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Fantasy Basketball Value Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Bargain Plays for January 8

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

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We’ve got a six-game NBA slate on Monday with some huge projected totals on the DraftKings Sportsbook. That’s what happens when you’ve got the Pacers, the Wizards and the Jazz all in the mix. It should all make for a very interesting and high-scoring night of basketball.

Let’s dig in and find some values.

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SG Malik Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz, $4,600

One of the most important decisions when it comes to value on this evening’s slate is who the Bucks are going to start at point guard. Damian Lillard (personal) has already been ruled out for Milwaukee, as has Cameron Payne (concussion) — the man that started in Lillard’s place the last time the All-Star missed a game. Marjon Beauchamp ($3,700) is an option. As are Andre Jackson Jr. ($3,100) and TyTy Washington ($3,000). Obviously, if it’s either asset priced at or just above the bare minimum, that person would be immediately viable. However, it’s also crucial not to overlook some of the Bucks’ secondary options that are already in the starting five. Beasley isn’t a high usage piece, yet there should be more shots and minutes available to him with Lillard unavailable. That’s pretty good news considering Beasley is shooting 51.2% from three since the beginning of December. The Jazz are also surrendering the most DKFP per contest to opposing two guards this season.

PG/SG Cason Wallace, Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards, $3,600

While the Thunder come into Monday’s action having lost back-to-back games, they are justifiably massive favorites against the lowly Wizards. How bad is Washington? Well, despite actually winning once within their last five contests, the Wizards still own a league-worst -15.5 net rating within that span of time. There’s a reasonable chance this script could get lopsided and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($10,400) doesn’t need to play his normal allotment of minutes. Still, it’s not like Wallace can’t also be viable in a more neutral setting. The rookie has logged at least 20 minutes of work in seven of his last nine appearances, which includes matching a season-high with 15 points last Wednesday versus the Hawks — another high-paced opponent with a terrible defense. We’ve seen Wallace’s path to fantasy success before.

SF/PF Sam Hauser, Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers, $4,100

There’s a lot to sort through with the Celtics on Monday. First and foremost, Jayson Tatum ($10,300; ankle) is questionable with what the team is calling injury management. That’s clearly a bit of a red flag. Also listed as questionable are Kristaps Porzingis ($7,900; eye) and Hauser, who is dealing with a right should impingement. So there’s many different ways this could go. However, if Tatum ends up sitting and Hauser is active, it’s very likely that he’ll be the one to start in place of the All-Star. Hauser hasn’t shot the ball well in his four opportunities to start in 2023-24, yet he has averaged 35.4 minutes in those games. That would be a lot of time on the court in a matchup against a Pacers team that leads the NBA in pace (103.6). You’d have to give Hauser a look at this price.

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