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Best lineup strategy for Raptors vs. Celtics Game 2 NBA Showdown

We go over the best lineup strategy, including Captain’s Picks and value options for Tuesday’s DraftKings Showdown contest between Toronto and Boston.

Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors drives against Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Boston Celtics came out and sent a message in Game 1 of this series, defeating the Toronto Raptors with ease. Many believe this to be a competitive series, and if we’re going to get that, we’ll need a response from Toronto in Game 2. Let’s go over some DraftKings Showdown picks for the contest, which locks at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Fred VanVleet ($13,200)

This is pretty much all going to be narrative based, so if you want to skip ahead to the other sections, feel free. VanVleet saw his kids and family for the first time in a while on Monday. There was video evidence. I view FVV as a very motivated individual and this is a big game for the Raptors. Going down 0-2 historically does not bode well for a team advancing. The Celtics did a great job defensively on VanVleet in Game 1 and he still had 6 steals and broke 40 DKFP. If he has a better night on offense, that box turns into 50+ DKFP.

Fade of the Game

Marcus Smart ($7,000)

Smart had one of those irrationally good shooting nights, hitting 5-of-9 from downtown for 21 points. He only had one other field goal in the game, so it was pretty much just hot shooting. I don’t buy that from Smart. He’s going to get minutes but I doubt the offensive numbers are the same and his price is only on the rise. I’m expecting some regression in Game 2.

Value Picks

Daniel Theis ($6,400) — I’m fine going back to Theis after a very nice Game 1 in the win. He’s going to be incredibly chalky because of how this contest is priced and the minutes distribution. That’s fine, in a perfect world Game 2 is a lot closer and there’s just as many shots. Theis had 15 boards and Marc Gasol looks washed. I like Theis’ floor and he’s really the only strong value.

Robert Williams ($2,400) — This isn’t a play you should feel great about but it will differentiate your lineup for a GPP. Time Lord had a solid garbage time showing in Game 1, scoring 10 points with 5 boards and bunch of other stats. His odds of repeating that are slim in my eyes, but if you think the Celtics come out and blow the Raptors out again, Williams should see around 15-20 minutes again.