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Best lineup strategy for Mavericks vs. Spurs NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Dallas Maverick and San Antonio Spurs, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks drives to the basket during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 8, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

Sunday’s eight-game main NBA slate on DraftKings will feature an in-state rivalry matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are riding a losing streak while the Mavericks have rattled off two straight impressive wins at home. This game could be close, and we’ve gone over some ideal Showdown strategies ahead of its tip at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Captain’s Picks

Luka Doncic ($18,000) has only surpassed his DKFP average one in his last 10 games, but he’s still easily the best captain for this matchup. He’s the only player in this matchup who regularly scores more than 50 DKFP, and San Antonio has added another wrinkle to its rotation now that Lonnie Walker ($6,600/$4,400) is back after missing nine games with a wrist injury. Doncic makes averathing go for the Mavs and is averaging more than 60 DKFP in through two matchups against the Spurs this season.

Kristaps Porzingis ($15,000) can be streaky but has been able to match Doncic’s fantasy production from time-to-time. The Spurs are actually worse at defending centers than they are at defending point guards, so 50 DKFP from Porzingis could get the job done. He’s averaging more than 44 DKFP through two games against the Spurs so far this season. If you think Porzingis won’t be too far off from Doncic and have an edge in the flex, don’t be afraid to take a risk. Almost all of the entrants in smaller tournaments will captain Doncic.

FLEX Plays

Most lineups centered around this matchup will roster DeMar DeRozan ($9,000) and Dejounte Murray ($8,400). While it’s the most obvious choice, that doesn’t mean its the best option. Derrick White ($7,600) has been far more streaky than Murray this year, but has taken 15 or more shots in six straight games. If freeing up extra space in the flex helps you find an edge, rolling with the lesser of the Spurs’ two starting guards following a 40.25-DKFP outburst could be a smart move.

Jalen Brunson ($5,200) could find his ownership lower than usual in this matchup with Doncic, Porzingis, and Murray up for grabs, but the backup point guard has been very steady as of late. He had a poor outing in his last game, but has scored more than 30 DKFP in five of his last 10 appearances. If he draws defensive coverage from Patty Mills ($3,800), he’ll have a clear physical advantage.he bunch.


Walker is back in the rotation and will cut into the minutes of Devin Vassell ($1,400) and Rudy Gay ($5,000). None of these three stand out as optimal plays, but Gay is the best of the bunch.

The Outcome

The Mavericks have won their last two home games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. The Spurs have dropped five straight and are 6-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook, so I like Dallas’s chances to protect its turf.

Final score: Maverick win 116-110