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NBA DFS Picks: Top targets to consider on DraftKings for Dec. 18

We go over some lineup starters at each position for Wednesday night’s main nine-game slate on DraftKings.

Note: Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns has been ruled out tonight vs. the Pelicans.

We’ve got a tantalizing nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings for ya Wednesday night. Outside of two matchups, we should have a lot of “bad” basketball, but exciting nonetheless, leaving us with plenty of options to construct successful DFS lineups. The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are the main event on the card, tipping off at 7:00 p.m. ET in Philly. We’ve got Joel Embiid (illness) good to go tonight. The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks would have been a late night snack at 9:30 p.m. ET, but unfortunately we don’t have Luka Doncic (ankle). Still, the game should be competitive. Let’s take a look at some top options at each position on DraftKings.

Point Guard

Kemba Walker, BOS at DAL, $7,400 — There are a lot of appealing PG options, so I think it’s a night we can try to fit three studs into our lineups. Walker stands out because this price is arbitrarily too low. Walker is streaky and mostly a scorer, but this game environment stands out. Mavs-Celtics should be close and Walker is going to play a ton if that’s the case. No Luka tilts things in Boston’s favor as well. Walker shouldn’t have any trouble returning value at this price point.

Other Options: Damian Lillard, POR vs. GSW, $9,000; Chris Paul, OKC vs. MEM, $7,500

Shooting Guard

Andrew Wiggins, MIN vs NOP, $7,600 — Again, stupid low price for Wiggins in one of the best matchups of the season. This is mostly trying to take advantage of Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) potentially being out. Even if KAT plays, Wiggins is in a great spot. He’s got at least 23 points in three straight and is coming off 34 points vs. the Los Angeles Clippers — not something that’s easy to do. You know what is easy? Scoring on New Orleans.

Other Options: Jimmy Butler, MIA at PHI, $8,900; D’Angelo Russell, GSW at POR, $7,800

Small Forward

Davis Bertans, WAS vs. CHI, $6,500 — The Chicago Bulls are a decent defensive team, but I don’t think they’ll have what it takes to slow the Washington Wizards down. Bertans should be forced to play 30+ minutes with the Wiz thin in the front court due to injuries. It also helps that Bertans has been one of the hottest 3-point shooters in the NBA this season. Over his past 10 games, Bertans is hitting 47.9% of his 3s ... So yeah, almost 50% there, bud.

Other Options: Brandon Ingram, NOP at MIN, $8,000; Robert Covington, MIN vs. NOP, $5,300

Power Forward

Wendell Carter Jr., CHI vs. WAS, $6,000 — I think you’ve got to fit some Bulls into your lineups tonight and WCJ is having a solid sophomore season for Chicago. He’s hovering around a double-double per game and we know the Wizards are hurting down low/can’t defend. Carter has played at least 36 minutes in back-to-back games and I think he’s the most reliable player coach Jim Boylen has on his roster.

Other Options: Kristaps Porzingis, DAL vs. BOS, $8,300; Kevin Love, CLE vs. CHA, $6,800


Nikola Vucevic, ORL at DEN, $7,000 — I think the Vuce is officially loose again. This is a very low price for Vucevic considering he played 30 minutes in the second game since returning from injury. I think if the Magic big man is going to see that type of playing time and usage, I don’t care too much about the matchup in the Denver Nuggets. Vucevic should be low-owned and is a great GPP play as a result. With the price down, he should be able to hit value at 35-40 DKFP.

Other Options: Lauri Markkanen, CHI vs. WAS, $5,900; Cody Zeller, CHA at CLE, $5,700