The Boston Celtics have been dominant defensively in their first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics lead the series 3-0 and haven’t allowed the Sixers to score more than 101 points in all three wins. The Sixers were in a gut-check situation on Friday night and failed miserably. So it would be surprising to see them extend the series. Let’s take a look at some Showdown picks on DraftKings for the contest on Sunday, starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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Kemba Walker ($12,600)
We’ve been somewhat off by a game on most of these Captain’s picks. Walker was the way to go in Game 3 and I could see that continuing into Game 4. Kemba is still working his way back to full-speed after being restricted in the seeding round. He broke out a bit with 24 points, 8 boards and 4 assists on Friday for 47 DKFP. I think Walker will continue to be aggressive and look to score. In a close-out format, give me Kemba over Jayson Tatum at a higher price tag.
Fade of the Game
Jaylen Brown ($9,000)
You would have thought with Gordon Hayward out that Brown would get more chances on offense. That hasn’t been the case since Game 1 of the series. Tatum and Walker have been taking control and Brown has been left in a more utility, defensive role for Boston. The more Walker gets comfortable, the more shots he’s going to leech from Brown. It’s not that I don’t like Brown in this game — he should break 20 points or so. The thing is his price is too high. I’d rather pay up for Tatum and Joel Embiid, grab Walker in the mid-range and look for some value.
Alec Burks ($5,200) — Burks is really the only guy priced below $6K with any type of ceiling. We know he can score in bunches, it’s just been tough having to deal with Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart on the other end. If the Sixers have any chance at winning, they’ll need someone other than Embiid and Tobias Harris to hit some shots. Burks could be that guy.
Grant Williams ($3,800) — I liked Williams in Game 3 and it didn’t work out. That game was close, so the rotations were tight. Part of me thinks the Sixers don’t show up and the Celtics blow out Philly on Sunday. Williams should see garbage time minutes in that scenario and really there isn’t much value with upside in this contest.