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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Nuggets NBA Showdown

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Monday’s first-round matchup between the Jazz and Nuggets.

Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets handles the ball against the LA Clippers on August 12, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets will get the 2020 NBA playoffs started with a first-round matchup on Monday. DraftKings has Showdown contests available for the matchup, and we’ll go over the best lineup strategies. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Picks

Nikola Jokic ($15,900) will likely be the most popular option in contests centered around this game. The do-it-all big man leads Denver in points, assists, and rebounds. He’s typically a lock to put up big numbers regardless of who he’s matched up against, and Rudy Gobert shouldn’t be able to limit his playmaking prowess. The emergence of Michael Porter Jr. will make the Nuggets difficult to stop. Jokic isn’t ridiculously overpriced and might have the highest floor of any player.

Jamal Murray ($12,300) is also a player worth keeping an eye on. He some games at the beginning of the NBA’s restart and returned to torch Utah with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in his bubble debut to secure an overtime victory for Denver. Mike Conley has left the bubble for the birth of his child, and the Jazz have been terrible when it comes to defending the point guard position.

FLEX Options

Jordan Clarkson ($4,600) can offer tremendous value here with Conley away. He was popular chalk throughout the seeding games because of his scoring off the bench, but he could be given a more significant role in his next game. Emmanuel Mudiay might still be dealing with knee pain, so Clarkson should get plenty of run if the game is close. Royce O’Neale ($3,400) is extremely cheap for a player who will likely play more than 30 minutes. He was one of the more productive players in the bubble before the Jazz started load managing.