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Best lineup strategy for Nets vs. Warriors NBA Showdown

We go over the best DraftKings Showdown plays for Saturday’s Nets-Warriors game.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are set to play the Golden State Warriors for the second time this season on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. We’ll get to see the new-and-improved Nets go up against a Warriors team that’s benefitted from Step Curry’s MVP form lately. Can Brooklyn sweep the Dubs with a road victory, or will Golden State even the score? Let’s go over how you can approach Showdown DFS contests on DraftKings centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

My favorite captain's picks are Curry ($16,800) and Kyrie Irving ($15,300). This game has the makings of a shootout and the total points over-under is set at 245 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Irving scored 26 in 25 minutes the last time he was defended by Curry, who has scored 32 or more points in four straight games.

No team has an answer for Kevin Durant ($15,900), and playing him in his first game since Feb. 5 could be worth the risk. He easily scored 22 points in 25 minutes against the Warriors in the season opener and the Nets have only gotten more dangerous on offense. It’s hard to know who Golden State will deploy against him on defense, but Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green will be the top choices. James Harden ($17,100) has taken on more of a passive role since making the move to Brooklyn.

FLEX Plays

Brooklyn has been horrendous on the defensive end and will have to deal with a major mismatch at small forward. Joe Harris ($6,600) is an elite shooter but is not suited to defend Wiggins ($7,400) or Oubre ($7,200). Wiggins is obviously Golden State’s best perimeter defender, and he’ll get a load of minutes as long as he doesn't get in foul trouble. Rostering both wings would be overkill, but it’s hard to see one of them not being in the optimal lineup.

Fades

Green ($7,600) was the missing piece of the puzzle when Golden State lost to Brooklyn earlier this year, but nobody can defend Durant one on one. The Warriors will scheme around Durant’s scoring, but I could see Green getting into foul trouble and struggling against Durant’s length on both ends of the court.

The Outcome

The Dubs have managed to stay afloat without any centers available but DeAndre Jordan can feast on the boards against the likes of Green and Juan Toscano Anderson. Both teams can fill it up, but I think the home team’s lack of post presence will lead to its defeat.

Final score: Nets win 127-120