NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel: 12/20/2021

NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel- 12:20:2021

The NBA has really gotten unpredictable lately with the health protocols. As of the moment, none of the games we expected to play today have been postponed. No colossal news has popped up regarding any key players being out due to the protocols. Hopefully, it stays that way. Now let’s get into this six-gamer.

PHI (105.25) @ BOS (108.25)

Danny Green, Joel Embiid, and Tyrese Maxey are all questionable with injuries. If any or all sit, lots of value opens up for the Sixers. As it stands now, Danny Green and Isaiah Joe are the best value plays on DraftKings. Embiid doesn’t stand out from a points-per-dollar perspective, but you can always play the big man for his tournament upside. On FanDuel, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, and Joel Embiid are all strong plays at their respective prices.

Jayson Tatum, Dennis Schroder, and Romeo Langford are questionable for the Celtics. Langford will be a good value play on DraftKings if he does suit up, as would Schroder. Tatum is priced out of the points-per-dollar play range, but he always has tournament upside. Enes Freedom looks decent at his $3,600 price as a value punt. Jaylen Brown would benefit significantly from Tatum being off the court if he cannot play. Aaron Nesmith will be the primary beneficiary if Schroder sits. Payton Pritchard and Justin Jackson may enter the fray if Langford cannot go. On FanDuel, Freedom and Schroder are our guys.

HOU (108.5) @ CHI (115)

Kevin Porter Jr. remains out for the Rockets, while Armoni Brooks is questionable. Eric Gordon and D.J. Augustin will benefit if Brooks is unable to play. Garrison Mathews, Josh Christopher, Jae’Sean Tate, and KJ Martin are solid DraftKings values as it stands. Christian Wood is too expensive to be a great play, but you can always look at him in tournaments. Mathews and Tate are the FanDuel plays.

Chicago should be able to take care of business in this one, and you hope it will stay competitive if you are planning on targeting their key guys. The Bulls are without Zach LaVine and a few of their ancillary pieces. Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Coby White, and Javonte Green look nice on DraftKings. DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic pick up the offensive slack with LaVine out, but neither are priced well. Green, Caruso, Vucevic, Ball, and DeRozan are all good plays on FanDuel.

OKC (102) @ MEM (110.5)

Weirdly, injuries and illnesses are basically our bread-and-butter in NBA DFS, but that is indeed the case. Oklahoma City is simply too healthy to be very fantasy relevant, especially with so many teams heavily depleted and offering crazy value. No one is on the injury report, and Kenrich Williams is the one play looking decent on DraftKings. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the only other player I would give any real consideration. Josh Giddey is a little underpriced on FanDuel and could be an option there.

The Grizzlies being without Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke offers us some fantasy value. Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane, Steven Adams, and Xavier Tillman are decent DraftKings plays. Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones are right on the border of being playable. It is the same on FanDuel, although Tillman is a virtual non-option, and Jones is slightly better.

CHA (112.25) @ UTA (123.75)

Charlotte is too healthy to be great for DFS with LaMelo Ball back. They have a lot of good players, but none of them are priced inefficiently with so many mouths to feed. I wouldn’t prioritize anyone on either DFS site. Still, if you did, it would be the usual suspects, Ball, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, or Terry Rozier. Personally, I would only play one for the most part, as it is unlikely that multiple of them reach a ceiling.

Utah has the highest team total on the slate and gets a coveted matchup with the Hornets. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are their main offensive cogs, but both are priced out of value contention. The best plays on DraftKings are Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay, Royce O’Neale, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Jordan Clarkson. You could consider Hassan Whiteside as a value punt. He can sometimes get there even in limited minutes. FanDuel pricing is different, and none of these guys really stand out. Still, you could consider any of them as mediocre plays to fill out a lineup.

SAC (105.25) @ GSW (117.25)

While the road matchup against Golden State is far from preferable, Sacramento is a great team to target for DFS right now. Four guys are playing mega minutes and are underpriced on DraftKings for their current roles. The great plays are Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, and Chimezie Metu. Richaun Holmes is questionable but may come back today and would also be a decent option. It is essentially the same scenario on FanDuel.

With Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole out due to health protocols, Golden State has some good plays. Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr., Kevon Looney, and Nemanja Bjelica qualify. Steph Curry is always a tournament option, and Draymond Green could also be considered. Porter, Iguodala, and Curry are the FanDuel plays, and Curry’s price really stands out at just $9,700. He should be a priority on this slate when spending up.

SAS (106) @ LAC (111)

The Spurs are currently one of those teams that offer very little for DFS. Their offense is very spread out, and they run a lot of guys with sometimes unpredictable minutes. Lonnie Walker IV, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, and Derrick White are the best options on DraftKings if you want to play a Spur. Dejounte Murray always has a huge ceiling, but the price is not attractive. While no one is a fantastic play on FanDuel, Murray is the best at his FD price of $9,100. I’d hardly consider anyone else.

Paul George is questionable for the Clippers. If he sits, we definitely get some value all around. Otherwise, our best DraftKings options are Ivica Zubac, Serge Ibaka, and Terance Mann. George has tournament upside, but he’s too expensive to qualify as an excellent points-per-dollar play. He is priced better on FanDuel, as is Reggie Jackson. Both are good options there, as is Zubac.

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