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Best options at small forward for DraftKings NBA contests on Dec. 4

Some injuries may pave the way for big nights at SF. We take a look at some of the top targets for Wednesday’s main slate.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of how you approach small forward on Wednesday night’s main 10-game slate on DraftKings is whether or not you play Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800). He’s the highest-priced player on the slate ahead of Luka Doncic ($11,600) and the Milwaukee Bucks have been rolling on a 12-game winning streak heading into tonight vs. the Detroit Pistons. Let’s take a look at SF.

Should you play Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. the Pistons?

Of course you should. Giannis has been on a war path and I think this is finally a matchup in which he can play a full workload for once. The past two games the Bucks have won by a combined margin of 85 points! Yes, that is a real stat, I did the math (even though my math is bad). The Greek Freak generally has big nights when he’s needed to score on countless possessions and I think Detroit should keep this closer than the Knicks and Hornets and Cavaliers and Hawks (the Bucks past four opponents).

Who else should I target at small forward?

I like attacking the Marcus Smart injury, to be honest. He’s doubtful to play tonight for the Celtics against the Heat, who are on the second of a back-to-back. I think both Jayson Tatum ($7,900) and Jaylen Brown ($7,000) are in play here. They’ll need to play 35+ minutes a piece. I think Tatum is going to be a bit more popular and he’s $900 more on DK, so Brown is a guy I like in GPPs. He’ll have a tough time with Jimmy Butler on defense, but Brown has at least 22 points in four of five games heading into tonight.

Which value plays stand out at small forward?

I mentioned De’Andre Hunter is injured for the Hawks in the SG article and I think that opens up some additional minutes. Kevin Huerter ($4,000) is going to return to the lineup tonight and he had been off to a great start to the season. If he can get around 15-20 minutes or so, all he’d need to do would be to hit a few open 3-pointers to return value.

I also think Memphis bigs should see more run with no Brandon Clarke and potentially no Jonas Valanciunas. Jae Crowder ($5,000) could play the 4 a bit tonight vs. the Bulls, who get killed on the glass. Crowder can also hit some open 3’s and usually plays 30+ minutes.