The Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden earlier this year with only a third of their superstars available, and the Big Apple’s two teams will run it back on Monday at the Barclays Center. James Harden and Kyrie Irving will lead the way for Brooklyn while Durant recovers from the hamstring injury that’s kept him sidelined for weeks. The Knicks are overachieving and won’t go down without a fight in the rematch. We’ve identified some of the best Showdown plays on DraftKings to keep an eye on ahead of the game’s 8:00 p.m. ET tip-off.
Julius Randle ($17,100) was the most productive player on the court the last time these two teams met. He scored 30 points to go along with 7 boards and 5 assists in the matchup. The 26-year-old forward is having a career-year and has evolved into a triple-double threat. The Nets have little power forward depth and are essentially starting four guards at this point. Randle has a clear physical advantage against just about every Brooklyn starter and Jeff Green, the Nets’ most viable option at the 4.
Harden ($18,900) and Irving ($16,200) didn’t play against New York earlier this year, but the superstar duo could break this game open. Harden’s three triple-doubles in his last five games speak to his upside, but his price in the captain’s slot could cause you to miss out on some quality value plays. Irving’s ceiling isn’t high because of his lesser playmaking and rebounding, but he has totaled 50 or more DKFP in four of his last 10 games.
Fantasy players will be split on RJ Barrett ($7,600) in this matchup, but I recommend rolling with the second-year wing. He posted 20-5-3 the last time he faced Brooklyn and has scored at least 21 points in five of his last six contests. Another Knick worth keeping an eye on is Immanuel Quickley ($7,000). Elfrid Payton ($6,200) is considered doubtful because of a hamstring injury, and Derrick Rose ($6,800) has been ruled out because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Quickley is averaging more than a DKFP per minute and tallied more than 35 DKFP in 33 minutes his last time out. He has desirable upside as a full-time lead guard, but you’ll have to go without a stud to fit him in.
Nerlens Noel ($6,600) has stepped into a starting role, while Mitchell Robinson ($6,000) has been out with a hand injury but hasn't made the most of his opportunity. He’s been outplayed by Taj Gibson ($2,200) in his last two games, and the Nets have been pretty solid defensively against centers. If you feel like you need a center, go cheaper than Noel.
The Nets are one of the NBA’s hottest teams and have won nine of their last 10 games. The 8.5-point favorites have even more star power now than they had earlier in the season. I expect them to cover and continue to push for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Final score: Nets win 120-108