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Best lineup strategy for Hornets vs. Magic NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between Charlotte and Orlando, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

 Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic are set to face off in a Southeast Division matchup on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The two teams split games in the preseason, but this will be their first regular-season meeting. We’ve identified a couple of plays for DraftKings Showdown contests centered around the contest here.

Captain’s Picks

Nikola Vucevic ($15,900) is easily the best captain’s candidate in this contest. The do-it-all big has tallied more than 46 DKFP in eight of his last 10 games and has a desirable matchup against the undersized Bismack Biyombo. The Hornets have little depth at center, and using a small-ball 5 like P.J. Washington won’t work against a player as skilled as Vuc. If he plays his usual game, he could easily eclipse 50 fantasy points.

Any of the Hornets’ guards can get going on any given night, but I’d say Terry Rozier ($12,00) and Devonte’ Graham ($11,400) have the best shot at exposing a backcourt led by Cole Anthony. Most of Rozier’s upside depends on big scoring nights, but Graham’s shooting has started to come around, and he’s tallied more than 40 DKFP in two straight games. Playing both guards might not be the best idea, but at least one will likely be in the optimal lineup.

FLEX Plays

Gordon Hayward ($9,800) is the only player not named Vucevic who can’t be faded in this game. He’s Charlotte’s DKFP and leader and the most consistent player the Hornets have. Getting a swingman like him against James Ennis while Aaron Gordon is questionable to play is a dream matchup. I wouldn’t pay up at $14,700 to captain him, though.

Evan Fournier ($7,200) has scored at a high level since returning to the court after missing time with a back injury and has scored at least 24 points in both the games he’s played this month. The Magic have welcomed his offensive firepower, and he’ll continue to get a ton of looks as Orlando’s best shooter.

Fades

Dwayne Bacon’s ($3,600) role is set to drop off now that Fournier is back in the mix, but he’s still more expensive than Ennis ($3,400), who has logged 28 minutes in two straight games.

The Outcome

If Gordon doesn’t play, I think the Hornets will take this game, as his athleticism makes a huge difference on both ends of the court. Orlando is only favored by a point on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Final score: Hornets win 110-105