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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Thunder NBA simulation Showdown

We go over lineup construction for Monday’s simulated basketball Showdown between L.A. and OKC.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George as he drives to the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center.  Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

We start off the week with another simulated basketball Showdown contest on DraftKings. This afternoon, we’ve got a solid revenge narrative matchup without any revenge in sight. Paul George heads to OKC to take on the Thunder with the Los Angeles Clippers. Here’s a link to the contest and be sure to check out the rules before making a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

Since we can’t take into account the narrative at all, we need to use actually thinking and problem solving to figure out lineup construction. Can’t use irrational thought. Feels bad. So there are a lot of appealing options that are cheap at Captain. My favorite two are on the Clippers side.

Marcus Morris ($9,600) if you can remember was on the New York Knicks ages ago (a few months). Morris was the leading scorer for the Knicks for a good chunk of the season. Because of this, he hasn’t been as productive on the Clippers, but that gets thrown out the window in this format. We can roll a strong box score from Morris from his time on the Knicks at a discounted price. Realistically, Morris should be priced up a bit more.

The other name on the Clips is Montrezl Harrell ($10,500), who picked apart Domantas Sabonis in 2K last night. Harrell offers a nice floor for the Captain’s spot and his price is reasonable as well. This is more of a move to try and fit in 2-3 studs in the UTIL slots. Guys like Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul.

FLEX Options

If you want to pay up at Captain, two options you can start with are Harrell ($7,000) and Morris ($6,400) on the UTIL side. Look at those prices, just insane. There’s a ton of good mid-range options, so I don’t mind balance for this contest. Steven Adams ($6,000) seems cheap given his floor from rebounding.

If we want some value, Luguentz Dort ($1,000) is min-priced and had been playing significant time for the Thunder before the break. He’s started in 21 of 29 games this season and while his production is pretty low, it doesn’t matter at this price. Dort may be a lock at this salary. Another value option is Reggie Jackson ($3,200), who similarly was acquired after a buyout from the Pistons. Jackson was the starter for Detroit when he wasn’t hurt this season. You’re getting some starter-level box scores for a very cheap price here.