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NBA DFS Picks: Top fantasy basketball value plays on DraftKings for Dec. 16

There are three teams we can look for value due to injuries/short benches. We take a look at some bargain spots for Monday’s main seven-game slate.

There are two main spots we can look at for value on Monday night’s main seven-game NBA slate on DraftKings. The first, is the Dallas Mavericks, who are down Luka Doncic. That’s basically a 30-10-10 triple double’s worth of production to compensate for. The other side, is the Detroit Pistons, who could be without both Blake Griffin (knee) and Andre Drummond (eye) tonight in a smash spot vs. the Washington Wizards. Let’s dive into some value options on DK.

Christian Wood/Markieff Morris, DET vs. WAS, $4,500/$3,900

If both Drummond and Griffin are sidelined, we should see a ton of these two tonight vs. Washington. Thon Maker started in place of Drumm over the weekend when Griffin got hurt, but Maker was a non-factor. Wood stepped up and played 21 minutes off the bench, scoring 11 points with 12 boards for 30.5 DKFP. Morris received 27 minutes, posting 15 points and eight boards for 29 DKFP. Both were strong values and that has a very strong chance of continuing tonight if both Pistons’ bigs are sidelined.

Dwight Powell/J.J. Barea, DAL @ MIL, $4,000/$3,100

We’re doubling up on the value fun again with the Mavericks here. I think the cash play will be Jalen Brunson ($5,500) and Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,800) and Kristaps Porzingis ($7,800) will be trendy. Powell should go overlooked in comparison and he’s a starter who should see north of 30 minutes with no Doncic. Powell’s price is down despite a couple solid outings and no Luka.

As for Barea, I think coach Rick Carlisle could lean on JJ a bit more than we think. Brunson will start and play the bulk of the minutes tonight, but I think Barea is the more appealing backup over Delon Wright ($3,700). Barea only played 13 minutes on Saturday vs. the Heat, but posted 23 DKFP and had a 37.5% usage rate. I think both Powell and JJ are solid GPP options.

Ben McLemore/P.J. Tucker, HOU vs. SAS, $4,800/$4,400

All good things come in pairs, amirite? We’re going to run it back again with the Rockets, who have a solid matchup vs. the Spurs with some revenge on the mind. The refs may have stolen a win from Houston the last time it faced San Antonio. Narrative aside, the Rockets’ rotation is very short and McLemore and Tucker have been seeing north of 30 minutes per game as a result.

McLemore is getting open looks in Mike D’Antoni’s offense and is really shining, averaging 16.4 points on 50.6% from the field and 44.6% from long range in seven games in December. Tucker is always in there because of his defense, but can be streaky in terms of fantasy production. The last time the Rockets played the Spurs, Tucker dropped 10 points with nine boards and two assists for 34.75 DKFP.