What’ up guys. Alex here, and these are my DraftKings NBA Picks for December 8th. Tonight, is a full slate, with eight games to attack. As always, if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know on Twitter. Also, I recommend following me, because if anything changes with these plays below or if any injury news effects the slate, I try to address the situations I find important before tip off. @Hunta512.
C: Nikola Jokic: (9,000)
Jokic has been a tough player to predict this season, but you have to attack him with Will Barton (groin), Gary Harris (hip), and now Paul Milsap (toe), all out of the lineup. It’s a small sample of only 57 minutes, but when these three starters have been off the court this year, Jokic has led this offense, with a huge 38.7% usage rate, which is a 13.9% increase from his usual rate.
This has pushed him to an elite 1.7 DK PPM and tonight, he faces The Hawks, who are the fastest team in the league, and the 6th worst defense. Additionally, they have allowed the most RPG. (2.91 opponent +/-) He has a tougher time on the road (-5.3 DK PPG), but Jokic should eclipse 50 DK points tonight, with this massive role.
SF/PF: Trey Lyles: (3,500)
It’s unclear who HC Mike Malone will start at PF in Milsap’s absence, but Lyles seems like the most likely candidate. Either way, starter or not, Lyles is looking at 25-30 minute role, until Milsap returns. He has always been a solid fantasy player and this season has been no different. (1.0 DK PPM)
With the extra minutes tonight, it’s hard to envision Lyles not scoring at least 20-25 DK points, vs a bad Hawks’ team. (1.68 opponent +/-) In all the games he has seen over 20 minutes this season, Lyles is averaging 23 DK PPG. At only $3,500, Lyles is a must have value play.
PF/C: Bam Adebayo: (5,400)
It hasn’t been confirmed, but The Heat should be without Hassan Whiteside for the second straight game. He missed Friday night’s win over The Suns because he was expecting the birth of his first child and there hasn’t been any word of his return. As expected, Adebayo was excellent last night, in Whiteside’s place, scoring 43 DK points vs The Suns. (32 minutes)
DraftKings increased his price $1,200, but he remains underpriced with a starting role. He scores 1.11 DK PPM this season and with 30+ minutes, Bam should top 30 DK points, in this awesome matchup vs The Clippers. (3.51 opponent +/-) Once we have confirmation Whiteside will be out, Adebayo needs to be locked in all of your lineups.
PG/SG: Alec Burks: (3,900)
With George Hill traded to The Bucks and Rodney Hood (out, foot) only playing 15 minutes, Burks logged a season high 37.6 minutes off the bench vs The Kings. In result, he also hit another season high, with 46.75 DK points in the loss. Even before Hill was shipped out of town, Burks was fitting in nicely with The Cavs, averaging 23.1 DK PPG in his first four games with the team. He has had an usage rate over 20% in each game and is scoring 1.0 DK PPM in a Cavs’ uniform.
They got Matthew Dellavedova in the trade, but he also won’t be available for Saturday night. Burks is looking at another 30+ minute role, in a great spot for his pure scoring skills, going against the Wizards, who are the 5th worst defense, and 6th fastest team in The NBA. His price actually went down $200 since last night and Burks is a hard value to ignore at only $3,900.
SF/PF: LeBron James: (10,600)
Even though they lost, LeBron was tremendous last night. (68 DK points vs The Spurs) To no surprise, he took on a huge role, with Rajon Rondo (hand), and Brandon Ingram (ankle) out. (36.1% usage rate) He is now averaging 1.6 DK PPM without these two and scoring 58.4 DK PPG in the four games they have both missed. Even in a difficult matchup vs The Grizzlies (0.3 opponent +/-), James should still get over five times value.
PG: Damian Lillard: (9,400)
Lillard is simply too cheap for his recent play. (49.7 DK PPG in his last six) The matchup isn’t in his favor (MIN is a -1.43 opponent +/-), but Lillard still has 50 DK point upside.
SG: Bradley Beal: (8,800)
If John Wall (questionable, illness) is out again, Beal is a great target, vs The Cavs, who are the worst rated defense in the league. With Wall out on Wednesday, Beal scored 58.5 DK points on The Hawks.
C: Marc Gasol: (8,600)
Gasol’s numbers have dropped in his last three games (26.8 DK PPG), but this gorgeous matchup vs The Lakers (3.38 opponent +/-), keeps him in play for GPPs.
PG/SG: Jamal Murray: (7,800)
Murray scores 1.0 DK PPM without Milsap, Barton, and Harris. Last night, he dropped 40.25 DK points vs The Hornets. He will be relied on heavily going forward and Murray should have another 40+ DK point night, in this prime spot, vs The Hawks. (1.92 opponent +/-)
PF: Lauri Markkanen: (6,200)
Markkanen has looked great in these last two (44.13 DK PPG) and tonight, he is in a decent spot, vs The Celtics. (1.4 opponent +/-) I don’t know if we will see another 40+ game, but Markkanen would likely top 30 DK points, if Bobby Portis remains out. (questionable, knee)
PG: Lonzo Ball: (5,600)
Ball has picked up his game in these last two (37.8 DK PPG) and he should play close to 40 minutes again, with Ingram and Rondo still out. (38.5 MPG in these last two) Plus, The Grizzlies are currently a positive matchup for PGs. (1.07 opponent +/-) Overall, I think the matchup caps his upside, but Ball could still manage 30+ DK points, with this kind of playing time.
PG/SG: Jordan Clarkson: (5,100)
With Hill out of the picture and Hood getting hurt vs The Kings, Clarkson scored 35.5 DK points, behind 29.5 minutes, and a 32.7% usage rate. With Hood out and Delly not joining the team yet, Clarkson should exceed five times value, playing up in pace, vs The Wizards. (1.5 opponent +/-)
PF/C: Miles Plumlee: (4,100)
Plumlee will also see a bigger role sans Milsap. He scores 1.2 DK PPM and will likely play 25+ tonight, making him a very strong value play. I don’t mind at all using both Plumlee and Lyles together in the same lineup.
PG/SG: Malik Beasley: (3,500)
Beasley has been solid with Harris out (21.6 DK PPG) and he should have to play over 30 minutes off the bench tonight. (The Hawks are a 1.56 opponent +/-) At only $3,500, Beasley is a sneaky value play, that may get lost in the shuffle.
*Please note some of these stats are from FantasyLabs.com