NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel – 12/8/2021

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NBA DFS First Look For DraftKings And FanDuel - 12:8:2021

We had a scarce slate yesterday in the Association with only three games, which means we’ve got a very large 13-gamer to tackle today. Let’s get right to it.

PHI (110.75) @ CHA (104.75)

As of the moment, Danny Green really stands out as an excellent value at $3,300 on DraftKings, while Tobias Harris looks decent as well. On FanDuel, Joel Embiid is the stand-out Philadelphia play at $10,400. He seems to be getting back into the swing of things after returning from COVID. Tyrese Maxey is currently questionable, and if he does not play, Shake Milton will become a great option.

Charlotte is without a few bodies, giving us some good plays for Charlotte. Cody Martin, James Bouknight, Gordon Hayward, Kelly Oubre, Miles Bridges, and PJ Washington are all in play on DraftKings. Martin, Bouknight, and Hayward offer the best points-per-dollar value, but all of these guys have to pick up the slack and can be considered in GPPs. It is a similar situation on FanDuel. Oubre does, however, look better there. His price has still not been appropriately adjusted for his current role.

CHI (104.25) @ CLE (107.25)

Chicago is also dealing with their fair share of critical bodies out, which means some good DFS plays. Ayo Dosunmu, Troy Brown Jr., Derrick Jones Jr., and Lonzo Ball are the best value is here on DK. Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine are priced up appropriately for the absence of DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, and some other rotation players for the Bulls. While not grading out as good values, either could be in play for GPPs. Everything is similar on FanDuel except that Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine are priced better and more usable.

On the Cleveland side, Ricky Rubio, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen are looking decent on DraftKings. On FanDuel, Lauri Markkanen and Jarrett Allen are the best plays, with Rubio and Mobley right behind.

WAS (107.75) @ DET (102.75)

Washington is offering us a lot of value today on DraftKings. Montrezl Harrell and Daniel Gafford look good, but I wouldn’t play both of them together since they share minutes at the five. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, and Spencer Dinwiddie are also too cheap. On FanDuel, I’d be looking primarily at Harrell and Dinwiddie.

There are some decent plays on the other side of the ball with Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, and Killian Hayes on DraftKings. Cunningham and Bey are in the mix on FanDuel, while Isaiah Stewart looks decent at his $5,300 price tag.

NYK (102) @ IND (107)

The Knicks are unpredictable and spread their minutes around way too much for DFS purposes. RJ Barrett is an excellent value on DraftKings. Julius Randle is not priced well, but he always has GPP upside. On FanDuel, Alec Burks looks better, and you could play Barrett, but he’s not the best in terms of savings. This is not an excellent spot for DFS.

Myles Turner and Chris Duarte are our best plays on DraftKings, although one could take a shot on a min-priced Oshae Brissett or Jeremy Lamb. They look like good points-per-dollar plays at the moment, but it’s likely more value opens up as the day goes on. Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, and Domantas Sabonis do not stand out price-wise, but all are viable GPP plays. These three look better on FanDuel, with Turner and Brissett also offering value.

MIL (111.5) @ MIA (105)

With Giannis Antetokounmpo healthy, it’s back to business as usual for the Bucks, where he is the only genuinely viable play. Even he does not grade out well for value today, but he’s always an option. Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, and Jrue Holiday are still priced up a bit from Giannis’ absence, making them even less worth considering. Giannis is the only player on the Bucks I would roster on either site.

Miami is banged up with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo out. Literally, everyone on the team is a good value on DraftKings except for Max Strus. Fire them all up. Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry have the most significant upside as the Heat’s 1A and 1B options. The value is not as apparent on FanDuel. It is mostly just Herro/Lowry, while Gabe Vincent and Omer Yurtseven look okay.

OKC (100) @ TOR (107)

Kenrich Williams, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, and James Robinson-Earl look like excellent values on DraftKings. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey could always be considered in GPPs, but neither is priced particularly well. The only excellent OKC play on FanDuel is Josh Giddey.

Precious Achiuwa is our best DraftKings play. One could also take a tournament shot on Chris Boucher in non-Precious lineups hoping Boucher gets minutes at the expense of Achiuwa. On Fanduel, Precious and Gary Trent are the viable plays.

BKN (116.75) @ HOU (110.75)

Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge have been ruled out for Brooklyn, opening up a ton of nice options. Nicolas Claxton likely draws the start at center. James Harden becomes the main alpha. Bruce Brown, Patty Mills, Cameron Thomas, DeAndre’ Bembry, and James Johnson all stand to benefit as well.

