NBA DFS Picks – 12/8/16


After a full slate of games on Wednesday night, we will set our sights on a smaller six game slate on Thursday. There are definitely some good games to target early on, and we should be able to find a lot of fantasy plays. We’ll give you games for both your cash game and tournament lineups.

Pricing is FD/DK


John Wall (9800/9500) – Wall was just awesome last game, and while we certainly aren’t expecting a 70+ point fantasy outing, I do think there is upside there for him to cross the 50 point mark again. The Nuggets are just as bad as the Wizards at defense, and I expect this game to be very close despite the fact that it seems like it shouldn’t be. The only concern here I do have is just the fact that the Nuggets played a tightly contested game last night and I’m not sure where there effort level will be.

Kyle Lowry (8600/8200) – The Timberwolves don’t have any type of defensive identity, despite the fact that Tom Thibedeau is in town. They are weak at defending most positions, but they are especially poor against point guards. Lowry has been super consistent this year, and especially in recent games. While I think he is a safe option, I do question where his upside falls, especially with how good the Raptors are. This game could be over before Lowry has a chance to far exceed value.

Shelvin Mack (3700/4100) – George Hill and Rodney Hood have already been ruled out for Thursday, so the Jazz are two guards short, meaning Mack should see all the run he can handle. You’d think that they would prefer him over Joe Ingles, but who knows. This is just a price point play for me, as I could certainly see Mack going over the 20 point mark if the game stays close. Steve Kerr has alluded to sitting some players in the next few games, so hopefully he does tonight to keep things a bit closer.


C.J. McCollum (7400/6600) – You would think with Tony Allen playing the shooting guard position that the team would be much better than they are at defending the position. They aren’t. That is a position that I do not mind using McCollum in tonight, as I think that the team will be able to score some points on a short handed Grizzlies squad. The price is fair for his upside, and I’ll have plenty of him tonight.

Will Barton (5700/6600) – As I said above, the Wizards just haven’t been very good at keeping opponents from scoring, and Will Barton is just that; a scorer. Finally over his injuries, Barton is starting to turn things up, and his price hasn’t caught up to him yet, at least on FanDuel. I don’t know how much I love using him on DraftKings, but on FanDuel he is an easy play for me.

Langston Galloway (3900/3800) – Galloway is a pure punt option, but if Jrue Holiday is out again, we could see Galloway get a little more run. He’s not a sexy option by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I see him pulling off some of the bigger games that he hung his hat on over the previous two seasons in New York. I think he could threaten to break the 20 fantasy point mark, making him a nice value play if you are trying to fit in some studs.


Gordon Hayward (8100/8600) – Hayward has been playing out of his mind as of late, and really there is no reason that he can’t keep it going against the Jazz. Even without Favors, Hill and Hood, I think the Jazz could give the Warriors trouble, and I think it will result in Hayward having himself a nice game. His price is up there, but so is the upside and floor. Hayward has been ruled out tonight; I don’t know if this makes someone else a good play or if it means that this game should be faded, but I’m leaning toward the latter.

Otto Porter (6000/6500) – Porter is coming off his worst game of the year, where he basically looked like the walking dead on the court. This provides us with an excellent bounce back spot to use him tonight. On a short slate like this, I would imagine that his ownership will be up there, but it may be a situation where you don’t want to miss out on him.

Terrence Ross (3700/3700) – Ross is another punt option tonight, but if this game did get out of hand with Minnesota, Ross could like benefit. He is a guy who I could see getting time tonight regardless of what happens, but a lot of that is dependent on his shot falling. He will carry very low ownership and should be considered only if you really love your team and only have a little bit left to spend.


Anthony Davis (12100/11800) – If anyone is a good play today, it is Anthony Davis. I mean, this is the Sixers still. I cannot imagine why you wouldn’t want to have Davis in your lineup tonight, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up with the highest score on the day. I don’t see a situation occurring where Davis shouldn’t come close to his 60 point mark, so I think there is a lot of reasons to run him out there tonight.

Ersan Ilyasova (5300/5700) – Ilyasova will have a ton of people on him after his last game. Even though he hasn’t consistently been over 50 fantasy points, he has been putting up 30 point outings regularly since coming to Philly. I think this is another good matchup here, as it should be fast paced and lots of points should be scored. I’ll gladly use him in either format.

Boris Diaw (3700/3400) – Diaw has been doing fairly well as of late, and while I don’t see Hill or Hood’s departure adding to his point totals, I like him here. The Warriors have struggled with power forwards this year, and the price you are able to get Diaw out is truly appealing. I think he’s borderline cash game if the Warriors sit some players tonight.


Marc Gasol (8200/7700) – Marc Gasol is automatic while Mike Conley is out. I will be playing him until he hits probably $9.5k, if that happens. He’s highly likely to break 40 fantasy points tonight and makes my choice easy.

Joel Embiid (6600/7500) – Embiid finally had his first poor game of the season, but I think this is a nice bounce back spot for him, at least on FanDuel. On DraftKings, he is still priced a little too high for me, especially with Gasol just $200 over him.

Robin Lopez (5200/4500) – Speaking of laughable prices, that brings us to Robin Lopez. The Spurs have been inconsistent against centers this year, and I think this is a game that suits Lopez very well. He should have plenty of chances for rebounds as well as blocks, and is one of my favorite plays of the night.