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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for 76ers vs. Heat Showdown on May 12

Mike Barner gives his top picks for today’s Showdown contest on DraftKings between the 76ers and Heat.

We have two more playoff games in the NBA on Thursday and two teams will be facing elimination. One of them will be the 76ers, who will be trying to stay alive when they face the Heat in Philadelphia. As you prepare to build your DraftKings Showdown lineups, here are some players to consider.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat


Captain’s Picks

Jimmy Butler ($17,100 CP): Butler has been carrying the Heat in this series. He’s scored at least 45.3 DKFP in each of the last four games, and that includes Game 5 when he barely played in the fourth quarter. Not only should he receive plenty of shot attempts in this game, but he should also provide added assists with Kyle Lowry (hamstring) out. There may be no player in this game that is more appealing for the Captain’s spot.

James Harden ($15,000 CP): If you want to fade Butler, then Harden could be worth the risk at this spot. He hasn’t had a great series, scoring 37.5 DKFP or fewer four times. However, he showed his upside while playing at home in Game 4, scoring 55.3 DKFP. If he can get hot from behind the arc like he did in that game, he could provide another juicy stat line.

UTIL Plays

Tyrese Maxey ($7,600): Not much went right for the 76ers in Game 5, and Maxey was no exception. He shot just 2-for-10 from the field, including 1-for-4 from behind the arc. That was a rare off night for him, though, given that he shot 48.5 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from deep during the regular season. With their backs up against the wall, look for Maxey to bounce back with a more efficient shooting night.

Victor Oladipo ($6,800): The Heat are lucky that they had Oladipo waiting in the wings if someone got hurt. He’s made a big impact in this series, scoring at least 24.3 DKFP three times. He was only needed to play 18 minutes in Game 5, so with this likely being a closer contest, Oladipo has a favorable opportunity to provide value.

Gabe Vincent ($4,800): Lowry has missed five games during the Heat’s playoff run and Vincent has started each time he’s been out. He scored at least 24.0 DKFP three times, and he had his best performance in Game 5 with 26.8 DKFP. At such a cheap salary, he’s someone to at least consider for your entry, especially to help offset Butler’s hefty salary if you deploy him at the Captain’s spot.


Tobias Harris ($8,000): Harris has delivered two duds, scoring 26.3 and 16.8 DKFP, respectively, the last two games. He’s averaged just 12.3 shot attempts across the three games that Joel Embiid ($11,000) has played in, compared to 17.5 over the two games that Embiid missed. As long as Embiid is healthy, Harris should continue to see a limited role within the 76ers’ scoring attack.


The home team has won every game of this series, so it’s no surprise that the 76ers are the favorites. However, the two games that the Heat lost, Lowry played. He didn’t look like himself, and he may have actually been hurting the team given his compromised health. The Heat may actually be better off without him, so it’s not crazy to think that they could end the series here.

Final Score: Heat 110, 76ers 105

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