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Best lineup strategy for Celtics vs. Raptors Game 7 NBA Showdown

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

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart talks with the Toronto Raptors after the game in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been blessed with another Game 7 in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The Toronto Raptors somehow pulled out a win in Game 6 in 2OT to force the rubber match. The Boston Celtics have been the better team all series but will have to put their season on the line Friday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to get your lineup started.

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Captain’s Pick

Kemba Walker ($12,300)

Cardiac Kemba in Game 7. Walker had a really tough Game 6 in the loss, finishing with just 5 points and 7 assists in 52 minutes. If you know Kemba, you know he’s going to show up in an elimination game. His price is WAYYYYY down after the poor Game 6, $1,000 cheaper. This is more of a GPP play for Showdown. The safer plays are up top but if the game script plays out, we could see Walker have a big game.

Fade of the Game

OG Anunoby ($6,800)

Nothing against OG, he’s been a key cog in the Raptors run to this Game 7. The thing is, before Game 6, he hadn’t broke 30 DKFP in two straight games. In Game 6, it took him 50 minutes to get to 30+ DKFP. So really, unless this game goes to another couple overtimes, I don’t see a situation where Anunoby pays off this price tag. He’s also got one of the tougher defensive assignments against Jayson Tatum.

Value Picks

Marcus Smart ($7,400) — Smart had a triple-double in the Game 6 loss. At this point, his ceiling is pretty high. He’s going to play a ton of minutes in this game because of his all-world defense. Smart can also get hot from outside and, again, we don’t have any true value plays in a Game 7. The rotations will be tight on both sides.

Norman Powell ($5,400) — We saw Nick Nurse roll with a smaller rotation with Powell in there for most of the fourth quarter and OT in Game 6. He made a ton of big plays down the stretch and I think we see him again plenty in Game 7. Powell had played 31 minutes in Game 5 and had a decent outing with 22.75 DKFP. Powell may be trendy as a value play after what he did in the win on Wednesday.