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Best lineup strategy for Wizards vs. Nuggets NBA Showdown

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

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards looks on during the second half against the Houston Rockets at Capital One Arena on February 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

The Denver Nuggets are reeling from a loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday but will have a chance at redemption on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. Nikola Jokic is arguably having a better season than anyone else in the NBA and will look to push his undermanned team past the NBA’s leading scorer. Let’s go over some quality DraftKings Showdown DFS plays centered around the matchup.

Captain’s Picks

Jokic ($19,500) was unstoppable against the Boston Celtics and eclipsed 60 DKFP for the sixth time in his last 10 games. The MVP candidate has a desirable matchup against a Washington team that doesn’t have a legitimate starting center. Compelling cases can be made for Russell Westbrook ($18,300) and Bradley Beal ($18,000) as well. Beal has scored more than 30 points in seven of his last 10 games. Westbrook is back to his old stat sheet stuffing ways though. There’s enough value in this game to fit all three in your lineup, but doing so would take Jamal Murray ($13,500 CP/$9,000 FLEX) out of the picture.

FLEX Plays

Facundo Campazzo ($3,600) has been priced up a bit since tallying over 37 DKFP in his first NBA start on Tuesday, but he’ can still return a ton of value. The diminutive guards logged 40 minutes against the Boston Celtics and kept improving as the game went on. The Wizards have the worst defense against point guards on DraftKings, so the odds are in Facu’s favor.

Michael Porter Jr. ($8,000) was an abysmal 0-for-8 from the field in his last outing, but expect the second-year swingman to bounce back against the second-worst defense in the NBA. Deni Avdija ($4,200) has been relegated to the bench for 6’5” Garrison Mathews ($3,000), and Porter should have no problem capitalizing on this mismatch.

Fades

It should be easy to fade both of Washington’s centers in this matchup. Alex Len ($5,000) has taken the top spot on the depth chart now, but he and Robin Lopez ($3,400) have been underwhelming and will face a stout interior defense. The Nuggets give up the fourth-fewest DKFP to centers. Len and Lopez essentially split time down the middle, so the chances of either having a breakout game are low.

The Outcome

The Nuggets don’t have several key players, but their advantage in the post is enough to help them cover the spread and win as 3.5-point favorites.

Final Score: Denver wins 120-113