The NBA Five And Dime for Friday, December 9

DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins

We have a 9-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

Giannis kept rolling with a triple double the other night and he's a good bet for another huge line in a fantastic matchup this evening. The Hawks give up the second-most FPPG (49.57), SPG (2.73) and fourth-most APG (9.18) to opposing PGs this season, which are just some of the categories that Antetokounmpo consistently fills. He has a huge physical advantage at 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, as he'll be going against a more typical PG in Dennis Schroder (6-foot-2) and the Hawks will be without their most athletic wing defender in Kent Bazemore (knee) tonight. The Greek Freak is averaging 22 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 6.4 APG, 3 SPG and 2.8 BPG to add up to an impressive 57.4 DK PPG over his last 5 appearances, and he's well worth a look if you can't quite afford Westbrook or Harden in their H2H matchup.

Miami has been completely socked by injuries lately with Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, James Johnson and even Luke Babbitt expected to miss another couple of games. McGruder suffered a mild ankle sprain in the Heat's loss to Atlanta two nights ago, but he "vowed" to play on Friday against the Cavs and he's clearly willing to fight through a little pain in an effort to make the most of his rare opportunity. The athletic wing out of Kansas State is only averaging 7.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.2 APG and 1.2 SPG over his last 6 appearances, but he's playing 33.2 MPG during that span and saw a season-high 39 minutes in a decisive loss on Wednesday. Cleveland (-11) could run away with this game in the second half, which would open the door for McGruder to produce more FPs in garbage time and exceed value at this modest price tag.

Raptors starting SF DeMarre Carroll is expected to sit out tonight's game after playing in a win over the Wolves last night, and that immediately vaults Powell onto the fantasy radar. The Raptors young wing is averaging 15.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 1.7 APG over his last 3 appearances on the second half of B2B sets while Carroll rested, and he's honestly a more effective offensive player than the veteran. Tonight he draws a plus matchup against a Celtics team that is struggling to defend the perimeter and has been poor defensively compared to last year's numbers. Perhaps more importantly, he's the minimum price on FanDuel and makes for a great punt play on either site given the circumstances.

While Powell was impressive with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals over just 24 minutes of run on Wednesday, the rest of his teammates did not follow suit in an embarrassing blowout loss at home. The Mavericks should bounce back as a unit against a Pacers team that gives up the sixth-most PPG (107.3) and ranks 27th in opponents 2PT FG shooting (.517%) on the season. Indiana plays at the eighth-fastest pace and coughs up the second-most RPG (13.95) to opposing PFs, so Powell has a good chance to log a double double with both Dirk Nowitzki (achilles) and Andrew Bogut (knee) out for Dallas.

If you choose to fade Westbrook or Harden out in OKC tonight, Cousins is a great consolation prize as a player with elite upside. He's been absolute on fire lately with averages of 32.3 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG and 2.7 BPG over his last 7 appearances and he nearly posted a triple double over 33 minutes as the Kings destroyed the Mavericks in Dallas on Wednesday. Gifted with a little extra rest due to the ease of that victory, he should be ready to steamroll a Knicks front line that gave up a 47-18 game to Karl-Anthony Towns last week and allows the fifth-most FPPG (48.86) to opposing centers this season. Joakim Noah and Kyle O'Quinn are simply not athletic enough to match up with Big Cuz and both of those slow-footed centers could wind up in foul trouble while the Kings superstar goes to work on the Knicks backup bigs tonight.

The Dime

With Isaiah Thomas (groin) ruled out for tonight's game, you might want to go with Marcus Smart at $5,100 on FanDuel as the Celtics starting PG. Yet Rozier is much, much cheaper on DK and he could be looking at heavy minutes off the Celtics bench with a slightly higher Usage Rate on offense. The Louisville product flourished down the stretch (albeit in garbage time) against the Magic and finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 27.75 DK points (27 FD points) to exceed value on both main DFS sites two nights ago. While he was only credited with one steal, Rozier probably caused two or three more turnovers and that should ingratiate him with HC Brad Stevens, who loves to play his best defenders heavy minutes and will be forced to give the second-year guard a longer look with Thomas inactive.

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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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