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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Nets NBA simulation Showdown

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

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert shoots the ball over Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets will face off in a sim Tuesday 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

Caris LeVert ($9,000)

Part of me is not crazy about paying up for LeVert, but the chance at some of those upside box scores makes him worth it at Captain. LeVert has also only played 39 games this season with 25 of those being starts, so a good chunk of them will be 30+ minutes. Really, from February through the beginning of March, LeVert was one of the best scorers in the NBA, not just on the Nets.

Fade of the Game

Donovan Mitchell ($15,900 CP)

I really hate fading D-Mitch in these simulations, but there’s really no choice given the contest format. Mitchell is the most expensive option for the Jazz in the Showdown and paying up for him at Captain is just too much. We don’t have crazy good value in this contest, either. Mitchell offers some scoring upside but doesn’t have elite upside like a James Harden or Damian Lillard.

Value Picks

DeAndre Jordan ($4,200) — It’s always a good idea to target bigs who are cheap in these Showdown contests. Generally, big men have a safer floor with the rebounding totals. Jordan was somehow averaging 10.0 rebounds in just 22 minutes per game over 56 appearances, just six starts.

Tony Bradley ($1,600) — Same thinking as Jordan. Bradley wasn’t averaging 10.0 rebounds per game — though his per 36 numbers were pretty strong during the regular season. He’s appeared in 50 games with two starts, but the price is so low we don’t need much out of Bradley here.