DraftKings NBA Picks for December 1

Nov 5, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) hangs onto the rim after dunking for a basket in the third quarter during the game against the Sacramento Kings at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Kings 117-91. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) hangs onto the rim after dunking for a basket in the third quarter during the game against the Sacramento Kings at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Kings 117-91. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Draft Kings logo on an advertising LED screen during the Denver Broncos game against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

DraftKings NBA Picks for December 1

There are only six games tonight, but they are plenty of stars on display. That also means that there will be enough differences in DraftKings lineups for us to create some separation.

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Nov 27, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) celebrates after hitting a three point shot during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The Rockets won 130-114. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports /

Point Guards

Best Bets:

James Harden ($12,000): It is quite phenomenal that Harden is still averaging 5x value on the season with a salary this high. Harden has not been below 45 DraftKings points, so he is a pretty low risk option. The Warriors are right in the middle of the pack for point guard defense, but they are in the bottom third against shooting guards. This could bode well for Harden if he spends some time off the ball.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,900): The Nets are largely awful on the perimeter. Giannis has turned in two games of 67 or more DraftKings points in his last four tries. He could be in for a similar game against the Nets because they have no answer for him.

Honorable Mention:

Chris Paul ($9,100): Paul destroyed the Nets with Blake Griffin out on Tuesday night. It doesn’t look like Griffin will be out again, so temper your expectations here. However, Giannis put up almost 70 DraftKings points on the Cavs on Tuesday, so Paul could still be in line for 5x value. Just don’t expect another 68.5 from him.

Kemba Walker ($7,800): Walker is capable of posting really good lines for his price, but he also misses value more than you would like. He has been under 5x value in four of the last ten games, but he has been above 6x in three of those. Dallas is decent on the perimeter, but not great. Walker should still be close to 5x value.

Dark Horses:

Patrick Beverley ($4,600): Beverley is still a solid player when the matchup is right. His role has been reduced because James Harden does literally everything, but Beverley still plays 30 minutes. It’s hard for him to not get 5x value at this price.

Andrew Harrison ($4,400): Harrison has really responded in the absence of Mike Conley. His price is going to rise sharply now after his 36.5 DraftKings point outburst last night. This will be your last night of playing him really cheap, so enjoy it!

My pick: Harden(PG), Harrison(G)

Nov 12, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin hugs Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) prior to the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Nets won 122-104. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Shooting Guards

Best Bets:

Klay Thompson ($6,600): Thompson has finally started putting together some consistent stat lines. He has been in the 30’s for DraftKings points in seven of his last eight games. That leaves him squarely in 5x value territory, and on a light night, that is perfectly acceptable.

Sean Kilpatrick ($5,800): Those of you who followed my advice and used Kilpatrick and KCP on Tuesday likely placed in the money. Kilpatrick will be overly owned because of his 59.5 DraftKings point outburst Tuesday night. Just remember that he played a whopping 47 minutes. He wont get that much run every night, but the Bucks are in the middle of the pack for everything, and Kilpatrick still only needs 34.8 for 6x value. He has eclipsed that mark in four of his last five games.

Honorable Mention:

Evan Fournier ($5,800): Fournier has been a victim of a fluctuating lineup around him, and general offensive futility by the Magic lately. The Grizzlies may provide a reprieve since they give up the second most fantasy points to shooting guards. If you are playing off the Kilpatrick bandwagon, Fournier is a solid horse to bet on.

Wesley Matthews ($4,700): The injuries to the Dallas backcourt have given Matthews plenty of run lately, but it wasn’t until last night that his shot finally started falling. Matthews racked up 38 DraftKings points last night, his best output of the season and second straight game of 30+. It should be three tonight against Charlotte.

Dark Horses:

Matthew Dellavedova ($4,400): Dellavedova still sees between 25-30 minutes per game. At a price this low, it is very hard for him to not get 5x value. The Nets are lousy everywhere on the court. Expect Delladedova’s output to perhaps be a little better than normal tonight.

Marco Belinelli ($3,600): This is only a value play if Jeremy Lamb is out after tweaking his knee on Tuesday. Belinelli ended up with 19 DraftKings points on Tuesday after Lamb played just 13 minutes. With a similar workload, Belinelli is a lock for 5x value, and likely more.

My pick: Kilpatrick(SG), Matthews(UTIL)

November 28, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hawks 105-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Small Forwards

Best Bets:

Kevin Durant ($10,200): The Rockets have allowed the third fewest points to small forwards so far this year, but KD is not your garden variety small forward. Durant is matchup proof. We know that he is a lock for at least 45 DraftKings points since he hasn’t been below that mark in his last nine games. If you want to pay up for a stud, Durant is likely the safest option, but he doesn’t have as high of a ceiling anymore.

LeBron James ($9,300): His worst night of the year (31 DraftKings points) against the Bucks on Tuesday and a matchup with the Clippers, who are the second best at defending the small forward position are keeping the King’s price down. He still needs 46.5 DraftKings points to hit 5x value, and considering he has missed that mark in two of the last three games, he may be worth fading. But we all know what James is capable of, no matter who the opponent. He could provide great value at his lowest price of the year.

