NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel – 12/28/2021

NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel - 12:28:2021

We have an eight-game NBA slate to dig into today. The state of the NBA has been crazy of late, but it is the new regular now, and we are here to adapt. With no ado, here’s the game-by-game breakdown as it all stands at the moment.

MIL (113.5) @ ORL (100.5)

Pricing on Milwaukee is terrible since no one has been priced down to reflect that Giannis Antetokounmpo is active again. He is priced out of value contention, but Giannis is the one playable piece on the Bucks.

There is a good bit of value for Orlando. On DraftKings, we are looking at R.J. Hampton, Hassani Gravett, Gary Harris, and Franz Wagner mostly. Wagner is the most relevant piece on FanDuel.

WAS (101) @ MIA (107.5)

Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, and Daniel Gafford are decent options for the Wizards on DraftKings. On FanDuel, the same applies, although Spencer Dinwiddie also grades out as a good play.

Jimmy Butler is slated to return for Miami, which cuts into a lot of our value. Omer Yurtseven is a good play on DraftKings, and you can also consider Tyler Herro and Butler himself. The same applies to FanDuel, and Butler really stands out at his $8,500 price tag.

PHI (109) @ TOR (102.5)

Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey are the best points-per-dollar plays for the Sixers on DraftKings. At the same time, Joel Embiid is always playable for his ceiling despite being priced out of value contention. I’d primarily look at Embiid and Thybulle as the best FanDuel options.

Many guys are still out for Toronto, and Yuta Watanabe, Gary Trent Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton look like good plays on DraftKings. Banton is not as good of a value on FanDuel, while Chris Boucher and Pascal Siakam enter the fray as solid options.

LAL (116.25) @ HOU (111.25)

The Lakers have been a mess of late. However, this is a solid matchup, and they have a sizable implied total. Stanley Johnson, Malik Monk, and Carmelo Anthony offer value on DraftKings. We can always look at LeBron James and, to a lesser extent Russell Westbrook. Anthony is a worse play on FanDuel, while Talen Horton-Tucker can be considered at his $4,800 price tag.

David Nwaba, Daniel Theis, and Jalen Green are our best value pieces on Houston for DraftKings. Nwaba, Christian Wood, and Alperen Sengun are the guys I’d be looking at on FanDuel.

NYK (108.75) @ MIN (103.75)

The newly good again Kemba Walker and Mitchell Robinson are the DraftKings options for the Knicks. On FanDuel, Julius Randle also enters the mix at his $8,700 price.

Minnesota will still be without their best players and will be one of the best teams to use for DFS today. Nathan Knight, Jaden McDaniels, Malik Beasley, Jaylen Nowell, Jordan McLaughlin, and Jake Layman all look good on DraftKings. The same is true on FanDuel, although I wouldn’t consider Layman.

CLE (109) @ NOP (103.5)

Dean Wade, Kevin Love, and Ricky Rubio are the plays for Cleveland on DraftKings. Love and Rubio can be considered on FanDuel, but the best option is Darius Garland at $7,700.

UPDATE: Darius Garland has been ruled out.

The Pelicans should be without Brandon Ingram, which means we are looking at Garrett Temple, Herbert Jones, and Devonte’ Graham as our best DraftKings plays. Jonas Valanciunas enters the mix on FanDuel at just $7,700.

DEN (104.75) @ GSW (111.75)

Facundo Campazzo and Will Barton are the Denver options you might consider on DraftKings outside of the ever-excellent Nikola Jokic. Jokic has been a priority play on most slates, but this is not the best spot for him against Golden State. Barton and Jokic are the only relevant FanDuel options.

Nemanja Bjelica, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Kevon Looney, Jonathan Kuminga, and Otto Porter Jr. offer value for the Warriors on DraftKings. Stephen Curry is always an option as well for his tournament upside. On FanDuel, I’d be looking at Andrew Wiggins at just $5,800, as well as Toscano-Anderson and Kuminga.

OKC (107.75) @ SAC (113.25)

Today, Oklahoma City is looking like a good source of value, with Aaron Wiggins, Mike Muscala, Theo Maledon, Kenrich Williams, Isaiah Roby, and Luguentz Dort grading out well. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is expensive but always an option in tournaments. No one stands out as much on FanDuel at the moment, but all are options for GPPs.

For the Kings, everyone is mainly healthy, and only Buddy Hield looks like a decent DraftKings possibility. On FanDuel, Harrison Barnes is worthy as well. Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox are viable tournament plays, but neither are priced inefficiently on either site.

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