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Best lineup strategy for Trail Blazers vs. Pelicans NBA Showdown

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

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 11, 2021 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers are running hot at will hit the road on Wednesday to take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 9:00 p.m. ET. Damian Lillard has managed to keep the Blazers afloat, and he’ll have to continue to do so against a Pelicans team that’s bursting from seems with young talent. Let’s go over some ideal Showdown plays on DraftKings for the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Lillard ($17,700) has scored at least 47 DKFP in eight of his last 10 games and broke the 50-point mark four times during that span. Brandon Ingram ($15,000) and Zion Williamson ($14,700) have combined for just two games over 50 DKFP in their last 10 appearances. Both Pelicans stars are capable of doing so, but their ceilings can match Lillard on an undermanned team that’s missing two of its best three players.

Lonzo Ball’s ($11,700) price has risen significantly since February began. While he’s not necessarily a value play as the sixth-most expensive option available, he’ll likely carry low ownership despite facing a defense that ranks 28th against point guards on DraftKings. Ball has been below-average in two straight games but is capable of bouncing back. All the studs can fit comfortably in the flex with Ball as a captain, and he can rack up more than 40 DKFP on a good day.

FLEX Plays

Nassir Little ($1,000) played more than 15 minutes for the first time since his 30-point outburst on Feb. 1 in his last game and scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes. If Rodney Hood ($2,400) doesn’t return from the foot sprain he suffered three games ago, Little has a chance to return more value than any player in the game.

Josh Hart ($5,400) is a wild card who must be accounted for. He’s scored more than 40 DKFP twice in his last five games. The 6’5” shooting guard has surprisingly been New Orleans’ second-best rebounder with 7.5 boards per game. His floor is enticing and a hot shooting night can help you secure a GPP takedown.

Fades

Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($2,400) has been bumped from the backup point guard spot by Kira Lewis Jr. ($2,800). NAW has played less than 10 minutes in three straight games while Lewis has played at least 20 minutes in three of his last five games. Neither player should be a priority in the flex but definitely stay away from NAW.

The Outcome

New Orleans is healthy and coming off a big-time win on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland is riding a five-game winning streak, but I think fatigue from being so undermanned could set in.

Final Score: Pelicans win 118-110