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Best lineup strategy for Warriors vs. Mavericks NBA Showdown

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

Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on February 4, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

On Saturday night, we have the Golden State Warriors traveling to the Lone Star state to take on the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. These two teams just played on Wednesday night in Oakland, where the Warriors won 147-116. This matchup features a ton of great DFS plays on both teams that could end up making or breaking your lineup. Many DFS players will opt to put Stephen Curry or Luka Doncic in their captain spots, which would not be bad ideas.

However, where you can really separate yourself from your opponent is with the FLEX picks, in which both teams have some interesting choices. Let’s go over the Showdown fantasy outlook for the game for contests on DraftKings.

Captain’s Picks

Luka Doncic ($19500) - The third-year star guard is the highest-priced player in this contest and it should not come as a surprise. Doncic is a walking double-double or triple-double on a nightly basis and can stuff the boxscore with ease. This season, Doncic is averaging 27.2 points, 9.4 assists, and 8.8 rebounds per game. He’s also averaging a ridiculous 56.4 fantasy points per game, which makes him an obvious captain selection. In Wednesday night’s loss, Doncic posted 44.5 fantasy points (27 points, six rebounds, six assists).

Stephen Curry ($17400) - If you want to save some cash at captain for a solid FLEX play, then Steph Curry isn’t a bad option. This season, Curry has been a must play in DFS and regular fantasy hoops. He is averaging 28.2 points, 6.1 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 47.9 fantasy points per game. Just like Doncic, Curry stuffs the stat sheet and could walk into a double-double anytime. In Golden State’s last four games, he has scored 20 or more points and averaging 50.6 fantasy points. Against the Mavs earlier this week, Curry dropped a casual 41.8 DKFP as they won by 31 points.

FLEX Plays

Juan Toscano-Anderson ($5000) - With the Warriors missing a significant portion of their frontcourt due to injuries, it has led to more minutes for Juan Toscano-Anderson. The 27-year-old has started in the last two games for the Warriors and breathed new energy into the starting lineup. On Tuesday night against the Celtics, Toscano-Anderson scored 25.5 DKFP (16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) in 27 minutes. He then followed that up on Wednesday night with a career-high 35.5 DKFP against the Mavericks. This is a great spot to continue to ride the hot hand of JTA.

Jalen Brunson ($5200) - Outside of Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Mavs do not have another consistent scoring option in the starting lineup. Therefore, their next best option is backup point guard Jalen Brunson off the bench. The former Villanova standout has scored at least 10 points or more in four of the Dallas’ last five games. Brunson is also averaging 21.3 DKFP over those five games, which is his current season average (21.2). The Warriors are ranked seventh against PGs/SGs (OPRK), but he scored 28.8 fantasy points on Wednesday night.


Josh Richardson ($6000) - For this option, I could’ve gone with Draymond Green or Kelly Oubre Jr. But Green brings more to the table outside of scoring and Oubre just scored a season-high 40 points on Wednesday. Josh Richardson is the fade choice for tonight’s showdown contest.

A couple of days ago against the Warriors, Richardson scored 17.3 DKFP (six points, one rebound, five assists) at a $6200 value. This was disappointing to see after he scored 32 and 40.3 DKFP in his previous two games versus the Hawks and Suns. On a given night, Richardson is the Mavs’ fourth or fifth-best scoring option, which is not spectacular at his price tag.

The Outcome

The Warriors are coming into this game looking to pull off the two-game sweep and should have the same available players for Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Mavs are trending in the wrong direction, losing four out of their last five games having a record 3-7 in their last 10 games. If Golden State can continue to get major contributions from Oubre and Andrew Wiggins, then that should help out Curry a lot.

Final score: Warriors 120, Mavs 113