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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Knicks vs. Pacers 5/12/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this afternoon's Knicks vs. Pacers matchup.

New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
May 12, 2024 3:30 pm EDT

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

Before we dive into the New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers 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 afternoon’s New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers matchup.

Captain-Jalen Brunson $11,600

How well has New York point guard Jalen Brunson been playing from a statistical standpoint in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs? In the New York Knicks nine games played this postseason, Brunson averaged an impressive 34.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1 steal a game.

More recently, in the New York Knicks 111-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers two days ago, Jalen Brunson posted some quality fantasy numbers. Brunson accumulated 26 points, 6 assists, and 1 steal in the Knicks loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Looking at the data just presented more closely, I observed that in the Knicks win over the Pacers just noted, Jalen Brunson accumulated 35.5 Draftkings points.

For the reasons just noted, I am backing New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson as my captain for this one game DFS slate.

Flex Plays

Captain-Josh Hart $9,400

The New York Knicks arrive at tonight’s game with the Indiana Pacers as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Having stated that, a big reason why the Knicks have played consistent quality basketball this season is New York Knicks forward Josh Hart.

In the New York Knicks nine games played this postseason, Hart averaged a robust 17.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block a game. It has to be said, those are some outstanding DFS numbers from the New York Knicks forward Josh Hart.

Tyrese Haliburton $10,200

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton has certainly been the leader in the backcourt that the Pacers have needed to win playoff games this season.

In the Indiana Pacers nine games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Tyrese Haliburton averaged 19 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.9 assists, and 1.4 steals a game.

It should be noted that the Indiana Pacers have officially listed Tyrese Haliburton as questionable for this afternoon’s game. I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate.

Donte DiVincenzo $8,400

New York shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo has been a key contributor for the New York Knicks offense in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs.

Tonight, Donte DiVincenzo draws an Indiana Pacers defense that struggled to defend the shooting guard position in the regular season. Upon the completion of 82 games in the 2024 NBA regular season, the Indiana Pacers ranked a rather low 20th in total Draftkings points allowed (43.1) to the shooting guard position a game.

Additional players I like (Draftkings price noted): Pascal Siakam $9,000: Obi Toppin $5,200: Andrew Nembhard $5,200: Isaiah Hartenstein $7,200: Alec Burks, $3,200.

Hans Geevers's Free Pick: See Above

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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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