It only took about a quarter and a half before the Los Angeles Clippers went into hyper gear and ran away from the Denver Nuggets in Game 1. For a second there, I thought we were getting an OK series... The questions is: Will we see any type of response from Denver in Game 2? My guess is, early on we’ll see a tighter contest before the same thing happens. Let’s take a look at some DraftKings Showdown picks to help you build your lineup for the contest, which locks at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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Paul George ($13,800)
Part of me wants to believe Jamal Murray or Nikola Jokic will step up tonight. The other part of me asks ... but why? So PG-13 it is! George shot the ball well in a smaller sample in Game 1 and looks to be building back some confidence after struggling early on against the Dallas Mavericks. Sooner or later PG is going to explode and I’d like to get ahead of that curve. Denver needs to focus on stopping Kawhi Leonard in order to win the series. That should free of George for more shots as this game progresses.
Fade of the Game
Marcus Morris ($7,200)
I’m gonna sell Morris having another hot shooting game. He shot 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 from distance in Game 1. Most of his looks were pretty clear but if I’m the Nuggets, I don’t want Morris killing me like this again. There’s also build-in risk that Morris can get T’d up or tossed. He’s no stranger to foul trouble and maybe Michael Porter Jr. or Jerami Grant gets more aggressive on offense, I don’t know.
Montrezl Harrell ($5,200) — BIG Trez 6th Man of the Year award winning narrative coming into this game. Harrell was named Sixth Man of the Year on Friday, the fifth Clippers player to win the away in the past seven seasons. I still think Harrell will start to get more minutes at some point. If it’s another blowout, Harrell should get 20+ minutes and I love him showing off after getting the hardware.
Patrick Beverley ($3,200) — Same goes for Pat Bev, he’s going to get his minutes jacked up progressively. He had a strong Game 1 with 8 points, 6 boards and 2 dimes in just 12 minutes. If the minutes increase, I think we’ll see more defensive stats and some more assists. Maybe that scoring rate doesn’t hold up, that’s fine. We aren’t paying anything for Pat Bev here.