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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 5

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

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The NBA In-Season tournament knockout stage started yesterday with a two-game slate. I need more, as the games were faaaaaantastic last night. The gods have listened....<feels tap on shoulder>... ”This is how the NBA scheduled things before the start of the season,” says my imaginary intern. Shut up, stupid intern.

As for injuries we need to keep track of, LeBron James ($9.600) is questionable, so there are basically no injury concerns tonight. Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

We don’t have to worry about back-to-backs tonight.

DraftKings Sportsbook has MIL as 5-point favorites over NYK at home with the total set at 229. The LAL are 1.5-point home favorites over PHO with the total set at 228.5.

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Guard

Stud

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks ($8,500) – Brunson is one of the reasons why I think the Knicks can win tonight. The other is that the Knicks play good defense. Back to Brunson, though. He is the conductor of this Knicks offense, often garnering a usage rate close to 30%. He has also played close to 40 minutes seven times this season while being held to single digits in scoring just once. He’s gone for over 20 points 14 times with six of those over 30 and two over 40. One of those 40-burgers was against the Bucks back on November 3rd. That game was also in Milwaukee and Brunson played 42 minutes, contributing 45 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

The Bucks play drop defense with Brook Lopez ($6,400) protecting the paint. That leaves a ton of room for Brunson to get to his sweet spots, which happen to be in the spaces that Lopez leaves room for. Bruson has gone for over 50 DKFP four times with two of those over 60. I think he can match or exceed the higher-priced options tonight at a lower price.

Other Options - Devin Booker ($10,100), D’Angelo Russell ($6,700), Malik Beasley ($5,700)

Value

Donte DiVincenzo, New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks ($4,400) – I don’t like the lower-priced options at guard tonight, so DiVincenzo it is. The floor is low and it’s well within the range of outcomes that he scores single-digit DKFP. He likely won’t play more than 22 minutes. That said, when he’s on the court, the usage rate is usually in the 20% range and he’s scored 20 points twice this season while going over 20 DKFP seven times this season. The last time these teams met, DiVincenzo put up 8.0 DKFP in 18 minutes. In his two most recent contests, though, he’s gone for 27.25 and 22.75 DKFP.


Forward

Stud

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns ($10,000) – There are a ton of high-priced options at forward tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,400) is always in play to put up the most raw points, but he’s expensive, the Knicks play good defense and that game could be more of a grind-it-out-affair, so I’m not sure Giannis puts up a have-to-have-it score. LeBron James ($9,600) can triple-double on any given night and could very well put up a 50-DKFP burger but I prefer Davis. They are at a similar price point but I think Davis has the higher ceiling due to defensive contributions. James has exceeded 60 DKFP three times this season while Davis has accomplished the feat seven times, with three of those coming in the last six games.

Other Options - Kevin Durant ($9,900), Khris Middleton ($6,000)

Value

Josh Hart, New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks ($5,300) – The playing time and correspondingly, the DKFP has been all over the map this season. In addition, the usage rate bobbles up and down. That said, Hart isn’t reliant on scoring, so that mitigates the negative impact when he garners a low usage rate. He’s an excellent rebounder and racks up steals. Over the last three games, he’s played 31, 32 and 30 minutes, so the playing time has been secure. The usage rate has been 20.2%, 7.7% and 16.3%, yet he’s put up 32, 22.75 and 32 DKFP.

Other Options - Taurean Prince ($4,600)


Center

Studs

Jusuf Nurkic, Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers ($6,900) – Nurkic has worn many hats this season for the Suns. Some nights the Bosnian Beast is fed, garners a high usage rate and gets buckets. On other nights, it’s to be a hub and dish out dimes to open shooters. With the amount of injuries the Suns have endured and Nurkic being the new guy on campus, it’s been a learning and growing process all around. It seems a comfort level has been reached recently, though, as he’s scored at least 30 DKFP in each of the last five games with a 41.5 and 50.5 game included. The most important thing is that he’s played at least 30 minutes in four of those contests.

These teams met twice this season. In the second game of the season, Nurkic played 28 minutes and went for 23.75 DKFP. In the second meeting, he played 33 minutes and put up 37.75 DKFP. The Lakers have boosted the FPPM to centers by 10.43% and Nurkic has gone for over 50 DKFP twice this season, so there is upside.

Value

Drew Eubanks, Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers ($4,200) – I don’t like the value at center. Both Eubanks and Hartenstein are almost identical, both in price and role. Both will play around 17 minutes and have a low usage rate. Both average 0.9 FP/Min but Eubanks, on average, scores, assists and blocks more shots than Hartenstein. Plus, Brook Lopez brings opposing centers out of the paint on the defensive end while he’s tremendous at blocking out for rebounds on the offensive end.

Other Options - Isaiah Hartenstein ($4,300)

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