NBA DFS 1-7-22 DraftKings Picks

by Desrick Rhooms Jr.
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Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome to the NBA DFS 1-7-22 DraftKings Picks article!

Today we have a nine-game slate of basketball games to build our lineups.

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be probable (illness) tonight for the Milwaukee Bucks as they face the Brooklyn Nets.

Trae Young (back) is questionable for the Atlanta Hawks matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Utah Jazz will be extremely shorthanded with Donovan Mitchell (back), Mike Conley (knee), and Rudy Gobert (health protocols) have all been ruled out tonight against the Raptors.

Luka Doncic (ankle) is doubtful for the Dallas Mavericks as they face the Houston Rockets.

NBA DFS 1-7-22 DraftKings Picks

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Nine Game Slate

Spurs @ 76ers
Jazz @ Raptors
Bucks @ Nets
Wizards @ Bulls
Timberwolves @ Thunder
Mavericks @ Rockets
Kings @ Nuggets
Hawks @ Lakers
Cavaliers @ Trail Blazers


Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, $10,700

After missing around three weeks due to COVID, Luka is back and making his presence felt. Since returning he has averaged about 20 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds per game.

Tonight he will be going up against the lowly Houston Rockets, they currently allow the most DK points to point guards and have the second-worst defensive rating in the NBA. This will also be a pace-up game for Luka as the Rockets are currently ranked third while the Mavericks are dead last.

Luka looks like the most obvious choice tonight as it almost seems too good to be true at this price. The only scare is a potential blowout but the Rockets have been competitive as of late.

If ruled out, consider: Dejounte Murray ($9,600), Darius Garland ($9,300), Jalen Brunson ($7,000)

Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings, $7,200

Haliburton has quietly been on a hot streak over the past month, averaging about 17 points and nine assists per game. During the past two weeks, he has failed only once to get a double-double.

Although he shares the backcourt with De’Aaron Fox, he has established himself as the playmaker out of the duo. In the month of December, he had nine games in which he finished with double-digit assists.

The Nuggets allow the 4th most DK points to point guards this season. One thing I love about Haliburton’s game is that he is an all-around player which comes in hand with peripheral stats, he is currently ninth in the league in steals per game.

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, $10,100

Westbrook has probably been the most discussed player this season and not for good reason, but last game he ended the game with zero turnovers. The first time he had accomplished that since 2016.

Tonight he will be facing the Hawks who have a number of players missing due to COVID and injuries. They also happen to allow the sixth most DK points and the most assists to point guards, which should be the formula for a stat-stuffing night for Russ.

In their last two games the Hawks have allowed Anfernee Simons to score a career-high 43 points against them on Monday, and last night De'Aaron Fox dropped 30.

In these last two games Russ has played more off-ball and he has limited his outside shooting, it will be interesting to see if that will change if he gets hot.


Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, $10,300

KD has continued his case for MVP  since returning from COVID, he has averaged almost 32 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Although all eyes were on Kyrie Irving’s return last game against the Pacers, it was KD who led the Nets’ comeback ending the game with 39 points. While the return of Kyrie will take away from Durant’s usage, he will be absent on road games which will be the case tonight.

This will be a revenge game for KD after losing to the Bucks last year in the playoffs in a heartbreaking series. Giannis is probable to play, if he misses tonight’s game then the basket only gets bigger for KD.

In the season opener against the Bucks, he ended the game with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, $11,600

King James just continues to defy Father Time as he has been playing out of his mind over this past month. In the month of December, he averaged almost 31 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists per game.

While the often injured Anthony Davis is out, James will be expected to hold down the frontcourt often playing center now.

As I stated earlier the Hawks roster has been limited due to injuries and COVID protocols, and the King should have his way with what they have left. The Hawks have the fourth-worst defensive rating in the league.

With the Lakers struggling all season, look for LBJ to carry the load to try to extend the Lakers’ winning streak.

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,600

With playing time being added due to injuries and COVID, Love stepped up and averaged nearly 18 points and eight rebounds per game in December.

He finished the month off scoring season-high 35 points against the Atlanta Hawks on New Year’s Eve.

While it would be foolish to play Love chasing that outcome, I do expect Love to have moderate success against this team again.

The Blazers have been a shell of themselves all year and have been horrid on the defensive side. They currently have the worst defensive rating in the league.

Love and the rest of the big men on the Cavaliers should be able to bully their way against the thin Blazers roster.

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