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Best lineup strategy for Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 1 NBA Showdown

We go over the top Showdown strategy for Monday’s first-round matchup between the Clippers and Mavericks.

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers takes a shot against the Phoenix Suns at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 04, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Dallas Mavericks to close out the opening night of the 2020 NBA Playoffs in the bubble in Orlando. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will go up against Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in what should be a high-paced, exciting series. Let’s take a look at some picks for the Showdown on DraftKings. Set your DraftKings lineup here.

Captain’s Pick

Paul George ($14,400)

PG-13 seems pretty underpriced, but that’s been the case all seeding round, right? He only played in five games in the bubble and managed to score over 40 DKFP in four of those contests. This is pretty much the perfect matchup for George. The Mavs don’t have anyone they can throw at him on defense. PG shot 10-for-21 from the field and had 24-7-6 against the Mavs in the seeding round. If we get anything more than that, plus leverage off of Luka Doncic at Captain, George should be a good pick here.

Fade of the Game

Ivica Zubac ($5,000)

I think Zubac will be incredibly chalky given what he did in the seeding round. He was pretty incredible. That was mostly because he was getting huge minutes against miserable competition. This fade is more in anticipation of Montrezl Harrell (personal) coming back into the lineup. Even if he’s limited a bit, he’ll eat up minutes in smaller lineups. Zubac also could get himself into foul trouble trying to guard Kristaps Porzingis in a meaningful contest.

Value Picks

JaMychal Green ($1,600) — In the event that Harrell doesn’t come back, Green should see around 15-20 minutes off the bench. If Harrell is back, we still need to find some really cheap value. This seems like the type of contest we need to go with “Stars and Scrubs” a bit. There’s not as much middling options.

Delon Wright ($1,400) — It’s a bit crazy that two rotation players like this are almost at min-price. Wright’s minutes are erratic because Rick Carlisle doesn’t exactly trust him. The thing is, if somebody gets into foul trouble or struggles, Wright could see around 15-20 minutes — similar to Green. Wright isn’t going to set the world on fire, but we don’t need too many DKFP out of him either.