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Best lineup strategy for Heat vs. Pacers Game 2 NBA Showdown

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Thursday’s first-round matchup between Miami and Indiana.

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat looks to pass against pressure from Myles Turner and T.J. Warren of the Indiana Pacers during the second half at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 18, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have sparked a rivalry like no other. Well, not exactly. It was Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren. Still, after Game 1, we can tell that this series is going to be hard-fought and gritty. The Heat took a 1-0 lead in the series with a convincing win over Indiana. Victor Oladipo’s status is in question. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings picks for this afternoon’s Showdown contest. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Jimmy Butler ($14,100)

Did I miss something from Game 1? Is there an alternate universe in which Butler shouldn’t be the top-priced guy in this field? Are we in that universe? Butler dropped 48.75 DKFP in Game 1 on 28 points and some good category coverage. He was all over the court, finishing with 4 steals, 2 blocks and 4 dimes. Butler is priced much lower than T.J. Warren at Captain ($15,000) — this is a mistake or something. Jimmy is too cheap and has the best floor/ceiling in this Showdown.

Fade of the Game

Tyler Herro ($7,000)

I realize that Herro can heat up at any point in time. He can go bonkers from outside and drop 30 points. He can also not play a ton of minutes because the Heat have a ton of wing depth, specifically put in place for the playoffs. I can’t imagine a scenario in which Herro is in during crunch time unless others are in foul trouble and/or he’s wicked hot. This price is also weird. It’s based on his upside, which is decent. But Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk, Aaron Holiday, Duncan Robinson and Jae Crowder are all cheaper.

Value Picks

Malcolm Brogdon ($8,600) — Brogdon isn’t your prototypical cheap value. If Oladipo is out that’s a lot more usage going Brogdon’s way. Warren and Brogdon should soak up most of the offensive touches. Brogdon’s a guy who can reach a double-double and rack up assists and 3-pointers. His ceiling far outweighs his price in this contest, especially with Dipo’s status up in the air.

Edmond Sumner ($2,200) — We saw two players get more minutes with Dipo off the court. Justin Holiday ($4,800) and Sumner. If Dipo is out — again big IF — Sumner should see upwards of 25 minutes. He wasn’t very productive in Game 1, but we can expect leverage with more lineups potentially going to Holiday and others. Sumner also has to do far less at this price to return value.