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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Nets NBA Showdown [UPDATE]

Kyrie Irving is back for Brooklyn, but does that make any difference against a hot Utah squad? We go over lineup construction for DraftKings featured Showdown contest.

UPDATE: Donovan Mitchell will play vs. the Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets host the Utah Jazz in a matchup of two teams trending in very different directions. While Kyrie Irving has finally returned from his shoulder injury, the Nets had lost seven of eight games prior. Brooklyn is building momentum again on a two-game winning streak, but the Jazz could put an end to that quickly. Utah has won nine games in a row and is playing like the best team in the NBA currently. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have formed a solid inside-out duo and the Jazz continue to be one of the stronger defensive teams in the League. Mitchell has been dealing with an illness, but it doesn’t appear he’s in danger of missing this game.

Let’s take a look at how to approach lineup construction for DFS in tonight’s DraftKings Showdown contest.

Captain’s Picks

Mitchell ($13,800) is probable to return, so I think he’s fine to consider for the Captain slot. The illness concerns me a bit, though it was mostly due to the Jazz being in easier matchups. The spread for this game is just -3.5 for Utah, so if it’s a close game, I’d expect Mitchell to play a regular allotment of minutes despite the illness. Still, I’m a bit hesitant and may look elsewhere at Captain. I don’t think Kyrie Irving ($15,300) makes sense quite yet given his minutes restriction. Sure, he dropped 21 points in 20 minutes on the Hawks, but the Jazz aren’t the Hawks. If Irving isn’t going to see more than 20 minutes, you can’t trust him here.

So that leaves us with Rudy Gobert ($15,900), who is averaging 14.1 points and 14.8 rebounds over the winning streak. Those are pretty consistent numbers and I’d expect that to continue against a Brooklyn squad that is below average against the position. On the off chance Mitchell is held back a bit, Emmanuel Mudiay ($8,100) is a cheap Captain option I like. Mudiay has played at least 25 minutes in three straight, all easy matchups. The way the Nets are playing I group them into that category, so any extra minutes Mudiay picks up is a plus to his upside. We also get salary savings.

FLEX Options

Spencer Dinwiddie ($12,300) is an intriguing option. His ownership should be down given Irving’s return, but I think Kyrie will be eased back and Dinwiddie will have his games. The issue is they’re starting Dinwiddie with Kyrie, so the ball is out of his hands too often. I’d like to see Dinwiddie move back to the bench and draw better matchups against other teams’ second units. For now, given the Jazz are an elite defense, I’d fade Dinwiddie tonight.

I think this is a decent Showdown to stack Utah in. There’s not much upside with anyone on the Nets right now until Kyrie is up to speed. There’s enough value in players like Mudiay ($5,400) and Royce O’Neale ($4,200) that it’s easy to fit in Gobert ($10,600) and Mitchell ($9,200). Jordan Clarkson ($7,000) is another UTIl option I’d be interested in. If we see garbage time, Clarkson would be in line for heavy usage and he’s scored 20+ points in back-to-back games at 30% or higher usage.