The NBA Five And Dime for Wednesday, December 14

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We have a 10-game slate of NBA action on Wednesday 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

I would have no problem sticking with Dragic in his third straight game after he essentially blew up for 34 points and 5 assists to carry Miami to a win over Washington on Monday. It seems as though HC Eric Spoelstra talked to his PG about being more aggressive going to the basket, and that's translated to much-improved production on the court and in DFS terms. Dragic draws another great matchup tonight against Jeff Teague and a Pacers team that gives up the tenth-most PPG (23.13) and FPPG (44.17) to opposing PGs while coughing up the 7th most PPG (107.1) overall this season. He's a great mid-tier option with upside if this game turns into another shootout.

Now we get to the veritable bevy of value plays available on this full slate. The Cavs are apparently going to rest LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for this road game tonight, which opens up huge opportunity for young players such as Liggins, Kay Felder and Iman Shumpert as well as veterans J.R. Smith and Channing Frye. It's doubtful that Cleveland will keep this game very close without any of their big 3, but the 28-year-old Liggins will probably see heavy minutes regardless of the score. He managed to produce 3 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 21.15 DK points (20 FD points) to exceed value with just Irving last night, and he's bound to pile up peripheral stats if given 30-plus minutes again this evening.

The player aptly nicknamed DFS came through as the best value play of the night on Monday and helped yours truly cash big in a couple of tournaments on DraftKings and FanDuel. It's hard to fade Finney-Smith in a tougher matchup tonight after his price tag barely increased and the Mavericks remain banged up with Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut nowhere close to returning. The 6-foot-8 UDFA is hustling all over the court and piling up peripheral stats with 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals over his last 2 appearances, so give him a look as yet another excellent value option this Wednesday.

Gasol should be lightly owned tonight because the Cavs (+6.5) could wind up on the wrong end of a blowout loss, but Big Spain should be well rested after sitting out on Tuesday and he should play a full slate of minutes as long as this game remains relatively close. While he's out there, Gasol is unquestionably the most valuable Grizzlies appear to use, as he's averaging 25.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 5.8 APG and 3.0 BLK/STL per game over his last 5 appearances. The Cavs are posting good DvP numbers against opposing centers, but that's with the glue of LeBron and Kevin Love anchoring their team defense, so things should open up considerably with those starters inactive tonight.

The Dime

Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousin are out tonight, which makes Casspi worth a look as a potential value play. Casspi seems to have a more secure role on offense and he's been solid lately with averages of 10.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 20.7 DK PPG while playing 23 MPG off the bench for the Kings over his last 5 appearances. Now he could get a chance to start and see 30-plus minutes in a game with a 218.5-point Over/Under and he's yet another punt play to consider on either main DFS site.

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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.