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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Pistons vs. Mavericks 4/12/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Pistons vs. Mavericks matchup.

Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks
April 12, 2024 8:30 pm EDT

The Detroit Pistons travel to Texas for a matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Let’s take a look at this NBA game from a DFS perspective.

Prior to discussing my Draftkings picks for the Pistons vs. Mavericks 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 Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Luka Doncic $14,000

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Luka Doncic has quickly ascended to one of the most talented players in the NBA. Having stated that, how has Doncic performed from an offensive efficiency standpoint this season? In 80 games played, Doncic has averaged a robust 33.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.8 assists, and 1.4 steals a game.

Additionally, I like Luka Doncic’s matchup tonight. Why? Doncic will be facing a Detroit Pistons defense that has had issues containing opposing shooting guards recently. In the last 30 games played in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons are ranked a rather low 24th in total Draftkings points allowed a game (44.8) to the shooting guard position.

It should also be noted that talented Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving has officially been ruled out for tonight’s game with the Pistons. Having stated that, I fully expect Luka Doncic to be much more involved in the offense due to Irving’s absence in the Mavericks lineup.

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 Dallas guard Luka Doncic fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Jaden Ivey $8,200

How important is Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey to this Pistons team? Let’s dive into a recent sample size of Jaden Ivey’s recent statistical data to get a better idea of his recent performance on the basketball court. In the Detroit Pistons last three games played, Ivey has averaged 24 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1 steal a game.

Tim Hardaway Jr. $5,000

I mentioned earlier in this article that Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving would not play today. Who will start at guard in Irving’s place? I believe that Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will draw the start for the Mavericks.

How has Hardaway Jr. played from a statistical perspective this season? Through 80 games played, Hardaway Jr. has averaged 14.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a game.

Additional flex plays I like this evening: Jalen Duren $8,000: Marcus Sasser $5,600: Dante Exum $4,400.


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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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