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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for January 3

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.

Indiana Pacers v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

On the menu for Wednesday is 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

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks, $10,200

Haliburton has been a thorn in the Bucks’ side all season and his success against the division rival should continue Wednesday. This will be the fifth time these two clubs have met this season and in the first four matchups, Haliburton scored at least 56 DKFP in all but one of these tilts. Overall, the guard is amassing 54.1 DKFP against this Milwaukee team that ranks 18th in defensive efficiency and fourth in pace. Indiana leads the league in pace and this clash of up-tempo squads carries a slate-high total of 258.5 points and a small spread of only 2.5 points on the DraftKings Sportsbook.

Haliburton is generating 58.8 DKFP per game in spreads under five points this season (15 games) and is a great, high-end value at this salary. Just nine games ago, the 23-year-old was priced up to $11,100 on DraftKings.

Other Options: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($10,500), Trae Young ($10,300), Donovan Mitchell ($9,500), Damian Lillard ($8,800, if Khris Middleton is out)

Value

Immanuel Quickley, Toronto Raptors at Memphis Grizzlies, $6,400

After operating as the Knicks’ sixth man for most of his career, Quickley started in his Raptors’ debut Monday and finished with 31 DKFP in a slow matchup vs. the Cavs. Despite picking up four fouls in the first half, the Kentucky product still saw 28 minutes of action. Barring severe foul trouble again, which is unlikely, Quickley should see over 30 minutes in his second game with Toronto on Wednesday and post a strong stat line vs. this Memphis team that is playing their second game in two nights.

Quickley saw a 21.1% usage rate in his debut with Toronto and is averaging 30 DKFP per game for the 14 instances he has logged at least 25 minutes this season.

Other Options: Scoot Henderson ($6,300, if Anfernee Simons is out), Jaden Ivey ($6,000), Donte DiVincenzo ($5,100), T.J. McConnell ($4,000)

Forward

Stud

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers, $11,900

Antetokounmpo just dominated the Pacers for 77.5 DKFP on Monday, bringing his season average against the club up to an eye-popping 75.4 DKFP per game in four matchups. The former MVP ranks third in the league in usage this season (32.2%) and should have another huge performance vs. Indiana on Wednesday, as Antetokounmpo and the Bucks look to redeem themselves after losing their game of the season to the Pacers on Monday.

In addition to their league-high pace, Indiana ranks 26th in defensive efficiency and they are allowing the most points in the paint in the league, making this the ultimate matchup for Antetokounmpo, with him leading the NBA in points in the paint per game this season.

Other Options: Julius Randle ($8,900), Khris Middleton ($7,300, if active), Jalen Williams ($7,300)

Value

Jalen Johnson, Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, $6,300

After seeing a slightly limited workload in his first game back from a 14-game absence due to a wrist injury, Johnson has seen huge minutes in his last two starts, logging minutes a night, which has resulted in a 45.5 DKFP game for the forward. Deandre Hunter (knee) has missed these past two and will remain sidelined Wednesday, which is great news for Johnson, who is collecting 1.1 DKFP per minute with Hunter off the floor this season.

Competing in this massive total of 248.5 points vs. the Thunder, who are on the second leg of a back-to-back, Johnson is too cheap for his upside and is one of the best values available Wednesday.

Other Options: OG Anunoby ($5,600), Jabari Walker ($5,400, if Doup Reath is out), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,200), Kevin Knox ($4,200), Pat Connaughton ($3,900, if Middleton is out)

Center

Stud

Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards, $7,800

Allen has been a monster recently, tallying four consecutive massive double-doubles, which have translated into 55.1 DKFP per game. The Cavs have heavily relied on the center during this run with Evan Mobley (out, knee) on the shelf, with Allen logging 36 minutes per game, which is well above his 30 minutes per game average for the season. Allen is supplying 1.14 DKFP per minute with Mobley off the court this season and the Wizards are a perfect spot for him to continue his impressive run.

Washington ranks second in pace and 29th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, they are allowing the most rebounds and second most points in the paint per game. This is arguably the best matchup in the league for centers and Allen brings a very high ceiling in this spot.

Other Options: Alperen Sengun ($8,900), Jusuf Nurkic ($7,600)

Value

Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons, $5,400

Kessler is coming off a double-double worth 34.5 DFKP vs. the Mavs on Monday and has recorded at least 24 DKFP in six of his past eight. The center is contributing 1.1 DKFP per minute this season and this is a juicy spot for Kessler. Not only do the Pistons rank 28th in defensive efficiency, they are surrendering the sixth most points in the paint.

The Jazz carry a mammoth implied team total of 124 points – which is their highest implied team total of the season – and for the two other times Utah has seen an implied team total of at least 120 points this season, Kessler has responded with 32.9 DKFP per game.

Other Options: Isaiah Hartenstein ($5,900), Chimezie Metu ($5,100)


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