DraftKings Plays and Strategy for Friday, January 6

This article is part of our DraftKings NBA series.

Slate Overview

Pacers 13-7 at home.
76ers on a three-game winning streak.
Pelicans 17-4 at home.
Knicks on a three-game winning streak.
Bucks 16-4 at home.
Spurs on three-game slide.
Thunder 11-9 at home.
Nuggets 15-3 at home.
Clippers on four-game slide.
Suns on four-game slide.
Lakers on a three-game winning streak.

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Injuries to monitor

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POR – Jusuf Nurkic (illness): Probable
Gary Payton (ankle), Jeremy Grant (quadriceps): Questionable
Justise Winslow (ankle): OUT

CHI – Javonte Green (knee), Alex Caruso (ankle): Questionable

PHI – Joel Embiid (foot): OUT

BKN – TJ Warren (ribs): Questionable

NOP – Willy Hernangomez (ankle), Larry Nance (shoulder): Questionable
Brandon Ingram (toe), Zion Williamson (hamstring): OUT

NYK – RJ Barrett (finger): OUT

CHA – Gordon Hayward (hamstring): Doubtful
Kelly Oubre (hand): OUT

MIL – Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), Jrue Holiday (rest), George Hill (illness): Probable
Chris Middleton (knee): OUT

DET – Marvin Bagley (hand): OUT

SAS – Keita Bates-Diop (illness): Probable
Josh Richardson (quadriceps): Questionable
Devin Vassell (knee): OUT

WAS – Bradley Beal (hamstring): OUT

OKC – Alexey Pokusevski (leg), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (leg), Jaylin Williams (ankle): OUT

CLE – Darius Garland (thumb): Questionable
Donovan Mitchell (rest): OUT

DEN – Jeff Green (hand): OUT

LAC – John Wall (rest), Nicolas Batum (ankle): OUT

MIN – Jordan McLaughlin (calf), Naz Reid (back): Questionable
Karl-Anthony Towns (calf): OUT

MIA – Dewayne Dedmon (foot): Probable
Caleb Martin (quadriceps): Questionable
Duncan Robinson (hamstring), Nikola Jovic (back): OUT

PHX – Devin Booker (groin), Cameron Johnson (knee) Cameron Payne (foot): OUT

ATL – Clint Capela (calf): OUT

LAL – LeBron James (ankle), Russell Westbrook (foot): Probable
Troy Brown (quadriceps): Questionable
Lonnie Walker (knee), Austin Reaves (hamstring), Anthony Davis (foot): OUT

Elite Players


Trae YoungHawks ($9,400) at Lakers

Young is averaging 26.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 10.9 assists over his last 10 games and has produced more than 60 DK points twice. He should do well against the Lakers, who give up the league’s fifth most points per game, including a league-high 26.4 to point guards.

Caris LeVertCavaliers ($5,800) at Nuggets

LeVert is up for a fourth consecutive start after reaching 39 DK points twice and averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in the last three outings. He faces a favorable matchup against the Nuggets, who will be on the second game of a back-to-back and also allow opponents to shoot an average of 48.3 percent from the field.


Kevin DurantNets ($10,000) at Pelicans

Durant continues to be highly effective on both ends of the floor averaging 30.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.0 blocks through five games, including two with more than 60 DK points. He recorded 47.8 DK points in the last meeting with the Pelicans and has an advantage as they’re without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Tobias Harris76ers ($6,600) vs. Bulls

Harris tallied 39.5 DK points in the last matchup and will continue to take on a bigger role in the absence of Joel Embiid. He averages 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals and has an opportunity to stand out against the Bulls since they give up the second-most points to power forwards.

Kristaps PorzingisWizards ($9,600) at Thunder

Porzingis is averaging 24.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals across five games, including two over 50 DK points. He should keep it rolling against the Thunder, who are shorthanded in the frontcourt and average the most rebounds against.

Expected Chalk

James Harden76ers ($10,100) vs. Bulls

Harden needs to step up again with Joel Embiid out after he led the way with 26 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal for a total of 50.5 DK points last time out. He also topped 60 DK points in four of his last 10 – including a high of 71.8 – and is likely to do well against the Bulls, who give up the third-most 3s per game.

Value Picks

Jalen DurenPistons ($4,900) at Spurs

Duren is averaging 9.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists across the last 10 games, with more than 25 DK points in six. He should excel against the Spurs considering they allow the league’s most points per game to centers.

Rui HachimuraWizards ($4,700) at Thunder

Hachimura is averaging 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games since returning from a month-long absence. He has a good chance to flourish against the Thunder, who gave up the sixth-most points.

Norman PowellClippers ($4,800) at Timberwolves

Powell averages 15.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists and surpassed 30 DK points in three of the last seven outings. He has a favorable matchup against the Timberwolves, who allow the second-most three-pointers and third-most points per game to small forwards.

Isaac OkoroCavaliers ($3,100) at Nuggets

Okoro is in line for a second consecutive start while averaging 8.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists from the last 10 games.

Victor OladipoHeat ($4,700) at Suns

Oladipo has been finding his groove of late averaging 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 29 minutes over the last 10. He should do well against the Suns, who remain shorthanded in the backcourt.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it is possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Dan Bruno plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: duelingdan.

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