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NBA GPP Pivots: Wednesday, Dec. 22

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: December 22, 2021, 3:05 pm ET

Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We will be looking at Wednesday’s six-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Cole Anthony - Orlando (at Atlanta) 

Anthony is questionable for this game. We’ll obviously need to see some news that he’s playing before locking him into our lineups. If Anthony is starting, then I believe he’ll be an underrated fantasy asset on this six-game slate. Most people are gravitating towards Jrue Holiday, Tyrese Haliburton, or a value pick at point guard. Anthony has flexed 40-50 FP upside several times this season, and now he’s facing a thin Atlanta backcourt that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Keep an eye on this situation. 

SHOOTING GUARD

Cam Reddish - Atlanta (vs. Orlando) 

I just mentioned how Atlanta is short-handed tonight. Trae Young is out as well as De’Andre Hunter, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari, and Clint Capela. That’s quite the list, and it forces Reddish into a prominent role around 30 minutes. He has seen more than 25 minutes four times in the past few weeks, and he’s averaging 27 FPPG in those contests. Reddish should see more playing time with increased usage to surpass that threshold tonight. Never mind the spotty game log, he’s a solid pick in a nice matchup vs. Orlando. 

SMALL FORWARD

Cedi Osman - Cleveland (at Boston) 

Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen are out tonight. Kevin Love is listed as questionable. Osman is a sneaky-good DFS streamer to pick up the slack in Cleveland’s frontcourt. He gains even more traction if Love is ruled out. Osman has amassed 27+ fantasy points in three of his last five games, and that represents solid value for his attainable salary. He shouldn’t have a problem flying past that mark with more opportunities. 

POWER FORWARD

Jordan Nwora - Milwaukee (vs. Houston) 

Nwora could be popular tonight, but he’s still a strong choice through all formats. His salary has climbed dramatically after hitting 35+ fantasy points in three straight. Nwora will likely continue to see starter minutes while filling in for Bobby Portis and Giannis Antetokounnmpo. He has a fantasy-friendly game with legitimate upside in points and rebounds. His 28 point, 11 rebound, and 44 FP showing against Cleveland last Saturday serves as proof. Nwora will continue to feast against a Houston team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to power forwards. 

CENTER

Alperen Sengun - Houston (at Milwaukee) 

Let’s keep an eye on Christian Wood’s (questionable) status for tonight. Sengun is a sneaky-good fantasy prospect either way, but he could be asked to log more minutes if Wood is inactive. Sengun has reached 40+ fantasy points in two of his last six games. Admittedly, there’s a wide range of fantasy outcomes here, but Sengun has GPP-winning upside if things are falling his way.

ALSO CONSIDER

Franz Wagner (SF - ORL) and Gary Harris (SG - ORL) are a couple of names to keep in mind. I mentioned that Anthony is questionable for the Magic tonight. If he can’t go, then more usage will fall on Wagner and Harris, prompting them as interesting value picks in tournaments. 

Ivica Zubac (C - LAC) is another GPP pivot at center if you want to shy away from Sengun’s low fantasy floor. Zubac is fresh off a cool 35 FP effort against the Spurs, and now he has an excellent matchup at Sacramento - who ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to centers and 24th in rebound rate.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.