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Best lineup strategy for Pelicans vs. Clippers NBA Showdown

Paul George could follow up his impressive performance against the Lakers with another huge game.

 Paul George of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers during a game on July 30, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers both started their seeding games one-possession losses but will look to get back on track Saturday 6:00 p.m. ET. Draftkings will have Showdown contests available for the matchup, and we go over ideal DFS lineup strategies for it below.

Captain’s Picks

Paul George ($14,700) will likely be the highest owned player in contests centered around this game. The Clippers need a serious scoring boost from him without Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell available, and PG answered the call by scoring 30 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in his last outing. He shot over 60 percent from the field on 17 shots against one of the best defensive teams in the league and logged 34 minutes.

Another quality option is Jrue Holiday ($15,000). The Clippers are struggling with with backcourt depth and had to lean on Reggie Jackson for 34 minutes against the Lakers. Holiday has a clear advantage over him and Patrick Beverley and shouldn’t draw matchups with Kawhi Leonard or Paul George like Brandon Ingram will. He should get plenty of exposure and will likely play more minutes than any other pelican.

FLEX Options

Jaxson Hayes ($1,200) can give you tremendous value at center. He nearly split the center minutes with Derrick Favors down the middle in his last appearance and played 20 minutes. He could see more time if this game gets out of hand early, and Jahlil Okafor doesn’t appear to threaten his productivity.

Although Beverley was active against the Lakers, Jackson ($5,800) took the bulk of the point guard minutes. Jackson has two elite wings at his disposal. New Orleans has given up the third most DKFP to small forwards this year.