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Best lineup strategy for Grizzlies vs. Jazz Game 5 NBA Showdown

We take a look at the Showdown contest on DraftKings Game 5 of the Grizzlies-Jazz first round NBA playoff series, giving you Captain’s Picks and who to fade.

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz during Round 1, Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2021 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images

The Utah Jazz will have won four straight games to close out the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of this year’s playoffs if they secure victory on Wednesday. Game 5 is set for 9:30 p.m. ET and Donovan Mitchell’s return has sparked significant improvement for the top team in the Western Conference. Can Ja Morant and company extend the series? Let’s go over the best fantasy options on DraftKings ahead of tip-off.

Captain’s Picks

Morant ($14,400) has turned his game up a notch in the playoffs and has surpassed his regular-season DKFP average (37.8) in three of his four games against the Jazz. Utah’s defense is still anchored by Rudy Gobert ($13,500/$9,000), but its backcourt has been subpar when it comes to keeping Morant out of the lane. If Memphis’s point guard can keep hitting floaters and midrange shots instead of challenging Gobert at the rim, he could easily be the highest-scoring player in the game. He leads all players in the series with 31 points per game.

Mike Conley ($12,900) had his worst performance of the series in Game 4 and only scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting after racking up 20 or more points in each of the first three matchups. While his scoring took a tip, his playmaking was still top-notch. He’s averaging more than 10 dimes per game in the playoffs and has dropped below 7 just once in his last 10 games. Conley has dished out the most assists to every Jazz Starter but Royce O’neale ($9,300/$6,200)

FLEX Plays

Desmond Bane ($3,000) has returned at least 5x value in three of his four postseason appearances. The rookie has been a consistent contributor as a scorer and rebounder when he’s on the court. He might not measure up to Jordan Clarkson ($7,200) as a bench option, but only Grayson Allen ($3,800) and De’Anthony Melton ($2,600) have a decent shot a matching.

Another role-player to keep an eye on is Royce O’Neale ($6,200). His price has jumped by $1,200 since Game 4 because of his production, and he’s worth paying up for even if most fantasy players fade him. He’s healthy averaging a double-double with 11.6 points and 8 rebounds and is basically guaranteed to play more than 30 minutes.

Fades

It’s not a surprise to see that Jonas Valinciunas ($8,800) is struggling in this series against Gober, but it’s time to pivot from the big man. While he does have three double-doubles in four games, he hasn’t reached his DKFP average (38.8) once in the first round. Gobert has showacased a higher ceiling so far and is only $200 more expensive.

The Outcome

The Jazz have been outright ridiculous when its whole starting lineup is healthy and have won by an average of 10 points since Donovan Mitchell returned to action. No team won more home games than Utah last season, so I like the favorite’s chances to wrap u the series with a convincing win.

Final score: Jazz win 120-108