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Best lineup strategy for Cavaliers vs. Thunder NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Tuesday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder on DraftKings.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul reacts during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

Yeah, I mean, take your pick in the Captain spot for a game like Cavaliers vs. Thunder. you’re not going to find much separation between any one player in the pricing in this contest. Andre Drummond ($15,600) is the top-priced player and has some value given what he did on the Pistons before being traded. Drummond is a guy who can go for 20-20 pretty easily, nine times this season to be exact. He’s your safest Captain but also should have high ownership.

Chris Paul ($14,700) is your next best bet at Captain. CP3 has a triple-double ceiling and has head a few vintage scoring binges for the Thunder in his first season with OKC. There’s nobody who’s massively overpriced in this contest, so the balance allows us to look at pretty much everyone. I’d maybe fish for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 20-point, 10-assist, 20-rebound triple-double back in January. He’s only $12,900.

FLEX Options

Because there aren’t many options who are going to go off, a balanced approach is best for this contest. We can look at a lot of mid-range starters like Danilo Gallinari ($7,000), Tristan Thompson ($5,800) and Steven Adams ($5,400). All three have safe floors from rebounding and Gallo from his 3-point shooting. Thompson and Adams are cheap for players who have started a lot of games this season.

As for value, Nerlens Noel ($4,000) sticks out immediately as a rebounding center with a good floor. He’s pretty safe at $4K. If you want more value, Luguentz Dort ($1,200) is almost min-priced and had been starting due to injuries on the OKC roster before the League shut down.