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Best lineup strategy for Celtics vs. Pelicans NBA simulation Showdown

The Celtics and Pelicans square off in a Tuesday NBA simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson waits to enter the game against the Boston Celtics during the second half at the Smoothie King Center.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans will face off in a sim Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest that will be played in the snow. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before tip.

Captain’s Pick

Zion Williamson ($15,900)

I love rocking Zion in these simulation Showdowns because the format really favors him. Williamson only has only played in 19 games as a rookie this season and most of those box scores are pretty solid. Even the ones in which he only plays 20-28 minutes, great production. So the smaller sample size gives us a really nice floor for the Captain’s spot. I’m cool paying up, the ownership will be spread out since there are a lot of good options.

Fade of the Game

Gordon Hayward ($9,900)

Hayward has dealt with injuries this season and really doesn’t have much of a ceiling for these contests. He’s not going to kill your lineup and he’s a decent price in the FLEX spot, but at Captain, it’s just way too much to be paying for a player that probably only gets between 30-40 DKFP on any given night.

Value Picks

Lonzo Ball ($5,200) — Ball is criminally underpriced in this contest. I feel like I type that sentence a lot in these sims. Ball has triple-double upside and is priced under $6K. Honestly, in an actual Showdown contest, Ball would likely be at least $1K more in price. At least! Ball’s a great way to get a balanced lineup in there. Stacking the Pels looks like the way to go since we don’t need to worry about the Celts defense.

Derrick Favors ($3,000) — We’re going all-in on the Pelicans because these prices are too good to pass up. Favors is $3K AND LEADS THE TEAM IN REBOUNDING WITH 9.9 PER GAME. He’s almost averaging a double-double this season in 45 games. That type of floor and we only pay $3K? Come on people ...