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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Pistons NBA simulation Showdown

The Jazz and Pistons square off in a Friday NBA simulation at DraftKings. We break down Showdown strategy to consider.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert dunks against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Rockets won 120-110.  Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons will face off in a sim Friday 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

Derrick Rose ($14,700)

There aren’t a ton of great Captain options in this contest. Donovan Mitchell lacks upside, Andre Drummond is on the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rudy Gobert is really only a floor play. So Rose is a good upside play that saves us a little bit of salary at Captain. Rose has a really good floor given that stretch of games in which he had 20+ points pretty much every night.

Fade of the Game

Donovan Mitchell ($16,800 CP)

I’m having a tough time coming to grips with why Spida is this expensive in Showdown simulations. Sure, he’s one of the better scoring guards in the NBA, but that’s really all he provides. He isn’t a plus-passer, he isn’t a plus-shooter, so his upside is capped — as I alluded to up there.

Value Picks

Blake Griffin ($3,800) — There’s some really good value in these sim Showdown’s and it’s created mostly through injuries. Griffin pretty much missed all of this season, but the box scores in which he played are totally fine. So we can get one of those rolls and pay way down for an All-Star type of play.

Sekou Doumbouya ($1,600) — Doumbouya is going to cost you next to nothing for a player who emerged toward the middle of the Pistons campaign to be pretty useful in the rotation. Dr. Doum has started 19 of his 38 games this season, which is a solid sample size. At this price, we’re getting a player with a safe floor.