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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Lakers vs. Raptors 4/2/24

Analyzing the best Draftkings picks for tonight's Lakers vs. Raptors matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors
April 2, 2024 7:00 pm EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Canada for a matchup with the Toronto Raptors. Let’s take a look at this NBA game from a DFS perspective.

Before we dive into my Draftkings picks for the Lakers vs. Raptors 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 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Anthony Davis $11,000

Talented Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis has certainly been a driving force to the Lakers success in 2024. In the Lakers last four games played, Davis has averaged a whopping 17 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal a game.

It should also be noted that Anthony Davis will be facing a Toronto Raptors defense that has had issues containing opposing centers this season. In the last 30 games played in the NBA, the Raptors are ranked a dismal 29th in total Draftkings points allowed a game (62.3) to the center position.

It has to be said that selecting the correct captain for your DFS showdown lineup is essential if you hope to win a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) Draftkings contest. Having stated that, I am rolling with the Lakers Anthony Davis as my captain for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

D’Angelo Russell $7,600

Los Angeles point guard D’Angelo Russell has clearly illustrated that he can post quality offensive numbers for this Lakers team. Let’s dive into Russell’s recent statistical data to get a better idea of his recent performance on the basketball court. In the Los Angeles Lakers last four games played, Russell has averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 2 steals a game.

Similar to Anthony Davis, Russell draws a Toronto Raptors defense that has struggled to defend opposing point guards recently. In the last 30 games played in the NBA, the Raptors are ranked a rather low 27th in total Draftkings points allowed a game (52.9) to the point guard position.

In summary, I love Russell’s chances to post quality fantasy numbers versus this vulnerable Toronto Raptors defense later today.

Kelly Olynyk $7,400

Last month, Raptors center Jakob Poeltl suffered a hand injury that could require surgery. Unfortunately for the Raptors, Poeltl’s injury will likely keep the big man on the sidelines the rest of the season.

Who has picked up the slack in the Raptors offense in Poeltl’s absence? The answer to that question of Toronto forward Kelly Olynyk.

In the Toronto Raptors last three games played, Olynyk has averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, and 1.3 steals a game.

Additional flex plays I like this evening: LeBron James $10,400: Immanuel Quickley $9,200: Gradey Dick $5,000.


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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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