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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Heat NBA Showdown

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a must-play captain for Showdown contests centered around Monday’s Bucks-Heat matchup.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo handles the ball during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks (52-8) have the best record in the NBA and will look to extend their winning streak to seven games against the Miami Heat (38-22) Monday. Miami has won its last two games and will host Milwaukee in AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat have the third-most home wins (25) in the NBA and have only lost on their home turf twice in 2020. We broke down the best Showdown lineup strategies for the contests on DraftKings here:

Captain’s picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($19,800) totaled 41 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists against the Charlotte Hornets in his last outing and finished the game with 77.5 DKFP. Miami is undermanned at power forward and might be forced to utilize a mix of Derrick Jones Jr. and Jae Crowder in an attempt to contain the reigning MVP. The Heat give up the fourth most DKFP in the league to power forwards and let Antetokounmpo rack up 29 points, 17 rebounds, and nine assists earlier this season. Expect The Greek Freak to continue dominating against an undersized Miami front court.

Bam Adebayo ($14,700) is a do-it-all big man who has notched four straight double-doubles. He flirted with a triple-double the last time he faced Milwaukee, and Miami came out on top as the road team. Adebayo has also amassed 19 blocks in his last 10 games and is much more explosive than Brook Lopez ($8,400/$5,600). Adebayo’s athleticism and versatility should help him have another productive night.

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Kendrick Nunn ($7,000) has scored at least 21 points in four of his last five games. He has continued to benefit from the absence of Tyler Herro, who is still dealing with a foot injury. He’s made at least two three-pointers in six straight games and has been more efficient than usual from the field. He should continue to provide some much-needed scoring for Miami.

Kelly Olynyk ($4,600) might not play a ton of minutes, but he could assist the Heat in the length department against Antetokounmpo. His size could make him more of a deterrent for Antetokounmpo, who draws more fouls per game than any player in the league (8.2), under the basket — especially if other frontcourt players get in foul trouble and need to be relieved for a spell. Olynyk is often able to make the most of limited playing time and gives you great value at this price.