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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Hawks vs. Bulls 4/17/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Hawks vs. Bulls matchup.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls
April 17, 2024 9:30 pm EDT

The Atlanta Hawks travel to the United Center for a matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Let’s take a look at this NBA game from a DFS perspective.

Prior to discussing my Draftkings picks for the Hawks vs. Bulls game, let’s review an important note regarding the rules and scoring for the single game showdown contests.

For those readers who are not aware, the rules and scoring for DraftKings single game showdown contests are vastly different than the traditional classic contests offered by the platform.

If you need to review the specific rules for the single game showdown contests feel free to check out the Draftkings website.

Here are my Draftkings picks for tonight’s Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-DeMar DeRozan $9,800

Chicago Bulls small forward DeMar DeRozan has been the heart and soul of this Bulls team in 2024. Having stated that, how has DeRozan performed from an offensive efficiency standpoint this season? In 82 games played, Demar DeRozan has averaged a robust 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals a game.

Looking at the statistical data I just presented more closely I observed that DeMar DeRozan has averaged 40.6 total Draftkings points scored a game.

It should also be mentioned that DeMar DeRozan will be facing an Atlanta Hawks defense that has had issues containing opposing small forwards recently. In the last 30 games played in the NBA, the Atlanta Hawks are ranked an abysmal 24th in total Draftkings points (43.1) allowed a game to the small forward position.

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 Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Dejounte Murray $10,000

Atlanta shooting guard Dejounte Murray arrives at tonight’s game with the Chicago Bulls simply playing outstanding basketball from a statistical perspective. Let me be more specific. In the Atlanta Hawks last three games played, Murray has averaged 24.3 points, 7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.7 steals a game.

Dejounte Murray will certainly be in the vast majority of my DFS lineups for this one game Draftkings slate.

Nikola Vucevic $9,400

Talented Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic has certainly been a key contributor to the Bulls this season. Through 82 games played, Vucevic has averaged 18 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1 block a game.

Similar to DeMar DeRozan, Bulls center Nikola Vucevic draws an Atlanta Hawks defense that has struggled defending the center position in 2024. Through 82 games played in the NBA this season, the Hawks are ranked a rather low 19th in total Draftkings points (55.5) allowed a game to the center position.

Additional flex plays I like this evening (Draftkings price noted): Clint Capella $8,400: Trae Young $10,400: Coby White $8,200: Garrison Matthews $1,400.

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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