DraftKings NBA Sleeper Picks – December 15th

What’s going on everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 15th, 2016. Thursday’s slate is a smaller slate with only five games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 8:00 PM EST lock tonight, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know or on Twitter. Hunta512.

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C: Myles Turner: (6,000) The Pacers face The Pelicans in New Orleans tonight. Vegas is predicting a close high scoring game with an O/U game total of 210 points and a spread of 3.5 points in favor of The Pelicans. Myles Turner has been playing more minutes recently.  In his last four games, he has averaged 33.75 minutes per game, while for the season, he averages 29.1 minutes per game.  This increase in minutes is significant because Turner average a very productive 1.08 Dk points per minute this season.

Also in these last two games without SG Monta Ellis (groin), Turner has been relied on more in this offense, taking 16 and 13 shots compared to his season average of ten attempts a night. He has also been more active on defense, averaging a very strong four blocks in his last three games. Tonight he gets a good chance to continue his improved play against this Pelicans defense that allows the 12th most DK points a game to PFs this season. Turner is still very affordable at $6,000 and is one of the best mid-tier options of this five game slate.

SG/SF: Evan Turner: (4,300) Turner has been great off the bench for The Blazers in his last two games averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 28.5 minutes a game. His minutes have been up in these games and should be pretty safe tonight with Al-Farouq Aminu doubtful, with a back injury. The opportunities will be there for him again tonight vs The Nuggets in one of the strongest game environments of the this slate.

Vegas is predicting  a tight spread of two points and a high O/U of 220 points. He should see 25-30 minutes tonight and has the potential to score 30 DK points vs The Nuggets who rank 29th vs SGs and play at the 7th fastest pace in the league. Turner is an inconsistent player and I am not recommending him for cash games, but I think his upside is worth a shot in GPPs at his cheap $4,300 salary.

SF: C.J. Miles: (4,000) The Pacers are going to play a very tight rotation tonight with Monta Ellis and now Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) both out. Miles will still come off the bench, but he should see more minutes tonight with Stuckey sidelined. With the combo gone from the second unit, Miles will lead this bench in usage and should play at least 25 minutes tonight. As I said above, this is one of the best games to target and there should be plenty of scoring with this high 220 point total.

Miles is strictly a scorer and who he should get plenty of chances to gun up some threes vs this Pelicans defense that ranks 25th vs SFs. His game log is all over the map this season, but in the last month when he has topped  25 minutes in a game, he is averaging 25.6 DK points, which is just over 1.0 DK point per minute. Miles is a nice value at only $4,000 and possesses serious upside if he heats up from three.

Also Consider: Brandon Jennings (one of the best values of the night, will be very popular), Aaron Brooks, Mason Plumlee, Dwayne Dedmon/ David Lee (No news about it but I could see Pau Gasol being rested tonight), Greg Monroe, Justin Holiday, Lance Thomas, Rajon Rondo (if he plays, questionable with an ankle injury), Mirza Teletovic, Tyson Chandler (great value if Alex Len is out again), Leandro Barbosa (boost if Brandon Knight is out), Langston Galloway (should see increased minutes with Frazier out, but is risky with Tyreke Evans back), and Ed Davis.

Alex Hunter / Author

Alex is an experienced and successful daily fantasy sports player that has been competing since DFS began. He specializes in picks for NBA, NFL and PGA. He has been writing for TheSportsGeek.com since 2016. During this time, his picks have won many of his readers big prizes and have helped him become a trusted name in the DFS industry. Not only does he give in depth picks on The SportsGeek.com, but Alex is also an active and reliable Twitter source who gives out updates about his picks and is always there for questions or advice. @Hunta512