NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel – 12/29/2021

NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel - 12:29:2021

We have a sizeable nine-game slate in the NBA today, barring any unexpected issues. This is one of the bigger ones we’ve had in a while and should be exciting to get into.

NYK (108.75) @ DET (101.25)

Kemba Walker and Mitchell Robinson are the Knicks we want to consider on DraftKings. Even up at $6,800, Kemba’s price tag still hasn’t caught up with his newly relevant role and production level for New York. Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle are the best Knicks options on FanDuel.

The Pistons are missing tons of guys and should be running an eight-man rotation. Every player is viable. The best of the best on DraftKings: Luke Garza, Derrick Walton Jr., Cheick Diallo, and Hamidou Diallo. Saddiq Bey enters the picture at his FanDuel price. He is a bit pricey on DK but still a decent option.

CHA (112) @ IND (115.5)

This one has a sizeable total and tight spread, and Charlotte games tend to produce for DFS. With PJ Washington and Miles Bridges still out, Mason Plumlee, Jalen McDaniels, Terry Rozier, and Gordon Hayward are good plays on DraftKings. On FanDuel, I would mostly look at Rozier. LaMelo Ball is always in play in tournaments but does not grade as an excellent value on either DFS site.

Despite this being a good match-up, fortunately for life and unfortunately for GFS, the Pacers are primarily healthy. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable, and if he does not play, it will open up some opportunity for Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte, most specifically. Otherwise, no one here stands out on DraftKings. In tournaments, you can always play Brogdon, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, or Caris Levert. Still, none are optimal DK plays on this slate. On FanDuel, LeVert is always underpriced, and he looks decent here, as does Justin Holiday and Myles Turner. Sabonis is a considerably better FanDuel play as well.

LAC (101.75) @ BOS (107.75)

The Clippers continue to be a store of value with Paul George and Reggie Jackson out, among others. On DraftKings, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac, and Eric Bledsoe are our top options. Bledsoe, Zubac, and Luke Kennard are the best FanDuel plays.

Jayson Tatum, among others, will miss this one for the Celtics. Marcus Smart (questionable), Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, and Grant Williams offer value. Al Horford and Jalen Brown should take up most of the offensive slack and can be considered despite being priced out of significant points-per-dollar savings. Although he takes a hit when Horford is healthy, one can also consider Robert Williams. On FanDuel, we’re mainly looking at Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown as the best plays.

ATL (107.5) @ CHI (115.5)

Atlanta is a very shorthanded team right now, which means many good DFS plays. Skylar Mays, Chaundee Brown Jr., Cam Reddish, Malcolm Hill, Clint Capela, and Trae Young are suitable options on DraftKings. I’d consider all but Malcolm Hill on FanDuel.

Coby White and Nikola Vucevic are the best options for the Bulls on DraftKings. You could also consider DeMar DeRozan. Zach LaVine has upside, but he is priced out of value contention. LaVine is a better play on FanDuel, and Vucevic and DeRozan would be the other FanDuel guys to look at.

LAL (110.25) @ MEM (116.25)

The Lakers seem to have made a bit of a change in their starting lineup and rotations. Malik Monk has become very fantasy-relevant and is an excellent play on DraftKings at just $4,000. He should be priced higher, assuming his current role continues. You can also consider Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley, and Carmelo Anthony. LeBron James is entirely in play, and one can always take a shot on what should be a low-owned Russell Westbrook. The analysis is essentially the same on FanDuel, although Stanley Johnson is not as appealing at his FD price.

Kyle Anderson, Desmond Bane, and Steven Adams are our best values for Memphis on DraftKings. You can also consider Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. there. It is essentially the same on FanDuel, although Tyus Jones also comes into the picture as a decent value play.

MIA (106) @ SAS (111.5)

With Jimmy Butler now ruled out, we’re only showing six bodies for Miami with projections in the DFS industry. They will have to activate some G-Leaguers or otherwise produce more able bodies for this game to play and not be postponed. It does appear that we should get a lot of value out of this situation, assuming the game does go on. Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Omer Yurtseven, Caleb Martin, and Marcus Garrett should be in for plenty of work.

A lot of Spurs will be fantasy-relevant today on DraftKings. Lonnie Walker IV, Devin Vassell, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, Doug McDermott, and Jock Landale are all looking good from a points-per-dollar perspective. Vassell, Poeltl, Walker, and Johnson are the main guys I’d look at on FanDuel.

OKC (101.75) @ PHX (116.75)

The Thunder have a very tough road matchup with the Suns and a paltry team total. However, we do still have some value due to some key pieces missing. Isaiah Roby, Kenrich Williams, Luguentz Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Aaron Wiggins, and Paul Watson can be considered for the Thunder on DraftKings. It is the same on FanDuel, although I wouldn’t include Watson or Wiggins.

With Deandre Ayton out, Jalen Smith and JaVale McGee are good plays for Phoenix across sites. Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne are solid DraftKings values, and Devin Booker looks decent. Booker looks even better on FanDuel, and Cameron Johnson is in play. Payne is not priced as well there. Chris Paul is not a great play on either DFS site, but you can always consider him in tournaments, and he should be very low-owned.

UTA (117.75) @ POR (110.75)

With Donovan Mitchell still out, we have a good bit of value on Utah. Royce O’Neale, Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay, and Bojan Bogdanovic are the top DraftKings options. Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert would be in tournament consideration only at their prices. Clarkson, Ingles, and O’Neale are the best FanDuel Jazz to consider.

We still have some key players missing for Portland. This means Nassir Little, Anfernee Simons, Larry Nance Jr., and Norman Powell are good DraftKings values. Damian Lillard can always be played in tournaments. The same applies to FanDuel, although Lillard is a better play there.

DAL (111.25) @ SAC (108.75)

The absence of Luka Doncic and some other pieces still gives us some plays for Dallas. On DraftKings, we are looking at Josh Green, Dorian Finney-Smith, Brandon Knight, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and Jalen Brunson. On FanDuel it is just Finney-Smith, Porzingis, and Brunson.

Sacramento is way too healthy now for much DFS relevance in today’s value-filled, sickness and injury-riddled NBA. Marvin Bagley is a decent play on both sites, and you could consider Terence Davis as a value on DraftKings. Of course, guys like De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes can have big games. Still, none are great plays on this slate. I would consider Fox a bit more on FanDuel at $7,400.

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