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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for December 6, 2017

For the 12/6 NBA DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on Draft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

12/6/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS

DraftKings 10 out of 10 MONSTER Jam: $10 buy-in, $600k guaranteed
DraftKings Medium Dunkfest: $54 buy-in, $450k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $120k guaranteed
FanDuel JUMBO Dunk: $150 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed

PLAYERS RULED OUT
Steph Curry (ankle)
Nikola Jokic (ankle) 
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Blake Griffin (knee) 
Mike Conley (Achilles) 
Hassan Whiteside (knee) 
Kyle Anderson (knee) 
Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) 
John Collins (shoulder) 
Dewayne Dedmon (leg)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Anthony Davis (groin)
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) 
Danilo Gallinari (hip)
Willie Cauley-Stein (back)

Best NBA DFS Picks for December 6, 2017

Guards

Victor Oladipo vs. CHI ($8.9k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
The Bulls’ defense is pitiful and shouldn’t be expected to improve anytime soon. That makes this road tilt against the fast-paced Pacers a great game to target on a full slate. Victor Oladipo is posting a career-high 30 percent usage rate with his best-ever shooting percentage (48.3) and shouldn’t have much trouble ripping through a Bulls team that ranks 25th in opponent FG shooting (47 percent) this year. Dipo went for 25 points, six rebounds, and six assists in a meeting with Chicago earlier this season. He’s rolling right now while shooting 58 percent over his last five outings.

Elfrid Payton vs. ATL ($6.5k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
The public might gravitate toward Dennis Schröder, who is a great play in this matchup. But Elfrid Payton could wind up outscoring his adversary. He’s over his hamstring injury and producing with averages of 14.9 PPG, 6.3 APG, and 5.1 RPG over his last seven appearances. While not as porous as Orlando’s defense, Atlanta ranks 26th in defensive rating and gives up the sixth-most PPG (108.6) this year. The Hawks also give up the third-most APG (28.6). Payton is dominating dimes on his team with a career-high 37.5 percent assist rate thus far.

Rajon Rondo vs. DEN ($5.5k DraftKings, $6.0k FanDuel)
Rajon Rondo is playing a full slate of minutes, which has resulted in him routinely exceeding value. He should continue to feed DeMarcus Cousins for easy assists and might have Anthony Davis (back) for a matchup against the Nikola Jokic-less Nuggets tonight. Denver ranks 22nd in defensive rating and 29th in opponent FG shooting (48 percent). This bodes well for Rondo’s ability to carve up another unit in a fast-paced contest at home.

Others to consider: Kyrie Irving, Dennis Schröder, Klay Thompson, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison, Austin Rivers, Jamal Murray, Mario Chalmers

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Forwards

Kevin Durant @ CHA ($10.1k DraftKings, $10.0k FanDuel)
While he won’t necessarily force the issue now that he’s within a significantly more balanced offense, we could see Kevin Durant harken back to his OKC ball dominance with Steph Curry on the shelf. He posts a 33.2 percent usage rate and averages 1.35 FPs per minute with Steph off the floor this year. Tonight, Durant takes on a Hornets team that’s vulnerable on the wing with Nic Batum (elbow) clearly not back to full speed.

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. MIA ($8.1k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Kawhi Leonard (quad) may return later this week, but he’s still out for now. Plus, Kyle Anderson (knee) will be out for several weeks, forcing LaMarcus Aldridge to carry the Spurs’ offense for a few more games. Miami has a great defensive reputation but is far more vulnerable down low when Hassan Whiteside is unavailable. The Heat gave up the most FPPG (58.22) and PPG (27.75) to opposing PFs this past week. Aldridge is averaging 26 PPG on lights-out 53.3 percent shooting over his last five appearances and is a great bet to lead the Spurs in scoring at home. 

Andre Iguodala @ CHA ($4.1k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
With Steph Curry (ankle) out and Shaun Livingston suspended, the Warriors are quite shorthanded and could be forced to use Andre Iguodala as an unconventional PG tonight. He sees a two percent rise in usage with those players off the floor and is averaging 8.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per 36 minutes this year. Due to these circumstances, Iggy could play over 30 minutes tonight. He faces a Hornets team that gives up the fifth-most FPPG (43.65) to opposing SFs this season. 

Others to consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Rudy Gay, Ersan Ilyasova, Kenneth Faried, Davis Bertans

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Center

Andre Drummond @ MIL ($9.1k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
The best player on the upstart Pistons by far, Andre Drummond draws another juicy matchup tonight in facing the Bucks for the third time this year. He averaged 18.5 PPG and 15.5 RPG over two meetings with Milwaukee this season and obviously stands to dominate a front line that only features skinny John Henson and young Thon Maker at center. The Bucks rank dead last in total rebounding as a result of that questionable roster construction, and Drummond leads the league at 15 boards per game. 

Mason Plumlee @ NO ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.8k FanDuel)
In a Monday matchup against a Mavericks team that plays plenty of small ball, Mason Plumlee was eventually forced off the court. He failed to meet value over 19 minutes but was still a solid value on DK. His price tag remains low ahead of a matchup that could lead to boom-bust results tonight. The second-year Nugget will likely get into foul trouble or play far more minutes in a matchup against DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans. Especially if Anthony Davis returns, Plumlee and Kenneth Faried will be forced to play next to each other for long stretches as Denver looks to match up with New Orleans down low.

Others to consider: DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard, Willy Hernangomez  

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Nate Weitzer

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He’s been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA advice while continuing to build his bankroll on several sites.

When he’s not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.