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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for November 24

Stan Son gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Friday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings.

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I have much to be thankful for on this day after Thanksgiving: leftovers, this awesome job that includes the amazing people I work with, those of you who read this piece and not having to worry about the status of LeBron James because the Lakers do not play tonight. It doesn’t get any better than this. Speaking of injuries, there are quite a few on this 8-game slate, so keep track of all pertinent updates at DK Live. There could be plenty of shenanigans on this Friday, which could be annoying but also provide value and opportunities. In terms of back-to-backs, LAC, MIA, NOP and WAS play on Saturday as well.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the WAS/MIL and DET/IND games with the highest total at 246. There are three games with a total below 220 - MIA/NYK (212), CHI/TOR (216.5) and DEN/HOU (214.5). There are two double-digit favorites - MIL -13 over WAS and GSW -10.5 over SAS. There are no games within 2 points. There are three home dogs - ORL, MEM and HOU.

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Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons ($11,000) – Has Haliburton joined the pantheon where Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid reside? Not yet, but he’s climbing up the steps to knock on the door. Jokic averages a ridiculous 1.82 DKFP per minute while Embiid is at 1.72. Haliburton is at 1.58 but he’s been turning it up lately, having gone for 65.25, 78.25 and 75.25 in three of the last four games. The only “blemish” to Hali’s game is the rebounding, as he will never be in triple-double territory. That said, he’s scored at least 30 points in four games this season, dished out at least 10 dimes in all but two games. Plus, he racks up steals and some blocks. Haliburton is the driver of a Pacers team that is 1st in pace and dead last in defensive efficiency, a perfect recipe for fantasy goodies. UPDATE: Haliburton was added to the injury report and is now questionable. Andrew Nembhard ($4,000) is also questionable so TJ McConnell ($4,200) would be an elite play.

Other Options - Anthony Edwards ($8,700), Cade Cunningham ($7,800), Chris Paul ($7,200)


Buddy Hield, Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons ($5,500) – I just waxed poetic pleasantries about Haliburton and the Pacers offense as a whole, so it only makes sense that another Pacer is written about here. Haliburton racks up assists because teammates make buckets, and Hield is one of the best bucket-getters on the squad. But that’s not the sole reason that he’s here. After coming off the bench in the first 12 games and averaging 22.8 minutes per contest, Hield has started the last two games and played 31 and 35 minutes. He’s scored 24 and 31 points, translating to 50 and 30.5 DKFP. He’s just too cheap for his role.

Other Options - Jaden Ivey ($5,100), Alex Caruso ($4,800), Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($4,400)



Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards ($11,100) – Giannis used to be close to the Jokic tier for fantasy, but he’s fallen off a bit lately. He’s averaging 1.58 DKFP per minute, which is still good, but just not Greek God great. That said, he’s always in play to put up the highest raw score on the slate due to his ability to dominate and contribute in every statistical category. Over the last three games, he’s gone for over 70 DKFP in two of them, with one of those games against these same Wizards. Washington is 2nd in pace and 28th in defensive efficiency, so the environment should be a fantasy-friendly one. In addition, Washington has boosted the FPPM to centers by a league-leading 16.98%. Gobble gobble.

Other Options - Kyle Kuzma ($8,300), Klay Thompson ($6,000)


Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards ($5,700) – As mentioned in the Giannis section, this game should provide plenty of opportunities for fantasy goodies. For much of the season, Middleton was being brought along slowly, rarely exceeding 20 minutes in any game. Recently, though, the playing time has increased. He played 22 minutes three games ago then got up to 23 and finally received 29 minutes in the most recent contest. Is Middleton ready to get 30 minutes? He said that he feels great, but there is still a ton of season left, which means there is risk here. That said, even if he plays in the low 20s, Middleton should pay off his price, as he’s averaging 1.22 DKFP per minute. These teams played two games ago with Middleton producing 34 DKFP in 23 minutes.

Other Options - Stanley Umude ($3,300)



Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons ($7,200) – These teams met on opening night, with the Pacers winning 143-120. Turner only played 24 minutes as he was mired in foul trouble. As long as he’s on the court, this is the best matchup for centers in the league, as the Wizards have boosted the FPPM by 14.58%. In particular, opposing centers have seen a 27.98% boost in three-pointers and a whopping 71.41% in blocks, both areas of specialty for Turner.

Other Options - Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,400)


Trey Lyles, Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves ($3,300) – Lyles made his season debut on Wednesday and played 28 minutes, contributing 12 points and 8 rebounds. That was good for 22 DKFP. Lyles is a valuable piece for the Kings because he can play both power forward and center. Last season, he exceeded 20 DKFP 27 times, with six of those with at least 30 and a high of 44.75.

Other Options - Jakob Poeltl ($5,900), Brook Lopez ($5,800), Dario Saric ($5,100)

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