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Best lineup strategy for Rockets vs. Mavericks Showdown

We break down Friday night’s featured Showdown contest between Houston and Dallas on DraftKings.

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook defends during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks close out Friday’s six-game NBA slate and we’ve got a DraftKings Showdown contest to go over. Here are some picks to help you craft your lineup.

Captain’s Pick

Luka Doncic ($18,000)

If this were 4 months ago during the regular season, we’d be doing the same thing with a. Mavericks Showdown. Even one with James Harden ($18,600) also in the same game. Doncic and Harden have similar ceilings, though The Beard is a little more expensive. Based on how the Rockets roster is looking compared to the Mavericks, I’m going to lean Doncic at Captain. He may be the highest owned player there, but we saw all the chalk hit last night in two games.

Fade of the Game

P.J. Tucker ($5,000)

Usually Tucker is a decent value play but he’s priced up a bit for the season restart. My main concern is, while Tucker is going to get a ton of minutes, he’s not a very good shooter. So even with more 3-point opportunities with Eric Gordon out, Tucker may not cash in on them. His ownership in this Showdown may be a bit high as well. I’m going to lean more on the Mavs in this contest with the Rockets’ depth an issue.

Value Picks

Dorian Finney-Smith ($4,600) — DFS was starting games at F with Dwight Powell sidelined for the Mavericks. He was actually producing at a pretty strong rate given his rebounding prowess and ability to stretch the floor a bit. He appears underpriced here given he may be in the starting lineup again and could see around 25-30 minutes depending on how the game script goes.

Ben McLemore ($2,000) — So with Eric Gordon out, there are a few ways we can attack value on the Rockets. McLemore is the more logical choice in my eyes. He may not be in the starting lineup, but he’ll likely be one of the first men off the bench with Austin Rivers. McLemore did a nice job filling in for Russell Westbrook, Gordon and others while injured during the regular season as well.