Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values for December 5

Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate has 10 NBA games. The biggest favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook are the Warriors, who are 10.5-point favorites over the Cavaliers. The biggest point total is in Atlanta for the Hawks-Wizards game, where the over/under is 233.5.

Notable players whose statuses will need to be monitored during the day include Nikola Mirotic (illness). For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines can change throughout the day. We will keep you up to the minute on the DK Live app.

Let’s take a look at some plays fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings.

POINT GUARD

Stud

John Wall, WAS at ATL, $9,400 —The Wizards face a Hawks team allowing the most points and most assists to opponents per game in the league. The Hawks play the fastest pace in the league and combine that with poor defense, a combination for lots of points and assists. The Hawks also have been poor at contesting shots, allowing the second-most wide-open shots per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. They have allowed the fifth-most wide-open 3s. Wall and his teammates should have good looks today in what looks like a high-scoring game.

EDITOR’S NOTE: John Wall (personal) was ruled out of Wednesday’s game.

Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($11,200), Steph Curry ($9,700), Kemba Walker ($8,100)

Value

Trae Young, ATL vs. WAS, $6,000 — Young faces the Wizards, who have been among the league’s worst defensive teams and play a fast pace, which fits into the style the Hawks play. The Wizards are allowing the fifth-most assists to opponents and third-most points to opponents, and the Wizards rank last in the league in defensive rebounding, which could help create extra possessions on offense for the Hawks.

Other Options — Luka Doncic ($6,700), Tomas Satoransky ($3,700)


SHOOTING GUARD

Stud

Jimmy Butler, PHI at TOR, $6,900 — Toronto is not a soft opponent, but Butler’s price has dropped to the nice salary of $6,900, the first time he’s been that cheap since opening night. Butler is averaging 36 DKFP over his past five games with the Sixers, and his talent gives him upside on any given night. He scored 48.5 DKFP against the Raptors in his previous game against them this season, although that was while he was still with the Timberwolves.

Other Options — Jrue Holiday ($9,100), DeMar DeRozan ($8,900), Bradley Beal ($8,400)

Value

Alec Burks, CLE vs. GSW, $4,000 — The Cavs have given Burks an expanded role since trading for him three games ago as they attempt to evaluate whether he will be in their future plans, playing him about 26 minutes per game, a big boost from 16 minutes per game with the Jazz. Burks has had solid usage with the Cavs as well with a usage rate of 25 percent. Burks is averaging 26 DKFP with the Cavs and is a candidate to continue played expanded minutes.

Other Options — Kent Bazemore ($4,400)


SMALL FORWARD

Stud

LeBron James, LAL vs. SA, $10,500 — The Spurs have been poor defensively this season, allowing the eighth-most points to opponents and seventh-most assists to opponents while ranking as the second-worst pace-adjusted team defense in the league. The Spurs rank in the bottom third in field goals allowed at the rim and field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The Spurs also have been a worse-than-average rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. James is averaging 63 DKFP in two previous games against the Spurs this year, and his price tag is the second lowest it’s been all season.

Other Options — Kevin Durant ($10,400), Kawhi Leonard ($9,300)

Value

Cedi Osman, CLE vs. GSW, $4,500 — Osman’s price is the third lowest it’s been this season for a matchup against the Warriors, who have been below average defensively this season and below average in limiting opponent shot quality. The Warriors have allowed the eighth-most wide-open shots and seventh-most wide-open 3s, as measured by the league’s player tracking system. Osman’s fantasy production has been erratic lately, but he’s received a steady amount of minutes for a rebuilding Cavs team that wants to develop him by giving him plenty of playing time.

Other Options — Otto Porter Jr. ($6,100)


POWER FORWARD

Stud

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. DET, $11,600 — The Pistons are allowing opponents to shoot an elevated 66 percent within five feet of the basket, second highest in the league. Giannis leads the league in shots per game in that zone, and it is the zone he takes the majority of his shots in. The Pistons being poor at defending that zone could help Giannis’ efficiency play up more in this matchup. Giannis has laid waste to the league recently, averaging 67 DKFP over his past six games.

Other Options — Anthony Davis ($11,500), Blake Griffin ($9,000)

Value

Dewayne Dedmon, ATL vs. WAS, $3,900 — The Hawks face a Wizards team that has been the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they grab, making the matchup favorable on the glass. The Wizards also have been poor defensively, allowing the third-most points to opponents per game. Dedmon played 31 minutes in a start in his most recent game, tied for a season high.

Other Options — Aaron Gordon ($6,800)


CENTER

Stud

Julius Randle, NO vs. DAL, $7,100 — Randle started in place of Nikola Mirotic (illness) on Monday and scored 54.5 DKFP after shooting 15-of-24 from the field with eight rebounds in 39 minutes. If Mirotic is out again, Randle becomes an appealing option as a starter. Randle has received a huge minute boost in starts this season, playing 34 minutes per game in starts, up from 25 minutes per game off the bench. His usage is roughly the same in starts as it is off the bench, so the increase in minutes will make him a strong candidate for an increase in volume. Randle is averaging 44 DKFP in starts this season and 50 DKFP over his past four starts.

Other Options — Joel Embiid ($10,300), Nikola Jokic ($9,200)

Value

Kevon Looney, GSW at CLE, $4,200 — Looney started at center with Damian Jones (pectoral) out in the Warriors’ most recent game, playing a season-high 29 minutes and scoring 34 DKFP. If Looney starts again, he’ll have a good matchup against a poor Cavs defense that ranks last in pace-adjusted team defense and is allowing opponents to shoot a league-high 67 percent at the rim while allowing the fifth-most field goals at the rim.

Other Options — John Collins ($6,300)


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