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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Pacers vs. Knicks 5/8/24

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

Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks
May 8, 2024 8:00 pm EDT

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

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

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jalen Brunson $12,000

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 point guard Jalen Brunson.

How well has Jalen Brunson been playing from a statistical standpoint in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs? In the New York Knicks seven games played this postseason, Brunson averaged a whopping 36.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 steals a game.

More recently, in the New York Knicks 121-117 win over the Indiana Pacers two days ago, Jalen Brunson posted some quality DFS numbers. Brunson accumulated 43 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block in the Knicks win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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

Flex Plays

Donte DiVincenzo $7,200

In addition to Jalen Brunson, New York shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo has been a key contributor for the New York Knicks offense in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs.

In the New York Knicks seven games played this postseason, Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo averaged 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1 steal a game. It has to be said, those are some quality offensive numbers from the New York Knicks guard.

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.

Myles Turner $8,200

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has certainly been the driving force for the Indiana Pacers in the paint this season. Having stated that, how has Myles Turner been playing recently?

In the Indiana Pacers seven games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Myles Turner averaged an impressive 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks a game.

Looking at the data just presented more closely I observed that in the Indiana Pacers last seven games (all playoff games), Myles Turner averaged 36.6 Draftkings points a game.

In conclusion, I fully expect Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner to continue his outstanding play versus the New York Knicks later today.

Additional players I like (Draftkings price noted): Pascal Siakam $10,200: Josh Hart $9,600: Aaron NeSmith $5,000: Andrew Nembhard $5,600: Isaiah Hartenstein $6,400.

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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