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

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Monday’s first-round matchup between the Celtics and Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the first half at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers start their first-round series on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The No. 3 seed will take on the No. 6 seed in this classic rivalry in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers won’t have Ben Simmons (knee), but the series should still be competitive. Let’s take a look at picks for DraftKings Showdown contest. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Al Horford ($12,300)

The majority of lineups will go for Joel Embiid ($15,900) and Jayson Tatum ($14,100) at Captain. I think Tatum is a good cash-game option. It might not be bad to get some leverage on the field with Horford. The veteran moved into the starting lineup with Simmons out. He’s playing PF next to Joel Embiid, which actually makes a lot of sense. Most of the attention is on Embiid and Horford can use his skillset as a passer and stretch 4. Horford had 26 assists over 7 games in the bubble.

Fade of the Game

Daniel Theis ($6,200)

Theis is going to have his hands full with Embiid all night and there’s a good chance he gets into foul trouble early. The Celtics may need to opt for a smaller lineup with Enes Kanter at C and Tatum at PF. If that’s the case, Theis may not get a ton of minutes. Even if he does play around 30 minutes, the production doesn’t match this price tag for me.

Value Picks

Kemba Walker ($7,600) — So Walker shouldn’t be on a minutes limit to start the playoffs. If that’s the case, we’ve got a player who is underpriced to start out. There’s a good chance Walker is over-owned in this contest. That’s fine if we know that his ceiling is upwards of 40-50 fantasy points. Kemba played around a full workload the last two games in the bubble, so if he’s getting 30-32 minutes at this price, returning value should be ezpz.

Mike Scott ($2,000) — The three-gional manager is back and playing minutes off the bench with Simmons out. Scott is a streaky shooter from outside, but when he’s on, he’s on. Scott finished the seeding round with a few games over 20 DKFP, which is well above what we need from him at $2K in a Showdown.