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Best lineup strategy for Rockets vs. Kings NBA Showdown

James Harden could have a second straight monster game against the Kings on Sunday.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets brings the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images

The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings will face off Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Houston will be without Russell Westbrook for a second straight game, so expect James Harden to carry the Rockets offense. We’ll go over the ideal Showdown DFS strategies on DraftKings below.

Captain’s Pick

Harden ($20,700) amassed 74 DKFP in his last outing by notching 39 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds. He’ll almost certainly lead all players in scoring and assists and has the highest ceiling of any player in this game. It would be surprising if he fell short of 60 DKFP.

De’Aaron Fox ($15,600) had an off night against the Brooklyn Nets the last time he played, but is averaging more than 40 DKFP per game. He makes everything happen for the Kings and could get a boost from Bogdan Bogdanovic if he continues to shoot lights out. Fox scored 31 points against the Rockets earlier this year and should be in good shape with Westbrook out of the picture.

Value Picks

A lot of people will be all over Ben McLemore ($4,400) as he’s been inserted into the starting lineup. He racked up 33 DKFP against the Los Angeles Lakers by scoring 20 points. he rattled home five of his 10 shots from beyond the arc and should get plenty of looks this time around with Harden attracting double teams. His price has multiplied since his last game, but he can still return plenty of value.

Richaun Holmes has been ruled out of this game, and that could help Jeff Green ($5,200) continue his hot streak. He’s eclipsed 30 DKFP in each of his last two games as an undersized center who gets a ton of looks from deep. He’ll likely flirt with 30 minutes and snag a few rebounds along the way.