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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Hornets NBA Showdown in Paris

Milwaukee and Charlotte will play the first ever NBA regular-season game in France. We break down lineup strategy for the featured Showdown on DraftKings.

Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum dribbles during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Spectrum Center. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets will play each other in the first regular-season NBA game in Paris, France. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be on the international stage, coming off an MVP season and looking to add another to his resume. The Bucks are 39-6 and on top of the NBA, while the Hornets, well, aren’t. Charlotte is 15-30 and struggling to stay in the playoff picture. We don’t have any injuries to really go over, so let’s get into DraftKings Showdown strategy for this afternoon’s contest.

Captain’s Pick

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($21,000)

I don’t think there’s any question Giannis is the top Captain’s pick for this contest. He has the highest ceiling of any player and he’ll be the focus on the international stage. I think the most appealing thing in this matchup is that Giannis likely won’t be held back if the game gets out of hand. It’s supposed to grow the game overseas, so there’s no reason to yank the reigning MVP because the Bucks are up by 20 points. Even playing in mostly blowouts recently, Giannis is averaging 60.1 fantasy points in his past four games.

FLEX Options

I think a full blown Bucks stack with Khris Middleton ($10,400) and Eric Bledsoe ($8,800) makes a lot of sense. Milwaukee has a ton of appealing 3-point shooters and the Hornets are allowing opponents to shoot 38.1% from downtown over the past 10 games. With that in mind and the fact that a blowout is in play, George Hill ($3,000) and Kyle Korver ($2,000) could provide decent value. Wesley Matthews ($3,400) is probable, so he should play, and he’d be another shooter to consider as a salary-saver to pay up for the Bucks’ Big 3.

As for the Hornets side, there isn’t much that stands out given the defensive ability of Milwaukee. Giannis is a stopper down low and Bledsoe is a great perimeter defender. But Bledsoe can’t guard both Devonte’ Graham ($10,200) and Terry Rozier ($9,800). It’ll be tough to fit in the Bucks’ Big 3 and one of Graham or Rozier. I don’t mind a cheap Charlotte role player like Cody Zeller ($5,000) or Malik Monk ($3,600). Both could see around 20 mins and give us some savings to pay up for Giannis and Co.