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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Celtics NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Sunday afternoon’s simulated basketball contest on DraftKings.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Easter Sunday! I keep forgetting that it’s actually Easter Sunday because, well, I can’t go back to New Jersey to see my family. Instead, I’m here, writing about fake basketball simulations for your pleasure, I hope you’re happy! Just kidding (but not really). Anyway, it’s Sunday and this afternoon we’ve got another sim basketball Showdown on DraftKings between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Here’s a link to the contest and be sure to check out the rules before locking in a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

This is a rare Showdown sim in which we get nearly eight players who are priced around $10K or higher. This essentially just means there are more players to consider for the Captain. It makes things a bit more tough, but we can weed out a few options. I don’t think Eric Bledsoe ($12,600) and Brook Lopez ($9,900) are feasible options, neither has any semblance of a ceiling. Gordon Hayward ($10,800) can get the axe too, though he’s a decent UTIL play. Jaylen Brown ($11,700) isn’t a bad idea. He’ll be lower owned in the Captain spot and has some 30+ point games we can hope to roll.

I think realistically this is between four players: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,900), Jayson Tatum ($15,000), Khris Middleton ($14,100) and Kemba Walker ($13,500). Giannis is the best option and will be trendy, but he’s maybe a better pick for the UTIL slot at a cheaper rate. Antetokounmpo will leave you with little to work with and there aren’t a ton of value options on these two teams. They’re very top-heavy. Middleton has some games when Giannis was sitting that are out of this world. He also has a solid floor but is a bit pricey. Kemba seems like a good value at Captain at this price. He’s had plenty of big games in the 40-60 DKFP range and gives us more lineup flexibility.

FLEX Options

After choosing a Captain, I like to go immediately into some value plays. Like I mentioned above, there aren’t many since these two teams generally spread most of the usage out to the starting lineups. Enes Kanter ($4,200) and Wes Matthews ($3,800) are OK options. Each has had to step into a bigger role: Kanter is one of few big men on the Celtics’ roster and Matthews is a starter. Really, most of the options in the $2-3K range are appealing, so I’d pick at least two.

After that, it’s trying to figure out which are the best UTIL options among the rest of the stud players. I like the idea of getting in Walker, Giannis, Tatum and Middleton, which is doable. If you want a bit more balance, Brown and Hayward are both in the $7K range, which is odd considering their prices were pretty high at Captain. Daniel Theis ($5,600) isn’t a sexy pick, but his rebounding elevates his floor in these contests and that’s a plus.