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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs Mavericks NBA Showdown

We break down Thursday’s Showdown contest between Los Angeles and Dallas on DraftKings.

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers takes a shot against the Phoenix Suns at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 04, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks take on each other in the NBA bubble in Orlando in prime time at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT. Yes, that’s prime time in the bubble. We’ve got a handful of Showdown contests on DraftKings to pick from after the early slate, so we’re going to the featured contest. Here are some picks to get you going.

Captain’s Pick

Paul George ($14,100)

As long as PG’s price is this low in the Captain and he’s shooting the lights out, we’ve got to Captain him. PG-13 is shooting at an insane clip from outside in the bubble — 51.7% from downtown on 9.7 attempts per game. He’s banging 5.0 3-pointers per contest. The Mavericks haven’t shown any ability to play defense since the restart and they play at one of the highest paces in the NBA. Seems like a spot George can go for 30-40 points in.

Fade of the Game

Reggie Jackson ($8,000)

I love Jackson in classic and don’t think this is a terrible spot for him against the Mavs with Patrick Beverley ruled out. The issue is this price. Jackson was $5,600 in his last Showdown contest. Now his price has jumped significantly. With Lou Williams back we could see the Clippers go with the veteran in crunch time lineups. Maybe both of them are out there, but Williams will leech usage and shots from Jackson.

Value Picks

Trey Burke ($3,200) — Burke has some pop as we saw in the opener against the Rockets. That was when players were in foul trouble, so Burke isn’t guaranteed minutes. His price is down and this could be a tough spot for Delon Wright. Rick Carlisle is unpredictable, but this price has built in risk/reward.

Patrick Patterson ($1,000) — In a contest in which we have multiple studs we want to roster, Patterson is a safe lineup filler. He hasn’t topped 10 DKFP in back-to-back games, but that hasn’t mattered — he’s min-priced. As long as Patterson plays around 10-12 minutes, we should hit value. Plus, Patterson could see more playing time if Kristaps Porzingis gets starters into foul trouble.