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NBA DFS value plays $5K or under for Friday, December 22

We go over some top bargain options $5K or under on DraftKings for Friday’s main slate.

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers
Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 17, 2023 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon.
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With only six games on Friday’s NBA slate, finding quality bargain plays to round out DFS lineups can be more difficult than usual. Unlike NFL DFS, where one pick can make or break your lineup or it’s tough to find quality low-tier value, NBA DFS differs.

In NBA DFS, you can find quality value plays $5K or under that can give you a quick 10 points off the bench, grab some rebounds, or stuff the stat sheet. We are going to provide you with three players that you need to put in your lineup.

Kevon Looney, Warriors, $4,800

There’s two big reasons to back Looney in tonight’s contest. He’s getting more minutes of late as Golden State tries to get back to its championship ways, largely due to Draymond Green’s indefinite suspension. The second, and more important reason, is the matchup. The Wizards have been the worst defensive team in the league this year by a decent stretch, and they rank 30th in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. Looney’s ceiling isn’t high but he’s got a great floor in Friday’s game.

Grant Williams, Mavericks, $4,700

Luka Doncic, Dante Exum, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Maxi Kleber and Dereck Lively are all out for the Mavericks, while Seth Curry is questionable. Williams might not be the most efficient player out there but the offense has to run through someone and that someone will have to take shots. Tim Hardaway Jr. is also worth rostering in lineups but Williams offers more value at this price point. The Rockets are a challenging matchup but volume alone should make Williams a solid fantasy play.

Josh Richardson, Heat, $4,500

Jimmy Butler has been ruled out for tonight’s game, which likely means more minutes and usage for Richardson. The Heat guard has cooled off a bit since his hot play to close November, but remains a nice option at 20.2 DKFP per game on the season. The Hawks rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to opposing guards, so Richardson is worth backing at this number.