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Best lineup strategy for Wizards vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

Stephen Curry was supposed to return. Instead, he’ll remain out against Washington. We break down the Curry-less contest on DraftKings.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal dribbles the ball during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry was supposed to be back. Instead, Steve Kerr ruined all of our hopes and dreams by announcing that Steph would need a little more time. He’s going to keep practicing and draining halfcourt shots, but is more likely to return this upcoming Thursday. Okay, fine, we’ll wait it out for 12 of the Splash Bros. to return. While Curry isn’t on the menu, baskets sure as hell will be. The Wizards continue to play up-tempo and down-defense. Neither of these teams plays defense. Let’s get into some picks for what should be a barnburner.

Who should I play at Captain?

Bradley Beal ($17,100)

I can say with about 95% certainty that you should be Captaining Beal in this contest. Here are a few reasons why. Reason 1: Beal has been lighting the basket on fire since the All-Star Break. He has two games of 53+ points and another 42-pointer on top of that — last game against the Jazz. Reason 2: The Warriors can’t guard Beal. Reason 3: There are few players worth paying up for in the contest. I could probably go all the way to Reason 2,346 but we don’t have that much time.

Who should I stack with Beal?

Davis Bertans ($6,200)

The Warriors have been the worst team at defending the 3-point line this season. They allow opponents to make around 14 3-pointers per game. The Wizards aren’t even scoring on teams by abusing the 3-point line. So this is a get-right spot for Bertans. He’s shot 5-for-19 in the past two games. The minutes are there, we just aren’t see the usage or FGAs translate. That could be because of Beal and his volume, but this is a game with 231.5 OVER/UNDER. Bertans should get easier looks from outside and his price is pretty cheap.

Where can I find value?

Kevon Looney ($1,800)

Looney has finally strung together a few good outings despite low minutes. He hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in a game all season, but he’s getting closer. It’s a small sample but over the past two games — per 36 minutes — Looney is averaging 14.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Not included is his 54.5 percent shooting from the floor. If this game goes one way or the other, Looney could see over 20 minutes and at the near minimum, would be able to return upwards of 10-15x value.

Who should I fade?

Draymond Green ($8,200)

It’s not a Showdown article if I’m not fading Dray. He’s questionable to play to begin with and missed Saturday’s game. In two games he did play post-ASB, Green has posted a combined 28 minutes with six points, five rebounds and 11 assists. The Dubs should really just shut down Draymond and keep him fresh for next season like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. I worry a bit about fading Green — always do — the thing is his price is just too high to take an L like those past two box scores.