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Best lineup strategy for Lakers vs. Raptors NBA Showdown

We go over some of the best Showdown options for Saturday’s Lakers-Raptors game.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers high five against the LA Clippers during the first quarter of the game at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The reigning champion Toronto Raptors will face the favored Los Angeles Lakers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET to wrap up a six-game main slate of NBA basketball. Toronto came out on top when it last faced Los Angeles in November, but the outcome could be different this time around. We go over some ideal Showdown DFS plays for contests centered around the matchup on DraftKings below.

Captain’s Picks

The top captain’s options in this game are both Lakers. LeBron James ($19,200) and Anthony Davis ($18,300) have high floors and ceilings and could out up top-notch numbers against the Raptors. Toronto, like Los Angeles, has an elite defense capable of limiting stars.

James put together a decent stat line against the Los Angeles Clippers in his last outing despite only shooting 6-for-19 from the floor. He’ll likely see a few bodies thrown at him on defense, but OG Anunoby and others shouldn’t be capable of containing him for an entire game. He typically kills Toronto in the playoffs, and maybe he’ll get started a little early this year.

Davis has a clear size advantage against Siakam and has rebounding upside even if this ends up being a low scoring game. His eye injury doesn’t appear to be affecting him, as he logged 35 minutes against the Clippers. If you think James’ shooting won’t recover, Davis is the right pick.

FLEX Options

The Raptors are deeper than they have been in a long time, but that doesn’t mean Kyle Lowry ($10,000) won’t play a ton of minutes. The Lakers have quality defenders like Danny Green and others that could spend some time guarding him, but he has a good chance to abuse the reserves. His passing and defensive effort will help him rack up points whether he’s scoring at a high level or not.

Kyle Kuzma ($5,000) could continue to get more minutes than usual if he continues to shoot lights out. He tallied 32 minutes against the Clippers and tallied 16 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.