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Best lineup strategy for Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 2 NBA Showdown

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Wednesday’s first-round matchup between Dallas and Los Angeles.

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers reacts with Marcus Morris Sr. after hitting a jump shot against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Clippers should be thanking, well, let’s not get into that type of thing, right now. The Clippers had an up-and-down Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks, but ultimately came away with a win to go up 1-0. The Mavs lost Kristaps Porzingis to an ejection after two technical fouls in the third quarter. Now, Porzingis may not play, being listed as questionable due to a knee injury. That will be key to this Showdown. Let’s get into some picks on DraftKings. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Luka Doncic ($21,000)

This price is nutty but so is Doncic. He dropped 42 points in Game 1 and almost dragged the Mavericks to an upset win despite Porzingis being tossed early. I’m fine paying up at this price, especially if Porzingis is sidelined for the game. Maybe I consider taking the $7,000 discount and playing Doncic in the FLEX, but that’s no fun! Doncic somehow had 65.75 DKFP in Game 1 and didn’t even have a triple-double. He seems like the type of player we should expect more great things from in Game 2.

Fade of the Game

Marcus Morris ($6,000)

Morris had a solid Game 1 but I think we see some regression from him in Game 2. For one, he’s not going to have 4 steals every game. That made up a big chunk of his production. He also shot 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from 3-point range. Again, regression could happen. Plus, his price is only going up. Maybe he does it again. Most likely he won’t and you’ll get something in the 3-4x value range.

Value Picks

Dorian Finney-Smith ($5,400) — If Porzingis is out I think a lot of lineups will flock to Maxi Kleber ($4,000). If we go to our trusty box score, we see Kleber played 34 minutes in Game 1 and scored a grand total of 3 points. Oof. I’d much rather get DFS, who has a good ceiling and is a solid rebounder who can match up with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George better than most players on Dallas.

Boban Marjanovic ($1,800) — Do we see any Boban in Game 2 if Porzingis is out? It’s a possibility. Even if he doesn’t, Boban still played 13 minutes in Game 1 and put up 13.5 DKFP with 8 boards. At almost min-pricing, Marjanovic doesn’t need to do more than grab 6 rebounds and drop the ball into the basket a few times to return value.