The series between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz was tied heading into Game 3 on Friday. Things swung in a big way with the Jazz dominating to take a 2-1 lead. The Nuggets looked flat and we’re seeing the injuries taking a toll on the team. The Jazz have a chance to put a stranglehold on the series. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks for the contest, which starts at 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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Rudy Gobert ($14,700)
Rudy Gobert looked like Rudy Gobert for what seems like the first time since March. The Jazz clearly figured out that Gobert can exploit the matchup vs. the Nuggets down low. He dominated with 24 points and 14 boards in Game 3, and really had most of that production in the first half. Had the game been closer, Gobert had immense upside on Friday. If the Nuggets respond but still have no answer for Gobert, he appears to be a safe option at Captain.
Fade of the Game
Michael Porter Jr. ($8,400)
If Porter wasn’t a rookie being coach by Mike Malone, I’d maybe chalk him up for a bounce-back spot here. That isn’t the way I’m leaning at all. Porter only played 15 minutes in Game 3. Most of it was because the Jazz were dominating. That was largely because Porter can’t really play defense. If this trend continues, Malone won’t give minutes to Porter. His only saving grace could be that Denver has very little offensive options behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. At this price, I’d expect Porter’s ceiling to be something between his Game 2 performance and Game 1, which isn’t cutting it.
Torrey Craig ($4,200) — If nothing else, Craig is cheap and plays a lot of minutes. He’s gotten 28 minutes in back-to-back games. Craig doesn’t do much other than eat up fouls but if we get some scoring out of him, returning value isn’t tough. If Porter struggles again, Craig should see more minutes and we get some leverage here.
Mason Plumlee ($3,000) — I’m doubling down on Porter not seeing much run in Game 4 with the Nuggets losing grip on the series. Jokic has been rough trying to body Gobert, so Malone could turn to Plumlee in this spot. Plumlee played 13 minutes in Game 3 and had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Bump him up to around 18-20 minutes and maybe he smashes value.