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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 20

Alex Hunter gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images

Wednesday night presents a 10-game slate. DraftKings continues to offer huge tournaments for DFS players and below are some of my favorite targets at each position.

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Guard

Stud

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $12,200

While this is a lackluster matchup with the Clippers ranking seventh in defensive efficiency, Doncic is still worth this slate-high salary. Kyrie Irving (foot) will miss his sixth in a row and with the guard sidelined for the last five, Doncic has been unstoppable, scoring 68.75 DKFP per game. During this stretch, the superstar has barely left the floor, logging 39.8 minutes a night and his usage increased to a mammoth 35.2%. In addition to Irving being inactive, Doncic gets the luxury of competing on his home floor Wednesday. At home in Dallas this season, the Slovenian has produced nearly 10.0 more DKFP per game than when he plays on the road.

This game is expected to be a nailbiter, with the Clippers only favored by three points on the DraftKings Sportsbook, and Doncic should explode in this situation.

Other Options: Donovan Mitchell ($10,000), De’Aaron Fox ($9,600), Terry Rozier ($8,900), James Harden ($8,800, better if Paul Geroge is out), Coby White ($8,000)

Value

Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz, $6,200

Facing this soft Jazz defense that ranks 24th in efficiency, LeVert is an appealing GPP target. The wing should come with low ownership given he comes off the bench and this is a great situation for him, with Darius Garland (jaw) and Evan Mobley (knee) sidelined.

With these two starters unavailable Monday vs. the Rockets, LeVert finished with 31.25 DKFP in 27 minutes. Overall, with both Garland and Mobley off the court, LeVert’s usage rises 3.9 percentage points and his fantasy production upgrades to 1.1 DKFP per minute. LeVert has much better upside than this salary suggests and is a terrific sleeper for Wednesday.

Other Options: Talen Horton-Tucker ($6,500), Norman Powell ($5,400)

Forward

Stud

Julius Randle, New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets, $8,700

Randle got revenge against his original team in the Lakers on Monday, posting 50 DKFP. This contest marked the fifth consecutive game Mitchell Robinson (ankle) has missed for the Knicks and with him sidelined, Randle has scored at least 50 DKFP in three of his five starts during this time. Thanks to a 1.4 percentage point increase in his usage rate, Randle is leading the Knicks with 1.3 DKFP per minute with Robinson off the court this season.

Going against this Nets’ defense that ranks 21st in efficiency, Randle brings 50 DKFP upside.

Other Options: Anthony Davis ($10,400), Jayson Tatum ($10,200), Kawhi Leonard ($8,700, boost if George is out), DeMar DeRozan ($8,100)

Value

Tari Eason, Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks, $6,100

Eason has been a huge spark off the bench for the Rockets recently, contributing 36.1 DKFP per game in his last five. Over this stretch, the forward has seen 28 minutes per game, ranked third for Houston in usage (21.1%) and has led the team in +/- (7.4). The 22-year-old is collecting 1.2 DKFP per minute this season and considering his encouraging results – the Rockets have 3-2 in their last five – Eason should continue to see an immense workload off the bench Wednesday for this prime matchup vs. the Hawks.

Atlanta ranks fifth in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency, and this game’s total is set at 233.5 points on the DraftKings Sportsbook, which is the largest total Houston has competed in this season. Eason should thrive in this beautiful matchup and shouldn’t be a common name in GPPs at this season-high salary.

Other Options: Jabari Smith Jr. ($6,100), Deandre Hunter ($6,000, if Bogdan Bogdanovic is out), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,000), Amir Coffey ($3,900, if starting with George out)

Center

Stud

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers, $7,900

Zach LaVine (foot) remains out Wednesday and with him absent for the last nine, Vucevic has generated 44.5 DKFP per game, including three outbursts north of 50 DKFP.

Due to a 1.7 percentage point upgrade to his usage rate, Vucevic supplies 1.22 DKFP per minute with LaVine off the floor this season. The Lakers are a stout defense – they rank eighth in defensive efficiency this season – but this is a matchup that requires Vucevic’s size and he should score nothing less than 40 DKFP in this spot.

Other Options: Joel Embiid ($11,600), Alperen Sengun ($8,600), Kristaps Porzingis ($8,200, if active)

Value

Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers, $6,200

Kessler joined the Jazz’s starting five Monday and didn’t disappoint, posting a double-double of 42.5 DKFP across 32 minutes in the 17-point win over the Nets. Assuming the center remains a starter on Wednesday, Kessler will be an excellent target at this reasonable price tag.

The big man has exceeded 40 DKFP in each of the last four games he has started and both Keyonte George (foot) and Jordan Clarkson (thigh) will remain sidelined Wednesday. With these two guards off the floor this season, Kessler is generating 1.2 DKFP per minute.

Other Options: Ivica Zubac ($6,500), Nick Richards ($6,100), Jakob Poeltl ($5,800), Isaiah Hartenstein ($5,800, better if Jericho Sims out), Neemias Queta ($4,400)


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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Hunta512) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skills and judgment in building lineups. I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.