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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Lakers vs. Pelicans 4/16/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for tomorrow's Lakers vs. Pelicans matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
April 16, 2024 7:30 pm EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Louisiana for a matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans. Let’s take a look at this NBA game from a DFS perspective.

Before we dive into my Draftkings picks for the Lakers vs. Pelicans 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 tomorrow’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Zion Williamson $9,200

How important is New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson to this Pelicans team? Upon the completion of 82 games played in the regular season, Williamson averaged a robust 22.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal a game. That is type of fantasy production I want from the captain position.

Additionally, I like Zion Williamson’s matchup in this game. Why? Williamson will be facing a Los Angeles Lakers defense that has had issues containing opposing power forwards lately. In the last 30 games played in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers are ranked a rather low 27th in total Draftkings points (53.5) allowed a game to the power forward position.

Selecting the correct captain for your Draftkings 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 New Orleans forward Zion Williamson fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

LeBron James $10,600

Since the beginning of April, the Los Angeles Lakers have played six games. In those six games just noted, LeBron James has averaged an impressive 28.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 10.5 assists, and 2.1 steals a game. It has to be said, those are some quality offensive numbers from the Lakers forward.

It should be noted that the Los Angeles Lakers played the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game of the regular season on Sunday. How did LeBron James perform in that contest?

In the Lakers 124-100 win over the Pelicans on Sunday, LeBron James accumulated a whopping 28 points, 11 rebounds, 17 assists, and 5 steals.

C.J. McCollum $8,800

New Orleans point guard C.J. McCollum has certainly been a key contributor to the Pelicans offense in 2024. Having stated that, how has McCollum been playing recently? Let’s dive into a sample size of McCollum’s player statistics to answer that question.

In the New Orleans Pelicans last three games played, C.J. McCollum averaged 27 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 0.7 steals a game.

Additional flex plays I like: Anthony Davis $11,000: D’Angelo Russell $8,000: Larry Nance $4,600.

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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