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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Captain Plays for NBA Finals Game 1

Julian Edlow and Jeff Pratt join The Sweat to give their favorite DraftKings Captain plays for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

DraftKings contributors Julian Edlow and Jeff Pratt join The Sweat to discuss the Showdown contest for Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

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Video Transcript

Julian Edlow:

I think as the series goes on, you see more of that star power and maybe you want to spend up a little more at captain. I’m not sure exactly what we’re going to see off the bat here, so I think it’s tough to justify paying up quite as much.

But if we want to go mid-range — if you watch the betting segment with Matt (Meiselman) and I earlier, we talked a lot about Al Horford because Rob Williams is either going to not play, which I kind of lean towards, or play and be limited because he just wasn’t the same guy that we saw earlier.

So, it’s a good matchup for Horford from a size perspective, in terms of scoring in the paint, getting more rebounds with a limited Williams and stepping out and shooting the three. I just see a balanced game there from Horford, and that’s kind of a balanced Captain’s Pick.

Jeff Pratt:

Julian, I’m right with you. I think Al Horford is a really good option here at $11.4K. I said it yesterday when I was on, but there are so many different lineups that these teams can run, so I’m wary of picking a role player at captain until we see a game and get a feel of how these guys are going to be used.

I know that Al Horford is going to play 30-plus minutes tonight. Regardless of (whether) the Warriors go big with Kevon Looney or small with Jordan Poole, there is a place for Horford on the court. And he doesn’t need to score a lot to produce from a fantasy perspective. He’s had double-digit rebounds in three of his last five games, at least three assists in every game since the end of April vs. the Nets and he’s really been racking up the blocks lately, too. So I’m rolling with a 35-year-old Horford. He’s apparently found the fountain of youth, as well.

I think there are a couple of options that you can look at paying down-wise. Derrick White is a guy who I highlighted. I think he’s going to see the floor a lot. But right now, I’m rolling with guaranteed production, and you’re getting that in Al Horford.

Julian’s Pick: Al Horford $11,400

Jeff’s Pick: Al Horford $11,400

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