DraftKings NBA picks December 30: Feel the Heat

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DraftKings NBA Power Forwards:

Best Bets:

John Collins ($8,700): This was a massive price hike for Collins, but he has absolutely earned it. His first game against the Magic was nothing to write home about back in October, but with Young out again, Collins is the offense. He still put up 55 DraftKings points in 33 minutes despite being blown out by the Bulls on Saturday. Collins may still be worth the risk.

Jonathan Isaac ($6,500): Isaac is having a nice season, but he hasn’t always done it with consistency. However, Isaac had a big game with Gordon out over the weekend. It seems unlikely that Gordon will play, so Isaac could have another big one against the Hawks. PF is weak at the top if you don’t play Giannis here. Thankfully we have a pretty strong middle tier

Honorable Mention:

Robert Covington ($5,900): Covington has put up some big numbers with Wiggins and/or Towns out in the recent past. He has 72.75 DraftKings points in the last two games. Covington can light it up in a hurry when the Timberwolves include him in the offense. With Wiggins and Towns both in street clothes, he has been heavily involved. If Wiggy is out, Covington is in all of mine.

Ersan Ilyasova ($5,600): I understand why DraftKings had to jack the price up on Ersan. If Giannis plays, there is no way Ilyasova comes close to value. If Giannis sits, I expect a third straight 40+ DraftKings point outing from him in his stead. There’s no in between for Ersan. All out if Giannis plays. All in if he doesn’t.

Dark Horses:

Derrick Jones ($4,400): I don’t even mind playing bench players for the Heat. The Wizards have little prayer of keeping up if Beal plays and no chance if he doesn’t. Jones has been over 24 DraftKings points in seven of the last nine games. He should hit that mark yet again with strong minutes off the bench.

Meyers Leonard ($3,800): Leonard starts, but he still splits minutes with Jones. Jones has been the more consistent piece, but Leonard has more upside. Not just because he starts, but because he’s a sneaky good shooter and a good rebounder. I like Leonard against the beleaguered Wizards.