Welcome to the NBA DFS 1-8-22 FanDuel Picks article!
Tonight, we've got a five-game slate with some tremendous exciting matchups.
The upcoming Hornets are facing the defending champs, and the Heat and Suns will be battling for the hottest team (cue groans for the bad joke).
So, let's set a perfect lineup and try to win some money, and enjoy tonight's great NBA action!
Milwaukee Bucks @ Charlotte Hornets
Utah Jazz @Indiana Pacers
Orlando Magic @ Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics
Miami Heat @ Phoenix Suns
NBA DFS 1-8-22 FanDuel Picks
Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons $6,700
Cade Cunningham with a pull-up 3 and a steal for the slam on back to back buckets pic.twitter.com/SxFmtZDuGx
— HIsiah Thomas (@RedAlternates) January 6, 2022
Since returning to the starting lineup (out due to health protocols), Cunningham has put up some decent numbers, averaging 15.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in his last three games.
Now he has a great matchup against the Magic, who are the second-best matchup for point guards tonight. The Magic allow 21.8 points, 8.4 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game to point guards.
Cunningham had his season debut (two points) against the Magic, which didn't go well for him. He'll be looking to change that narrative tonight against Orlando.
Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks $4,700
Kemba Walker has been dealing with a sore knee, which has led to more minutes for Alex Burk and Immanuel Quickley.
Quickley has been a solid producer with those increased minutes; he averages 13 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his last five games.
He has a decent matchup against the Celtics, who allow 23.9 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game to point guards.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns $8,700
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 7, 2022
Booker will be facing off against Duncan Robinson, and Booker has had lots of success against Robinson in previous matchups. When guarded by Robinson, Booker averages 22.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.
Even if Robinson is taken off Booker, he should succeed against Maimi. The Heat allow 23.3 points, six rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game to shooting guards.
Gary Harris, Orlando Magic $5,700
Harris has been on an impressive scoring roll right now. He averages 17.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in his last 10 games.
Now, he has a matchup against one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. The Pistons have a terrible 110.8 defensive rating and have struggled at stopping shooting guards.
The Pistons allow 22.3 points, seven rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game to shooting guards.
Kelly Oubre Jr., Charlotte Hornets $5,900
Kelly Oubre was ON FIRE tonight:
NINE threes (8 in the 4Q) 😳
24 min pic.twitter.com/E2iOZ6o081
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 6, 2022
Oubre is coming off an impressive 32 point game against the Pistons. He probably won't have that kind of game against the Bucks but should have decent enough at his current price to be valuable for DFS players.
The Bucks allow 22.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game to small forwards.
Oubre has had some success in the past against Khris Middleton. Oubre is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds when guarded by Middleton. He walked away with 25 points in their previous matchup.
Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers $4,500
Holiday is one of the cheapest starters you snag in tonight's lineup.
Usually, small forwards facing the Jazz would be players to avoid, but most of the Jazz starters are dealing with injuries. So, Holiday should be able to put decent numbers against the likes of Eric Paschall.
Jalen Smith, Phoenix Suns $6,000
Jalen Smith is busting out lately.pic.twitter.com/8lkBAic1Sn
— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) January 3, 2022
Smith has been a surprisingly consistent scorer for the Suns. He averaged 15.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and one block in his last six games. He averaged 17.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and one block in his four previous starts.
So, if Smith is in the Suns' starting lineup, he will be an automatic double-double, but even if he comes off the bench, Smith has been so good you have to take the chance on him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks $11,700
I don't really need to say a whole lot about how good Antetokounmpo is, but he has a great matchup against the Hornets tonight.
The Hornets allow 21.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game to power forwards! Giannis will probably outdo those averages.
Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic $6,100
Are we sure Mo Bamba isn't 8 feet tall?pic.twitter.com/BavjoHcD9I
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) January 6, 2022
Bamba is cheap and has had success against his foe in the paint in previous games.
He'll be facing off against Christian Wood, and Bamba averages 11 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks.
So, it's highly likely that Bamba will walk away with a double-double tonight.
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