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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 19

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

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

Tuesday night features a fabulous four-game NBA slate that includes some fun matchups, some key absences, plenty of potential revenge spots and one superstar’s season debut. There are plenty of juicy storylines to jump into, and some great fantasy matchups to attack. With some players still uncertain, be sure to keep track of all the important updates and their fantasy impact at DK Live.

As far as back-to-backs, the Grizzlies are the only team finishing a back-to-back, and the Celtics are the only team scheduled to turn around and play again Wednesday.

DraftKings Sportsbook gives the highest point total on the slate to SA/MIL (249), while the other three games all check in between 230 and 235. The Bucks are the heaviest favorites with -16.5 while the game with the smallest spread is the Celtics (-5.5) visiting the Warriors. The two late games feature home dogs in the Warriors and the Trail Blazers.

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Guard

Stud

Damian Lillard, Milwaukee Bucks vs. San Antonio Spurs ($9,200) – Dame time is starting to be all the time for the Bucks as the superstar point guard has settled in and is putting on a show for Milwaukee. Dame dropped 39 points, 11 assists and 70.25 DKFP in one of his best fantasy games of the season on Sunday against Houston. Over his last nine games, he has produced 1.28 DKFP per minute and 48.9 DKFP per game. The Spurs are third in the NBA in pace and have the seventh-worst defensive rating. They have given up the most DKFP per game to opposing point guards in the entire NBA, so this should be a smash spot for Lillard. There is the risk of a blowout, but even in lopsided games, Lillard gets his chance to pour it on. Last Saturday, the Bucks won by 28, and he only played 30 minutes, but he still managed 49.5 DKFP. In such a good matchup, getting him at just over $9,000 makes him a solid stud to build around.

Other Options - Devin Booker ($9,700), Anfernee Simons ($7,500), Derrick White ($7,000)

Value

Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks ($6,800) – The Spurs will be without rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama (ankle) for this matchup with the Bucks, so there will be lots of usage available for the rest of the Spurs. When Wemby has been off the court, Vassell has seen an increase of 4.5 percentage points to a team-high 28.3% usage rate. He has produced 1.14 DKFP per minute in that scenario. Vassell has also been surging lately, highlighted by a 36-point outburst in the game that the Spurs won against the Lakers last Thursday. He has at least 13 shot attempts in six straight games and should get the opportunity to shine against the Bucks. His ceiling from a salary under $7K is hard to pass up on this slate.

Other Options - Brandin Podziemski ($6,100), Malaki Branham ($5,000), Jordan Goodwin ($4,900), Tre Jones ($4,700)


Forward

Stud

Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns ($7,100) – There are multiple elite options at forward, but if you’re looking for a stud at a slightly lower price, check out Grant at just over $7,000. Grant missed four games with a concussion earlier this month, but he looked refreshed and ready to jump right back in as an awesome contributor in his high-usage, high-ceiling role. He played 38 minutes and produced 27 points and 35.25 DKFP in his return on Saturday and was even better the next day on Sunday when he had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists for 49.75 DKFP against the Warriors. With Anfernee Simons ($7,500) back in the backcourt to create and carry the load, Grant can slide into his role as a strong secondary producer. Grant looked rested and refueled after his break, and he typically shows well at home in up-tempo matchups like this one. Shaedon Sharpe ($6,900; groin) is questionable, and if he’s out, there would be even more work available for Grant.

Other Options - Kevin Durant ($9,600), Jayson Tatum ($9,500), Jaren Jackson Jr. ($8,200)

Value

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics ($4,300) – There aren’t many cheap plays at forward who are locks to produce good numbers. One ultra-cheap play that flashed intriguing upside, though, is youngster Trayce Jackson-Davis. The son of NBA player Dale Davis was a second-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and has spent most of the season in the G League, but he could get more time in the absence of Draymond Green (suspension). On Sunday, he looked very good with 14 points, eight rebounds and 33.5 DKFP in just 18 minutes. With Kevon Looney ($5,200) and Dario Saric ($5,100) struggling, Jackson-Davis could get more time against Boston, and if he does, he can fill the box score. He’s high-risk but also has a high ceiling as a cheap play at PF/C.

Other Options - Khris Middleton ($6,400), Norman Powell ($5,000), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,300), Nassir Little ($4,600), Naji Marshall ($4,200), Julian Champagnie ($3,600)


Center

Studs

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. San Antonio Spurs ($11,000) – Even as the only player priced over $10,000 on this slate, it’s hard to fade Giannis since he has been so great lately. He had 64 points and a ridiculous 95.5 DKFP last Wednesday against the Pacers and posted 26 points, 17 boards and 50.75 DKFP on Sunday against the Rockets. The Spurs will be very short-handed in the frontcourt (see below), so they’ll have no one who can slow down Giannis. He has produced a freakish 1.64 DKFP per minute on the season and 1.75 DKFP per minute in his six games this month.

Other Options - Jusuf Nurkic ($7,400), Jonas Valanciunas ($7,200)

Values

Zach Collins, San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks ($4,900) – Collins should be one of the other Spurs called on to carry the load without Wemby. He has been coming off the bench for the last five games and played under 20 minutes in each of his last four. His per-minute production has been right around 1.00 DKFP per minute in about every split, so if he starts and plays around 30 minutes, he has the potential to be a great value play under $5,000. With Charles Bassey (knee) done for the season after tearing his ACL in a G League game for the Austin Spurs, there isn’t much depth behind Collins. Sandro Mamukelashvili ($3,000) appears in line to get the backup minutes at center, and he has shown a very high ceiling when he gets expanded run. Mamu is a very interesting punt play at the minimum salary as he faces his former team in Milwaukee.

Other Options - Al Horford ($5,900) if Kristaps Porzingis (calf, questionable) is out, Xavier Tillman ($5,000), Devin Eubanks ($4,500)

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