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Best lineup strategy for Pacers vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

We take a look at how to construct a winning lineup for Friday night’s featured DraftKings Showdown between Indiana and Golden State.

Indiana Pacers PG Malcolm Brogdon is sidelined tonight vs. the Golden State Warriors. Normally if a team was missing one of its best players we’d expect them to be in a bad spot, right? Nope. That’s the beauty of NBA DFS! Not that I want to see Brogdon out — I’ve always been high on him out of UVA — but his absence opens up a lot of value in this contest. Let’s take a look at how to construct the best lineup to cash on DraftKings DFS Showdown.

Who should I play at Captain?

Domantas Sabonis ($10,400)

Sabonis is the highest priced option and there aren’t many to pay up for at Captain. With Brogdon out, Sabonis should see the majority of the work on offense and this is a great matchup against a Warriors team that gets killed on the glass. Golden State is allowing north of 50 rebounds per game in the past 10 contests. The Dubs also get killed inside, and Sabonis is shooting 53.6% from the field so far this season.

Who should I stack with Sabonis?

T.J. Warren ($7,800)

I was going to say “everybody on the Pacers” but I think Warren will do just fine. I think the chalky strategy will be to load up on Indiana in this contest and its really the only way you can make the most of your cap space. With Brogdon out, Warren will take on more offense, something he’s been doing anyway. Warren has at least 22 points in three of four games and he crushed it against his former team the Phoenix Suns last game, scoring 25 points on 32.3% usage in 30 minutes.

Where can I find value in the contest?

Aaron Holiday ($5,200)

Again, pretty cut and dry here with Brogdon out. T.J. McConnell ($6,200) is also in play given he’ll likely start for Brogdon tonight. But I like Holiday a little bit more on the savings. He normally thrives with Brogdon out and I think he’ll get some crunchtime minutes if this game is somehow close. If it’s a blowout, the Pacers will have to play some bench mob guys and Holiday could get more usage in that situation. I also don’t mind Doug McDermott ($3,800).

Who should I fade?

Draymond Green ($7,200)

I was off Dray in the previous Showdown contest and it’s not different tonight. He’s just been awful for most of the season and isn’t motivated much. He’s coming off 25 minutes at 5.4% usage against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and hasn’t had a solid performance since 2019. Maybe you could justify using Green if his price were down in the $5-6K range, but this is just too expensive.