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Best lineup strategy for Heat vs. Thunder NBA Showdown [UPDATE]

We go over how to approach lineup building for Friday night’s featured DraftKings Showdown between Miami and OKC.

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in one of three featured Showdown contests on DraftKings for Friday’s slate. The Heat are coming off a close win over the Spurs on Wednesday. The Thunder suffered a tough loss to the Raptors on that same night, losing Steven Adams early in the contest. Adams is apparently off the injury report and is expected to play, but we’ll see if we get any updates on his status throughout the day. Nerlens Noel is also questionable for OKC, so the Thunder may be getting a key component back in the frontcourt. Anyway, let’s get into how to construct a winning lineup on DraftKings:

Steven Adams injury update

Update: Adams is being listed as questionable, so there’s a chance the Thunder will be short in the frontcourt. If that’s the case, Adebayo is a solid Captain’s choice and I’d try to fit him and Butler into a lineup.

Who should you play in the Captain’s slot?

With Adams off the injury report, I think that eliminates Bam Adebayo ($15,300) from consideration. Adebayo is still a strong play in this contest, but his upside would be much more appealing with no Adams and potentially Noel. Jimmy Butler ($14,400) is in a good spot at this price with Justise Winslow and possibly Tyler Herro out again. The Thunder run three-guard lineups a lot and none of those three guards would be able to contain Butler.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($13,800) will be the trendy play here a game removed from his 20-20-10 triple-double. He posted 21-6-6 with three steals on Wednesday vs. the Raptors and is averaging 36 minutes per game over the past 10 contests. He’s not too expensive to the point we can’t fit in some other high-priced players in the UTIL slot.

Who should you play in the UTIL spots?

This isn’t an easy matchup to figure out for Showdown, mostly because the spread is tight and the O/U is second-lowest on the slate at 216.5 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Danilo Gallinari ($8,000) has scored at least 23 points in four straight games, nailing at least three 3-pointers in each of those games. Terrance Ferguson ($2,000) has been playing north of 20 minutes in this recent stretch, and while he doesn’t produce much, he’s a decent salary-saver if you want to fit in a Thunder or Heat stack.

With Winslow and Herro out, I’d lean Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,000) as a good value on the Heat side. Airplane Mode is posting career numbers in just about every category this season and could reach upward of 30 minutes depending on how the game shakes out. If there’s one area the Thunder struggle in it’s defending the 3-point line. I think with that in mind, we have to consider Kendrick Nunn ($7,800) and Duncan Robinson ($5,200). I’d lean D-Rob given the cheaper price tag.