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NBA DFS Picks: FanDuel Plays December 5

Monday's slate is littered with some slower-paced affairs, but that's not the case with the Pacers-Warriors matchup in the nightcap. The projected total is 240.5, and although the Warriors are 10-point favorites, there should be at least three players worth considering in that contest, The Clippers-Hornets game is on the opposite end of the spectrum with an over/under of 217, but if Paul George and/or Kawhi Leonard turn out to be active, this total becomes reasonable over bet.

INJURIES

LAC Paul George (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE LAC Kawhi Leonard (ankle) - QUESTIONABLE LAC Norman Powell (groin) - OUT George and Leonard have both been out for a couple of weeks, but there's a chance that at least one of them will play. During their absences, the Clippers' starting lineup has been pretty static, so there's no recent pivot to mention. PHI James Harden (foot) - QUESTIONABLE PHI Tyrese Maxey (foot) - OUT Harden has hinted that he may be ready to go Monday, so this is less of an injury mention and more of a warning about Shake Milton ($6,500) and De'Anthony Melton ($5,900). We may be a game too early with these concerns because if Harden plays, his minutes could be capped. Harden's return could have a few possible consequences. Melton could remain in his usual role, or the Sixers may slide Milton over to play alongside Harden. One of these players will see a sharp decrease in production if Harden plays, and although it may be too soon to fire up Harden due to a minute limit, the eventual starting lineup is worth monitoring. MIA Jimmy Butler (knee) - QUESTIONABLE MIA Tyler Herro (ankle) - PROBABLE MIA Max Strus (shoulder) - PROBABLE The Heat are finally finding their way out of the woods injury-wise, and I'm mentioning this trio because all three of them played Friday night in a nice win over the Celtics. Casual players might fade them if the tags hold up, thus driving down roster rates. MIL Jrue Holiday (knee) - QUESTIONABLE Holiday didn't play Saturday, so we'll have to wait and see about his status for an exploitable game against the Magic. Jevon Carter ($4,600) would see more time if Holiday can't go. Khris Middleton ($7,000) will probably come back after missing a game following his season debut, so that will also help Milwaukee's cause in the event of a Holiday absence. GSW Andrew Wiggins (adductor) - QUESTIONABLE Wiggins popped up on the injury report after a dynamic 36-point performance in Saturday's win over Houston. Steve Kerr is usually cagey about injury situations, so news about Wiggins might have to wait for pre-game warmups. Anthony Lamb ($3,800) would see more time if Wiggins were to sit. ATL John Collins (ankle) - OUT This injury occurred last week, and it now looks like Collins will miss at least a week. Jalen Johnson($4,000) filled in with a double-double in 33 minutes, so he looks like one of the better pivots on the slate. ELITE PLAYERS It's business as usual at the top, as Luka Doncic ($11,900) Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800) and Joel Embiid ($11,600) are chalk in perpetuity. I wonder about Giannis in a potential blowout against Orlando, but I think it's all systems go for Doncic, who will bring his best game at home against Phoenix. As previously stated, we like the Warriors, so it's hard to fade Stephen Curry ($10,300). Ja Morant($9,800) and Trae Young ($9,600) sit slightly lower on the salary scale and are just as playable at point guard. If Embiid isn't for you, Bam Adebayo ($8,900) is in a nice matchup opposite Steven Adams, and he'll be the first center off the board in most of my lineups. Also consider: Dejounte Murray, ATL ($9,000) vs. OKC

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