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Best lineup strategy for Mavericks vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

D’Angelo Russell is back and he’ll welcome in Luka Doncic and Dallas. We break down how to approach lineup construction

The Golden State Warriors welcome in the Dallas Mavericks for a good ‘ole shootout Tuesday night. We’ve got D’Angelo Russell back in the lineup for the Dubs, who have now lost eight in a row. Russell looked good in his return though, scoring 34 points with seven boards and four dimes in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

The big news for this game is Kristaps Porzingis, who has been sidelined with a knee injury and is questionable to play tonight. Chances are he gets back into the lineup, which would be a nice boost for Dallas, which has gone 3-4 without the big man. Even without Porzingis, Luka Doncic continues to post stupid numbers on a nightly basis. He’ll continue to be the focal point for us in this Showdown contest tonight.

Captain’s Picks

I think it’s Doncic ($22,200) here, but that price is RIDICULOUS. The issue is Doncic has the highest ceiling among any players outside of maybe Russell, but it would take at least 40 points from D’Lo to come close to matching Doncic’s output. But if I’m scanning for value to make Doncic fit, I see a few spots we can capitalize on. If the Mavericks blow out the Dubs, then we should get garbage time for a few players priced below $2K in the FLEX. But I mean, the last time Doncic faced the Warriors, he posted 31 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists in 30 minutes in a 141-121 win.

Maybe I’d consider using Russell ($15,600) as Captain and Doncic in the UTIL spot, but I think the gap in their totals will be significant enough. It’s hard to justify Draymond Green ($12,300) but using a cheaper player in the Captain slot would allow you to fit in Doncic, Russell and Dray into one lineup, which may be difficult otherwise.

FLEX Options

I think even if Porzingis ($9,800) returns, we should see a lot of Dwight Powell ($7,800) and Maxi Kleber ($7,400) in the frontcourt. Kristaps likely will be on a minutes limit if he is back, plus if the game gets out of hand there’s no reason to stretch him out. Powell and Kleber should feast on a weak Golden State frontcourt.

If I’m paying down for anyone on the Dubs side, I think Glenn Robinson III ($5,000) is a cheap starter who should at least flirt with 30 minutes. He’s been pretty productive lately, averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 32.2 minutes over the past 10 games. I like Seth Curry ($4,200) because, well, the narrative, duh. Curry won’t face his brother Stephen, but I imagine Steph will be in attendance. So Seth will want to show his brother what he’s missing of course. Oh man, I almost forgot Boban time! Boban Marjanovic ($1,600) is dirt cheap in Showdown and has stupid, crazy, dumb per 36 numbers: 22.2 points, 16.1 rebounds and 56.5% shooting from the field. Employing a few values should make it easy to fit in Doncic and Russell, which I think is paramount in this contest.