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Best lineup strategy for Cavaliers vs. Suns NBA Showdown

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

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics on February 7, 2021 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

The Phoenix Suns are set to host the Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the eight NBA games set to tip-off on Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The home team is picking up steam thanks to a two-game winning streak but the visitors are looking to avoid losing a fourth straight contest. We’ve broken down what some of the best plays for DraftKings Showdowns centered around the matchup could be.

Captain’s Picks

Collin Sexton ($13,800) makes everything happen for the Cavs and he could benefit from going up against a very weak point guard rotation. Chris is questionable to play because of a hamstring injury and Cameron Payne (foot) has already been ruled out. If Paul doesn’t play, point guard duties will likely be split between Jevon Carter, Langston Galloway, and Devin Booker. Only Carter is used to defending primary ball handlers, so Sexton could be in for a big night against one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.

Booker ($14,100) typically dominates when defended by smaller guards, and Cleveland has two in its starting lineup. While it’s possible that the Cavs will cross-match and throw Isaac Okoro into the mix, but Booker’s increase in playmaking responsibilities will make him tough to pass on. Booker averaged more than six assists per game in back-to-back seasons before Paul joined the Suns.

FLEX Plays

Frank Kaminsky ($5,400) has benefitted from Jae Crowder’s foot injury and has eclipsed in four straight games. He’ll have a clear size advantage against Taurean Prince because of Larry Nance’s finger injury and has never had a problem scoring thanks to his efficient shooting.

Prince ($5,200) is no slouch either and has scored more than 30 DKFP in two of his last four games. He played more than 30 minutes in his ceiling games and has a chance to hit that mark while splitting time with Cedi Osman, who is also playing some small forward. I wouldn't suggest playing Kaminsky and Prince together, but both could be quality value starters.

Fades

Okoro ($3,000) is extremely cheap for a player averaging more than 34 minutes per game, but his matchup against Mikal Bridges is not ideal. Bridges is one of the best 3-and-D wings around and doesn’t handle the ball a ton on offense much. Banking on Okoro having a hot shooting night against an elite perimeter defender is risky, and he also isn’t likely to rack up on blocks on steals against Bridges.

The Outcome

Phoenix is shorthanded at point guard but Cleveland is lacking in several other areas. I like the hot team’s chances of staying hot at home in this one. The Suns have won three straight games on their home turf.

Final score: Suns win 112-105