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Best lineup strategy for Pacers vs. Suns NBA Showdown

We go over how to construct your lineup for Wednesday night’s featured Showdown contest between IND-PHX.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker looks on against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena.  Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

How many points will Devin Booker score against the Pacers tonight? Well, it may not be so easy for Book to get up over 30 points, but he’s been doing it pretty consistently lately. Booker is one point shy of four straight games of over 30 points. He’ll be tough to slow down, but Indiana has the right personnel. Let’s take a look at how to go about lineup building for tonight’s DraftKings Showdown contest between the Pacers and Suns.

Who is the top pick at Captain?

Domantas Sabonis ($14,400)

The Suns don’t have much size in the front court outside of Deandre Ayton ($15,000), so this is an easy spot for Sabonis. He’s coming off a poor outing, so his price is below both Booker and Ayton in the Captain’s slot. Sabonis has just as high a ceiling as both Suns studs, showcased by a triple-double a few games ago against the Nuggets. I think both Booker and Ayton will have a tough time with Indiana’s defense, making them better UTIL plays.

Who should I stack with Sabonis?

Myles Turner ($6,200)

As I mentioned, the Suns depth in the front court isn’t very good with Aron Baynes sidelined. Turner’s price is way down, so this is a value we can take advantage. If you stack both Turner and Sabonis, you basically corner most of the rebounds and blocks for the Pacers, which seems like a decent strategy in this contest. I also like TJ Warren ($7,000) in this spot against his former team.

Where can I find value in this contest?

Doug McDermott ($3,800)

The Suns are among the worst teams in the NBA in terms of 3PT% allowed to opponents. With that in mind, we can lean on a decent 3-point shooter in McDermott, who has played at least 21 minutes in three straight games. McDermott exploded for 24 points against the Nuggets, hitting six 3-pointers in the process. McDermott is a risky play, but considering the type of savings we get, it’ll help us pay up for players like Sabonis, Booker, Malcolm Brogdon ($8,800) and Ricky Rubio ($9,400).

Who should I fade?

Kelly Oubre Jr. ($8,600)

Oubre is working his way back from a concussion and it may have an impact on him in tonight’s game. He returned to the lineup and played 36 minutes against the Spurs on Monday, but only had 15 points and eight rebounds. If we’ve got this many options to spend money on in one game, it’ll be hard to pick Oubre over some of the other players — Sabonis, Booker, Brogdon, Ayton, Rubio. I think you should focus on building around 2-3 of those players, so Oubre is the odd-man out.