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Best lineup strategy for Blazers vs. Bucks NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Trail Blazers and Bucks, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts following a play during the second quarter of their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on January 30, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks unexpectedly fell to the Charlotte Hornets in their last game and will take on a Portland Trail Blazers team at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday in an attempt to bounce back from their latest defeat. Damian Lilliard was able to secure victory for Portland with a game-winning three against the Chicago Bulls, but holding off the reigning MVP on his home court will be much more challenging. Let’s go over how you could approach Showdown contests on DraftKings centered around this matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,300) was one assist shy of a triple-double against Charlotte and should be able to walk his way into the pain against Portland’s Enes Kanter, who has a reputation for being one of the worst rim-protecting bigs in the league. Antetokounmpo is a lock for a double-double, and his team’s premier perimeter defenders give him a clear edge over Damian Lillard ($17,700). It will take a group effort to slow down Antetokounmpo, but he posted 38 points, 18 rebounds, and 8 assists the last time Robert Covington was his primary defender.

My favorite pivot off of Antetokounmpo is Khris Middelton ($15,000), who has scored at least 40 DKFP in seven of his last 10 games. He also has a favorable matchup against Nassir Little, who has hardly been in the rotation for Portland this season but was thrust into the spotlight because of a foot injury Derrick Jone Jr. suffered last week. It’s possible that Gary Trent Jr. will draw the Middleton matchup, but few players have been able to slow down the All-Star this year when he gets cooking.

FLEX Plays

Rostering Lillard ($11,800) in the flex is a no-brainer but there are some tough decisions that have to be made elsewhere. Trent ($7,000) has scored more than 20 points in two of his last three games while playing at least 37 minutes. He’s getting a lot more shots with Jones out and is well worth paying for if you think he can continue to hang around the 30 DKFP mark.

Another key player to keep an eye out on is Bobby Portis ($5,200). He’s notched four double-doubles this year despite playing just over 20 minutes per game and could feast on the boards against a Portland Frontcourt that’s not equipped to deal with his physicality. The Bucks are favored by 10 points on DraftKings Sportsbook, so there’s a decent chance that backups will get a good amount of run.

Fades

Brook Lopez ($6,800) has started to figure out his scoring this season but it's hard to justify paying up for him in a game that’s expected to be a blowout. He’s finished six of his last 10 games with less than 25 DKFP but is nearly $7K. A ceiling game is possible, but I’d rather take my chances with cheaper players like Carmelo Anthony ($5,800) in the flex.

The Outcome

I think the Bucks will bounce back in a big way on their home turf. They’re 100 percent healthy while the Trail Blazers will likely be without three of their opening day starters. Lillard could have to put up some crazy numbers to keep Portland in this one.

Final score: Bucks win 120-105