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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for December 7, 2017

For the 12/7 NBA DFS slate tonight, we’ll take a look at 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 the Draft Fantasy App.

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.

12/7/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS

DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $425k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $175k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $130k guaranteed
FanDuel Layup: $7 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4.44 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $130k guaranteed

PLAYERS RULED OUT
Devin Booker (groin) 
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
John Wall (knee) 

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Rodney Hood (ankle)
Dario Saric (eye)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder)
Ryan Anderson (back)

NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for December 7, 2017

Los Angeles Lakers (+7.5) at Philadelphia 76ers (Over/Under – 221.5)

The last time these teams met, Joel Embiid ($10.1k, $10.8k) posted one of the gaudiest lines of the young NBA season. He should be able to dominate once again against a Lakers team that gives up the fifth-most FPPG (54.32) to opposing centers this year.

Ben Simmons ($9.9k, $10.5k) and Robert Covington ($6.4k, $6.7k) are two more Sixers studs to consider, while Dario Saric ($5.3k, $6.4k) could provide some value as a mid-tier option if he’s able to play through an eye injury tonight.

For the Lakers, Brandon Ingram ($6.4k, $6.8k) is emerging as a budding star. He’s a bit under-priced as one of the best overall options on this four-game slate. After dropping 32 points against Kevin Durant and the Warriors, Ingram went for a combined 38 points and 13 rebounds in his next two outings. He could blow up tonight against a Sixers team that gives up the eighth-most PPG (108.1) and second-most FTs per game (27.2), which has become Ingram’s forte.

Kyle Kuzma ($5.5k, $5.4k) is another young stud who’s under priced on the Lakers. He could thrive in this matchup and won’t necessarily have to contend with the crowded rotation down low now that Larry Nance Jr. is healthy and competing for minutes with Brook Lopez and Julius Randle.

Finally, Lonzo Ball ($6.5k, $6.6k) is a relatively easy fade given his offensive struggles.

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Washington Wizards (-7.5) at Phoenix Suns (Over/Under – 215)

The biggest storyline to watch in this game is the status of Mike James ($4.4k, $4.9k), whose 45-day deal expired, but the Suns decided to renew his contract. Tyler Ulis ($4.4k, $4.9k) is a decent option in a matchup against the John Wall-less Wizard, but James is the superior upside play given his 33 percent usage rate with Devin Booker (groin) off the floor this year.

Bradley Beal ($8.1k, $8.6k) went off for 51 points to carry the Wizards in a road win on Tuesday. He’ll likely be a very popular play against a Suns team that gives up the most PPG (115.7) in the NBA while ranking dead last in defensive rating. Phoenix allows the third-most FPPG (44.32) to opposing SGs this season, and Beal should continue his scoring run in this plus matchup.

There are plenty of values to consider on both sides of the ball in this contest. While Tomas Satoransky ($4.1k, $4.7k) hasn’t flashed much upside, he’s a solid bet for production, as is Kelly Oubre Jr. ($5.0k, $5.3k) with Wall out.

The Suns will be missing leading scorer Devin Booker (groin) for 2-3 weeks, which opens the door for Troy Daniels ($4.1k, $3.7k) to see increased run. T.J. Warren ($6.5k, $8.1k), who is over-priced on FD, and Josh Jackson ($4.5k, $4.6k) should see more usage on the wing with Booker out. Meanwhile, Tyson Chandler ($4.5k, $5.3k) is set to return as the Suns’ starting center after sitting out Tuesday’s tilt to rest. He’s been a beast lately.

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Oklahoma City Thunder (-7.5) at Brooklyn Nets (Over/Under – 215.5)

Russell Westbrook ($12.0k, $11.5k) continued to flash the same upside he showed as an MVP last season with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists in a win over Utah on Tuesday. Yet he’s far more expensive two nights later, and the Thunder are heavily favored, so he may be worth fading in favor of Paul George ($8.3k, $8.6k). George stands as a contrarian pick since he’s coming off a couple of slow games.

The Nets continue to cope with the absence of D’Angelo Russell (knee), and Spencer Dinwiddie ($6.5k, $7.2k) has emerged as a solid value as the starting PG for a team that plays at the third-fastest pace in the NBA. Caris LeVert ($4.7k, $4.8k) posts a 24.2 percent usage rate with Russell off the floor and has also become reliable. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($5.4k, $7.3k) is a boom-bust option to consider in tournament formats, especially at his cheaper tag on DK.

Steven Adams ($6.1k, $6.9k) might be the best play in a Thunder uniform against a Nets team that gives up the second-most FPPG (59.42) to opposing centers this year. If you predict a blowout win for the Thunder, Isaiah Whitehead ($3.2k, $3.5k) and Sean Kilpatrick ($3.5k, $3.5k) could be worth a punt play as the gunners in garbage time for Brooklyn.

Houston Rockets (+5.5) at Utah Jazz (Over/Under – 208)

The suddenly hot Jazz have won six of seven and will face a Houston team with the best record in the West tonight. This is a game to target with James Harden ($11.0k, $11.5k) and rookie Donovan Mitchell ($7.2k, $7.5k) standing out as the most obvious GPP pairing of the slate.

Harden dominated the Jazz in their last meeting, and Mitchell’s been one of the hottest scorers in the league recently. The return of Rudy Gobert ($6.2k, $7.6k) should impact Houston’s starters, namely Clint Capela ($6.5k, $7.5k), but the Stifle Tower is not yet a viable option given his minutes restrictions.

Alec Burks ($4.8k, $5.0k) is more or less rolling as a value play and will remain a strong candidate if Rodney Hood (ankle) misses another contest.

Aside from Harden, Chris Paul ($7.6k, $8.3k) is a solid Cash play at a diminished price tag on DK. Eric Gordon ($4.9k, $4.8k) could break out of his funk against a Jazz team that’s struggled to defend the perimeter all year.

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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.