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Best lineup strategy for Nuggets vs. Kings NBA Showdown

We go over some of the top DFS options for Wednesday’s Nuggets-Kings game.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 16, 2020 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.  Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

Wednesday’s second to last NBA game will be a Western Conference matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings. Tip-off is set for 10:00 p.m. ET and we’ve identified some ideal DFS plays for Showdown contests on DraftKings centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Stud

No player in this matchup has more upside than Nikola Jokic ($16,500). The do-it-all big is a regular triple-double threat. He was surprisingly underwhelming against Sacramento last season but I expect him to dominate a Kings starting frontcourt composed of Marvin Bagley Jr. and Richaun Holmes. Denver’s depth at the center position is a little shaky with Isaiah Hartenstein and Bol Bol as Jokic’s primary backups. The Joker should get rest in spurts but orchestrate the Nuggets’ offense for most of the game. Jokic has tallied at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of his last two season openers.

Mid-Tier

Marvin Bagley’s ($9,000) last season was ended prematurely by health issues but he’s ready to assume a larger role now that Bogdan Bogdanovic is with the Atlanta Hawks. Sacramento’s offense will be guard-centric and mostly focus on De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, but Bagley showed a ton of consistency in the 13 games he played last year. He eclipsed 30 DKFP in four of his last 10 games and will allow you to fit more high-profile payers in the flex than Jokic.

Value

Hassan Whiteside ($5,700) might’ve signed for the league minimum last year but averaged nearly 40 DKFP per contest. He’s backing up Richaun Holmes but his size and shot-blocking prowess could be more effective in slowing down Jokic.

FLEX Options

Tyrese Haliburton ($4,900) will be the Kings’ first guard off the bench and his all-around game gives him plenty of ways. If he has a subpar shooting night he can make up for it with rebounding and utilizing his impressive off-ball defense to get steals. If the Nuggets run away with this game he’ll be a garbage time option.

Paul Millsap isn't getting any younger and that’s why Denver brought in JaMychal Green ($4,200). He’s one of the NBA’s better energy bigs and can fill in at the 4 or as a small-ball center. He’ll act as the Nuggets’ primary reserve big and can rack up hustle points like few others if given significant playing time.