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Best lineup strategy for Mavericks vs. Hawks NBA Simulation Showdown

DraftKings is simulating Luka Doncic vs. Trae Young this afternoon. We break down how to approach the sim contest.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young greets Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic in the Skills Challenge during the NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Spectrum Center. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

We head into Throwback Thursday trying to reminisce on the last time we saw Luka Doncic and/or Trae Young live on a basketball court. This isn’t too difficult with very little to do and YouTube + NBA TV, but it doesn’t get the job done quite like having a DFS contest paired with the game. So instead, DraftKings has a Hawks-Mavs simulated basketball contest up for Thursday afternoon. Here’s a link to the contest and be sure to check out the rules before making a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

This is essentially between Luka ($18,300) and Young ($17,400) for Captain. My lean is Doncic since he has a slightly safer floor with better peripheral category coverage. Both have missed some time due to injuries, but not much, though that would also seem to favor Doncic. Really both players have 70+ DKFP upside, but Luka’s worst games are not as bad as Young’s. I don’t mind not getting the savings here either, the price different isn’t that much.

I also don’t mind the stars and scrubs approach to this contest. You can use a guy like Bruno Fernando ($1,500) in the Captain slot. Say a little prayer. Load up on Doncic, Young, Kristaps Porzingis and John Collins.

FLEX Options

I’m starting to dig the stars and scrubs approach to this types of sim contests. If you get the most upside guys into your lineup and all of them roll a great box score, you’re essentially set for the contest. For this, Fernando in the Captain with Doncic ($12,200), Young ($11,600) and Porzingis ($10,400) all at UTIL is appealing. The worry is that Doncic or Young go off and you need them at Captain. I’d say hedge with both strategies really.

If you want some more salary relief options, we get both Jalen Brunson ($2,800) and Dwight Powell ($2,000) back into contests. Both are currently out for the rest of the season, but have been added to the sim pool since they’ve played both played over 40 games this season. Trying to hit gold with one or both of Brunson and Powell seems favorable.