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Best lineup strategy for Nets vs. Raptors Game 2 NBA Showdown

We go over the best Showdown options for Wednesday’s Nets-Raptors matchup in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors drives against Joe Harris and Garrett Temple of the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.      Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It seemed like the Toronto Raptors were poised to beat the brakes off the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, but the underdog made an impressive comeback to make things interesting after falling behind 33 points. Toronto and Brooklyn will run it back for Game 2 on Wednesday, and DraftKings will have Showdown contests running for the matchup. We’ll go over some ideal strategies below.

Captain’s Picks

Pascal Siakam ($14,100) had a poor shooting performance in Game 1. While he was 4-for-13 from the field, he nearly had a double-double in the first quarter. Rodions Kurucs was getting manhandled in the post by the Raptors, and it’ll get even uglier when Siakam finds his shot. Fred VanVleet ($14,700) can’t shoot 80 percent from deep every game, and Siakam typically does the most scoring for the Raptors.

It’s hard to ignore VanVleet leading all players in minutes (39) and shot attempts (15) in game one. While it’s not likely that he’ll drop 30 points again, he has an advantage against Chris Chiozza, Tyler Johnson, and other Nets guards. Kyle Lowry ($15,000) has just as much of a chance to explode.

FLEX Options

Caris LeVert ($10,400) posted 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 15 assists on 14 shots in Game 1 and was forced to defer early. While his playmaking is desirable, Toronto’s defense makes it hard to captain him as the most expensive player available.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($5,800) has been a spark plug off the bench and rattled home 26 points in 33 minutes off the bench in his last outing. He’s been shooting lights out from beyond the arc, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he found his way into the starting lineup before long.