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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Raptors NBA Simulation Showdown

We break down a simulated matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference for DraftKings Simulation Showdown on Tuesday.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam tries to go around Milwaukee Bucks forward Marvin Williams during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon DraftKings is offering a simulation of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference: the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are an interesting team to bring into the simulation stratosphere. Toronto is among the teams with the most man games lost this season to injury. That means a handful of players will have fewer box scores to choose from in their available pool. Let’s take a look at how to approach this contest.

Here’s a link to the contest and be sure to check out the rules before entering a lineup.

Captain’s Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($19,500) is still the most appealing choice among this pool for Captain. He hasn’t missed many games this season and rarely lays an egg. The elevated floor is nice and there aren’t any players on the Raptors with Giannis’ ceiling games. I think chasing Khris Middleton’s big time box scores isn’t a bad idea at $15,000. He’s pretty affordable at Captain, though has a wider range of outcomes than Pascal Siakam ($15,600). Giannis seems like the clear-cut choice at Captain and it’s tough to get around that.

FLEX Options

I like the value on the Toronto side with all the injuries they’ve endured. Marc Gasol ($1,600) has had some bad box scores this season, but when he’s in the lineup he’s usually seeing north of 30 minutes. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($3,200) is more expensive but has also benefitted from injuries, giving him a handful of strong games to roll. Chris Boucher ($3,000), Terence Davis ($4,000) and OG Anunoby ($4,400) are all cheap and I’d mix and match 2-3 of them in your lineup with a few other stud options.