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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for Wizards vs. Trail Blazers Showdown on February 20

Kenny Ducey gives his top NBA lineup advice for Saturday’s fantasy basketball Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Wizards and Trail Blazers, which starts at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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A great day of sports on Saturday comes to an end in Portland, where the Washington Wizards take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA’s Saturday nightcap. The Trail Blazers come in the winners of six straight, while Washington has recovered from a stumble to win three consecutive games, including a victory over the Nuggets the last time out. It should make for a good, fun game and a challenging showdown to attack. Let’s get into how to construct your Showdown lineups for Saturday evening.

Set your DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups here: NBA Showdown $120K Fadeaway [$30K to 1st] (WAS vs POR)


Captain

Damian Lillard ($17,700 CP)

It’s hard not to pay all the way up for Dame on this slate, considering the defensive shortcomings of Russell Westbrook. Washington is allowing the most DKFP per game to opposing point guards and just allowed 35 points to Jamal Murray in its last game, which followed a 29-point outing for John Wall and a 25-point effort from Kemba Walker. The scoring opportunities should be there all game long for Lillard, who I expect to torch this Wizards defense.

Robert Covington ($11,400 CP)

It’s hard to argue with 35 DKFP over the past three games, which is much closer to the level we know RoCo can get to. The elite three-and-D man is finally looking like himself and has not seen fewer than 37 minutes over that span as well, which is promising entering a matchup with a bad defense. This value captain will allow you to fit the likes of Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal in your lineup, and it could give you a unique build as well.


Fades

Davis Bertans ($6,800)

One of my favorite things to do in these single-game showdowns is fading 3-point specialists against good 3-point defenses. Bertans will do very little for you here if he’s not hitting triples, and the Blazers are allowing them at just a 36.9% clip this year. On top of that, the aforementioned Covington should get some time guarding Bertans, which will make life even more difficult for the sharpshooter. He hits three 3-pointers, tops, and will miss value by a considerable margin as a result.


Value FLEX Options

Derrick Jones Jr. ($4,800)

Jones checks a lot of boxes here. He’ll presumably be starting once again on Saturday, and over the past three games, he’s seen over 30 minutes on average. He’ll match up with Rui Hachimura ($7,200), who has made the Wizards six points worse per 100 defensive possessions. The big, physical Jones should bully Hachimura and have himself a game here.

Robin Lopez ($3,200)

The Wizards can’t decide whether they want to feature Mo Wagner ($4,400) or Alex Len ($4,200) at center, sitting either one almost entirely at times. The constant here? Lopez has seen a steady dose of minutes, albeit as the backup. At this price, it hardly makes a difference. As long as he continues to see around 20 minutes, as has been the case lately, he should be able to comfortably get you value here.

Garrison Mathews ($2,000)

Matthews has started the past three games, and as long as he’s in there again on Saturday, he’s a great value here. You only need around 10 DKFP from the wing, and he’s averaged 12.5 DKFP in 16.1 minutes. As an added bonus, he’s not totally three-dependent and has found ways to contribute in just about every category.


The Outcome

Washington’s bottom-five defense should get beaten on Saturday by the scorching-hot Trail Blazers, who will get their seventh straight. Portland is finally getting healthier on the wing, and its never-ending rotation of talented scorers will prove to be too much for the Wizards, whose bench is far inferior in this matchup. Lillard will go for 30-plus to lead the Blazers to victory.

Final Score: Blazers 121, Wizards 111

Set your DraftKings fantasy basketball lineups here: NBA Showdown $120K Fadeaway [$30K to 1st] (WAS vs POR)


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