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NBA DFS Picks for June 9, 2021 (Showdown – FREE)

Nikola Jokic
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Denver Nuggets Forward Nikola Jokic (15) looks to make a pass over Los Angeles Clippers Center Ivica Zubac (40) during a NBA game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers on April 1, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. The game was played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

We have another showdown slate to breakdown for tonight, as the Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets for game two. We do not have too many studs playing tonight, and we can afford to roster the three bona fide stars playing tonight. Our strategy involves going with a stars and scrubs style lineup, so we can play our three stars. We do not have fantastic budget plays tonight, but we really do not need to much value, as only one of our studs is in the superstar price range. We will talk about our favorite captain for tonight, and some potential pivots to avoid ownership.

Here’s a showdown lineup For DFS Basketball 6/9/21 (using DraftKings Values)

CaptainN. Jokic $14,700
UtilityF. Campazzo $12,600
UtilityA. Rivers $1,000
UtilityC. Paul $9.600
UtilityP. Millsap $6,600
UtilityD. Booker $5,400

The obvious captain play on tonight’s slate is Nikola Jokic, as we expect Jokic to have a much higher FPT total then anyone else on the slate, Typically, the raw FPTS wins out with captain plays. Furthermore, Jokic is the only superstar on this slate, so we can captain him and still have enough salary left to roster our other favorite stars. Jokic averaged around 18 FPTS more per game this season then anyone else playing this season, and the price difference does not make up for that massive raw FPTS gap. Jokic is the no brainer captain option for Cash games, and he will likely be the captain on winning tournament lineups tonight. For big tournaments, we do like also looking at Chris Paul, who has fantastic upside at a significantly lower cost.

We have seen a huge role for Facundo Campazzo throughout the playoffs, and he saw 36 minutes of floor time last time around for game of the series. Campazzo is expensive here at $7,000   but he does have solid upside compared to other guys in the price range. We must assume that Campazzo will continue to see massive minutes again tonight, and he will likely be a needed play if he plays around 36 minutes again. 

Austin Rivers has been a lot less productive in his time on the floor then you would like to see recently. However, we still really like him here due to our lack of value options. Rivers has consistently been seeing massive minutes lately, so he has the upside for a nice performance. Rivers has played 47, 40 and 31 minutes respectively in his last three games and we still like him for value if the floor time holds up. He has shown a low floor lately even in huge minutes, but we cannot expect him to be as lethargic offensively every game.

Chris Paul is a priority for us tonight, as we can easily afford to roster him alongside Jokic. Paul has been hard to get right throughout the playoffs, as he has been struggling with injuries. However, Paul was able to play 36 minutes in game one. Paul went for 49 FPTS last time around, which made him a must play at his shortened price. If Paul looks healthy tonight and can play mid 30’s minutes again, he will likely be a must play at his $8,800 price tag. 

Michael Porter Jr is currently questionable for tonight, and we have some great value if he is out. If Porter is out tonight, the forwards on Denver become our favorite value options for this one. One absolute priority for us if Porter is out will be Paul Millsap. Millsap is only $2,600 tonight, and he is probably our favorite play on the slate if Porter is out, as he should easily smash value in that case. If Porter is in, Millsap is still a viable punt, however he is much more interesting a play if Porter is out.

We are able to afford Jokic, Paul and Devin Booker in the same lineup tonight, so that is the approach we like going the most. Booker has fantastic upside, and we know there is plenty of room for both him and Paul to have a good game. We saw Booker go for over 70 FPTS two games ago, and that upside makes it hard to get away from this. With that said, Booker is our favorite of the three stars to fade tonight as he does have a low floor for his price tag. If Booker has an off-shooting night, there could be some upside in using the salary elsewhere. 


Here’s a showdown lineup For DFS Basketball 6/9/21 (using DraftKings Values)

MVPN. Jokic $15,000
StarD. Booker $14,500
ProC. Paul $13,500
UtilityF. Campazzo $9,500
UtilityP. Millsap $7,000

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