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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Nuggets Game 5 NBA Showdown

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

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard drives against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. in the first half in game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This series is all but wrapped up. That should happen in Game 5 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Clippers lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and will look to close out things following another convincing win in Game 4. Rookie Michael Porter Jr. basically called out his teammates for not getting more people involved in the loss on Wednesday, so you can imagine how this game is going to go. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to get your lineup going.

Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Kawhi Leonard ($17,100)

Killer Kawhi. Kloseout Kawhi. The Klaw. Whatever you want to call Kawhi Leonard. This is 100% the type of game in which he steps up. The closeout game against Dallas, Kawhi dropped 33 points with 14 boards and 7 assists for 71.5 DKFP. He’s coming off of 71.25 DKFP in the previous win. Leonard is starting to get that look in his eye, the one where he starts eating people alive like Michael Jordan. The Nuggets can’t do anything but just watch it happen. Nobody can defend him.

Fade of the Game

Jamal Murray ($10,000)

My colleague Ryan Magdziarz called the Murray fade in Game 4. Shouts to Ryan. Go follow him on Twitter. I’m tailing the Murray fade for a second game in a row. Really, the only reason to play him is because of the ceiling. He’s priced up again from $9,600 two games ago. The thing is, that ceiling game just ain’t coming. Murray is going to get swallowed up by Kawhi, Paul George and Patrick Beverley again. The only way Denver wins is in a slugfest, not a shootout. I just don’t see any upside with Murray at this point.

Value Picks

Marcus Morris ($6,400) — There’s not much appealing value in this series. Morris is priced up but for the type of minutes he’s seeing, it’s not a bad way to spend. He’s played at least 30 minutes in three straight. Morris isn’t shooting the ball a ton, but when he does it usually goes in. He’s got that same killer gene as Kawhi, so I could see more of a ceiling game here.

Patrick Beverley ($3,600) — I can’t quit Pat Bev. Even when he’s doing absolutely nothing, his price isn’t changing. He’s going to start and see around 20-25 minutes. His defense is invaluable. He only has two steals the past couple games, so if that goes up to 2-3, we’re golden for value at this price.