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Best lineup strategy for Lakers vs. Rockets Game 3 NBA Showdown

We go over the best lineup strategy, including Captain’s Picks and value options for Tuesday’s DraftKings Showdown contest between Houston and Los Angeles.

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives during the game against the Houston Rockets during Game four of the second round of the 2020 Playoffs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on September 6, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

After a disappointing Game 1 performance, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers came out and evened the series against the Houston Rockets 1-1. It was more of a poor effort from Houston on defense and the ineptitude of Russell Westbrook that led to the Lakers winning. So how will things shape out in Game 3? Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to get your lineup started for the contest, which locks at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Anthony Davis ($16,200)

Three straight games I think we need to ride AD at Captain. There’s really no reason not to. The only thing that would be more appealing is a LeBron or James Harden ceiling game. Harden hasn’t done anything close to that since Game 4 vs. the Thunder. James came close to 70 DKFP in Game 2 but I don’t think he repeats it. Davis will continue to have the best matchup and is the best floor play at Captain.

Fade of the Game

Danny Green ($5,800)

I see the pricemakers bumped up Green so we can stop picking on Kyle Kuzma, whose price is actually getting to an OK spot. Green — along with most of the Lakers’ players not named LeBron or Davis — hasn’t done much in the playoffs. He’s playing big minutes but rarely gets the shot attempts we need at this price. The only way Green returns value is if he hits around 5-6 treys. I just don’t see it happening the way Houston is playing on defense.

Value Picks

Rajon Rondo ($4,200) — We’ve been good on the playoff Rondo value picks the past couple games. Frank Vogel is fine giving Rondo plenty of minutes considering the other options he has to work with on the roster. Rondo had 37.25 DKFP in Game 2 on a very Rondo-like stat line — 10 points, 5 steals, 9 assists and 3 boards. The only problem with Rondo is he’ll be chalky.

Markieff Morris ($3,000) — Morris isn’t going to shoot 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3 again. That’s fine, he got 23 minutes in Game 2 and I think Vogel will give him around 20 minutes again the way he played. The Lakers can’t really play JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard because of how the Rockets run and for spacing on offense. So Morris will get some open looks and is still at a cheap price point.