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

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Tuesday’s first-round matchup between the Bucks and Magic.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Anzejs Pasecniks of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic begin their first-round Eastern Conference series on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. ET on TNT. The Bucks come in as the No. 1 seed and favorite to represent the East in the Finals. Orlando is the 8-seed and isn’t expected to do much with a lot of injury concerns. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks for Game 1. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Evan Fournier ($11,100)

The easy way to approach making your lineup for this contest is plug in Giannis Antetokounmpo and work from there. Giannis is $18,900, so that will be tough to fit in at Captain. You may be better off paying down at Captain and fitting Giannis in at the FLEX. Fournier isn’t a bad value option as Captain, a player who can fill it up and will need to chuck in order for the Magic to keep up with the Bucks.

Fade of the Game

Brook Lopez ($6,800)

BroLo seems a bit overpriced considering he’s a starter for the Bucks in a good matchup. Sure, Nikola Vucevic isn’t a great defender, but he’s tough to guard on offense. Lopez could get into foul trouble and I can’t imagine the Bucks have any issues going with Giannis at the 5 and working in smaller lineups to stretch the floor. Lopez just doesn’t have a good ceiling and Giannis is going to eat up a lot of salary, meaning less mid-range options that make sense.

Value Picks

D.J. Augustin ($4,200) — With Michael Carter-Williams looking unlikely to play, Augustin will operate as the backup PG for Orlando. Markelle Fultz is going to start but can’t really shoot. Augustin brings some veteran savvy and can create some offense.

Khem Birch ($1,800) — If Aaron Gordon is ruled out, we should see more of Birch and Gary Clark at PF. Birch is dirt cheap and should eat up fouls guarding Giannis in this game. Even if Gordon plays, Birch has a shot at some garbage time if Milwaukee ends this early. Just trying to hit value, Birch can get there pretty easily with 4-5 rebounds.