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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Pacers vs. Celtics 5/21/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for tomorrow's Pacers vs. Celtics matchup.

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics
May 21, 2024 8:00 pm EDT

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

Before we dive into the Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics 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 tomorrow’s Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jayson Tatum $11,200

Talented forward Jayson Tatum has been the leader that this Boston Celtics team has needed to win games in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs. Having stated that, how has Jayson Tatum been playing lately?

In the Boston Celtics last three games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Jayson Tatum has averaged a robust 11.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.3 steals a game. It has to be said, those are some outstanding fantasy numbers from the Boston Celtics forward.

More recently, in the Boston Celtics 113-98 win over the to the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, Jayson Tatum accumulated 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists in the Cavaliers loss to the Boston Celtics.

Considering the increased importance of tomorrow’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, I expect Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum to play one of his best games of the 2024 playoffs.

In conclusion, I am rolling with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum as my captain for this one game Draftkings slate.

Flex Plays

Jaylen Brown $9,000

How important has Jaylen Brown been to the Boston Celtics in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs? Let’s take a look at Brown’s recent game statistics to answer that question. In the Celtics last three games played (all playoff games), Brownhas averaged an impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals a game.

Looking at the data just presented more closely I observed that in the Boston Celtics last three Eastern Conference playoff games played this season, Jaylen Brown has averaged a whopping 37.5 Draftkings points a game.

I also like Jaylen Brown’s matchup in this game. Why? Jaylen Brown draws an Indiana Pacers defense that struggled to defend the small forward position in the regular season. Upon the completion of 82 games in the 2024 NBA regular season, the Indiana Pacers ranked a rather low 24th in total Draftkings points allowed (42.2) to the small forward position a game.

Tyrese Haliburton $9,600

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton arrives at tomorrow’s game with the Boston Celtics playing outstanding basketball.

In the Indiana Pacers last four games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Tyrese Haliburton averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1 block a game.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Pascal Siakam $8,800: Derrick White $8,000: Myles Turner $7.800: TJ McConnell $6,000.

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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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