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Best lineup strategy for Pacers vs. Hawks NBA Showdown

We go over some top Showdown plays for Saturday’s Pacers-Hawks game.

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon brings the ball up court against the Detroit Pistons during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers are set to face off against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday in an Eastern Conference matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET. Point guard play will be big in this game, and captaining the right one could give you a major edge in Showdown DFS contests on DraftKings. Let’s go over how you can attack the contest.

Captain’s Picks

Trae Young ($17,100) is the only Hawks point guard who’s completely healthy coming into this one. Rajon Rondo (back) has been ruled out, while Brandon Goodwin (knee) is questionable. Atlanta’s second-best ball handler might be Kevin Huerter, who’s starting at shooting guard because of a slew of injuries. Young’s usage could be through the roof in this matchup, but other players can provide a lot more value.

Atlanta’s defense ranks 29th against opposing point guards on DraftKings, which bodes well for Malcolm Brogdon's ($13,500) production. He ranks 10th in minutes per game and is up against a team that’s extremely undermanned in the backcourt. His recent scoring slump could cause his ownership to be lower than usual, and he’s perfectly capable of stuffing the stat sheet.

T.J. McConnell ($9,300) could be a great value captain’s play. The reserve guard has tallied more than 28 DKFP in five of his last six games and could be even more effective with the hawks missing key on-ball defenders. His playmaking gives him a high floor, and he’s tallied at least seven assists in seven of his last 10 games.

FLEX Plays

Kevin Huerter ($7,600) played less than 30 minutes for the first time in eight games in his last outing because Atlanta got blown out by the San Antonio Spurs. He’s been thriving lately because of injuries to the Hawks’ ball handlers and wings. Cam Reddish ($4,600) is listed as probable as an Achilles injury and could be less of a factor than usual if he’s limited. by the injury.

Fades

Danilo Gallinari’s ($5,000) greatest strength is scoring, but he’s been below average as a shooter inside and outside the arc this season. While Atlanta is short on small and power forwards, he’s hardly shown that he’s ready to efficiently put the ball in the basket.

The Outcome

The Pacers should take this game because of its advantage in the backcourt. Indiana’s guard rotation is getting increasingly better that Jeremy Lamb is back in the fold. I think Atlanta will get burned out trying to keep up with the visiting team's plethora of contributors in the starting unit and on the bench.

Final score: Pacers win 115-110