First Look at NBA DFS & Optimal Lineup Selections Today
The Slate Starter is a daily first look to start your daily fantasy basketball lineup creation process before tonight’s lockdown. Each day, we’ll go over some of the best NBA DFS picks, top stacks, and optimal lineup building for DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check out Awesemo’s NBA starting lineups page, as it will be updated throughout the day as NBA injury reports come out and news surface. Let’s dive into some players who stand out as key options on Monday’s eight-game roster.
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NBA DFS Choice and Optimal Lineup Construction | December 20
Robert Williams, C, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have the potential to be extremely thin on Monday. Jayson Tatum, Dennis Schroder and Romeo Langford are all questionable, while Al Horford, Grant Williams, Josh Richardson and Jabari Parker have been left out. This will leave the shorthanded team in the frontcourt to a minimum.
That should open up a few more minutes for Williams in the middle. He accumulated 36.9 minutes two games ago and finished with 29.0 minutes in his last game. Williams scored 30.0 DraftKings points in his last game, and he’s capable of averaging well over a fantastic point per minute. He hasn’t been able to reach that level this season – he averages 0.93 DraftKings points per minute – but it remains within his range. Either way, expect it to have one of the best value brands in our NBA screenings.
Dillon Brooks, SG / SF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies quietly rode without Ja Morant, and Brooks’ play was one of the main reasons. His playing time has increased recently, registering at least 33.8 minutes in three straight games, and he leads the team with a 28.7% utilization rate in 10 games without Morant. He’s averaging 1.09 DraftKings points per minute this season, so he can rack up plenty of fantasy points when given the chance.
Brooks just won one of his best games of the season on Sunday. He finished with 49.25 DraftKings points, scoring his fourth straight game with at least 35.5. Its price has remained fairly stable over this period, so it can be trusted once again against a weak Thunder team.
It will be interesting to see what the proposed Brooks property looks like on Monday. There are a lot of high-priced options on this slate, so Brooks is a candidate to be under-detained. If this happens, it will have solid marks in the Boom / Bust Likelihood tool.
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Tyrese Haliburton, PG / SG, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have yet to release their injury report for Monday’s roster, but expect it to be full. They played without De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell Sunday, leaving Haliburton as sole playmaker.
It has gotten a bit more expensive throughout the industry, but it still looks way too cheap considering its recent production. He has accumulated at least 42.0 DraftKings points in three straight games, including 54.0 DraftKings points on Sunday.
Haliburton has also shown his ability to rack up fantastic points in a variety of ways. He has collected at least nine assists in each of his last three games and he has accumulated 27 points in his last game.
This is someone that I will be looking to target in the gaming accessories market as well as DFS. If his assist prop hasn’t caught up with his current role for the Kings, he should rank favorably in the Awesemo Player Prop.
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