What’s up everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for December 7th, 2016. Tonight we get a huge slate with ten games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 7:00 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 in the comments section below or on Twitter Hunta512.
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PG/SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.: (3,400) Hardaway will start at SF tonight vs The Heat with Kent Bazemore out for the next two games with a knee injury. He has been effective off the bench this season, averaging 17.3 DK points in 21.1 minutes a game. (46.8 FG %) This season Hardaway has seen a slight bump with Bazemore on the bench, posting a 23.7% usage rate, which is a 1.2% increase.
Last week vs The Suns, Hardaway received a few more minutes against the fast paced team, putting up 29.25 DK points in 26 minutes. I am expecting a similar output from him tonight against this very beat up Heat team. (12th vs SGs) Fellow Atlanta Hawk Thabo Sefolsha should also see some more opportunities and is a value play tonight, but I prefer Hardaway who has a similar floor and ceiling at a cheaper price.
PF/C: Dwight Powell: (4,100) With Dirk Nowitzki (achilles) out and Andrew Bogut (knee) exiting early on Monday night, Powell scored 25.75 DK points in a season high 32 minutes. Both players will be out tonight vs The Kings, which should result 30+ minutes again for Powell. Even with Bogut healthy the two prior games, Powell was taking advantage of some expanded playing time, scoring 20 DK points vs The Hornets, and 28 DK points vs The Bulls. In these two games he played 24 and 28 minutes which is a slight increase from his season average of 20 minutes a game. The Mavs have been in this situation before this season, but Powell didn’t see the minutes we expected with the big men out.
But these last three games suggest that Head Coach Rick Carlisle is finally going to give him the minutes he deserves with this Mavs team so thin. I am a big fan of Powell’s game and, if he plays more 30 minutes again tonight he will easily return five times value at his $4,100 price tag. As of right now we don’t if Powell or Salah Mejri will start for Bogut tonight. I am expecting Mejri to get the start because he is a true center that has the size to matchup with Demarcus Cousins, but this really isn’t bad news for Powell’s stock at all. He should still plenty of minutes off bench especially if Mejri gets in foul trouble against The All Star big man. I think Powell will get over looked with a plethora of value out there tonight, and he is a great GPP play that should produce if these increased minutes continue.
SF/PF: Tobias Harris: (6,000) Harris has been playing great basketball recently, but his salary has not increased yet to reflect his consistent production. In five out of his last six games, Harris has scored more than 33 DK in an average of 36 minutes a game. Tonight Harris takes on The Hornets, who he just lit up last week for 42.25 DK points. There is every reason to think that tonight will present a similar opportunity for Harris with Charlotte ranking 28th defending PFs this season.
Also he can be utilized as either a SF or PF which really makes him an easy piece to fit in tonight. DFS players need to take advantage of his very friendly $6,000 salary because it won’t last long if with the way he is playing. Harris one of the best mid tier of values of this ten game slate, and can be played with confidence in all formats on Wednesday night.
Also Consider: Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Elfird Payton, Jae Crowder, Josh McRoberts, Tyler Johnson, Deron Williams, Sam Dekker, Brandon Jennings (core play if Derrick Rose is out), Salah Mejri (only if starting), and Tyson Chandler.