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Best lineup strategy for Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Warriors and the Celtics, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry chews on his mouthguard during a break in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are set to host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both teams are riding winning streaks, but one side has to be stopped cold in this inter-conference matchup. Let’s go over the best Showdown strategies for DFS contests on DraftKings centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Stephen Curry ($16,200) is in the middle of a ridiculous run and has scored 32 or more points in nine straight games. He should probably be a lot more expensive, given how he’s played lately, especially since Kemba Walker could be defending him for extended stretches. Jayson Tatum ($15,200) could have to step up if Jaylen Brown ($13,500/$9,000) is ruled out with an illness, but it hard to go with him over the hottest scorer in basketball.

FLEX Plays

Kemba Walker ($7,800) could be a popular pivot from Brown, but his backcourt partner, Marcus Smart ($7,200), could be just as effective. Brown is one of the Celtics’ top perimeter defenders, and Smart is much better equipped to make things tough on Curry. He plays much bigger than he is and has actually tallied more DKFP than Walker in three of his last five games.

Tristan Thompson ($4,400) has a chance to be one of t eh best under-the-radar flex plays available. The big man often puts up pedestrian numbers, but he’s likely to draw a start while Robert Williams ($6,600) is out with a knee injury. Thompson scored 30 DKFP in 25 minutes in his last start. A glass eater like him should be licking his chops against a Warriors team with a depleted frontcourt that gives up the second most boards per game in the NBA.


Andrew Wiggins ($8,000) managed to snap a two-game cold streak in his last outing, but matching up against Tatum doesn't bode well for his momentum. He’s capable of having a breakout performance, but rolling with Draymond Green ($8,200), who’s scored 37 or more DKFP in three straight games, will likely give you more bang for your buck.

The Outcome

Neither team is playing great basketball, but the Celtics have home-court advantage and have rattled off five straight wins. The Dubs have won four straight, but three of those victories came against that are far from the playoff picture. Curry should carry the Warriors, but his efforts won’t be enough to get the job done this time around.

Final score: Celtics win 123-118