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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for New Year’s Eve

Pearce Dietrich gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Sunday’s New Year’s Eve fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings.

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Whether you’re chasing or just not a football fan, there is always a Sunday NBA DFS slate waiting for you. This slate is not very big, so the research process can be light. Also, the slate locks early with the latest game starting at 8 p.m. ET. Get your lineups in an get out to enjoy the holiday.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklynn Nets, $10,300 — This is a reasonable pick. SGA doesn’t have major upside like Luka Doncic, but there isn’t a Luka on this slate. A high ceiling play is not available. A high floor pick is. SGA has scored over 55 DKFP in nine of the last 11 games and over 47 DKFP in all 11 games.

Bradley Beal, Phoenix Suns vs. Orlando Magic, $6,100 — Bradley Beal is back. He logged 30 minutes on Friday night. He only scored 21.25 DKFP, but that’s not bad for a warm-up game. No one knows what to do with Beal. He has not played enough games and logged enough minutes with the Suns. Rotation role aside, 30 minutes from Beal at $6,100 is a steal.


Malaki Branham, San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics, $4,900 — There isn’t a lot of value on this slate. That could change between publish (Sunday morning) and lock (Sunday evening). The early Injury Report has not revealed any obvious values. This is not expected to change much. Branham is the best available NBA DFS pick at guard. He’s scored over 20 DKFP and logged over 24 minutes in four of the last five games. That’s not great, but he could get a bump on Sunday. The Spurs are 13-point dogs. If the Celtics blowout the Spurs, then San Antonio’s second unit could get more run.



Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans, $10,100 — Head coach Darvin Ham told reporters that Davis would play on the second night of the back-to-back. We’ll see. For now, Davis is in play. AD played 39 minutes and scored 79.25 DKFP in a 106-108 loss at Minnesota on Saturday. Lebron James ($10,000) was also on the court for those same minutes, and he gladly differed to Davis. The same scenario could unfold on Sunday with Davis making his return to New Orleans.

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs, $9,800 — After scoring 65.75 DKFP in 43 minutes on Thursday (OT win over the Pistons), Tatum sat out on Friday. He should be well rested for an up-and-down game. The Spurs play at the second-fastest pace in the NBA and have one of the worst defenses. The game total is the highest on the slate (238.5). The Celtics are going to score points. Tatum will score those points.


Trey Lyles, Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies, $4,200 — This is example No. 2 of limited value on Sunday’s five-game slate. In three of the last five games, Lyles has played over 25 minutes. He scored 25.25, 23.25 and 29 DKFP in those games. On a normal slate, this would not be optimal. On Sunday’s barren slate, 25 DKFP will absolutely work from a $4,200 value pick.



Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies, $9,500 — Both of these teams play at an above-average pace. The game projects to be close. This seems like a solid situation for Sacramento’s stars. The Kings have lost three of their last five games and need to get back on track. Big nights from Sabonis are expected moving forward. He’s scored over 60 DKFP in two of the last six games. In the last eight games, he’s scored over 47 DKFP in seven of them.


Day’Ron Sharpe, Brooklynn Nets at Oklahoma City Thunder, $5,000 — Over the last six games, Sharpe has played between 16 and 22 minutes per game. That does not work, but this slate requires exceptions. Lower expectations are necessary unless the Injury Report changes significantly and opens up value. Even if Sharpe’s minutes don’t increase, he can still work. With limited minutes, Sharpe scored 34, 41, 16, 42, 26 and 25 DKFP over that span.

Goga Bitadze, Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns, $5,500 — This pick depends on the status of Wendell Carter Jr. ($5,400). Bitadze filled in for Carter on Friday, and he scored 26.75 DKFP in 31 minutes of work. Carter is listed as questionable on Sunday’s Injury Report. Bitadze’s price is up. This is not a great play, but this is a tough slate. This is a researcher’s slate.

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