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Best lineup strategy for Nuggets vs. Jazz Game 7 NBA Showdown

We go over the best lineup strategy, including Captain’s Picks and value options for Tuesday’s DraftKings Showdown contest between Denver and Utah.

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets looks to pass against Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Denver Nuggets just love giving us Game 7s. Denver’s season will be decided in another rubber match for the ages. Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell have emerged as playoff heroes and only one can advance. Who gets the last laugh? Find out Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to help you build your lineup.

Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Nikola Jokic ($15,000)

I think a lot of lineups will obviously bank on another huge performance from Mitchell and/or Murray. So I’m fine pivoting to Jokic at a cheaper price tag in the Captain. He’s posted at least 47 DKFP in three straight games and really hasn’t been spectacular in any of those contests. We need vintage triple-double Joker in this game and I think with the season on the line, we’re more likely to see it. It also gets us a bit of leverage off of Murray and D-Mitch and it’s not like we can’t FLEX them.

Fade of the Game

Jordan Clarkson ($6,600)

This is the type of game where Clarkson either goes off or he busts. His ceiling hasn’t really been that high despite the price tag being pretty high. Clarkson hasn’t had more than 30 DKFP in four straight games and has only eclipsed that number once. I can’t imagine Game 7 is when Quin Snyder tells Clarkson to chuck all he wants. This is Mitchell’s game.

Value Picks

Jerami Grant ($5,600) — Grant has shot the ball well in this series and the return of Gary Harris didn’t really take away from his playing time in Game 6. Grant, like O’Neale, is really the cheapest player on the Nuggets were gonna find who will play north of 30 minutes. Grant should continue to get open looks from 3 with the Jazz defense worrying about Murray-Jokic.

Royce O’Neale ($5,200) — I’m going to live and die by O’Neale in this Game 7. It’s still really hard to argue against playing him at this price tag. He played 38 minutes in Game 6 and if Game 7 is anything like that, we should see him get close to 40 minutes again. He busted in Game 6, whatever, you aren’t going to find someone this cheap who is going to see the court as much as O’Neale.