beverley, Naz Reid, and Jarred Vanderbilt are the best Minnesota options on DraftKings. You can also consider Malik Beasley and Anthony Edwards for upside and reasonable value. Reid and Beverley are the FanDuel plays.

As long as Paul George is out, we will likely have some decent value for Los Angeles. Marcus Morris Sr., Serge Ibaka, Amir Coffey, Terance Mann, and Reggie Jackson (to a lesser extent) are our best DraftKings plays tonight. The plays are the same on FanDuel, although Jackson is a much better choice.

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