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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 12

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

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After last night’s 13-game Whopper, we get a five-piece nugget meal tonight. I personally like the smaller slates, so hopefully the guidance is less terrible than normal. As a Lakers fan, I’d just like to reiterate that the Lakers won the In-Season Tournament. Oh, they also play tonight. LeBron James ($9,700) and Anthony Davis ($9,800) are questionable. The Lakers have a back-to-back with Dallas tonight and San Antonio tomorrow. If LeBron and AD are going to sit, it would make sense for them to rest tomorrow, but what do I know? I’m just some dude writing from his mom’s basement. Kevin Durant ($9,500) is also questionable. Outside of those three players, the injury report is barren. Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, LAC and SAC played last night. LAL and PHO play tomorrow night.

DraftKings Sportsbook has three games with a total of at least 234 - LAL/DAL (234), GSW/PHO (234.5) and SAC/LAC (234.5). There is one double-digit favorite - BOS -10.5 over CLE. There is one game within 2 points - LAL -2 over DAL. There are two home dogs - DAL and CHI.

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Coby White, Chicago Bulls vs. Denver Nuggets ($7,200) – Over the last five games, White has shot a blistering 50% from the field and 54% from downtown, averaging 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists. That’s translated to 50.5, 41, 39.25, 55.75 and 43 DKFP. On the season, he’s at 44% and 42% respectively so this heater is unsustainable, but as markets can remain irrational for longer than one can remain liquid, there’s no telling exactly when a flame will die. That said, this is not just some random heater, as there is a tangible reason for the increased production. For much of the season, White was averaging 32.2 minutes. Once Zach LaVine was out of the lineup, which not-so-coincidentally was five games ago, White has averaged 41.4 minutes. Minutes are gold and he and DeRozan are the offensive engines of the Bulls squad currently.

Other Options - Luka Doncic ($11,800), Devin Booker ($10,400), De’Aaron Fox ($9,500), Derrick White ($6,400), Malik Monk ($6,100)


Dante Exum, Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers ($5,700) – Due to injuries, Exum has started the last three games and balled out. Well, except for his first start, as he played 26 minutes and shot 2-of-9 from the field. Let’s give him a break, though, as that was his first start in the NBA since 2020! In the next two games, though, he played 33 and 35 minutes, producing 35 and 41.5 DKFP. The usage rate has been in the 20% range and his game has been diverse. He’s knocked down the open J, attacked the rim and finished strong when given the opportunity and he’s been multi-faceted in his contributions, grabbing boards, dishing out dimes and racking up defensive stats. He should get another start and play over 30 minutes again.



Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings ($8,000) – There are question marks with some of the higher-priced options at the position tonight and value looks to be sparse at the time of this writing. LeBron and Davis could sit and they are both priced close to $10,000. Kawhi has played in all three back-to-back situations this season, so I’m not too concerned with him sitting tonight with the Clippers having played on Monday. I’ve often eschewed playing Clippers this season because the usage pie has been spread out and it’s difficult to identify which player could have a big game. The floor/ceiling combo seems pretty favorable for Kawhi, though. Outside of injury or foul trouble, he likely won’t score fewer than 30 DKFP. Over the last two games, he’s shown ceiling, going for over 50 DKFP in each contest. The important numbers are that he’s playing 38 minutes per game and has garnered a usage rate in the 30% range. Have the Clippers figured out the hierarchy? It’s possible.

Other Options - LeBron James ($9,700), DeMar DeRozan ($8,200)


Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks ($5,800) – Reaves doesn’t start and won’t play 30 minutes. When he’s on the court, though, he garners a massive usage rate, often close to 30%. He’s gone for at least 30 DKFP in each of the last four games. If one of LeBron or Davis sits, then he could garner more usage.

Other Options - Patrick Williams ($5,700)



Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings ($6,200) – As of now, I’m leaning more toward balanced lineup construction. If value arises and I can fit in Jokic, then that may be the path. The worry with Zubac is always playing time. There are times when he plays only 22 minutes. Over the last two games, though, he’s received 34 and 42 minutes, putting up 32.5 and 42.5 DKFP during that span. I’m thinking he gets a full run tonight in order to match up with Domantas Sabonis ($9,500). The last time these teams met, Zubac played 31 minutes and went for 34.5 DKFP.

Other Options - Nikola Jokic ($11,900), Anthony Davis ($9,800), Nikola Vucevic ($8,000)


Dereck Lively II, Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers ($5,600) – The rookie has really picked up his play recently. Over the last four games, he’s put up 56.5, 22.5, 29.25 and 40.5 DKFP. He’s been exactly what the Mavericks expected and both ends of the floor. His ability to flush oops provides something that no other player on the roster can provide and makes the Luka that much more dangerous in the pick-and-roll. Lively has scored double-figures in four straight and he’s had two games with 16 boards. On the defensive end, he’s racked up three steals along with 12 blocks. He had a seven-block game! Most importantly, he’s played 36, 29, 24 and 39 minutes. Those two 20-minute games were in blowouts.

Other Options - Dario Saric ($5,300), Andre Drummond ($4,800), Drew Eubanks ($4,500)

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