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NBA DFS Picks: Top targets to consider on DraftKings for Dec. 16

How will the Mavs look in their first game without Luka? We break down some of the best players at each position for Monday night’s seven-game main slate.

Gooooooooooood morning DFS commmmmunity! We’re back for the start of Week 9 in the NBA with a seven-game slate on DraftKings for Monday night. There are a few notes to bring up before we get into picks. The first is Luka Doncic’s injury. Doncic was hurt over the weekend and is expected to be out a couple weeks due to a sprained ankle. This should open up things on the Mavericks, but we don’t quite know what to expect against the streaking Milwaukee Bucks tonight. The Bucks are also without a PG in Eric Bledsoe, plus Giannis Antetokounmpo is banged up, though he’s expected to play.

Other than that, the only real narrative is Rockets vs. Spurs in the rematch of Dunk Gate, when James Harden’s breakaway slam didn’t count, resulting in an eventual OT loss for Houston. Let’s get into some picks at each position on DraftKings for Monday night.

Point Guard

Derrick Rose, DET vs. WAS, $6,100 — Usually I’d like to look at some options priced up, but I think the obvious game to attack is Pistons-Wizards. D-Rose is affordable and in a great game environment; the Pistons have the third-highest implied point total at 117.25. Rose has returned value in nine straight games and is coming off 20-4-12 for 43.5 DKFP over the weekend vs. Houston. Rose is an acceptable all-around play on DK.

Other Options: Ricky Rubio, PHX vs. POR, $7,900; Kendrick Nunn, MIA @ MEM, $6,000

Shooting Guard

Jalen Brunson, DAL @ MIL, $5,500 — Again, we aren’t paying up at either guard spot, though I think you’ll want to fit one of the stud guards into your lineup somewhere. Brunson should get into the starting lineup in place of Doncic tonight. The Bucks are without Bledsoe, so the assignment is much easier. Brunson played 34 minutes after Luka went down on Saturday, finishing with 38.25 DKFP on an 18-7-8 stat line. I think we can expect around 15-5-5 from Brunson on most nights and that’s plenty for value at this price.

Other Options: Bradley Beal, WAS @ DET, $9,400; Khris Middleton, MIL vs. DAL, $6,900

Small Forward

Tim Hardaway Jr., DAL @ MIL, $5,800 — So I’m not really recommending you stack the Mavericks with Doncic out. I’m merely pointing out where the value will fall. THJ stepped up with Luka sidelined, scoring 28 points on Saturday vs. the Heat. He finished with 40.25 DKFP and played over 40 minutes in the OT loss. I think a lot of lineups will drift toward Kristaps Porzingis ($7,800), but he’s expensive. I like Hardaway as a GPP pivot with a high ceiling.

Other Options: DeMar DeRozan, SAS @ HOU, $7,400; Norman Powell, TOR vs. CLE, $5,500

Power Forward

Kevin Love, CLE @ TOR, $6,800 — The Kevin Love farewell tour hits Toronto, with the big man expected to be traded by Cleveland at some point before the deadline. Love has strung together a few solid games, scoring at least a double-double in three straight. This is a tougher matchup given the length the Raptors have, but Toronto actually allows the most rebounds to opponents per game (49.0). I can’t imagine Love having much ownership, so he’s a decent tournament play.

Other Options: Kristaps Porzingis, DAL @ MIL, $7,800; Wendell Carter Jr., CHI @ OKC, $5,800

Center

Steven Adams, OKC vs. CHI, $6,700 — I will always pick on the Bulls’ inability to rebound. Adams has three straight double-doubles and double-digits rebounds in seven of his past 10 games. He’s two boards shy of making it eight in a row. Adams is averaging around 30 minutes per game and has returned value in seven of eight contests. If you’re building your lineup in the mid-range, I think Adams is a great, safe play tonight.

Other Options: Bam Adebayo, MIA @ MEM, $8,200; Marc Gasol, TOR vs. CLE, $5,800