Top NBA DFS Picks and Advice for Wednesday, January 12, 2022

| January 12, 2022 8:17 am PDT

Wednesday’s NBA slate could be very chaotic. There are nine games, and the most reputable NBA betting sites have none of them slated with a spread over seven points.

Six of those games have a total north of 220, too.

It’s going to be a wild ride, folks. There are some big names already sidelined for tonight’s action, and knowing the NBA, some more big dominos are sure to fall.

Be sure to be ready to adapt on the fly, but setting your foundation early still makes sense. I’ll help by pushing out my top NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and free lineup for January 12, 2022.

NBA DFS Picks for Wednesday Night

  • Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Wizards ($6k)
  • Tyler Herro, SG, Heat ($7.8k)
  • Kyle Kuzma, SF, Wizards ($8k)
  • Kevin Durant, PF, Nets ($11k)
  • Joel Embiid, C, 76ers ($11.2k)

Dinwiddie smashed last night, putting up over 46 fantasy points in 34 minutes. His price hasn’t budged, though, despite Bradley Beal set to miss another game.

That makes him uber chalk for the second straight slate, so the fade in GPPs isn’t that wild. It also could serve as “getting too cute”, and a date with the Magic is pretty appealing.

I probably won’t be fading Dinwiddie, and it’ll be tough to get away from Tyler Herro, as well. Both he and Kyle Lowry are in play, as Jimmy Butler is already ruled out for Wednesday.

Herro has been tough to get right this year, but he sure woke up in his last game.

The price has gone up, but with Butler out, Herro is going to be one of the best plays on the board.

Kuz chalk never dies, it seems. Kuzma isn’t actually a good player, but he is crushing it in NBA DFS lately. Beal is still out, Kuz’s price has weirdly dropped, and he gets to face an Orlando squad he’s worked to the tune of 49 fantasy points per game in two meetings this year.

KD and Embiid are my two favorite studs on this slate. It remains to be seen if there is enough value available to comfortably get them both in your NBA DFS lineups.

Durant would probably be the pick if both Kyrie Irving and James Harden sit, but Embiid gets the best matchup possible against the Hornets. I love both, though, so playing the ownership game may ultimately be the way to go here.

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for 1/12

  • Patty Mills, PG, Nets ($4.8k)
  • Caleb Martin, SG, Heat ($4.4k)
  • Joshua Primo, SF, Spurs ($4k)
  • Onyeka Okongwu, PF, Hawks, ($3.9k)
  • Mo Wagner, C, Magic ($3.5k)

The value isn’t amazing as I write this. However, Patty Mills does stand out if one or both of Irving and Harden end up sitting. Mills should approach 30 minutes regardless, but he’d see a much larger role if that’s the case.

San Antonio is one of the better sources of value right now, as they’re without several guys.

Joshua Primo, Lonnie Walker IV, and Bryn Forbes all could help you save cash, but picking out of that trio will be like playing roulette.

Maxi Kleber offers a little value with Kristaps Porzingis still out, but the guy I’d really be eager to roster is Okongwu. He logged 38 minutes last game, and Clint Capela is listed as doubtful to suit up tonight.

Mo Wagner may be an even better play, of course.

Both Wendell Carter and Mo Bamba have been ruled out for tonight, which should vault Wagner into a prominent role against a weak Wizards frontcourt.

Top NBA DFS Lineup for January 12, 2022

  • PG: Spencer Dinwiddie – Wizards ($6k)
  • SG: Tyler Herro – Heat ($7.8k)
  • SF: Kyle Kuzma – Wizards ($8k)
  • PF: Kevin Durant – Nets ($11k)
  • C: Mo Wagner – Magic ($3.5k)
  • G: Joshua Primo – Spurs ($4k)
  • F: Onyeka Okongwu – Hawks ($3.9k)
  • UTIL: Kevin Porter Jr. – Rockets ($5.8k)

I think rostering one stud is the right approach at this point. KD is my favorite stud right now, but if Harden and/or Irving are in, I’d definitely think about switching to Embiid.

One way or another, though, I am probably paying for one of them and building from there.

Dinwiddie, Wagner, and Okongwu all feel like good (or at least necessary) chalk. Herro is a bit riskier with his elevated price tag, but with no Butler, I’m down for the risk.

Primo helps make this lineup work, but I will gladly ditch him for superior values once they make themselves known. KPJ is a fine value, but I’d also be okay with getting away from him.

I like this lineup as it stands, but you should be open to making changes based on news going into lock. As always, it also makes a lot of sense to keep tabs on line and total changes at the top NBA betting sites.

Noah Davis

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