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The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 9, 2022 (1/9/22)

The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 9, 2022 (1/9/22)

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

Anfernee Simons ($6,500 DK, $7,500 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Anfernee Simons POR 32 14 18 25.1 13.3 45.1 4.9 5.1

Simons has the keys to the franchise with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on the shelf with injuries. Over the last 3 games, Simons has been averaging 28.3 points, 7 rebounds, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 stocks. Tonight’s matchup against the Kings is favorable, and I’m expecting Simons to keep the good performances rolling. The Kings are ranked 27th in Defensive Rating and are playing at a top 10 Pace.

 

Shooting Guard

Desmond Bane ($6,400 DK, $7,200 FD) 

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Desmond Bane MEM 39 25 14 30 17.4 55.5 7.8 4.9

The Grizzlies have multiple key players that are questionable to play in tonight’s matchup against the Lakers. Dillion Brooks is doubtful to play with an ankle injury, and Ja Morant is questionable with a thigh injury. Bane has been a stabilizing force for this team; over the last 7 games, he’s averaging 22.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.3 stocks. The Lakers are a mediocre defensive team and play at the 2nd fastest pace in the league; I like Bane’s chances to post another solid score tonight.

 

Small Forward

LeBron James ($11,600 DK, $11,500 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
LeBron James LAL 27 15 12 36.9 28.6 89.1 12.3 13.1

Thanks to LeBron’s stellar play, the Lakers are on a four-game winning streak, and he’s scored over 70 DraftKings points in 3 of his last 5 games. LeBron is currently probable to play with an abdominal injury; if he suits up, he’s a no-brainer play tonight.

 

Power Forward

Nassir Little ($5,000 DK, $5,500 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Nassir Little POR 32 13 19 24.4 8.9 31.3 9.4 2.5

We’ve already touched on this matchup against the Kings for the Blazers, and everything said previously applies here. Larry Nance is also out with a left knee injury which opens up extra opportunity on the wing. Little has disappointed over his last 2 games, but he has flashed his upside previously this season, and I like him in this spot. 

Center

Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,700 DK, $9,900 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN 31 16 15 34.5 24.2 65.4 16.6 6.8

Towns may go slightly under the radar tonight due to the number of options available at the position. Still, tonight’s matchup against Houston should keep him firmly in consideration for your tournament lineups. Houston currently owns the worst defense in the league and ranks 27th in fantasy points allowed to the center position. On the season, Towns is averaging 1.31 fantasy points per minute.

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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