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Best lineup strategy for Suns vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

Can Golden State carry momentum into Friday’s matchup vs. Phoenix? We break down lineup construction for tonight’s Showdown contest on DraftKings.

Detail view of the tattoos on Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are riding high after their most impressive win of the season on Christmas Day against the Houston Rockets. We saw the Dubs look a lot like the Dubs, which was a nice sight on what was widely a very poor X-Mas Day slate. The Phoenix Suns didn’t play on Christmas and are dealing with injuries to key players again. Kelly Oubre Jr. is on the report as probable, while Deandre Ayton has already been ruled out. With not many games on the slate for Friday night, we’ll break down tonight’s Showdown contest on DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Unlike most Showdown slates, there really isn’t a clear-cut No. 1 stud option. Normally we get at least 2-3 players who stand out above the rest, but in this case we have a handful of mid-range options who are all sort of in the same category. D’Angelo Russell ($14,100) is the highest price player in the contest, mostly because of his scoring ceiling. This is a decent matchup for D’Lo to thrive in, pace should be up and he’s got at least 20 points in four straight.

I don’t mind Draymond Green ($11,700) or Damion Lee ($9,900) in this spot either. Lee should be higher owned than normal after his big performance on X-Mas. I think Green won’t score nearly as much as he did vs. the Rockets, but looked fired up and we know he can stuff the stat sheet. I’ll lean Dray as the best Captain option on the Dubs.

As for the Suns, I don’t mind getting Devin Booker ($12,300) at this price as a captain. He’s normally at least 2-3K higher, though the forearm injury is still concerning. He’s getting big minutes and usage, but isn’t taking nearly as many shots/making them. Frank Kaminsky ($6,300) is my sleeper value at captain. I think he’ll get more minutes tonight with Ayton sidelined and the Suns needs a stretch big against a team like the Warriors, who allow the highest 3PT% to opponents this season.

FLEX Options

This is going to be one of those Showdown contests when we see a lot of lineups leave money on the table. You almost have to if you think somebody who is priced down is in a good spot. In this games case, there are a lot of players who fit that criteria. For instance, you can fit in almost any higher-priced player as captain and pretty much fit whoever you want in.

I think Kaminsky ($4,200) is also a good flex option. Aron Baynes ($5,600) is also in play. He’s been given more minutes in the front court with Ayton out. Glenn Robinson III ($4,800) would be my other cheap option to spend down for. But again, if you’re spending down for one of these guys, you’re most likely either fitting in 4-5 stud players or leaving a good amount of salary on the table. Just the way she goes.