The Orlando Magic are matched up with the Milwaukee Bucks for the first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs. The eighth seed should have a tough time going up against the reigning MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and DraftKings has Showdown contests available for the matchup. We’ll go over the best lineup strategies here.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,900) stuffed the stat sheet in seeding games and is in top form ahead of the start of the postseason. He’ll be a popular choice against a Magic team that’s lost its top defender — Jonathan Isaac — to season-ending knee injury during seeding games. Antetokounmpo has had some monster games against Orlando and is even more of a threat to tear it up if Aaron Gordon (hamstring) sits for Game 1. Antetokounmpo could be limited if this game turns into a blowout though.
Khris Middleton ($14,700) is also a desirable option if the game stays close. The swingman will likely have a major mismatch against James Ennis III or Wes Iwundu at small forward and can do a little bit of everything. His ceiling isn’t as high as Antetokounmpo’s, but his salary allows you to fit some of the Magic’s better threats.
Nikola Vucevic ($10,600) has been Orlando’s most consistent scoring threat. While Milwaukee is an excellent defensive team anchored by Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez in the post, Vucevic is a double-double waiting to happen. The Bucks haven’t defended well against point guards and Markelle Fultz ($5,600) has the athleticism to make things difficult. He’s seen an increase in his playing time since entering the bubble and has a higher ceiling than D.J. Augustin.