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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Rockets NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

D.J. Augustin of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball during the game against the LA Clippers on April 9, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Los Angeles Clippers have been the hottest team in the NBA as of late and will have the chance to keep things rolling tonight when hitting the road to face the worst team in the league in the Houston Rockets. Let’s go over the best Showdown strategies for DFS contests on DraftKings centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Paul George ($15,600) has shepherded the Clippers in the absence of Kawhi Leonard and has been a top of the line option in all DFS contests, putting up 32.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists over the last four games to average 56 FPPG through that stretch. Christian Wood ($13,800) is also a tempting option for the captain’s role as he’s punched well above his season averages by putting up 40.3 FPPG over his last six outings, but I’d stick with PG here.

FLEX Plays

Marcus Morris Sr. ($10,800) was 9-of-19 from the field and put up 25 points in LA’s win over Memphis on Wednesday and considering that he’s been good for an average of 30+ FP over his last five games, he’s a definite flex play in this matchup. The same goes for Kelly Olynyk ($12,000), who is just over a week removed from a 50 FP outing for the Rockets against the Pacers. Also worth considering is Luke Kennard ($9,300), who dropped 28 points and seven rebounds for 44.25 FP against the Grizzlies on Tuesday and Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate, who is averaging 30.5 FPPG over his last six outings.

The Rockets feature a couple of under-the-radar guys who you can grab for value at under $4,000 in Kenyon Martin Jr. ($3,800) and Armoni Brooks ($3,400), both of whom are consistently putting up 16 FPPG over the last 10 days.

Fades

We haven’t mentioned John Wall yet because we’re staying away from him in this matchup. Wall is only shooting 36 percent from the field over his last five games and is averaging 4.4 turnovers a game during that same stretch. His overall DFS production has varied, going from a 52.75 FP outing against Indiana to an abysmal 11.75 performance against Denver the following game. Matching up with a disciplined Clippers defense doesn’t bode well for the former Kentucky Wildcat so hold off on him for tonight.

The Outcome

Momentum is on the Clippers side as they’ve continued to stack wins and build confidence even without Leonard. It’s hard to envision them dropping a road clunker to a Rockets team that is regularly losing games by 15+ points.

Final score: Clippers win 119-99