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Best lineup strategy for Sixers vs. Wizards NBA Showdown in 2021 NBA playoffs

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings Game 4 of the Sixers-Wizards first round NBA playoff series, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Washington Wizards during Round One Game Two of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on May 26, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers lead the Washington Wizards 3-0 in their first-round playoff series and will look to complete a sweep on Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Eighth-seeded Washington has been blown out in two straight contests after making Game 1 close, and they’ll likely have to put together their best performance yet to avoid being eliminated. Here’s how you should think about approaching DFS contests on DraftKings that are centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Joel Embiid ($18,000) has been the king of slow starts this postseason and has struggled to get things going against Washington early despite its weak center rotation. He’s put up solid numbers, but foul troubles and blowouts have limited him to just 28 minutes per game. There’s a chance he’ll put on a more dominant performance in a closeout game, but Philly’s size advantage at other positions is more enticing.

Ben Simmons ($15,300) has exceeded expectations after struggling down the stretch in the regular season. The Sixers’ oversized point guard cracked 50 DKFP in Games 1 and 2. While Simmons has only recorded one double-double, he’s flirted with one in each of his last two outings. Large fourth-quarter leads have prevented him from reaching his potential, but he’s at the center of most of Philly’s offense. Tobias Harris ($14,400) is also worth considering.

FLEX Plays

Daniel Gafford ($5,200) still isn’t starting but has control of the Wizards’ center rotation. He’s only returned 5X value once but hasn’t dropped below 23 DKFP. He’s played more than Alex Len ($2,200) and Robin Lopez ($1,000) in Games 1, 2, and 3. Gafford hasn’t dropped below 23 DKFP in the playoffs yet.

Seth Curry ($5,000) has feasted on open looks because of the Wizards’ efforts to battle the Sixers’ size. He’s averaging 13 points per game, and defenders have been six feet or further from him on 32.3% of his shot attempts. You love to hear that for a player who shoots 45% from deep.


Russell Westbrook ($13,600) put together his best playoff performance yet in Game 3 but wasn’t worth his price tag in Games 1 and 2 because of his poor shooting. Bradley Beal ($11,600) has essentially matched Westbrook’s fantasy production so far, and Ish Smith’s ($5,600) could open the door for other guards to return more value than usual.

The Outcome

The Sixers have won by an average of 20 points per game so far in this series, and Westbrook isn’t 100% because of an ankle injury he suffered in Game 2. Philly is 100% healthy, and Washington doesn't have enough offensive weapons or quality defenders to make things competitive.

Final score: Sixers win 125-110