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Best lineup strategy for Wizards vs. Sixers Game 1 NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings Game 1 of the Wizards-Sixers first round NBA playoff series, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid dribbles the ball against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The highly-anticipated first-round playoff matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards will begin on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal will get to go at the top team in the Eastern Conference, which is lead by the dynamic Joel Embiid. There’s plenty of star power in this matchup, and we broke down an ideal strategy for DFS contests on Draftkings ahead of tip-off.

Captain’s Picks

Joel Embiid ($16,200)

The Wizards’ biggest weakness is their interior defense, and no player is more well-equipped to take advantage of that than Joel Embiid. He’s averaging 50.5 DKFP per game against Washington. Daniel Gafford has shown potential as a rim protector, but that doesn’t mean he’ll come close to stopping the NBA’s most physically imposing big.

Russell Westbrook ($18,900)

Westbrook is averaging just under 60 DKFP against the Wizards, but it’s hard to justify paying so much for him when there are so many other viable plays on the table. Ben Simmons is averaging more than 46 DKFP against the Wizards and pairing him with Sixers role players could be more cost-effective than betting the house on Westbrook.

Fades

Bradley Beal ($9,800) is still somewhat hobbled by his hamstring injury and there are enough high-upside plays in this game to make fading him feasible. While it’s unlikely that any player cheaper than him will outperform him, Tobias Harris ($4,400) could be a worthwhile pivot against a Washington team that’s extremely weak defensively on the wings. Philly has quality wing defenders like Simmons, Danny Green, and Matisse Thybulle to make scoring tough on Beal.

The Outcome

The Wizards and Sixers haven’t combined for less than 220 points all season. They eclipsed 227 points in two of those game. The offense tends to tighten up in the postseason and Beal won’t be at 100% against one of the NBA’s better defensive teams. The 76ers should edge the Wizards out and cover the spread because of their ability to get stops. The point total is a little high at 229 and the under seems likely to hit.

Score: 76ers win 117-105