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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for Suns vs. Clippers Showdown on June 22

Mike Barner gives his top NBA lineup advice for Tuesday’s fantasy basketball Showdown contest on DraftKings between the Suns and Clippers, which starts at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Tuesday brings Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals with the Phoenix Suns hosting the Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, injuries will once again be a significant factor for both teams. Let’s dive into the players who are expected to take the floor and who could help out with your DraftKings Showdown lineups.

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers


Captain’s Pick

Paul George ($18,000 CP): Kawhi Leonard (knee) remains sidelined for the Clippers, which means George will once again be tasked with leading the charge for their offense. He’s certainly stepped up with Leonard out the last three games, scoring at least 55.5 DKFP in each contest. He scored at least 28 points and logged at least 39 minutes in both games, two trends that could continue in Game 2. He also dished out at least five assists in each contest and should remain one of the top facilitators on the team.

Devin Booker ($17,700 CP): As well as George has played, it’s difficult to resist going with Booker at the Captain’s spot with Chris Paul (health protocols) out again. Booker scored 40 points while posting a triple-double in Game 1, finishing with 77.8 DKFP. He played 44 minutes and attempted 29 shots, clearly taking charging of the Suns’ offense. Before the Suns added Paul, Booker was coming off of back-to-back seasons with averages of at least 26.6 points and 6.5 assists per game, so expect him to have a high floor in this contest.

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UTIL Plays

Reggie Jackson ($8,600): Jackson has been one of the key players who has stepped up in Leonard’s absence to provide offensive support for George. He’s scored at least 22 points and attempted at least 15 shots in three straight games, which helped him score at least 33.5 DKFP in each contest. He also logged at least 37 minutes in each of those games and should continue to see both added playing time and shot attempts moving forward.

Cameron Payne ($6,200): With Paul out, Payne started at point guard in Game 1. He finished with 11 points, three rebounds and nine assists across 29 minutes, continuing a trend in which he’s produced well when given added playing time. When Paul was battling a shoulder injury in the first round against the Lakers, Payne played at least 25 minutes in a game three times and scored at least 28.0 DKFP in each of those contests. He should at least approach, if not surpass, 25 minutes in Game 2.

DeMarcus Cousins ($2,000): To be clear, Cousins is only someone to consider in tournament play if you want to differentiate your lineup. After not playing at all during the last four games against the Jazz, he logged 13 minutes off the bench in Game 1 against the Suns. He quickly jacked up 10 shots, which helped him finish with 19.0 DKFP. Part of the reason why he took the floor was because Marcus Morris Sr. ($7,000) was limited to 21 minutes because of knee soreness. Although Morris isn’t listed on the injury report heading into Tuesday, if he’s limited at all, Cousins could once again find his way back onto the floor.


Jae Crowder ($7,200): Crowder’s role on the Suns is pretty clear. They want him to play tough defense and help space the floor on the offensive end with his three-point shooting. The problem is that he doesn’t receive a lot of shot attempts, posting just a 15.7 percent usage rate during the regular season. That limited offensive role has contributed to him scoring 25.3 DKFP or fewer in four of the last five games.

The Outcome

The Suns pulled out a close win in Game 1, dealing the Clippers their third straight loss to open a playoff series. In fact, they were down 0-2 in both of their first two series. Expect this to be another close game with Paul and Leonard out, but give the slight edge to the Suns thanks to them having the home court advantage.

Final Score: Suns 116, Clippers 112

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