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Christmas Day NBA Daily Fantasy Rankings from Awesemo’s Premium Big Board Tool Today| James Harden 12/25/21




The NBA DFS Big Board is a one-stop shop for building lineups. It gives each player on the slate a Points Rating, Value Rating and Leverage Rating on a scale from 1 to 100, which allows you to easily decipher some of the top options on the slate. Let us dive into some of the NBA daily fantasy rankings using the Big Board and Awesemo’s NBA Projections.

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James Harden, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

DraftKings Points Rating: 99 | FanDuel Points Rating: 98

LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant was supposed to be the headline attraction on the NBA’s Christmas slate, but COVID-19 had other plans. Durant is sidelined due to health and safety protocols, so NBA fans will have to wait a bit longer to see that showdown.

Instead, Harden will serve as the Nets’ featured attraction. He’s been activated from health and safety protocols, and he should be asked to carry a sizable workload. Harden has increased his usage rate by +9.7% with Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge off the court this season, resulting in an average of 1.42 DraftKings points per minute. In two full games without Durant, Harden has averaged 40.1 minutes and 58.63 DraftKings points per game.

Harden leads our NBA Projections in terms of raw points, and he also stands out as solid value for his price tag. He owns the top value rating on the Big Board for all players priced above $7,600 on DraftKings and $7,400 on FanDuel.

Delon Wright, PG, Atlanta Hawks

DraftKings Value Rating: 100 | FanDuel Value Rating: 99

Wright has started the past two games for the Hawks, but he hasn’t really been able to get rolling. He’s returned value in both games, scoring 26.25 and 22.25 DraftKings points, but it still feels like he has room for improvement.

Wright has seen plenty of playing time in those contests. He racked up 38.6 minutes in his first start, and he played 33.6 minutes on Thursday before exiting with an ankle injury. Wright has historically been excellent in games where he’s played at least 30 minutes, averaging 34.7 DraftKings points since the start of last season.

Wright stands out using the Boom/Bust Probability tool. He owns an optimal lineup rate of 48.4% on DraftKings and 54.2% on FanDuel, and he’s projected for less ownership on both sites. That gives him a positive leverage score across the industry.

However, we will need to monitor the injury reports to confirm that Wright will suit up. The good news is that the Hawks play in the first game of the day, so you’ll have the opportunity to adjust your lineups if he’s ruled out. Skylar Mays figures to be the biggest beneficiary in that situation, and he racked up 35.75 DraftKings points over 33.5 minutes in his last game.

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Talen Horton-Tucker, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers

DraftKings Value Rating: 94 | FanDuel Value Rating: 98

Like a nice fresh pair of socks, Horton-Tucker looks like he could be undervalued on Christmas. He grades out extremely favorably from a value perspective on the Big Board, but he’s not expected to carry much ownership. He’s currently projected for 31.4% ownership on FanDuel and 15.4% ownership on DraftKings, but his optimal lineup rate is significantly higher on both sites. Ultimately, he owns a top-two leverage score across the industry.

Horton-Tucker hasn’t played well in his past two contests, but the minutes and shot attempts have been there. He’s coming off 37.7 minutes in his last outing, but he’s shot just 6-26 from the field over his past two games. That makes him a prime candidate for some positive regression.

I’m also interested in targeting Horton-Tucker in the player prop market. His scoring prop could be a bit lower than usual given his recent shooting slump, and if that’s the case, it should grade out favorably in the Awesemo Player Prop tool.

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Looking for more NBA DFS advice tonight and the top NBA DFS picks for today? Our DFS NBA projections are updated regularly, including whenever any relevant news breaks. Check out our NBA daily fantasy sports rankings for fantasy points and values that are derived directly from Alex Baker's own NBA projections FanDuel. We also have FanDuel ownership rankings, Yahoo! NBA ownership rankings and DraftKings ownership rankings for today's slate. View our Yahoo! NBA ownership projections, our FanDuel ownership and our DraftKings NBA ownership.
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