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Best lineup strategy for Wizards vs. Heat NBA Showdown

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

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards reacts against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Arena on February 03, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Washington Wizards topped the Miami Heat on Thursday and will run it back on Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET in one of the nine games on tap. DraftKings has Showdown contests centered around the matchup, and we’ve broken down how you can attack the game in DFS.

Captain’s Picks

You can’t get much more consistent than Bradley Beal ($16,200) this year. The star guard has scored at least 26 points in every game this season and leads the league with 34.8 DKFP. While the Heat are significantly healthier than they have been for most of the season, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to slow down Beal, who’s scored 32 or more points in three straight games. He was very productive without Russell Westerbook out in his last game and could prosper with his backcourt carter diverting attention away from him in round two.

Bam Adebayo ($15,600) has been a one-man wrecking crew as of late and matches up well against a Wizards defense that can’t seem to guard any position well. However, I think there’s more value in captaining Jimmy Butler ($14,100) if you pivot off of Beal. Butler has tallied 50 or more DKFP in two of the three games he’s played since returning from COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

FLEX Plays

The Wizards rank dead last against opposing point guards on DraftKings, and that’s essentially what Tyler Herro ($7,600) has played for the Heat this year. He had a below-average game in terms of rebounding and playmaking in his last game, but injuries to Goran Dragic($7,000) and a few other guards could lead to him having a larger role on Friday. Herro can easily flirt with 30 DKFP on and off night.

Washington has begun to ramp up Rui Hachimura’s ($6,400) workload. The second-year forward has tallied more than 30 DKFP in two straight contests while logging 34 and 35 minutes, respectfully. Davis Bertans’ ($5,000) ice-cold shooting hasn't made him much of an asset off the bench. Hachimura is much better suited to attack Kelly Olynyk off the dribble.

Fades

It’s almost impossible to predict when Duncan Robinson ($5,800) will have a hot shooting night, but the Heat wing has taken a step back and has tallied less than 20 DKFP in four of his last five games.

The Outcome

Neither of these teams has played well this year, but I like Washington’s chances of winning a second game over Miami with Westbrook back in the fold. He’s begun to look more like his old self and has recorded a double-double in three of his last four games.

Final score: Wizards win 120-115