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Best lineup strategy for Timberwolves vs. Clippers NBA simulation Showdown

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

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard shoots as Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins defends in the first half at Chase Center. John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Tuesday afternoon is between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest. If you need to locate the contest, here you go, and be sure to check out the rules before locking in a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

We have a lot of choices to sift through, but I’ll go over the top four options first. Obviously we have two on each side, Kawhi Leonard ($15,300) and Paul George ($14,100) for the Clips and Karl-Anthony Towns ($16,500) and D’Angelo Russell ($13,500) on the T-Wolves.

I’d say simply because KAT is the highest-priced player that he may not be the ideal choice in this player pool. We’ll want more of a balanced lineup, though there are some extreme values we can use to gain the proper salary relief. PG-13 also seems a bit less appealing given his price tag is higher than D’Lo, who has probably had a better season from a fantasy perspective. We get Russell’s box scores from his time with the Dubs as well. I think both Kawhi and Russell are OK plays overall and I’d lean Leonard’s way, though the price isn’t as appealing.

There are two additional names in the mid-range that could be leverage plays. Both Marcus Morris ($11,400) and Malik Beasley ($10,500) have seen a change of scenery this season. Morris was the leading scorer for the Knicks for most of the season, while Beasley broke out once the Nuggets shipped him to Minnesota. Both could roll a decent box score at Captain and are going to cost less than the elite choices above, plus provide some leverage in the high pop GPP.

FLEX Options

I mentioned Beasley and Morris, both of whom are pretty great FLEX options under $8K. We’re going to want to snag some value though, since we undoubtedly have to pay up at Captain. There are a few options we can lean on that have mostly stepped up due to injuries or get the trade deadline bump.

Reggie Jackson was traded to the Clippers, but was signed after being bought out by the Pistons. He was starting when he was healthy and put together a handful of box scores above this price of $2,600, which seems pretty low. Naz Reid is a player who was starting as well, in place of the injured Towns at the time before the hiatus. At $1,400, he’s a very strong value option given his floor is higher due to his rebounding numbers. Those two values could give us the right combo to help pull off a lineup with 3-4 places priced up.