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Best picks for DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship Shadow contest

If you can beat the best fantasy basketball players in the world, you can get your share of up $30,000 in cash.

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers calls for a foul against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter in the Western Conference play-in game one at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 15, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Fantasy Basketball World Championship is today, with some of the best DFS basketball players in the world competing for $4,000,000 in prizes. But you can get in on the action too with DraftKings NBA FBWC Championship Shadow Contest, which has a free entry, and if you can beat the pros that win the title, you’ll be in line to share in an additional $10,000 as well!

The contest spans the eight Game 1’s of the 2020 NBA Playoffs live from Wide World of Sports in Orlando, and between August 17-18 we’ll determine a winner.

So if you plan on competing with the big boys, we’ve got some contest picks before they lock today at 1:30 p.m. You’ll need a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center, as well as an additional frontcourt and backcourt player, and one utility spot as well.

Backcourt players

Damian Lillard ($11,400)

The hottest player on the planet right now, Lillard has averaged a ridiculous 63.2 DFS points per game in his last seven outings. In his last outing against the Lakers in January, he had 48 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Good matchup, great player, and Playoff Dame can be something special. He’s worth the salary here.

Tyler Herro ($4,900)

The Heat Rookie gets a better matchup than most here, and it’s likely the club will need him to put up some volume in his first NBA Playoffs game. The Heatles have beaten Indiana twice this year, and Herro had 19 points, seven rebounds, and two assists against the Pacers in his last game. He’s been averaging over 32 minutes a game his last five with 36 DFS points per outing, and Erik Spolestra tends to tighten up the bench for the playoffs. He should see plenty of the court for a very cheap price.

Frontcourt players

LeBron James ($10,700)

The King and the playoffs are here, and it’s likely he tries to takes over to establish how the Lake Show will attempt to make their championship run. In his last four games he’s averaged 44.1 DFS points on just 29.3 minutes per game, but he’ll get more burn today than at any point in the bubble so far. Throw out the regular season stats, Playoff LBJ will be focused and ready to take his third franchise to a title.

Joel Embiid ($9,800)

Someone has to score, and The Process now plays next to the Boston forward that made this so hard for him in previous playoff series in Al Horford. The lack of Ben Simmons means more touches for the big man that can do everything... when he can stay on the court. There’s always an injury concern and limited minutes with Embiid, but in his first four games in the bubble he averaged 34 minutes an outing. His conditioning should be ok, and there’s just no way the Sixers can get past Boston without him playing his best basketball. Good luck to Daniel Theis trying to stop him if that’s the case.