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Best lineup strategy for Heat vs. Pacers Game 1 NBA Showdown

We go over ideal Showdown lineup strategy for Tuesday’s Heat-Pacers game.

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat is defended by T.J. Warren of the Indiana Pacers during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 08, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The last two matchups between Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren have been duds, but now we’ll get a whole series to see the two swingmen battle it out. The Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat playoff series will begin Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. DraftKings has Showdown contests available for the matchup, and we’ll go over the best lineup strategies here.

Captain’s Picks

Warren ($15,000) and Butler ($14,400) are both battling foot soreness and are listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game, but both are premier captain’s options if healthy. Warren’s explosive scoring in the seeding games made everyone realize how capable he is offensively, but he’s dropped off significantly in his recent appearances. Butler has stuffed the stat sheet every time he’s played meaningful minutes and has a higher floor because of his playmaking. That makes him the safer option.

Warren and Butler will be the most popular picks, but Goran Dragic ($9,000) could very well be the best option. The guard has made his way back into the starting lineup and exceeded 30 DKFP in every seeding game but one. Miami could need to lean on him because of of Kendrick Nunn’s poor shooting in the bubble.

FLEX Options

Bam Adebayo ($9,200) didn’t play well in his last matchup against the Pacers but shares playmaking responsibility with Dragic and Butler in the starting lineup. When aggressive he’s a triple-double threat.

Malcolm Brogdon ($8,200) didn’t finish his seeding games on a high note but cracked 40 DKFP in four of his six bubble appearances. He battled neck pain early on in the NBA restart but could see a surge in productivity if he’s back at 100 percent.