clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for Magic vs. Lakers Showdown on March 28

Kenny Ducey gives his top NBA lineup advice for Sunday’s fantasy basketball Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Magic and Lakers, which starts at 10:00 p.m. ET.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

A short, four-game NBA slate comes to an end in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, where the Lakers play host to the new-look Magic. I say that optimistically, trying to get you the least bit excited about an Orlando team that just traded away practically its entire team. The Magic could have a chance here, though, considering the Lakers will still be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Without further ado, let’s get into how to construct your Showdown lineups for Sunday evening.

Set your DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups here: NBA Showdown $120K Fadeaway [$30K to 1st] (ORL vs LAL)


Montrezl Harrell ($13,500 CP)

Well, if you want to play the best player on the heavily-favored team, that’d unquestionably be Harrell. The big man has scored 20 or more points in seven of his past 10 games and comes into this one fresh off a 44-DKFP performance. He’s not the most exciting option on the slate, but he’s probably got the highest floor considering he’s going to see more minutes than anyone else on the Lakers and should be on the right side of this one with the winning team.

Terrence Ross ($13,200 CP)

Now, this is all predicated on whether or not Ross actually plays, but if he suits up I see tremendous opportunity here. Not only are the Lakers struggling to defend the wing without James in the lineup, but Ross is also the only one left on the Magic, tweeting out that he’s the captain now, as the meme goes. He’s coming off back-to-back games of 40 DKFP or more and should have the freedom to take any shot he wants for the tanking Magic. The “ultra-green light,” as some have said when referring to Stephen Curry’s autonomy. I’ll take the high volume of shots with a good shooter in a game bereft of great options.


Chuma Okeke ($6,800)

Yes, Okeke was a fun story the other night when the Magic literally had nobody to play for them following all their trades, but now that Wendell Carter Jr. ($7,000) is here, there should be a significant drop off in minutes and a return back to his previous level of production. The Magic will need to compete hard inside against the physicality of Harrell, and that means running Carter out for 35 minutes. Sadly, that should mean Okeke plays 15-20 minutes in this one, making him far too expensive for what you’ll see in return.

Value FLEX Options

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4,000)

Look, all the Lakers are so severely overpriced on this slate. I can’t find a single player I think is a good value except for KCP, who’s just $4K despite seeing a high volume of minutes and field goal attempts of late. The problem? The shots haven’t been falling. Well, that should change against one of the worst defenses in the NBA, which just traded away their entire team. I think he’s worth a flier, for sure.

R.J. Hampton ($3,000)

Speaking of fliers, can I interest anyone in Hampton, who was just acquired in a trade with Denver? He’s young and has a ton of talent, making him a great guy to attack in this game for me. The Magic have nothing left in their rotation, and will likely be giving Hampton close to 25 minutes off the bench, particularly if Ross misses the game. It’s a case of a team acquiring an intriguing young talent on the cheap, trying to see what they may have found. There’s no chance Orlando lets Hampton rot away on the bench this year and a very good chance they choose to give him minutes over some of the veterans on the team in a lost season. It’s another dart throw, but one that might pay off.

The Outcome

I don’t think points will be easy to come by here with two offenses so severely out-of-sync, but in the end, it’s hard to see the Lakers not coming out on top in this one. It should be ugly and low-scoring, but Los Angeles has semi-proven options on offense in Harrell and Morris, while Orlando will be trying to find its footing with a bunch of new faces. It could be tight throughout, but Los Angeles should slip by.

Final Score: Lakers 102, Magic 96

Set your DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups here: NBA Showdown $120K Fadeaway [$30K to 1st] (ORL vs LAL)

Place your NBA bets at DraftKings Sportsbook and bet online by downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook app.

Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL).

Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA/MI), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO), 1-800-BETS OFF(IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN).

21+ (18+ NH). CO/IL/IN/IA/NH/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/MI only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See for full terms and conditions.

I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jetsfan196) and I may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.