NBA DFS 1-21-22 DraftKings Picks

by Desrick Rhooms Jr.
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Welcome to the NBA DFS 1-21-22 DraftKings Picks article!

Today we have a huge 11 game slate of basketball games to build our lineups.

Making the right picks will be crucial tonight with so many players to choose from.

Donovan Mitchell (concussion) is out tonight for the Utah Jazz as they face the Detroit Pistons.

Zach Lavine and Lonzo Ball (knee) are out tonight for the Chicago Bulls as they go against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tyler Herro has been ruled out tonight (COVID protocol) for the Miami Heat as they face the Atlanta Hawks.

Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) is probable tonight for the Orlando Magic against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Desmond Bane (COVID protocol) has been ruled out tonight for the Memphis Grizzlies as they face the Denver Nuggets tonight.

NBA DFS 1-21-22 DraftKings Picks

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11 Game Slate

Thunder @ Hornets
Lakers @ Magic
Clippers @ 76ers
Trail Blazers @ Celtics
Heat @ Hawks
Raptors @ Wizards
Bulls @ Bucks
Nets @ Spurs
Grizzlies @ Nuggets
Pistons @ Jazz
Rockets @ Warriors

Guards

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic, $6,700

The Magic guard has been one of the few players on this team that you can depend on this season. His scoring has been down recently with Jalen Suggs coming back and with the team going with a three-guard lineup.

However, this is more about how terrible the Lakers’ defense has been and the ceiling Anthony has in what should be a high-scoring game.

He should be able to break out of his shooting slump as the Lakers allow the second most DK points to point guards and play at the third-fastest pace in the league.

This will be a game to target since both teams are bad defensively and this will be a nice pivot from the people looking to get the more popular guards. He hasn’t been this low in over two months.

Anthony ended the game with 36.5 DK points when these two teams faced off last month.

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, $9,500

Say what you want about Kyrie but when the man is on the court he is a magician. Although his games have been limited due to him only being able to play in road games, he has performed when available.

In the five games he’s played, he’s averaged 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game which is about 40 DK points per night. With Kevin Durant out, more will be on Kyrie’s hand and he carried the Nets to victory Tuesday night over the Wizards with a 30 point performance.

I expect him to keep this up against the Spurs who have been one of the worst teams defending point guards.

Since Durant arrived in Brooklyn, Kyrie’s usage rate has increased by six percentage points when he plays without KD.

C.J McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, $7,700

It feels like this season has been a lost one already as the team isn’t winning as it has over the past seasons. Part of that has been due to stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum missing games.

After missing over a month due to injury and the birth of his child, McCollum came back last week and his minutes should be back to normal after being on a limit the last two games.

With Lillard still out the offense will run through McCollum and he should be able to take advantage of a weak Celtics’ defense, especially with Marcus Smart already ruled out.

McCollum’s usage rate increases by eight percentage points when playing without Dame, and his scoring increases by about nine points as well. While he is known to score buckets, McCollum should be more of a facilitator as well now with Lillard’s absence.

At this price, McCollum seems too cheap to pass up on with Lillard being out.

Forwards

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, $9,400

It seems like Butler has been in and out of the lineup all season, but he couldn’t have come back at a better time as Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro are both out.

In his first game back last week he scored 23 points and 10 assists against this Hawks team.

With both Lowry and Herro out more of the playmaking should be in Butler’s hands. In fact so far this season he averages about three more assists in games he plays without Lowry.

In the three full games that he has played since returning he is almost averaging 10 assists per game.

The Hawks play at a slightly faster pace than the Heat so this should be a pace-up game for him as well.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $11,700

For the past week, Giannis has been priced at $12,000 or higher and that price was simply too high for my likening so I avoided him. However, he is now below $12,000 and I like him a lot tonight against the Bulls.

The Bulls have given up the eighth-most points in the paint all season, and recently over the past three games, only the Rockets allow more points.

With the Bulls playing small and putting DeMar Derozan at the power forward position, Giannis should be able to have his way against their frail frontcourt.

They also allow the fourth-most DK points to power forwards and the only doubt against the Greek Freak that I have is that this may become a blowout, as Zach Lavine and Lonzo Ball will be out tonight.

Over his past 12 games, he is averaging almost 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists per game.

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, $11,400

LeBron is simply playing at another level right now but it just hasn’t translated into wins for him and the Lakers, fortunately for us that doesn’t affect us.

Over the past 10 games, King James has averaged almost 32 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. Don’t expect this hot streak to end tonight as they face the lowly Orlando Magic.

The Magic allow the fourth-most points to small forwards, and just allowed Joel Embiid to score 50 points in 27 minutes!

James finished the game with a 30 point triple-double in their last matchup against the Magic last month.

LeBron seems like the player with the highest ceiling on the slate and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended the night with the most DK points on the slate, given the matchup and potential usage opportunity.

 



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