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Best lineup strategy for Magic vs. Bucks Game 1 NBA Showdown

We go over the best DFS options ahead of Tuesday’s Magic-Bucks matchup.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on August 11, 2020 at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

Captain’s Picks

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.

FLEX Options

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.