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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for Jazz vs. Spurs Showdown on May 5

Alex Hunter gives his top NBA lineup advice for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Jazz and Spurs, which starts at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday’s featured NBA Showdown contest is between the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs and kicks off at 9:00 p.m. ET in Utah. As usual, DraftKings is offering up a huge Showdown contest for this game, and below I give you some of my favorite options to attack for the format.

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Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs

Captain’s Pick

Rudy Gobert ($15,900, CP)

The Jazz and Spurs went head-to-head Monday night, and Gobert finished with a game-high 54.25 DKFP in the 110-99 win. The two-time defensive player of the year is now scoring 46.4 DKFP per game in a pair of meetings with San Antonio this season.

Opposing centers are exposing the Spurs for the second most DKFP per game this season, and both Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell will remain out for Utah. When these two guards have been off the floor this season, Gobert’s usage rate has jumped 3.2 percentage points and the center brings the highest upside in this rematch on his home floor.

Joe Ingles ($13,200, CP)

After Gobert, the high priced options in this game bring similar floors and ceilings, and taking the discount with Ingles makes the most sense if not paying all the way up for Gobert at captain. With Mitchell and Conley absent, Ingles operates as the Jazz’s primary ball handler, and he posted 33 DKFP in Monday’s win against this Spurs club.

The 33-year-old is now amassing 30.6 DKFP per game in the five Mitchell and Conley have missed together this season, and Ingles should provide at least 30 DKFP in this prime matchup. Up until this point of the season, San Antonio is giving up DKFP to opposing point guards at the third highest rate in the league.

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UTIL Plays

Dejounte Murray ($9,600)

Murray recorded an underwhelming 30 DKFP in the first tilt of this mini-series, but I fully expect a bounce-back performance from the point guard on Wednesday night. Before Monday’s loss in Utah, Murray was on a tear, supplying 54.75 DKFP per game across his previous three starts, mostly due to the absence of Derrick White. With the guard sidelined for these past three, Murray’s playing time has increased to 36 regulation minutes per game, and his playing time should remain in the 35-40 minutes range Wednesday, considering the importance of this contest.

After beating the Warriors last night, the Pelicans are now only two games behind San Antonio for the final spot in the play-in tournament, and from here on out, every game for the Spurs is a near must win. With a big weight on his shoulders, Murray should stuff the stat sheet for over 35 DKFP tonight, particularly with Conley inactive for Utah. So far this season, the veteran has been one of the best defensive players in the association, ranking first in defensive real plus-minus out of 91 eligible point guards.

Bojan Bogdanovic ($9,000)

Bogdanovic has been a very steady fantasy player when Mitchell and Conley have been unavailable. In the five games the two guards have sat out this season, Bogdanovic’s usage rate has risen a team-high 6.6 percentage points, resulting in 34.25 DKFP per game for the forward.

He has generated 34.8 DKFP per game in two matchups with the Spurs this season and Bogdanovic is a great value to utilize at only $9,000.

Derrick Favors ($1,800)

Favors is a steal at this super low price tag and is the best punt of this showdown slate. As Gobert’s backup, Favors is chipping in with 18.5 DKFP per game in his past four and is generating 18.1 DKFP per game against the Spurs this season.

At this cheap of a salary, anything over 10.0 DKFP would be a success for the center, which is something Favors has accomplished in 16 of his past 20 games.


Jordan Clarkson ($9,400)

Clarkson’s inefficiency as a shooter has really hurt his fantasy value, and his $9,400 salary is just too high for my liking. The sixth man has only knocked down 33% of his shots over his last five, and believe or not, Clarkson’s usage rate has actually dropped in the five games Conley and Mitchell have missed this season.

Ingles and Bogdanovic are much better values at lower prices points, and Clarkson is an easy fade for me during this cold streak.

The Outcome

The Spurs are going to give it their best effort tonight, but you have to side with the Jazz on their home floor. This team has only lost four games in the Vivint Arena this season, which is the least amount of home losses in the NBA, and Utah has also won three of these past four sans Conley and Mitchell.

Following Monday night, the Spurs have dropped four in a row after losing White to an ankle injury, and the Jazz should extend this losing streak to five straight by a solid margin Wednesday night.

Final Score: Jazz 115, Spurs 103

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