Happy New Year! To start the new year right, I am here to give you the NBA DFS 1-5-24 DraftKings Breakdown basketball picks! My name is Cody Cook aka @DProdiogy and I am here to discuss the eleven-game NBA slate.
In the first game on the slate, the Boston Celtics are huge favorites (-13) against the Utah Jazz with a middling over/under of 239.5 points. The second game is high paced featuring the Atlanta Hawks facing off against the Indiana Pacers (-4.5). The over/under has rocketed to 264.5 points.
The third game is the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder (-5.5) against the Brooklyn Nets. The over/under is low at 234.5 points. Double-digit favorites in the fourth game as the Cleveland Cavaliers (-10.5) are home against the Washington Wizards. Similar over/under in this game coming at 239.5 points.
The other games are featured down below
- New York Knicks against the Philadelphia 76ers (-5.5). The over/under is low coming in at 226.5 points.
- Under 10 win season thus far for the Charlotte Hornets at the Chicago Bulls (-7.5). A low over/under at 224.5 points.
- Minnesota Timberwolves (-3.5) are slight favorites against the Houston Rockets with the over/under very low at 219.5 points.
- In a close game, the Los Angeles Clippers (-1.5) against the New Orleans Pelicans with an over/under 228.5 points.
- Double-digit favorites Dallas Mavericks (-10.5) as the home team against the Portland Trail Blazers. The over/under is 237.5 points.
- Orlando Magic against the Denver Nuggets as massive favorites at 11.5 points. The over/under is coming in at 224.5 points.
- The rising Miami Heat are against the Phoenix Suns (-3.5).
Our injury report lists LaMelo Ball, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Ayton, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, De'Anthony Melton, Mark Williams, and Gordon Hayward as out. With those highlighted players as non-options, let's look at the rest of the slate!
NBA DFS 1-5-24 DraftKings Breakdown
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PG - Coby White, $7,300, Chicago Bulls
Coby White takes flight on ABC 💥 pic.twitter.com/YYvjsWsQYc
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2024
The young stud has taken over this team at the guard spot and put it on his back. Coby White has ramped up massively ever since Zach Lavine went down with an injury. The offense has flown through him and the scoring is padding his stats including beyond the arc.
This is not the same guy we saw last season and the usage rates are showing it. In regards to the matchup, it is in his favor where we saw Jamal Murray and De'Aaron Fox have double-digit scoring games. Expect a double-digit scoring outing as well for White and the DraftKings price tag will go up for him after this game.
Other Options- Luka Donic and Kyrie Irving
SG - Kelly Oubre Junior, $5,800, Philadelphia 76ers
Patrick Beverley ➡️ Kelly Oubre Jr. two-hand jam 💥 pic.twitter.com/nXiUJURfO3
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 3, 2024
Kelly Oubre Jr. is back from a scary accident that occurred in November of last year. He's now back in full form, and it has shown last month. Last game, De'Anthony Melton was out and will be once again on this slate.
Due to the injury of Melton's injury, Oubre is in line for a larger workload. To take a peek into the last game, he earned 31 DraftKings points and his three-point shot was on fire. As long as the three-point shot is falling, his DraftKings points will be rising and the minutes are completely going to be in line for him.
SF - Simone Fontecchio, $5,300, Utah Jazz
The 28-year-old Italian is making a name for himself on the Utah Jazz. This isn't the first time he has been a core piece in my DraftKings lineups. In regards to this slate, Fontecchio is starting for the Utah Jazz once again and is a value piece.
In the past three games, the minutes have been over 28, and in those games, he is having huge games. To add to the fact of the recent games, he has nothing less than 30 DraftKings points. Roster Fontecchio and the steals, rebounds, and points are smashing at a high clip. The Utah Jazz have no reason but to not continue to start him.
Other Options- Caris Levert and Jayson Tatum
PF - OG Anunoby, $6,200, New York Knicks
OG Anunoby's stats vs. Los Angeles:
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) March 11, 2023
It felt weird and different to type OG Anunoby as a New York Knick. That will take some time to get used to but we aren't here to break down the trade haha! I will say though, that Anunoby has shined in the Big Apple.
In the two games he has played for the New York Knicks, he has eclipsed over 30 DraftKings points making his presence felt. Anunoby has always been a defensive player but the three-point shooting has worked in his favor. Just like a new year in 2024, a new team, a new Anunoby for our lineups!
C - Nick Richards, $5,700, Charlotte Hornets
The 2020 NBA second-round draft pick has been inconsistent throughout his career. This year though the injuries on the Charlotte Hornets have made room for Nick Richards to see increased minutes as well as starting at center. The injury to Mark Williams is making the most impact for Richards.
In five out of the six games, Richards has seen over 30 minutes in each matchup. He isn't the flashiest or high-performance making player but the minutes are what is making him a valuable piece to our lineup. He is boom or bust as we have seen on his DraftKings points with a high recently of 40 and then a low of 8 DraftKings points. Boom Richards boom!
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