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Fantasy Basketball Value Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Bargain Plays for January 3

Garion Thorne breaks down his top DraftKings value plays for Wednesday’s NBA slate.

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As per usual on Wednesday, we find ourselves on the precipice of a messy slate. Even with DraftKings lopping off the two 10:00 p.m. ET games from the main, there’s five teams on the second night of a back-to-back to go along with all the general injury madness. Strap in for some fun!

Let’s dive into it all.

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PG/SG Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, $4,900

Tuesday was not a good night for the Bulls — more so than most nights for the Bulls. On top of getting blown out by the 76ers, Chicago lost both Coby White ($7,600; ankle) and Patrick Williams ($5,400; ankle) to injury. It’s currently unclear if either will be able to suit up on Wednesday, though it seems especially unlikely for the second game of a back-to-back set. Reminder: This is a squad that was already missing Nikola Vucevic (groin) and Zach LaVine (foot). Depth isn’t exactly a strong point of this roster at the moment. If both White and Williams sit, particularly the former, expect a huge role for Dosunmu. The guard logged 31.5 minutes against Philadelphia, registering 15 points and a team-high 15 field goal attempts. Dalen Terry ($3,300) is another name to keep an eye on in this spot.


SF/PF Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards, $5,000

Okoro has never been an asset that’s displayed an insane ceiling. However, since the injuries to Darius Garland (jaw) and Evan Mobley (knee), Okoro has been logging massive minutes for Cleveland. In fact, across his last eight starts, the former lottery pick is averaging 31.4 minutes per contest. He’s also put up at least 27.0 DKFP in five of those games. That would be promising enough in a vacuum, but it’s even more tantalizing from a fantasy perspective with the Cavaliers squaring off with the Wizards on Wednesday. Washington leads the NBA in pace (104.1). It has the 29th-ranked defense by points allowed per 100 possessions (121.2). The Wizards are arguably the best matchup in DFS basketball. So much so, I’d even take a look at Sam Merrill ($3,400) if you’re really needing to save.


SF Lu Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks, $5,000

Honestly, Okoro and Dort have pretty similar profiles on Wednesday. Dort logs heavy minutes for the Thunder. Dort qualifies as a small forward on DraftKings. Dort’s had some recent success, exceeding 30.0 DKFP in three of his past six games. Dort also has a fantastic matchup. The Hawks are surrendering 122.1 opponent points per 100 possessions across their last 15 contests — the fourth-worst mark in the league in that span. It’s that type of defensive ineptitude that leads to an implied game total of almost 250 points. Something else to keep in mind: Oklahoma City is on the second night of a back-to-back. If Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($10,500) or anyone else rests, this whole roster becomes more interesting.

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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is theglt13) 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 skill 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.