Eric Gordon, Garrison Mathews, Armani Brooks, and Jae’Sean Tate can all be fired up for the Rockets on DK. Gordon, Mathews, and Wood look the best on FD.

DAL (106.5) @ MEM (110)

Kristaps Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith are the best plays for Dallas on DraftKings. At the same time, Luka Doncic is always viable for tournaments. However, the $11,500 price tag is a bit out of hand for Luka. He looks a lot better on FanDuel at $9,900 and is a good option there. Porzingis is also playable on FD.

Memphis is depleted and chock-full of DraftKings value right now, with everyone on the team except for Xavier Tillman and Santi Aldama offering us excellent value. Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr. particularly stand out. Pricing is a little different on FanDuel, and there are four main plays: Jackson Jr., Brooks, Desmond Bane, and Tyus Jones.

UTA (113.25) @ MIN (106.25)

Everyone for Utah except for Hassan Whiteside, Joe Ingles, and Rudy Gay is projecting decently today on DK with their hefty 113.25 team total. Mike Conley, Royce O’Neale, and Bogdan Bogdanovic stand out the most. The value isn’t quite as good on FanDuel, but Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell are our best plays there. We have some blowout risk here to consider when it comes to playing Utah’s more expensive pieces.

Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Malik Beasley could all be considered for Minnesota on DK. D’Angelo Russell has been ruled out, which means more opportunity for Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Edwards projects decently for his price, while KAT would be more of a tournament play. KAT, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Anthony Edwards look like the best FanDuel options.

DEN (108) @ NOP (105.5)

For Denver, Facundo Campazzo, Monte Morris, and Jeff Green stand right at the precipice of offering us a bit of value. You can always play “the Joker” Nikola Jokic, but he’s not a tremendous points-per-dollar play today. Jokic looks a little better on FanDuel while Will Barton and Aaron Gordon enter fringe consideration at their FD price tags.

At the moment, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Josh Hart, and Devonte’ Graham are our best Pelicans plays on DK. Hart is currently questionable, and if he does sit, Garrett Temple gets the start most likely, and other Pelicans get a boost. Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas always have upside in tournaments, but neither looks fantastic today on DK. On FanDuel, they are both excellent points-per-dollar options, as is Devonte’ Graham.

POR (101) @ GSW (115.5)

This one has considerable blowout potential with a near 15 point spread and is likely to be a laugher. Still, there is some fantastic value to be had. Damian Lillard has already been out for Portland. They will now be without C.J. McCollum, who has suffered from a collapsed lung. My best wishes go out to him and his family, and let’s hope for a speedy recovery.

For DFS, this means that basically, the entire Portland team except for Tony Snell and Ben McLemore are in play. Norman Powell is the absolute stand-out. He should carry the majority of what offense happens for this depleted squad. Larry Nance Jr., Robert Covington, Dennis Smith Jr., and Nassir Little also stand out on DraftKings.

Also, keep in mind that Nassir Little, Cody Zeller, Anfernee Simons, and Ben McLemore are all questionable. If any of them sit, we get even more value. If all or most sit, it becomes a “play everyone for Portland” situation with such few bodies left to eat up the usage.

Jordan Poole is the only solid value on Golden State on DK, while Andrew Wiggins is the FD play. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green can always be considered. Still, neither is a substantial value on either DFS site. I would only consider these guys if you think this game stays close, and it likely doesn’t.

ORL (107.75) @ SAC (114.25)

Everyone on Orlando is grading out as a pretty good DraftKings value outside of Moritz Wagner and Mychal Mulder. R.J. Hampton, Franz Wagner, Chuma Okeke, Gary Harris, and Cole Anthony stand out. On FanDuel, Wendell Carter is the only particularly viable play.

Sacramento is looking good on DraftKings, with Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and Richaun Holmes all coming in as lovely values. You can always play De’Aaron Fox for his upside, although his price is not particularly amenable today. Harrison Barnes is currently questionable, and if he does sit, we get a little more available usage, and Terence Davis likely draws the start. Hield, Haliburton, and Fox are our best FD plays.

BOS (103.25) @ LAC (107.25)

Dennis Schroder and Marcus Smart remain good value options for Boston on DraftKings, with Jaylen Brown still doubtful. Jayson Tatum also gets a boost, but his price is way up there, and he does not grade out well on DK. He looks a bit better at his FD price, and Schroder and Smart are playable there as well.

There’s a lot of value on the Clippers with Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris Sr., Reggie Jackson, and Isaiah Hartenstein all in play on DK. Paul George’s price has come up a bit to $10,700, and he’s no longer offering much value there despite always being playable in GPPs. Jackson, Morris, Kennard, and George are the plays on FanDuel for LA.

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