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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Knicks NBA simulation Showdown

The Bucks and Knicks square off in a Thursday NBA simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo looks for a shot against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson in the second quarter at Fiserv Forum.  Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks will face off in a sim Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET. We break down the ideal Showdown lineup strategy for the DFS contest that will be played in the snow. You can set your lineup and play in the DraftKings contest before tip.

Captain’s Pick

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($17,700)

Maybe if the Bucks were playing another team, perhaps a team with some talent, then we’d be looking in another direction at Captain. Unfortunately, there aren’t really any options and as far as ceiling plays, well, it doesn’t get much better than the Greek Freak. Giannis is by far the best Captain’s pick in this contest. The only reason I could see you going with someone else is to get more balance. Khris Middleton ($14,700) would really be the only pivot in my mind and he’s going to have high ownership anyway.

Fade of the Game

RJ Barrett ($12,900 CP)

Barrett seems really overpriced at Captain in this contest. I mean, even at FLEX why am I paying $8,600 for RJ Barrett? He’s started 55 of 56 games for the Knicks this season and has put up middling numbers overall. Barrett has two double-doubles all season and both were points and rebounds, so we’re not looking at much peripheral upside here. I’d shy away from using Barrett in this format. Chances are he won’t pay off at all.

Value Picks

If we’re going to play any Knicks guys, it’s best to pay down for them. For one, New York’s rotation was so out of wack this season. So there are plenty of cheap players who have the odds of rolling a decent box scores. Taj Gibson ($3,200) and Reggie Bullock ($1,000) are my favorite two plays. We get a nice floor with a guy like Gibson who can rebound and Bullock was a late, playing in 29 games for the Knicks. Bullock started in 19 of those, so the low box score number is very enticing at basement pricing. Bullock is more of a lock in my eyes than anything and lets us Captain Giannis pretty easily.