NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 12/8/2021

NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 12/8/21, including Joel Embiid, De'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 12/8/21, including Joel Embiid, De'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. / Jared C. Tilton/GettyImages

The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing. If you're looking for some advice on your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

NBA DFS 12/8/2021

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Wednesday, 12/8, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 12/8

Joel Embiid Fantasy

Target Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers ($10,400): The Charlotte Hornets are the perfect matchup for Joel Embiid, and he showcased why on Dec. 6 with a whopping 71.5 FanDuel fantasy points. Embiid thrived as a scorer (43 points) and facilitator (7 assists) in that game while dominating on the boards (15 rebounds). Charlotte is in the top 2 for most opponents PPG and RPG given up, making Embiid a top target tonight.

De'Aaron Fox Fantasy

Target De'Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings ($7,800): De'Aaron Fox has put up at least 17 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in each of his last three games, and he should keep the good times going on Wednesday. The Orlando Magic own one of the league's worst defenses, giving up 111.1 points (sixth-highest mark among teams) per game. That sets Fox up to feast in scoring and setting up his teammates. Throw in the fact that both of these teams play at a top-10 pace, and that should mean ample opportunities for Fox to impress in the boxscore.

Dennis Smith Jr. Fantasy

Target Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,500): Dennis Smith Jr. is an incredible value given the Portland Trail Blazers' injury woes at guard. CJ McCollum is now sidelined along with Damian Lillard, clearing the way for Smith to see a huge workload. Smith has played at least 36 minutes in each of the past two games, averaging 17.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 5.0 RPG and 2.0 SPG in that span. Portland doesn't have many more appealing options, and DSJ has proven he's capable of leading the offense for now.

Anthony Edwards Fantasy

Avoid Anthony Edwards, SF/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves ($8,300): Anthony Edwards hasn't quite lit it up recently. He's scored more than 21 points just once over his last six games, and he's caught the turnover bug with an average of 3.5 TOs in that span as well. Edwards' mini-slump is bad news heading into a matchup with the Utah Jazz, who rank in the top 10 for fewest PPG allowed and hold opponents to the 10th-worst field goal percentage. Edwards is too hard to trust against this elite defensive unit.

Nikola Vucevic Fantasy

Avoid Nikola Vucevic, C, Chicago Bulls ($9,000): Nikola Vucevic draws a matchup of his own that could pose serious problems. Much of Vucevic's fantasy upside is tied to his efforts on the boards (10.6 RPG), but he's failed to grab more than 7 rebounds in two of his last three games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a top rebounding team, as they've given up the ninth-fewest RPG to opponents this season. Their frontcourt of Jarret Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen and Kevin Love severely limits Vucevic's rebounding potential on Wednesday.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 12/8

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 12/8: 

PG: De'Aaron Fox ($7,800)
PG: Dennis Smith Jr. ($5,500)
SG: Cade Cunningham ($7,000)
SG: Desmond Bane ($5,800)
SF: Scottie Barnes ($7,700)
SF: Royce O'Neale ($4,900)
PF: Willy Hernangomez ($5,000)
PF: Kyle Kuzma ($5,800)
C: Joel Embiid ($10,400)

Remaining Salary: $100

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.