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Best lineup strategy for Warriors vs. Hornets NBA Showdown

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

LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs on February 14, 2021 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

To begin the Saturday night schedule in the NBA, we have the Golden State Warriors taking on the Charlotte Hornets. This is the second game of a back-to-back for Golden State, who just played on Friday night against the Orlando Magic.

This game features a few great DFS plays that could end up making or breaking your lineup. Many DFS players will opt to put Stephen Curry, LaMelo Ball or Gordon Hayward in their captain spots, which would not be bad options.

However, where you can really separate yourself from your opponent is with the FLEX picks, in which both teams have some interesting choices. Let’s go over the Showdown fantasy outlook for the game for contests on DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Stephen Curry ($16200) — To no one’s surprise, Curry enters tonight’s game as the highest priced player in the showdown. The superstar shooter is coming off of his third-straight 50-plus fantasy point performance. On Friday night against the Magic, Curry had 58.3 DKFP (29 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists) in 37 minutes. It was also the second consecutive game that he had a double-double consisting of at least 25 points and 10 assists. He’ll try to go for four consecutive 50 DKFP performances against a Hornets team that is ranked 24th against PGs (OPRK).

LaMelo Ball ($14100) — With Gordon Hayward listed as questionable, Ball is the second-best option at the captain spot. The rookie point guard has been a human highlight-reel this season and can fill up a stat sheet easy. Ball is averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 35.3 fantasy points per game this season.

In the Hornets’ last five games, Ball is producing 44.4 fantasy points and had a double-double three times. Even though the Warriors are ranked 4th against PGs (OPRK) this season, Ball should be able to create for others, but also score when needed too.

FLEX Plays

Kelly Oubre Jr. ($7600) — Ever since his 40-point performance against the Mavericks on Feb. 4, Oubre is playing like he did last season with the Phoenix Suns. On Friday night, he also had a big fantasy game, posting 45.3 fantasy points (26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) at a $7800 salary. It was the second-straight game, where the veteran forward scored at least 40 fantasy points or more.

Oubre will try to replicate these last two performances on Saturday night as the Hornets are ranked 15th against SF/PFs (OPRK) this season.

Miles Bridges ($6200) — Bridges has been a solid value play in DFS often this season. The former first-round pick saw his four-game streak with a double-double snapped last week against the San Antonio Spurs. Before that game, he was averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and 32.6 fantasy points per game. All three stats were well above Bridges’ season average of 9.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 23.1 FPPG.

The young forward will look to get back into the double-double column against a Warriors’ squad that is missing about Kevon Looney and James Wiseman in the front court. GS ranks 15th against SF/PFs (OPRK) this season.


P.J. Washington ($6000) — At his current price tag, it would be best to fade PJ Washington for tonight’s contest. The second-year big man out of Kentucky has not scored at least 10 points or more since Jan. 29 against the Indiana Pacers. In the next five games he played in, Washington averaged a pedestrian 4.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

The Outcome

After Friday night’s disappointing loss, we should expect the Warriors to come out with more sense of urgency against the Charlotte Hornets. Golden State will have Draymond Green, which is great news. Steph Curry will still score his points and it will be up to his teammates to match or come close to his production. At the same time, the Hornets will put up points in a hurry too. They’ve been one of the more exciting teams to watch this season and will get up and down the court in a hurry.

Final Score: Warriors 115 Hornets 112