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Best lineup strategy for Rockets vs. Trail Blazers NBA Showdown

We break down Tuesday’s featured Showdown contest between Houston and Portland on DraftKings.

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives teammate Hassan Whiteside after a basket against the Boston Celtics at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 02, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers close out the six-game Tuesday main slate with a DraftKings Showdown contest at 9:00 p.m. ET. We take you through some of the best and worst options to keep in mind when crafting your lineup.

Captain’s Pick

Russell Westbrook ($15,600)

This is the second no-brainer Captain of these write-ups for today. Russ is priced third among the top options including James Harden ($19,200) and Damian Lillard ($16,500). My only issue with Westbrook here is he’s most likely going to be the highest owned of the trio (if I know the sharps). You could argue Jusuf Nurkic ($14,700) with the Rockets lacking size as well.

Fade of the Game

Robert Covington ($8,200)

This may come back and bite us in the ass but there’s some reasoning behind fading RoCo. His price jumped up $800 since the last game at $7,400. He’s returned value in each of the first two contests, but at a lower price. If Covington regresses at all, he may not hit the number we want, which is around 40-45 fantasy points. It may be difficult for Covington to clean the glass over Nurk and Zach Collins.

Value Picks

P.J. Tucker ($5,200) — I’m not crazy about Tucker because he isn’t a great scorer. The great thing about the Rockets is these starters need to play around 36 minutes a game because of depth issues with Eric Gordon out. Tucker should — if nothing else — play a ton. He’s also Houston’s only option to throw at guys like Nurk and Collins.

Zach Collins ($4,400) — In a perfect world we try and fit in two of the top 3 studs, both Nurk and Collins and a value. Collins has started and looks really good so far for Portland. He’s run himself into foul trouble but I can’t imagine that’s an issue when you’re 6 inches taller than anyone on the other team. Collins has a high ceiling in this game if he gets the minutes.