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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 14

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

Utah Jazz v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Joshua Gateley/Getty Images

We have seven games on tonight’s slate. Zach Lavine, Evan Mobley, Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green have already been ruled out. The big names who are questionable are Anthony Edwards ($8,900), Paul George ($8,400), Jaylen Brown ($7,900), Deandre Ayton ($6,900) and Malcolm Brogdon ($8,300). Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, BKN, MIA and UTA played last night. BOS is the only team that plays tomorrow.

DraftKings Sportsbook has one game with a total of at least 240 - OKC/SAC (244.5). There are no double-digit favorites but DEN is -9.5 over BKN and BOS is -9.5 over CLE. There are two games within 2 points - DAL -1.5 over MIN and SAC -1.5 over OKC. There are no home dogs. Meow.

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Guard

Stud

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings ($10,500) – Luka Doncic ($11,900) is the obvious creme de la creme at the guard position tonight, and he can put up the highest raw point total on the slate, so it’s always scary to fade him. That said, he’s also very expensive and the matchup/environment isn’t the most fantasy-friendly. So, Shai it is. Shai is the engine of the Thunder offense and will often garner a usage rate close to 40%. He’s gone for at least 50 DKFP in seven of the last eight games with a high of 73.25. Sacramento is eighth in pace and 21st in defensive efficiency. This game has the highest total by a wide margin. Shai put up 57.75 DKFP the last time these teams met nine games ago.

Other Options - Anfernee Simons ($7,800), Coby White ($7,500), Chris Paul ($6,800)

Value

Collin Sexton, Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers ($5,700) – Sexton made his first start of the season last night for Jordan Clarkson, playing 30 minutes and producing 42 DKFP. The usage rate was 27.6%, but he’s always garnered a high usage rate when on the court. He’s going to start on Thursday, but not because of Clarkson. He’s going to start for Keyonte George, who injured his ankle on Wednesday. So, the usage is going to be high because he’s going to be the primary initiator of the offense. Sexton is averaging 1.07 DKFP per minute, and he’s going to get plenty of those.

Other Options - Brandin Podziemski ($5,300), Troy Brown Jr. ($5,100), Talen Horton-Tucker ($5,000), Kris Dunn ($4,300)


Forward

Stud

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors ($8,700) – I’m thinking the Clippers have finally figured out the dynamics and hierarchy. Kawhi is Batman. George is Robin. Harden is Alfred the Butler. Over the last three games, Kawhi has garnered a usage rate of 25.6%, 27.7% and 32.5%. Prior to that, it was often in the 22% range. He’s scored 31, 34 and 41 points over that span, equating to 45, 56 and 58.75 DKFP. There’s a chance that George doesn’t play in this one, which could provide an uptick in usage rate.

Other Options - DeMar DeRozan ($8,200)

Value

Simone Fontecchio, Utah Jaz at Portland Trail Blazers ($5,100) – Fontecchio has started the last nine games. The playing time and production have been volatile, as he’s played from 23 minutes to 34 minutes while scoring 10.5 DKFP to a high of 31.75 DKFP. Over the last two games, though, the usage rate has been 19.9% and 21.1% and he’s gone for over 30 DKFP in both contests. With all of the injuries the Jazz are experiencing, Fontecchio should see the minutes and get the shots. It’s just a matter if he makes them or not.

Other Options - Keegan Murray ($5,900), Jonathan Kuminga ($5,400), Troy Brown Jr. ($5,100), Talen Horton-Tucker ($5,000)


Center

Studs

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat ($7,900) – Since Zach LaVine has been “shut down”, Vucevic has seen a 1.7% usage bump and played 1.2 more minutes than his season averages. The production across the board has increased. In terms of DKFP, he’s gone for at least 40 DKFP in five of the last six games with two over 50. LaVine is still out while Bam Adebayo is out for Miami, so he should continue to feast.

Other Options - Nikola Jokic ($12,000), Chet Holmgren ($7,400)

Values

Kelly Olynyk, Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers ($5,300) – Olynyk has started the last two games, playing 21 minutes in the first and 30 minutes on Wednesday. He missed a triple-double by one point and two assists last night but still put up 32.5 DKFP. Omer Yurtseven ($5,000) had been playing over 20 minutes but he’s been down to 10 and five over the last two games. Walker Kessler ($6,500) seems to be hovering in the 25-minute range, and the Trail Blazers don’t have a low-post threat right now if Ayton doesn’t play, so more minutes don’t seem likely for him.

Other Options - Naz Reid ($5,500), Dario Saric ($5,500)

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