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Draftkings NBA Showdown Picks: Celtics vs. Mavericks 6/12/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Celtics vs. Mavericks matchup.

Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks
June 12, 2024 8:30 pm EDT

The NBA presents a playoff matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks game let’s review the rules for Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

*I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate

Here are my Draftkings picks for tonight’s Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jayson Tatum, Forward, $11,800

How important has Boston power forward Jayson Tatum been to the Boston Celtics in 2024 NBA playoffs? In the Boston Celtics four games played versus the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Celtics power forward Jayson Tatum averaged 30.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks a game.

More recently, in the Boston Celtics 105-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks three days ago, Boston forward Jayson Tatum played exceptionally well. Let me be more specific. Tatum accumulated an impressive 18 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, and 1 steal in the Celtics defeat of the Mavericks in Game 4 of the 2024 NBA Finals.

I also like Jayson Tatum’s matchup in this game. Why? Tatum draws a Dallas Mavericks defense that struggled to defend the power forward position in the regular season. Upon the completion of 82 games in the 2024 NBA regular season, the Dallas Mavericks ranked a rather low 24th in total Draftkings points allowed (51.04) to the power forward position a game.

Considering the increased importance of tonight’s Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals, I like Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum’s chances to play at a high level versus the Dallas Mavericks.

In summary, I am backing Boston Celtics power forward Jayson Tatum at captain for Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals.

Luka Doncic, Guard, Dallas Mavericks $13,800

In my opinion, Mavericks guard Luka Doncic was the driving force behind the Dallas Mavericks impressive playoff run that resulted in the Mavericks winning the 2024 Western Conference Finals. Let’s take a look at Doncic’s recent game data to better shed light on my previous statement.

In the Dallas Mavericks five games played versus the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2024 Western Conference Finals, Luka Doncic averaged a robust 32.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2 steals, and 0.5 blocks a game.

Through four games played versus the Boston Celtics in the 2024 NBA Finals, Luka Doncic is showing the world why he is considered one of the best basketball players on Earth. Let’s review the relevant game data to better shine light on my previous statement.

In four games that the Dallas Mavericks have played versus the Boston Celtics in the 2024 NBA Finals, Doncic is averaging a robust 61.2 Draftkings points a game.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Jaylen Brown, Forward (Celtics) $9,800: Kyrie Irving, Guard (Mavericks) $8,800: Derrick White, Guard (Celtics) $7,400.

Hans Geevers's Free Pick: See Above

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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