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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Celtics vs. Cavaliers 5/13/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for tonight's Celtics vs. Cavaliers matchup.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
May 13, 2024 9:00 pm EDT

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

Before we dive into the Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 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.

Here are my Draftkings picks for this evening’s Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jaylen Brown $9,800

Yes, I know that Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will be a popular choice for captain. Rightfully so. However, I am going to pivot to another Boston Celtics player as my captain in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. That Celtics player’s name is Jaylen Brown.

How important has Jaylen Brown been to the Boston Celtics this postseason? Let’s take a look at Brown’s recent game statistics to answer that question. In the Boston Celtics last eight games played (all playoff games), Brown has averaged an impressive 24.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.7 steals a game.

Looking at the data just presented more closely I observed that in the Boston Celtics eight Eastern Conference playoff games played this season, Jaylen Brown has averaged 38.1 Draftkings points a game.

Selecting the correct captain for your DFS single game showdown lineup is vital if you hope to win a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) Draftkings contest. Having stated that, I think that Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Darius Garland $8,000

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland has been helped the Cavaliers offense reach new heights this season. Having stated that, how has Garland performed from an offensive efficiency standpoint in the postseason?

In the Cleveland Cavaliers nine playoff games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Darius Garland is averaging 32.2 Draftkings points a game.

Jayson Tatum $11,600

Since the beginning of April, the Boston Celtics have played 13 games. In those 13 games just noted (including playoff games), Jayson Tatum has averaged a whopping 45.3 Draftkings points a game. It has to be said, those are some outstanding offensive numbers from the Boston Celtics forward.

Evan Mobley $9,400

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley has an opportunity to be a key contributor in the paint for this Cavaliers team in this evening’s matchup with the Boston Celtics. Why? Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is out for tonight’s game due to injury. The unfortunate injury to Porzingis should allow Cleveland forward Evan Mobley to excel in the paint.

Keep in mind that Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. I personally don’t think Allen plays tonight. If Allen were to play, that would alter my decision to back Evan Mobley. However, I recommend that all readers pay close attention to the official injury reports released by both teams prior to setting your lineup for this slate later today.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Derrick White $8,400: Max Strus $5,400: Isaac Okoro $4,000.

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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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