The NBA Five And Dime for Friday, December 16

Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor

We have a 10-game slate of NBA action on Friday night, and there are plenty of big prizes up for grabs on DraftKings and FanDuel. The Five and Dime highlights several players that will likely be part of winning lineups, and one "sleeper" selection that could jettison a GPP lineup towards the top of the leaderboard.

The Five

He might not have as much upside as some of the other top PGs on the board tonight, but Schroder seems to have just as high of a floor. The Hawks PG is rolling with averages of 21.5 PPG, 8 APG and 41.5 DK PPG over his last 4 appearances and is playing as close to the full game as his young legs can handle. Tonight, Schroder and the Hawks should get into a high-scoring battle with a Raptors team that is suddenly atop the league in offensive rating and is averaging the third-most PPG (111.9) on the season. Atlanta can score with the best of them and Toronto gives up the eighth-most PPG (23.61) to opposing PGs, so look for Schroder to take it to Kyle Lowry and to give up plenty of production from the Raps floor general as well.

While DeMarcus Cousins (rest) should return to the Kings lineup tonight, both Rudy Gay (hip) and Ben McLeomore (quad) are doubtful to suit up, opening up more minutes and opportunities for the same fill-ins that exceeded value during "Rest-Gate" on Wednesday. Temple was the most productive per dollar play in a Kings uniform, as he produced 20 points and 31 DK points (26.4 FD points) over 30 minutes in a blowout loss at Houston. He played 30 minutes in the Kings previous game and should be able to put up solid peripheral stats against a shorthanded Grizzlies team even if Cousins takes the bulk of the shots for Sacramento.

Finney-Smith nearly turned in a disastrous outing with just 2 rebounds and a turnover in the first half against Detroit on Wednesday, but Mavs HC Rick Carlisle stuck with his young wing and DFS came through for his coach and his DFS owners with solid play down the stretch to produce 17.5 DK points (15.5 FD points) and meet value at this modest price tag. He draws another brutal matchup on the road in Utah, but since scoring is an afterthought for the 6-foot-8 UDFA, Finney-Smith could still meet value in a low-scoring grindfest out in Salt Lake City. Give him a look for salary relief tonight.

Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo both played nearly perfect games in a big win over Chicago last night and they'll go on the road with the advantage against an aging Bulls team while playing on 0 days rest. Parker is a Chicago native, who will undoubtedly pack the stands with friends and family in a homecoming game this evening and should be able to build on his stellar efforts of late. He's converted 11 FGs and scored at least 27 points in 3 of his last 4 appearances, as he's shooting 50% (34-for-68) from the field during that span. He's doing it inside and out, and he'll be both highly motivated and fresh for the second half of this home-and-home set against his hometown Bulls.

Okafor started alongside Joel Embiid for the first time this season and continued to exceed value with 17 points and 30.5 DK points (30.3 FD points) in a loss to the Raptors on Wednesday. Embiid is expected to play despite nagging knee and elbow injuries, but the 76ers may grow increasingly cautious with The Process and give Okafor a few more minutes to compensate for Embiid's maladies. Okafor is averaging 15.4 PPG, 7 RPG and 29.8 DK PPG while playing 28.2 MPG over his last 5 appearances and he should only get more run as the season progresses. He also happens to draw a fantastic matchup tonight against a Lakers team that ranks 29th in defensive rating and coughs up the second-most FPPG (52.99) to opposing centers this year.

The Dime

Sessions should be a very popular play with Kemba Walker expected to miss tonight's game and he's a fine option in any format at this price tag. The veteran PG is only averaging 14.5 MPG behind Kemba this season, but he's averaging 13.2 points. 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals per 36 minutes and he should see plenty of playing time in a plus matchup tonight. The Celtics are hoping to get Isaiah Thomas (groin) back, which would improve their offense, but diminish their defense against opposing PGs this evening. Either way, Sessions is clearly ahead of Brian Roberts on Charlotte's depth chart and he's a great value play to consider tonight.

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Nathaniel Weitzer

Nathaniel Weitzer

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player that specializes in Daily NBA and MLB advice. He's currently working as a sports journalist in Boston, but writing about fantasy sports is way better than doing "human interest" pieces on local athletes, so he contributes to multiple fantasy sites on a daily basis. Follow him @nweitzer7 for year-round fantasy sports advice.

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