It’s the first slate back from the All-Star Break and we’re on our way toward the NBA playoffs. We’ve got six games to start us off Thursday night and the late game of the bunch is the Houston Rockets traveling to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors. Normally, this would be a highly anticipated matchup, but injuries and trades have taken a lot out of it. Still, the Rockets are looking for some revenge after being embarrassed by the Dubs on Christmas Day. Let’s go over how to craft a winning lineup for tonight’s Showdown contest on DraftKings.
Who should I use in the Captain’s spot?
Eric Gordon ($6,300; Q)
I know James Harden ($19,200) and Russell Westbrook ($17,100) will be the chalk. That’s the easy way to go — playing one of those studs in the Captain slot. If Gordon returns to the lineup — which he should considering the week off — then I like this matchup. The Dubs don’t have guards who can defend the perimeter, so Gordon should get a lot of open looks if he’s playing a full workload. If the Rockets go up big, Gordon could see some garbage time since he’s been out. This could limit what Harden and Russ are capable of ceiling-wise.
Note: Gordon is unlikely to play Thursday vs. the Warriors. I’d say Captain Harden or Russ and stack them together if Gordon is out.
Who should I stack?
James Harden ($12,800) and Russell Westbrook ($11,400)
I think you need to try and fit these two into your lineup somewhere. If you’re only going with one, I’d lean Harden since he was the hot player prior to the break, going for 40 points in three of six games. Westbrook went for at least 36 points in three straight appearances before the ASB. This game should be fast paced and again, the Dubs are going to throw guys like Ky Bowman, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole at Harden and Westbrook defensively. That just won’t end well for Golden State.
Where can I find value?
Eric Paschall ($5,200)
There’s really no reason for the Dubs not to give Paschall plenty of minutes the rest of the season. He was looking like a standout rookie before injuries and inconsistency set in. He played nearly 27 minutes in the game prior to the break and I think we’ll see that type of playing time with around 20% usage on most nights for Paschall. The Rockets are going extreme small ball, so a big like Paschall should be fine matching up to player in his size range.
Who should I fade?
Draymond Green ($8,400)
Whenever I fade Green, he makes me pay. Well, that was the case the past two Showdown’s I wrote up. It’s just hard to trust his inconsistent games at this price point. Green had three duds prior to the break and really only thrives against weaker competition. This isn’t a bad matchup since the Rockets lack size and Green is undersized himself for a forward. Still, I think in order for Green to return value he’ll need to get close to a triple-double since his scoring isn’t there. I also like players in his price range better like Marquese Chriss ($8,000) and Robert Covington ($7,400).