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Kings vs. Clippers Simulated NBA Game: DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy, Captain’s Picks

Greg Ehrenberg preps you for Thursday’s 3:00 p.m. ET simulated NBA Showdown contest between the Kings and Clippers with game-script analysis and Captain’s Picks.

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With real basketball currently on hiatus, DraftKings is launching simulated basketball games! Take note of the rules since this contest doesn’t work like any other contest we have had before. Here, we will focus on Thursday’s free simulated game between the Kings and Clippers, which locks at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.


Sacramento Kings

Fantasy production hasn’t been great for the Kings in what’s been a disappointing season. A popular pick to be a breakout team and make the playoffs, Sacramento has fallen well short of expectations. With that said, they are still alive for the playoffs and have an outside shot to sneak into the eighth seed when the league starts back up at the end of the month.

Per game, the top producer for Sacramento has been De’Aaron Fox ($8,600). He’s putting up an average of 38.62 DKFP, yet isn’t the most expensive player on the team. It is really odd to see Buddy Hield ($10,200) at a higher salary than Fox. Given that Hield produces significantly less than Fox and is $1,600 more expensive, he’s an easy fade for me.

My favorite value from the Kings and one of the more underpriced players in this game is Richaun Holmes ($4,400). A fantasy star this season, Holmes one of Sacramento’s top fantasy producers, averaging 29.43 DKFP per game. The big man is the third-highest scoring fantasy player on the team, but he is priced as the sixth most expensive. Holmes is much too cheap due to all the success he’s had filling in for Marvin Bagley, who isn’t in the player pool since he hasn’t played the minimum amount of games to qualify. If not for a shoulder injury, it’s very possible that Holmes could have ended up being the Kings’ top fantasy producer this season.

A likely lower-owned GPP play to consider is Jabari Parker ($3,800). A lot of people probably didn’t even realize he was on the Kings since he’s played a minimal role for the team since being acquired at the trade deadline. Despite playing limited minutes in Sacramento, Parker played a big role for a stretch of the season with the Hawks. He was forced to start at power forward for a while since John Collins was dealing with a suspension. In the starting lineup, Parker averaged 31.73 DKFP, making him an upside play for this contest. We just have to hope we draw one of his games as a starter as opposed to one of his games as a bench player.

Los Angeles Clippers

As is almost always the case when the Clippers play, Kawhi Leonard ($17,100 CP/$11,400) is the top fantasy producer in the contest, making him my top choice in the Captain’s spot. He’s averaging 48.42 DKFP per game. The second-highest average is Paul George ($9,400) at 42.45 DKFP. We know Kawhi has upside and he has nine games going over 60 DKFP. We also don’t have to worry about him resting as we do in real life.

Speaking of games where Kawhi has rested, his absence has created some big upside for other players. One player in particular is George, who I mentioned above. His usage shoots through the roof with Leonard off the court, and we could see a big performance for PG13 if he draws one of the games where he was active and Kawhi rested. George also makes for a fairly obvious play in this game since there aren’t many strong options to pay up for.

Just like George, Lou Williams ($7,800) has benefited and had some big games when the Clippers were shorthanded. He averages 32.27 DKFP for the season, but has also moved into the starting lineup a handful of times when players were injured or resting. As a starter, Williams averages 39.41 DKFP. I slightly prefer Lou to Montrezl Harrell ($9,800) due to the big gap in their salaries. We usually see them priced about the same, so the difference in salaries has me leaning towards Lou.

Reggie Jackson ($1,600) is the best per dollar play in this game. He’s priced for his time on the Clippers and his salary seems to ignore the time he spent with the Pistons. Jackson averages 24.49 DKFP and is one of the cheapest players in this contest. There isn’t a player priced close to him averaging close to his fantasy output. As another value play at guard, we can also look at Patrick Beverley ($2,000). He’s a bit more expensive than Jackson and averages less DKFP, but he’s still a good value play per dollar.

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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is gehrenberg) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.