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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 3 NBA Showdown

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

Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks dunks over Ivica Zubac of the LA Clippers during the first half in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 19, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks shook off the Kristaps Porzingis ejection to even their series with the Los Angeles Clippers 1-1. The Clippers clearly missed Patrick Beverley on defense, allowing the Mavericks to score 127 points in the win. Luka Doncic continued to love life in the playoffs, scoring 28 points with 8 boards and 7 assists. We look to Game 3 to see who can get an edge in the series. Let’s break down some DraftKings Showdown picks for Game 3 before 9:00 p.m. ET tip-off. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Lou Williams ($12,000)

This feels like a Lou Willville takeover game. With Beverley doubtful, we should see Reggie Jackson start again at PG. That doesn’t really matter. Williams is the guard that plays in the crunch time lineup. Game 3 should be close considering the stakes. Williams dropped 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 7 assists in Game 2. He played 32 minutes and it was easily his best game in the NBA bubble in Orlando. We get the ceiling in the Captain’s spot for a player who is pretty cheap.

Fade of the Game

Ivica Zubac ($6,600)

For whatever reason, Zubac struggled in Game 2 and his price is up $1,000. This makes zero sense to me. Zubac is getting the benefit of the doubt after performing during the seeding round against replacement level competition most of the time. Zubac around $5K? Sure. Zubac almost at $7K. No thanks. He has a tough draw trying to match up against Porzingis, Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic.

Value Picks

Montrezl Harrell ($5,600) — I’d rather pay down for Harrell in hopes that Doc Rivers starts unleashing him from his minutes restriction. There’s signs that could happen. Harrell played 15 minutes in Game 1 and then 22 minutes in Game 2. At some point, the Clips are going to need his physical presence down low. I’m willing to bank on Harrell maybe getting closer to a normal workload with the series tied.

Boban Marjanovic ($3,600) — It’s hard to swallow the pill that is playing Boban at $3,600. Screw it. That’s no fun. Scarf that sucker down with a ice cool Budweiser. Marjanovic had maybe the most efficient game ever in Game 2. He somehow scored 13 points and had 9 boards in 10 minutes. Boban will literally smash value no matter the minutes. The Clippers lack size to deal with him and he’s got revenge on his side.