Top NBA DFS Picks and Advice for Wednesday, December 8, 2021

| December 8, 2021 8:39 am PST

Welcome to one of the craziest NBA DFS slates of the year. Nevermind the insane 13-game schedule on the docket for NBA games on Wednesday; this slate is also riddled with high-level injuries.

Where do I even begin? Let’s just put it this way; you will not be wanting for value on this slate.

The only downside accompanying so many stars being out with injuries or illness? There are endless paths to consider. If you need a little help building your lineups, though, consider my favorite route with a look at the best NBA DFS picks and sleepers for December 8, 2021.

NBA DFS Picks for December 8

  • Kyle Lowry, PG, Heat ($7.2k)
  • Tyler Herro, SG, Heat ($7k)
  • Gordon Hayward, SF, Hornets ($7.6k)
  • P.J. Washington, PF, Hornets ($6.8k)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, C, Bucks ($11.6k)

This is such a huge slate, but I’ll start things off with Lowry and Herro. They both see usage rate bumps (2.1% and 2.8%) with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo sidelined.

Obviously a date with the Bucks won’t be easy, but they will have huge roles for a big game at home.

You can target any and all Hornets again, just like we all did on Monday. It could end up being chalky to a degree, but who cares? I won’t stack them all in the same lineup due to some price hikes, but Hayward and Washington have palatable salaries.

My stud of choice is The Greek Freak. I’ll run him back opposite of my two Heat players, so I am putting my eggs in the “this game stays close” basket.

Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Stephen Curry are all in play, too, and my decision may simply come down to ownership.

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for 12/8

  • Ayo Dosunmu, PG, Bulls ($3.9k)
  • James Bouknight, SG, Hornets ($3.8k)
  • Norm Powell, SF, Blazers ($4.8k)
  • Oshae Brissett, PF, Pacers ($3k)
  • Larry Nance, C, Blazers ($3.5k)

Are we guaranteed to get a repeat of what Dosunmu did last game (31.5 fantasy points in 42 minutes)?

No, but at this price, I am willing to take the chance. Besides, the Bulls are still severely shorthanded with DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, and Coby White all out.

I like Bouknight considerably less, but he saw 22 minutes last game, and he could be looking at even more burn in this one. Charlotte is another team starving for bodies, and Bouknight is cheap enough to take the dive.

I’d probably rather pay up for Cody Martin’s safety at $5k (ha!), but all Hornets are on the table on this slate. Norm Powell is probably the better option between the two, of course, as he will see even more work with C.J. McCollum sidelined.

Powell saw 44 minutes last game and we know he can score. His matchup with the Warriors stinks, but the role and price is right.

I am all about Oshae Brissett tonight. Not only is he a good player that proved himself last year, but he’s got momentum with his minutes climbing in each of his last three contests.

Brissett is coming off of a solid 26.5-point fantasy outing, and the Pacers have gone public about a youth movement.

There are so many centers to consider across the board, but punting at the position is an option with loads of value. One such punt could be Nance, who may see additional run due to Golden State liking to go small.

Portland is absent so many key players, though, that Nance’s solid role is bound to grow by default, anyways. Robert Covington ($3.3k) is in the same situation, and rostering multiple Blazers isn’t that crazy to close out the night.

Free NBA DFS Lineup for Wednesday Night

  • PG: Stephen Curry – Warriors ($11.4k)
  • SG: Ayo Dosunmu – Bulls ($3.9k)
  • SF: Norm Powell – Blazers ($4.8k)
  • PF: Larry Nance Jr. – Blazers ($3.5k)
  • C: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks ($11.6k)
  • G: Dennis Smith Jr. – Blazers ($5.8k)
  • F: Robert Covington – Blazers ($3.3k)
  • UTIL: Seth Curry – 76ers ($5.4k)

This lineup looks horrific, but I love it for GPPs. Golden State has not been shy about Stephen Curry’s chase for the three-point record, and he can break two records in one night, potentially.

Portland just has nobody. You’ll want to monitor possible returns for Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little, but if those guys remain out, stacking the Blazers to save cash makes too much sense.

Giannis may not be totally necessary, but he’s a great pivot off of Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic, and he gives me a second set of raw points. Given the amount of value on this slate, this star-stacking approach feels like a good way to go.

Of course, if everyone ends up going this way, you could feast in the midrange with some of the plays I’ve already discussed.

Ideally, my lineup sees you cashing, and you can make the necessary changes to win on Wednesday. If you want to try your hand at making money from the NBA in other ways, hit up the best NBA sportsbooks and place some bets.

Noah Davis

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