There have been a lot of surprises this postseason. One of the more surprising games was Game 1 of this Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers series. The way the Rockets came out and made LeBron James and Anthony Davis look like guys off the street was eye-opening. Both had decent fantasy outings. Both took the L. It’s more of a testament to the supporting cast for L.A. Give credit to Houston, though. James Harden and Russell Westbrook know how to run Mike D’Antoni’s offense and they ran the Lakers off the court. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks for the contest, which locks at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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Anthony Davis ($16,800)
AD was the play in Game 1 and we’re going back to him again. He still has the best mismatch of anyone in the series. The Rockets don’t have size and will continue to let AD get whatever he wants down low. The thing that neutralized Davis in real life was the pace of the game. Still, AD went 10-of-16 from the floor and had 25 points and 14 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks and 3 steals. Blocks will be easy to come by. Davis’ price actually went down after Game 1? Okay, sweet.
Fade of the Game
Kyle Kuzma ($7,000)
If you’ve watched literally any Lakers playoff basketball in the bubble, you know there’s no situation in which it’s a good idea to play Kuzma. He was for some reason $6,600 in Game 1 and now, wait, his price is higher!? What is going on?? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! The Lakers were getting blown out and Kuzma played 28 minutes and he STILL did nothing. So yeah, if Game 2 is more competitive, I think we see less of Kuzma. Even if he’s on the court, the Rockets have played extremely well on defense in the postseason.
P.J. Tucker ($6,200) — The Rockets’ bench is only going to get shorter as this series progresses. If that’s the case, Tucker should continue to see big minutes and is among the cheaper starters in this contest. His ceiling is capped — Tucker won’t get you more than say 30-35 DKFP tops. That’s fine. His price is still pretty good and he gives us some salary savings to pay up for 2-3 of AD, LeBron, Russ or Harden.
Rajon Rondo ($2,600) — I was incredibly surprised by how much Rondo played in Game 1. I don’t know if that continues, but if it does, Rondo is probably chalk at this price. Rondo played 25 minutes and had 22.75 DKFP. He didn’t play well, but neither did anyone on the Lakers other than AD. Playoff Rondo has a high ceiling and it’s achievable if he’s going to play around 25 minutes.