Honorable Mention:

Nicolas Batum ($6,400): Batum was better on Tuesday than he was on Monday. He was still miserable from the field (3-11), but he posted 11 rebounds and five assists. He does enough other things to still pull his weight, but its hard not to wonder if his eye is bothering him. Batum is 4-16 from the floor since the injury.

Harrison Barnes ($6,200): Barnes started slowly in Dallas, but he has been on quite a roll lately. Barnes has hit 32 or more DraftKings points in three of his last four games, including a season high 41.75 against a solid Pelicans team on Sunday. This looks like a great matchup for Barnes since Charlotte is fifth worst in the league against small forwards. Just be sure to track the status of Dirk Nowitzki. If he makes his return, Barnes’s value takes a big hit.

Dark Horses:

Trevor Ariza ($5,400): Ariza set fire to a few of my lineups on Tuesday, but the fact is that the Warriors are the worst team in the league at giving up fantasy points to small forwards. Ariza looks like a great value play on paper.

Troy Williams ($4,200): The injuries to Chandler Parsons and James Ennis and the struggles of Troy Daniels provided an opportunity for Williams, and he has cashed in in a big way. Williams has put up 82.25 DraftKings points in four games. That averages right at 5x value.

My pick: Batum(SF), Williams(F)

Nov 4, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) puts up a shot against Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports /

Power Forwards

Best Bets:

Trevor Booker ($6,000): Booker put up 44.75 DraftKings points against the Clippers without Blake Griffin. The Bucks often play undersized, but are solid across the board defensively. The good news is that Booker only needs 30 DraftKings points to hit 5x value. He has hit that mark in three of his last four games.

Kevin Love ($8,000): Love faces a tough matchup just like Griffin does, but the difference here is that Love has been stuffing the stat sheet all over, not just in points and rebounds. Love has averaged 48.3 DraftKings points per game over his last four. Don’t expect quite that much against the Clippers, but 5x value should be within reach if you want to spend on a PF.

Honorable Mention:

Blake Griffin ($8,700): Griffin will be well rested for this one, but the Cavs are third in the league at fantasy points allowed to power forwards. It could be tough sledding for Griffin. Considering he needs 43.5 DraftKings points for 5x value, Griffin is a huge risk. He has missed that mark in each of his last three games. Couple that with a tough defensive matchup, and you can likely use the cash better elsewhere.

Draymond Green ($7,900): Green is facing a stingy Houston squad, who has given up the fourth least fantasy points to power forwards. It also looked like his ankle may have been bugging him earlier this week, so expecting 5x value from Green may be ill advised tonight.

Dark Horses:

JaMychal Green ($4,500): Green has had at least 5x value in seven of his last eight games. The injuries have taken their toll on Memphis, and Green has been one of the guys to step up. It looks as though Zach Randolph will be out again. If he is, Green in a strong play once again.

Michael Beasley ($3,500): The former Kansas State standout has had a rough NBA career. He was playing in China last year, but has been reborn with the Bucks. Beasley is the best bench scorer that the Bucks have right now. So long as that trend continues, Beasley should see between 20-25 minutes a night. That makes him a sneaky play. Just keep in mind that he is mostly a scorer, so he could go cold at any time.

My pick: Booker(PF)

Nov 29, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) tries to get past Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) and to the basket during the third quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz win 120-101. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports /


Best Bets:

Brook Lopez ($6,700): The Nets’ stats are somewhat inflated from Tuesday because the game went into double overtime and Blake Griffin didn’t play. However, it is tough to ignore the trend that developed. Jordan Hamilton did not play the entire fourth quarter or either overtime. Lopez was on the court the entire time. If that trend continues against the Bucks, Lopez will be a huge bargain.

Rudy Gobert ($6,500): Gobert is back on track with at least 35 DraftKings points in six of his last seven games. Despite the presence of Whiteside, the Heat are weak on the interior in fantasy points allowed. Whiteside has been abused at times this year, and Gobert is athletic enough to do that to him. With Derrick Favors still out, Look for Gobert to shoulder the load once again.

Honorable Mention:

Hassan Whiteside ($8,200): Whiteside does enough things well that he is mostly matchup proof. However, what he is not immune to is foul trouble. Utah has bangers inside who could coerce Whiteside into fouling, which severely limits his upside tonight. When he is on the court, he will still get his rebounds and blocks, but how much of a price will he pay with the fouls?

DeAndre Jordan ($6,500): Jordan dominated the Nets even before the overtime on Tuesday. The sledding will be a little tougher against a solid Cavs team tonight, but with a short slate, Jordan is a solid option. Don’t expect another 20/20 night, but 12/12 is possible.

Dark Horses:

Tristan Thompson ($5,200): Thompson has put up 90 DraftKings points over his last three games. Tonight he gets a Clippers team that was just abused by Brook Lopez and the Nets on Tuesday. In fact, they are the second worst team in fantasy points allowed to centers. Don’t expect Thompson to suddenly become a scorer, but he should have no issues racking up rebounds and blocks to exceed 5x value.

Greg Monroe ($3,900): The Bucks rotations suck for fantasy purposes, but Monroe still bears mentioning. He racked up 32 DraftKings points against the Cavs. The Nets are even more weak on the interior. Monroe has been very good when used, but he has played less than ten minutes three times in his last seven games. That makes him really tough to gamble on.

My pick: Gobert(C)

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