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The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 7, 2022 (1/7/22)

The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 7, 2022 (1/7/22)

Please note that players on DraftKings and FanDuel have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position between each other. In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Remember to keep your eye on the news as the day progresses, as NBA news frequently changes the slate.

Point Guard

Jalen Brunson ($7,000 DK, $5,300 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Jalen Brunson DAL 37 20 17 31 16 72.5 7 12

Dallas gets a prime matchup tonight against the Houston Rockets, who currently have the 2nd worst Defensive Rating in the NBA. The Mav’s will also be without key rotation players, Porzingis is now OUT, and Luka is doubtful with an ankle injury. In 369 minutes with both Luka and Porzingis off the floor, Brunson averages 1.07 fantasy points per minute.

 

Shooting Guard

Jordan Clarkson ($5,500 DK, $5,200 FD) 

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Jordan Clarkson UTA 38 28 10 25.6 15 36.8 6 4.2

We’ll have to watch this one as we get closer to lock because Clarkson is questionable to play with lower back tightness. If Clarkson suits up, he’ll be in line for excellent usage as Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley have been confirmed OUT tonight. In 186 minutes with both Mitchell and Conley off the floor, Clarkson averages 1.14 fantasy points per minute.

CLARKSON IS OUT

Small Forward

Kevin Durant ($10,300 DK, $11,000 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Kevin Durant BKN 31 21 10 37.1 30 71.6 11.6 10.1

We have a marquee eastern conference matchup tonight and a rematch from last year’s playoffs between the Bucks and Nets. The Bucks currently rank 21st in fantasy points allowed to the small forward position, and Durant is averaging 1.37 fantasy points per minute.

 

Power Forward

Rudy Gay ($4,000 DK, $4,800 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Rudy Gay UTA 24 19 5 20.1 9.3 35 7.8 2.1

We have another Jazz rotation player to watch tonight with Rudy Gay; he’s currently questionable with a right heel injury, but if he suits up, he’s looking like one of the better value plays on the slate. If Gay is out, we can turn our attention towards Paschall and Azubuike with Rudy Gobert sidelined due to health and safety protocols.

GAY WILL PLAY

Center

Nikola Jokic ($12,000 DK, $11,400 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Nikola Jokic DEN 31 17 14 32.7 25.7 100.3 21.4 13.2

Jokic is becoming my favorite player to pay up for each night, injuries decimate this team, yet Jokic has put the team on his back and kept them relevant. The Kings currently rank 27th in Defensive Rating and 9th in Pace. In the one other matchup against the Kings this season, Jokic posted 50 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, and four stocks.

About Dustin Shook

Dustin is an experienced DFS player who has had success across multiple sports and platforms. Dustin is a GPP specialist focusing on game theory and data analytics. When he's not grinding daily fantasy sports contests, Dustin enjoys R programming and hanging out with his son. He can be found on twitter @dshook420

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