Posted on Leave a comment

Paydirt NBA DFS Triple Threat 12.20.2022

Welcome to the NBA DFS Triple Threat here at Paydirt! This is going to be a daily article aimed at giving thoughts and notes on three important aspects of the NBA DFS slate. We will talk through the most popular player on the slate, a great value play, and a situation you need to monitor to find success. This article is best used with the projections models here at Paydirt (Found here), but it will still be valuable even as a one off piece of content. While the focus is on Draftkings, the content is applicable to Fanduel as well. Costs, Projections, and finishing percentiles format will be Draftkings/Fanduel.

Main Points:

  • Mikal Bridges has received a 4.1% usage bump in 3 games without Devin Booker this season. Bridges is priced like Booker is playing, so with him ruled out on such a short slate Bridges becomes one of many attractive options on the Phoenix Suns that are now underpriced for the increase in role they're stepping into. Expect Bridges to be one of the most popular plays on tonight's slate.
  • Damion Lee is expected to start in place of the injured Devin Booker tonight and he is just $4,300 on Draftkings. Lee has been effective in the few games that Booker has missed so far this season. The Suns really don't have a lot of offensive options when Booker misses time, so Lee should see some decent volume on offense and is a great value play tonight. Should Landry Shamet start instead he becomes a similar play to what Lee is now.
  • Deandre Ayton receives the largest usage bump when Booker is out. Ayton's usage skyrockets from 22.7% all the way up to 30.6% when Booker is off the floor. That 7.9% difference leads the Suns, and therefore Ayton is underpriced in a game without Devin Booker. However, Ayton is working back from injury and we can't expect much more than 32 minutes in a close game. Due to this, and due to the other attractive high-priced centers on this slate going overlooked, it's worth considering a fade on a very chalky Ayton tonight.

Depending on the size of the slate, there may be multiple situations, value plays, and popular options that you need to consider. Join the Paydirt discord with this link for more updates and game theory on all the slates details:

NBA Cash Game Core:

This core of players will help you build a strong foundation in cash games. While it is best to use all these players, it's not a requirement

Jordan Poole

Mikal Bridges

Deandre Ayton

Damion Lee

Demar Derozan


This core of players will help you build in differentiation in your lineups. These players are meant to be mixed in with some of the stronger chalk options. How many of these players you put in is  dependent on the size of the field and personal risk tolerance. 

PG: Ja Morant, Killian Hayes, Cory Joseph

SG: Bradley Beal, Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo

SF: Bojan Bogdanovic, Saddiq Bey, Haywood Highmsith

PF: Nikola Jovic, Kyle Kuzma, Jeff Green

C: Nikola Jokic, Steven Adams, Kristaps/Gafford

Popular DFS Play: Mikal Bridges

Price: $6,500/$7,500
Own%: 44.85%/35.12%

DFS Value Play: Damion Lee

Price: $4,300/$4,100
5x%: 54.50%/68.10%

Player to avoid in DFS: Deandre Ayton

Price: $7,600/$8,000
LevX: -19.79/ -27.10

NBA DFS final thoughts

There is still plenty of injury news we need to wait on (like always). But with Devin Booker already ruled out, several of the Suns will be very chalky tonight. Depending on how late the rest of the injury news comes, it may be beneficial to leave yourself flexibility for equally as good value at much lower ownership. The field is less likely to react to news after lock, so if Jamal Murray, Kristaps, or anyone else is ruled out after lock, getting off of Suns chalk for equally as good of value at a major ownership discount may give you a big leg up on the field. Good luck tonight!

Powerful tools for every sport

One site, one affordable price

Join Free by signing up below for 3 days of full access!

  • Make decisions using a players full range of outcomes, not just their median projection.
  • Use actionable metrics based on leverage that help you identify mistakes the field is making and leverage them for your own success.
  • Have access to experts in the field along with coaching opportunities to build your process.
  • Jump in the Paydirt community discord and join conversations around your favorites sports all day, every day, for free.

Leave a Reply