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Draftkings Best NBA Showdown Picks: Cavaliers vs. Celtics 5/15/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for tonight's Cavaliers vs. Celtics matchup.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
May 15, 2024 7:00 pm EDT

The NBA presents a playoff matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. Let’s take a look at this game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics 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 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jayson Tatum $11,200

How important has Jayson Tatum been to the Boston Celtics this postseason? Let’s take a look at Tatum’s recent game statistics to answer that question. In the Celtics last six games played (all playoff games), Tatum has averaged an impressive 24.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block a game.

Looking at the data just presented more closely I observed that in the Boston Celtics six Eastern Conference playoff games played this season, Jayson Tatum has averaged a whopping 49.5 Draftkings points a game.

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 Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum fits the captain narrative perfectly for this one game slate.

Flex Plays

Evan Mobley $9,200

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley has an opportunity to be a key contributor in the paint for this Cavaliers team in this evening’s matchup with the Boston Celtics. Why? Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is out for tonight’s game due to injury. The unfortunate injury to Porzingis should allow Cleveland forward Evan Mobley to dominate in the paint.

Keep in mind that Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. I personally don’t think Allen plays tonight. If Allen were to play, that would alter my decision to back Evan Mobley. However, I recommend that all readers pay close attention to the official injury reports released by both teams prior to setting your lineup for this slate later today.

Jaylen Brown $9,400

Since the beginning of April, the Boston Celtics have played 13 games. In those 13 games just noted (including playoff games), Jaylen Brown averaged 37.1 Draftkings points a game. It has to be said, those are some outstanding offensive numbers from the Boston Celtics forward.

I expect Celtics forward Jaylen Brown to continue his outstanding play versus the Cleveland Cavaliers later today.

Darius Garland $8,000

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland has been helped the Cavaliers offense reach new heights this season. Having stated that, how has Garland performed from an offensive efficiency standpoint in the postseason?

In the Cleveland Cavaliers last three games played in the 2024 Eastern Conference playoffs, Darius Garland is averaging 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1 steal, and 32.2 Draftkings points a game.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Donovan Mitchell $10,200: Derrick White $7,800: Jrue Holiday $7,400: Isaac Okoro $4,000.

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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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