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Best lineup strategy for Hawks vs. Cavaliers NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks reacts with Trae Young during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks are set to take on the struggle Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the nine NBA games in Tuesday’s main slate, and there are plenty of key battles worth analyzing as you consider your DraftKings Showdown strategy for contests centered around the game. We broke down some players who stand out as viable options ahead of tip-off.

Hawks vs. Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Captain’s Picks

Young ($16,800/$11,200) has had to carry a heavy load because of all the injuries that his team is dealing with, and he’s produced some impressive fantasy stats. He’s reached at least 53 DKFP six times in his last 10 games. While Cleveland has defended point guards well as a whole this season, they’ve been torched by 30 or more points by the opposition’s floor general in three straight contests. The Cavaliers were torched by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jamal Murray, and Stephen Curry during that stretch. Young is in the same tier when it comes to fantasy production. Collin Sexton ($12,600) has fallen below his season DKFP average in six of his last 10 games while Darius Garland ($11,100/$17,400) has flourished. Neither guard is an ideal captain despite Atlanta’s weak defensive backcourt.

John Collins ($7,800) has a chance to be the play in this game. The Cavaliers are extremely thin at power forward because of the ankle injury Taurean Prince is dealing with. The Cavs best two options at the 4 are Cedi Osman ($10,500/$7,000) and Isaac Okoro ($7,500/$5,000). Neither player comes close to matching Collins’ athletic profile on the block. You’ll likely have to fade a very appealing big to make room for Collins, but he’s worth it.

FLEX Plays

One under-the-radar player to consider as a value captain is Kevin Huerter ($6,200). He’s stepped into the starting lineup and has logged at least 34 minutes in seven of his last 10 games. He used his size advantage to record a double-double off the bench against the Cavs earlier this year and has seen his price drop $1,000 amid a slump. He should have a significant size advantage against whatever guard is matched up against him and will get a ton of exposure as long as the game is close.


Clint Capela ($9,200) is the player I’d fade for GPPs in this matchup. The better option between him and Jarrett Allen ($9,000) is a toss-up. Both players are excellent rim protectors who excel at making hustle plays, but Allen doesn’t have viable backups while Andre Drummond is on the trading block. Atlanta is comfortable playing Collins and Onyeka Okongwu ($1,400) at center. Allen will need to hit the glass especially hard to make up for the Cavs’ undersized frontcourt. He’ll only be relieved by JaVale McGee ($3,400) for short spells.

The Outcome

The Cavaliers have lost 10 straight and are extremely undermanned in the post. The Hawks excel on the block thanks to Collins and Capela, so I expect Atlanta to cover the spread as 7.5 point favorites.

Final score: Hawks win 120-112