The Miami Heat are for real. The Milwaukee Bucks and reigning MVP and DPOTY Giannis Antetokounmpo had better figure things out if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, it’s just one game. Yes, there’s a lot of series left. No, the Bucks did not play well down the stretch and Jimmy Butler picked them apart. Is this the year we all realize that Butler is more than just an All-Star and can actually lead a team to the NBA Finals? Game 1 was a step in that direction. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to help you build your lineup for the contest, which locks at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Goran Dragic ($12,600)
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We rolled with Dragic at Captain in Game 1 and things worked out pretty well. He had another strong game that was really only overshadowed by Butler’s. Dragic scored 27 points with 5 assists and 6 rebounds for 44 DKFP. It was his fifth straight game over 30 DKFP, so that’s the entire postseason so far. Dragic saves us $2,400 over Butler and even more over Giannis. The only thing I’d worry about using Dragic at Captain is Giannis probably goes bonkers.
Fade of the Game
Brook Lopez ($7,000)
We were on point with the Duncan Robinson fade in Game 1 and I really wanted to go back to him again here. Instead of the obvious choice, we’ll go with Lopez coming off an unusually good shooting spot in Game 1. Lopez was 8-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. I don’t think that continues into Game 2 and really Lopez did NOTHING else. He had a rebound and two blocks, that was it. I don’t trust Lopez to simply score his way to value at this price.
Jae Crowder ($5,400) — The Heat revealed a pretty tight rotation in Game 1. It tells us a lot because it was close for most of the contest. If this is how a close game plays out, we don’t have many cheap options. Crowder starts and got north of 30 minutes. He’s going to be in there for his defense and rebounding. My only concern is foul trouble really. Crowder’s scoring could pick up as well.
Marvin Williams ($2,800) — Williams got 21 minutes in a tight ball game. Again, there’s really not much value unless Eric Bledsoe (hamstring) is sidelined again. If that’s the case, I don’t mind George Hill ($5,000), but he was underwhelming as a starter in Game 1. Williams at least gives us the salary relief to fit in Butler and Giannis while also providing some leverage.