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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Warriors NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Wednesday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Clippers and Warriors on DraftKings.

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard dribbles the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Glenn Robinson III during the first quarter at Chase Center.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

Paul George ($15,900)

So if we look at the pricing for this contest, Kawhi Leonard ($16,800) is the highest-priced option of the bunch. We don’t have Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. No Kevin Durant or D’Angelo Russell. Just Andrew Wiggins ($14,700). So it’s between Kawhi and PG-13 for the top spot. Kawhi is more expensive and I think George has some ceiling games that justify the lower price. Leonard is safer but George is a decent play as well. Plus, less variance due to his injuries this season.

Draymond Green ($7,800)

Every time I would fade Green in real life in Showdown contests, he’d come back and bite me in the ass. This time around, that may be tough for him to do. Out of respect, I feel like Dray should be priced at least up in the 8-9K range. His upside in this spot is a triple-double, which he’s flirted with around 8-10 times this season. His assist and rebounding totals are enough to make him a very safe Captain.

FLEX Options

Ky Bowman ($3,000)

If you look at Bowman’s box scores from this season, you’ll notice that most of the time when he’s not benched, he’s getting decent minutes. Bowman averaged 22.6 minutes per game over 45 games (12 starts) during the regular season. He scored in double figures in 13 of those games, so nearly 13 of his boxes. So we’re rolling working with decent odds Bowman returns value.

Reggie Jackson ($2,200)

So there’s no way they’re just rolling randomly through Jackson’s nine box scores in L.A. If that’s the case, he’s a lock. If it’s for the season, we’re getting Jackson at almost basement pricing. Jackson was starting and playing big minutes for the Pistons before being bought out and heading to the Clippers. He’s only played 23 games this season and 11 are starts. With the Pistons, he averaging 14.9 points per game. That’s basically 15 fantasy points, which means at $2.2K, we’re looking at a little less than 8x value.