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Best lineup strategy for Lakers vs. Trail Blazers NBA simulation Showdown

We go over how to approach Saturday afternoon’s simulated fantasy basketball contest between the Lakers and Trail Blazers on DraftKings.

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee and forward Anthony Davis defend Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard as he shoots in the second half of the game at Staples Center.  Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The featured simulated basketball contest on DraftKings for Wednesday afternoon is between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Here, we’ll go over how to approach lineup construction for the fantasy basketball contest.

Captain’s Picks

There are the obvious picks at the top in LeBron James ($17,100), Anthony Davis ($16,500) and Damian Lillard ($16,200). Between those three, James and Davis should be the highest owned in this competition. That isn’t surprising anyone, right? It’s LeBron and AD, both were putting up big numbers on a nightly basis. Dame had been dealing with injuries before the All-Star break which held him out of the ASG. It didn’t hold back his box scores much, but his ceiling is capped a bit.

The guy I love at Captain is Hassan Whiteside ($12,600). He’s going to cost you almost $4K less than all three of those studs and Whiteside is a very safe play overall. I think you need to have him in your lineup anyway. The key here is that Whiteside gets us some savings that makes it a bit easier to fit in Dame, LeBron and/or AD. If we can get all three in there with some value, even better.

FLEX Options

As far as value, we have some plays to look at on the Portland side. Rodney Hood ($2,700) is a guy I mention most of the time when the Blazers are involved in these Showdowns. Hood had been starting for the Blazers before tearing his Achilles, ending his regular season. This price doesn’t justify the type of minutes Hood was getting in the starting lineup — around 28 per game.

Mario Hezonja ($1,500) is another decent value play. He was also getting some looks in the starting lineup (four games to be exact). He’s played in 47 games this season and while his numbers aren’t high, we’re sort of playing the lotto on getting a box score he posted 10+ points in. Gary Trent Jr. ($4,500) is an OK mid-range play, though he’s also in the mold of a lotto ticket. Trent has eight starts in 53 games this season. In the month of February, Trent was averaging almost 30 minutes per game with Dame and CJ McCollum banged up. Trent’s had plenty of games in double figures so at this price, we get a guy who can help us fit in the studs.