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Best lineup strategy for Pelicans vs. Kings NBA Showdown

We go over the top DFS options for Tuesday’s Pelicans-Kings matchup.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball during the game against the Sacramento Kings on August 6, 2020 at The HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings have both been eliminated from playoff contention and will face off Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Pelicans are sitting three starters and the Kings won’t play De’Aaron Fox. That could make for some interesting Showdown lineups on DraftKings, and we’ll go over some of the best lineup strategies below.

Captain’s Picks

Bogdan Bogdanovic ($10,800) will likely be a popular option. He’s rebounded well from his 1-for-15 performance against the Dallas Mavericks and has cracked 35 DKFP in two straight games. He’s the most capable scorer the Kings have. Buddy Hield hasn’t played nearly as many minutes, and Bogdanovic has the hot and and better playmaking skills.

Lonzo Ball ($12,000) could draw a ton of attention with Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson out. However, I think Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($3,000) is a sneaky good play with a lot of upside. The rookie guard has found it hard to get consistent time with so many talented players in front of him, but averages .92 DKFP per game and has a high usage rate when he gets significant time. He racked up 24.5 DKFP in 12 minutes when the Pels got blown out by the Clippers in a seeding game and could improve upon that with more exposure.

FLEX Options

JJ Redick ($5,200) scored a season-high 31 points and tallied 46.8 DKFP in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs his last time out and will get a chance to fire away with so many important scorers off the court. He might not be worth captaining unless you think he’ll all players in scoring, because he isn’t the best and getting rebounds or assists.

Harrison Barnes ($8,400) could benefit from a significant size advantage, as Josh Hart is listed as New Orleans’ backup small forward. That helps his rebounding and scoring upside. He’s taking at least 10 shots in three straight games, and that number could rise even more with Fox out of the picture.