The NBA Five And Dime for Wednesday, December 21

Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore

We have an 8-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

Whether you need a safe mid-tier play or an upside value at the PG position, Rubio could be your guy tonight. This is definitely a game to target with the Wolves rolling offensively and Atlanta playing with increasing pace, as the Hawks cough up the second-most FPPG (50.92) to opposing PGs this season. Dennis Schroder is a generally awful individual defender at this point in his young career and Rubio is finally playing well as the general of a capable Minnesota offense.

Those who love a good revenge narrative will be all over Matthews in one of his first return trips to Portland as an enemy. The Blazers didn't exactly stand by their former Iron Man after he tore his achilles and you can bet that Matthews has this game circled on his calendar. The Mavericks sniper is shooting 42.5% from three-point range over his last two months of play and he's averaging 15.3 PPG while playing 34.5 MPG over his last 6 appearances. The Blazers are ranked dead last in defensive rating and give up the second-most PPG (113.4) in the NBA, plus Portland is coming off an exhausting shootout loss to Boogie Cousins and the Kings and might struggle to close out on shooters such as Matthews tonight.

The Blazers had a log jam at SF to open the season, but with both Evan Turner (ankle) and Al-Farouq Aminu (back) dealing with injuries, Harkless emerged as a great DFS play on Tuesday. He dropped 11 points with 10 rebounds over just 24 minutes before fouling out last night, and could see 30-plus minutes if both Turner and Aminu remain inactive on the second half of this B2B set. Dallas is a mediocre defensive team and Portland should have no trouble getting out into transition after stopping the Mavericks last-placed scoring offense, while Harkless is definitely at his best in the open floor.

The Rockets winning streak came to an end with the Spurs playing solid defense against their "space and pace" offense. Predictably, that led to poor results for Anderson, who managed to hit just 2-of-8 FG attempts and finish with just 7 points, but the important thing to note is that he played 37 minutes in a close game. Clearly, with Clint Capela (leg) on the shelf, Houston is going to lean on Anderson to play more and take on more responsibilities as a rebounder. He should bounce back scoring the ball against a Suns team that ranks 29th in opponents 3PT shooting (.387%) this season and plays at the third-fastest pace in the league.

Who knows how long he'll stay healthy, but Nene is clearly the next man up for Houston with Clint Capela (leg) expected to miss the next couple of months. Hilario put up 10 points and 7 boards over just 17 minutes in a tough matchup against the Spurs last night and now he'll face a Suns team that is ranked 24th in defensive rating and coughs up the third-most PPG (113.1) this season. You shouldn't expect much from him on the second half of a B2B set, which actually makes teammate Montrelz Harrell ($4000/$3500) a bit more appealing as a GPP play, but Nene is a fine punt at the minimum price tag on FanDuel.

The Dime

Prices tend to rise more slowly on FanDuel, where Bazemore is still a great value and an easy choice for tournament lineups in a good matchup. Minnesota allows an above average 37.92 FPPG to opposing SFs this season and likes to play an up-and-down style that plays right into the strengths of Bazemore. After logging 30 minutes two games ago and a whopping 40 minutes in a narrow win at Oklahoma City on Monday night, it appears that Bazemore has fully recovered from his knee injury and the potential absence of Dwight Howard (back) for a second straight game could have an ancillary impact on his production 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.