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Best lineup strategy for Bucks vs. Lakers NBA Showdown

LeBron James or Giannis at Captain? We got over lineup strategy for Friday night’s featured Showdown between the top teams in the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James controls the ball in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The two best teams in the NBA are set to face off Friday, as the Los Angeles Lakers (47-13) will host the Milwaukee Bucks (53-9) in the final game of the night. Both teams sit atop their respective conferences. Giannis Antetokounmpo (-2000) and LeBron James (+1000) are frontrunners in this season’s MVP race, so this should be an interesting one. We break down the best DraftKings Showdown lineup strategies for the contest here:

Captain’s Picks

James ($19,800) has been effective with or without Davis in the lineup and has notched double-doubles with points and assists while tallying at least seven rebounds in each of his last three contests. Antetokounmpo should be occupied guarding Davis, giving James more space to operate against Kris Middleton and other options.

Antetokounmpo ($20,100) will likely be up against Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Anthony Davis ($16,500), who is listed as probable because of knee soreness. He totaled 34 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists against Los Angeles earlier in the season, but now the Lakers will be at home.

FLEX Options

The Lakers haven’t done a good job of defending opposing point guards, and that means Eric Bledsoe ($8,200) should receive strong consideration. He’s the Bucks’ third leading scorer tallies 15.3 points per game. Although he didn’t play in Milwaukee’s first matchup against Los Angeles this year, he’s averaging 31.5 DKFP per game. He should be a major factor in the offense while Antetokounmpo has to deal with James and Davis.

Kyle Kuzma ($5,800) will likely just be backing up Davis, but could get more time than usual if Davis is bothered his sore knee. He scored 37 points in 39 minutes in his last outing and could be dealing with some fatigue against one the the NBA’s best defenders.