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Best lineup strategy for Thunder vs Rockets NBA Simulation Showdown

We’ve got CP3 and the Thunder going up against James Harden and Russell Westbrook in Wednesday’s simulated basketball contest.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul loses control of the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden defends on a play during the third quarter at Toyota Center.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this one would have been a nice one to actually watch on TV. DraftKings is offering a simulated basketball contest Wednesday afternoon for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets rivalry. Chris Paul, James Harden and Russell Westbrook all taking the hypothetical court. Here’s a link to the contest and definitely be sure to check out the rules before entering a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

James Harden ($18,900) is the highest priced player to nobody’s surprise. He’s had some monster performances this season, but we’ve also seen him struggle with outside shooting quite a bit. Since the New Year 2020, Harden has seven games below 20 points. Of course, you’re more than likely to hit a game of over 30 points. Russell Westbrook ($16,800) seems like a safer play given how well he had been playing before the league went on break. There’s less variance with his box scores than Harden, though his ceiling is a bit more capped. This is a pretty top-heavy contest, so we could dip down and use somebody dirt cheap in the Captain’s slot to save salary to cram in 3-4 studs.

FLEX Options

If we’re fitting in Westbrook ($11,200) and Harden ($12,600) then we’re going to need some sub-$5K value. PJ Tucker ($4,400) has been that guy all season long. Sure, there’s a chance we roll a box score in which he goes 0-3 from the floor, but that also might include around 10 rebounds. The floor is safe enough given the amount of minutes he generally plays each games. Odds are you’ll roll a Tucker box score that helps us get value at this price. Nerlens Noel ($2,400) would be the other cheap option on the Thunder side. Considering his rebounding upside, Noel has a safe enough floor at this price. You could chase the Great White Buffalo that is Eric Gordon’s ($6,400) 50-point game. That would return huge value at this UTIL price.