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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Celtics NBA Showdown

We go over how to craft a winning lineup for Thursday night’s featured DraftKings Showdown between L.A. and Boston.

We’ve got just two games before the All-Star Break kicks in and the Clippers head to Boston to take on the Celtics. These are two teams trending in different directions a bit. The Clippers have been off, allowing more points on defense and taking some bad losses to the Timberwolves and Kings. They’ll be without Patrick Beverley, who is the only player on the injury report as of this afternoon. The Celtics are healthy and had won seven straight games prior to losing to the Rockets earlier this week. Let’s get into some lineup strategy for tonight’s featured Showdown contest on DraftKings.

Captain’s Pick

Montrezl Harrell ($7,800)

I like paying down a bit at Captain and going with Harrell. If there’s a weakness for the Celtics it’s in the front court. Boston doesn’t have many experienced bigs outside of Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, and neither player is imposing on defense. Harrell is cheap considering his role with the Clippers and his ceiling is upwards of 40-45 fantasy points. The savings we get also allows us to fill in our lineup with studs in Kawhi Leonard ($10,800), Jayson Tatum ($9,800), Paul George ($9,600) and Kemba Walker ($8,600).

Value plays

JaMychal Green ($2,600)

If you’re going to fit in a ton of studs — which I think is the ideal lineup construction — then you’ll need to pay down at at least one spot. Green and Grant Williams ($3,200) are the ideal candidates by default really. Neither has much upside, but both are capable of putting up 15-20 fantasy points in 12-15 minutes. If you aren’t going to play Harrell in the Captain spot, he’s a decent value play at $5,200 along with fellow front court mate Ivica Zubac ($4,800).