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Best lineup strategy for Spurs vs. Bucks NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Sunday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest on DraftKings.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo  dunks during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center.  Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($19,200)

Giannis is stupid expensive, but he’s always stupid expensive in these contests because he’s Giannis. It really comes down to how many decent Captain options are there in the contest, and in this case there aren’t many. I’m fine paying the hefty price for Giannis, paying up for a few guys and then finding the proper value plays to surround him.

I don’t think I can recommend another Captain but if you want another guy with upside, Khris Middleton ($14,100) is a decent option. He has a few box scores with high point totals and is going to save you about $5K from Giannis, which would open up some more lineup possibilities.

FLEX Options

Donte DiVincenzo ($4,400)

DiVincenzo is one of the UTIL spots I’ll be targeting in this contest, mostly because he’s cheap and he’s spent time in the starting lineup this season. He’s started 22 of 59 games for the Bucks this season, though his averages don’t jump off the page. Still, this is a good price tag and I think most of DiVincenzo’s box scores should roll favorably.

Trey Lyles ($3,400) and Jakob Poeltl ($1,400) are two bigs on the Spurs side that I’d look to fit in as well. Because we’re paying such a premium on Giannis, we need at least one extreme value. Poeltl has been hurt this season, but he has also spent time in the starting lineup. The boost in minutes is what we’re looking for, and rolling a decent box for Poeltl shouldn’t be too difficult at this price.