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DFS NBA: DraftKings Tip Sheet 12/22

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is in great shape and hoping to get the Raptors in good position in the East. (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport)
Photo: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

We have got a four-game slate in the NBA tonight, and the last small DraftKings offering before the Holiday schedule takes center stage. We will have one more big slate on Wednesday before an off-day on Christmas Eve.

On this quick and easy Tuesday, I am personally battling what writers of the NBA injury report would call “flu-like symptoms”, so I am going to make this post just that – quick and easy. There is no fade section or tournament section today, just a bunch of good old-fashioned value plays.

I won’t leave you without some news and injury updates, however. Today’s news and notes:

  • Tony Allen (knee) is a game-time decision tonight. It will be interesting to see how the minutes get split up when he returns, but as of right now Matt Barnes and Jeff Green are infinitely better options.
  • Devin Harris (hamstring) is a game-time decision, and if he sits, Raymond Felton will remain fantasy-relevant for even longer.
  • Goran Dragic (hand) is a game-time decision, and Beno Udrih would be the likely starter if he sits. The biggest beneficiary would be Dwyane Wade, however.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) are both out for the Nuggets. Jameer Nelson will start at point guard, and Will Barton should slide in at small forward.
  • Jonas Valanciunas (hand) and Brandon Jennings (Achilles) are both questionable for their teams tonight, but neither are expected to play.

Remember to check the news up until tip:

BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup

Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR ($8,300): Lowry is the easy choice as the top high-end option at point guard on this slate. His floor is quite high, and we have seen his upside to be elite this season. You can afford to pay up for him due to all the other values.

Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN ($5,400): Speaking of values, Nelson is the best one on tonight’s slate. With no Danilo Gallinari, he could take on a bigger scoring workload, which is good news against the Lakers’ league-worst point guard defense.

More studs to consider: Andre Drummond, C, DET ($9,400) – Marc Gasol, C, MEM ($7,500)

BARGAINS – Complementary Players Who Look To Have Favorable Pricing

Lou Williams, PG, LAL ($5,400): Williams gets one of the top matchups on the board against the Nuggets shooting guard defense. He is scoring dependent, but he has been consistent with his move into the Lakers’ starting lineup.

DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR ($7,400): DeRozan has been on a tear lately, making him worth considering at the top end of shooting guard pool. If he continues his production – somewhere between 35 and 45 DK points – then he will be a play that you need to have tonight.

Will Barton, SG, DEN ($6,600): Barton could start for the injured Danilo Gallinari, and he was already destroying defenses before seeing a possible minutes increase. You could argue that given his production, opportunity, and matchup, Barton is the best play of the night at his price point.

Chandler Parsons, SF, DAL ($4,600): Parsons is beginning to see a full workload, and it is reported that he will begin to play 30-plus minutes going forward. That is good news for those of us in the DFS world because his price has dipped across the industry. I don’t know if he is going to be the most productive cheap small forward tonight, but he easily could be.

Jeff Green, SF, MEM ($5,100): I really like Green in this spot against Philadelphia. At his price point he only needs around 25 DK points to be a value, and as one of the focal points in this new-look Grizzlies offense, he should have little trouble doing just that against the lowly 76ers.

Luis Scola, PF, TOR ($4,900): Scola is a decent cheap option at power forward, as he takes on a Mavericks team that has struggled against the position lately. The minutes are up-and-down for the veteran, but you can take a few more chances in cash on such a short slate.

Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL ($6,400): Nowitzki is the safest option at power forward tonight, but I don’t really love his upside in this matchup given that his minutes have been trending in the wrong direction as of late. Still, I am going to recommend him here because he is the cash play at power forward in my opinion.

Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA ($6,800): Whiteside’s price is a bargain, and his minutes have been steadily around 30 for the last three games. He is the only one on the Heat roster with any shot at slowing Andre Drummond, so look for that trend to continue tonight.

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