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Best lineup strategy for Raptors vs. Nets Game 3 NBA Showdown

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Friday’s first-round matchup between Toronto and Brooklyn.

Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets sets up the play against the Toronto Raptors in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 19, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets have a lot to be proud of despite being in a 2-0 hole to the Toronto Raptors in their first-round series in the NBA bubble. The Nets should have stole a win to even the series in Game 1, but blew it after leading most of the game. Now, the Nets will be without G Joe Harris (personal), so things are looking bleak. Let’s take a look at some Showdown picks on DraftKings for Game 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Pascal Siakam ($13,800)

Siakam was arguably the top fantasy option among players in this pool during the regular season. We just haven’t seen a big game from Spicy P in the bubble. When that comes, you’ll want to be in on Siakam early. I think this could be the spot for Siakam to show up big. The Nets are on the ropes down 2-0 and it’s not like Siakam is struggling. He’s just not shooting a high percentage. Some positive regression and a strong game on the glass and Siakam is looking at a breakout.

Fade of the Game

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($6,000)

TLC had another strong game shooting the ball in Game 2. With Harris sidelined, there should be more shots for Garrett Temple ($6,800) and Luwawu-Cabarrot. I’m hesitant to pay up this much for TLC simply because all he does is shoot. He’s been in foul trouble in both games so far, coming close to fouling out both times. At around $5K, sure, give me all the TLC, I’ll chase the waterfalls. But at $6K you’re going to have to give me something more. I don’t want no scrubs. Okay, I’m done with the TLC references.

Value Picks

Norman Powell ($5,600) — Powell had an off Game 1 and bounced back with 24 points off the bench in Game 2. Powell and Gasol seem to be the two players in the Raptors rotation where the minutes are tougher to gauge. We’re used to seeing Powell get 30+ minutes and with Harris out for Brooklyn, maybe that leads to more 3-guard lineups with Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.

Tyler Johnson ($5,400) — TJ is the reason I’m fading TLC. I think TLC will be chalkier and Johnson played well in Game 2. He scored 12 points in 22 minutes and could get up to 25-28 minutes with Harris out. There isn’t a whole lot of value on either side. Maybe Chris Chiozza ($1,600) gets some more run?