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DraftKings DFS NBA Strategy Advice: Lakers at Nuggets (9/22)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Sep 22, 2020

After a dramatic finish to Game 2 on Sunday, the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead against the Nuggets, and Denver will look to win a game tonight to avoid falling into a three-game hole. As the conference finals continue, we’re left with single-game contests on the slate, and today we’ll be breaking down the DraftKings Showdown for Tuesday night.

If you’re new to DraftKings showdown, there are a few simple rules for roster construction. Lineups consist of six players, including one Captain that have to fall within the salary cap of $50K. The Captain can be any player on the slate, and he scores 1.5x his normal score. The catch is that he also costs 1.5x his normal salary. The remaining five positions don’t receive bonuses, but they don’t have a premium cost either. As usual, we’ll break down the top Captain picks, core players to target at lower salaries, and dart throw options best reserved for tournaments. Let’s get to it!

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Captain

LeBron James (PG/SF – LAL): $18,000
James is one of four players to consider for your Captain spot tonight, along with Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray. The King has averaged just over 45 DK points per game in this series, but we’ve seen him post five games of at least 60 DK points this postseason. He has the chance to do that in Game 3, and James makes a solid Captain pick here.

Anthony Davis (PF/C – LAL): $17,400
Hot off hitting the shot of his career, AD will be a strong play tonight in Game 3, as the Lakers look to go up 3-0 and put the series essentially out of reach.

Through the first two games of the series, the Brow has totaled 56.0 and 51.75 DK points, highlighted by Game 2’s stunning buzzer-beater as time expired. The Nuggets seem to have no answer for Davis, and he should rightfully be a popular pick here.

Nikola Jokic (C – DEN): $16,500
After a letdown in Game 1, the Joker responded with 58.5 DK points in Game 2, going off for 30 points, nine assists, six boards and four steals. Despite the strong showing, his salary has actually decreased since Sunday, and he comes in nearly $1,000 dollars cheaper than Anthony Davis with much of the same upside.

Jamal Murray (PG/SG – DEN): $14,100
Murray went off for 45.0 DK points in Sunday’s heartbreaking win but saw a price decrease nonetheless. Though he hasn’t had the same type of performance against either LA team as he did against Utah, Murray’s got legitimate 60-point upside at a steep discount compared to the other three players listed above him. Murray’s floor is lower than James, Davis, or Jokic, but if you want to pivot and save some salary, Murray is your man.

Core Plays

Michael Porter (SF/PF – DEN): $7,600
MPJ has logged at least 20 minutes in back-to-back games, averaging 27.8 DK points in that span, including a double-double in Game 1. His number has been called against the Lakers, as the Nuggets need energy and rebounding off the bench, two things Porter provides. At his salary, he’s a nice pick with a solid floor and respectable ceiling.

Rajon Rondo (PG – LAL): $7,000
Playoff Rondo now has seven straight games of at least 20 DK points, including a three-game stretch in which he averaged over 38 DK points per contest against the Rockets. Rondo has cooled off as of late, but he’s got a reliable floor and 40-point upside.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG/SF – LAL): $4,800
KCP has heated up in the Western Conference Finals, averaging nearly 23 DK points per game over the first two, while canning three triples in both games. He’s seen at least 30 minutes in the WCF as well, providing him a sturdy floor.

Danny Green (SG/SF – LAL): $4,600
Green hasn’t been dependent on the deep ball as of late, as he’s grabbed at least five rebounds and nabbed at least three combined blocks/steals in both games against Denver across 25.5 minutes. Green doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he’s a consistent producer who should be in line for 20-25 DK points in this one.

Alex Caruso (PG/SG – LAL): $3,600
Despite Rajon Rondo’s recent stretch of quality play, Caruso continues to see over 20 minutes per contest, and he’s averaged just over 20 DK points over his last four. At just $3.6K, he’s a nice salary saver, who allows you to stack more upper-tier options.

Dart Throws

Kyle Kuzma (SF/PF – LAL): $5,200
He’s averaged just under 14 DK points in this series while attempting a total of 15 shots. He’s also scored 16 DK points or fewer in three of his last four. Still, Kuzma averages minutes in the mid-20s and has the ability to get hot with a 30-point game if the stars align. He’s best reserved for tournament play.

Dwight Howard (C – LAL): $4,200
Howard had a huge Game 1, posting 23.75 DK points in 16 minutes while playing a key role in limiting Nikola Jokic. He followed that up with a 7.5 DK point performance in 13 minutes in Game 2. The range of outcomes makes Howard unpredictable, making him a low-cost tournament play.

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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