NBA DFS 12-7-23 DraftKings Breakdown

by Cody Cook
NBA DFS 11-2-23 DraftKings Picks

The NBA in-season tournament is thriving with the Semi-Finals!  I am here to give you the NBA DFS 12-7-23 DraftKings Breakdown basketball picks! My name is Cody Cook aka @DProdiogy and I am here to discuss the highly intense two game slate!

Milwaukee Bucks are 4.5-point favorites facing off against the superstar-led Tyrese Haliburton and the Indiana Pacers. The over/under is the highest of the two games at 254 points.

Late-night Hammer features the New Orleans Pelicans against the 1.5-point favorites with the Los Angeles Lakers. It is low but the over/under is 229 points.

Our injury report lists Jalen Smith, Jae Crowder, and Pat Connaughton as out. With those highlighted players as non-options and a short injury list, let's look at the rest of the slate!

NBA DFS 12-7-2023 DraftKings Breakdown

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PG - CJ McCollum, $7,700, New Orleans Pelicans

I don't understand why the DraftKings price tag dropped $300 when it was $8,000 last game. CJ McCollum returned after his scary injury last game on 12/04/2023 posting 38.5 DraftKings points in 36 minutes. He looked like he didn't miss a step in his game.

The low-scoring total may scare people off of this game coming in at 229 points, but he can be a sneaky option in the mid-range in your DraftKings lineups. With a team-high in assists last game, look for him to bolster your lineup with stats all around. Minutes will be playoff-like for the New Orleans Pelicans because of the NBA in the tournament Semi-Finals. For example, he saw the second-most minutes in the Quarter Finals game.

Other Options- Tyrese Haliburton and Damian Lillard

SG - Trey Murphy III, $4,900, New Orleans Pelicans

I noted the over/under above talking about CJ McCollum but I am going right back to the New Orleans Pelicans team. Troy Murphy III has not seen a lot of action this season. In the last two games since returning from injury, the minutes were 22 in his first game to 30 in the last game.

Quality minutes is the key for this tournament and despite not starting, the minutes trended up for him. Off the bench, the production was needed for the win against the Sacramento Kings as he earned the most minutes off the bench . For example, he had 16 real life points with a block to pad his stats. Bench role players for the win!

Other Options- Malik Beasley and Austin Reaves 

SF - Bruce Brown, $5,800, Indiana Pacers

Bruce Brown has been a massive addition to the Indiana Pacers team this season. He earned an NBA Championship ring with the Denver Nuggets last season and is now seeing all the minutes he can get from the Indiana Pacers. The versatile guard and forward is expected to be the number two guy next to Tyrese Haliburton.

In a surprising win against the Boston Celtics, despite the poor shooting from him, the steals and rebounds made up for it. The in-season NBA tournament, the defensive upside has been a key point of his DraftKings points. You can count on the lockdown defense and steals from him as a core piece of your lineup.

Other Options- Buddy Hield and Herbert Jones

PF - Aaron NeSmith, $4,400, Indiana Pacers

It is time to get another value piece as a core piece to our DraftKings lineups. Just like Bruce Brown, Aaron NeSmith found a new home coming from Boston to now Indiana. Aaron NeSmith and Bruce Brown are very similar players to me based on the way they play.

As to why they are similar, the defensive production is a huge piece to their playing time. The lights-out shooting last game with 6-10 FG was a sight to see. The high percentage FG percentage earned him the most minutes off the bench. Indiana Pacers played a tight rotation with Bennedict Mathurin seeing 27 minutes off the bench. The only other two players off the bench saw 7 and 9 minutes. Expect a tight rotation for the Indiana Pacers once again while looking to move to the Finals of the NBA In-Season tournament!

Other Options- Obi Toppin and Bobby Portis 

C - Giannis Antetokounmpo, $11,000, Milwaukee Bucks

The time has come at the center position to add the All-Star capable player into our DraftKings lineups. Giannis Antetokounmpo at a discounted DraftKings price tag. One might say I am crazy saying $11,000 DraftKings is not a discount but it dropped $400 since the last game.

Indiana Pacers play at an incredible pace in previous as to why the over/under is coming in highest of the two-game slate at 254 points. He is in the top 5 with points per game at 30.2 points and nothing short of 60 DraftKings points in the past five games. The matchup screams another 60 DraftKings points outing. Greek Freak is the stud that can take over a game rather quickly!

Other Options- Brook Lopez and Anthony Davis

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