NBA Best Bets: Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook for January 7 – DraftKings Nation

It’s Thursday, which means we’ve got a short, yet fun five-game NBA slate to watch. With some exciting teams like the Lakers, Mavericks and Sixers in action, let’s survey for some player props, totals and sides to take on DraftKings Sportsbook. You can follow me on Twitter (@KennyDucey) for any late adds.

Here’s what jumps out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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The Denver Nuggets have really struggled to find their footing in the early going, only picking up wins over the Timberwolves (twice) and depleted Rockets on the young season. They’ve struggled particularly on the defensive end, where they’re allowing over 115 points per 100 possessions, ranking second-last in the NBA to only Minnesota. Although Dallas has struggled a bit on offense statistically, its offensive ranking has been weighed down because of games against tough defenses in the Suns, Lakers, Clippers and Heat. With Luka Doncic back in the lineup for a second-straight game — unlocking the potential in Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Josh Richardson and several other key members of the team — they should get right in this spot. Denver also has one of the worst point guard defenses in the league, allowing 20.9 points and 8.1 assists against the position, meaning Luka should have no problem going off in this one. The Nuggets are also an unsightly 2-5