The NBA is back after taking Sunday off after an exciting NBA In-Season Tournament Final. The main slate was a 13-gamer and is shaping up to be an exciting one. For the NBA DFS Showdown slate, we have the Portland Trail Blazers taking on the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are rolling winning three in a row. This young Trail Blazers team led by Anfernee Simons and Shaedon Sharpe is on the other end losing three straight games.

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Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Clippers

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Spread: Clippers (-13)

Portland Trail Blazers Injuries

Los Angeles Clippers

NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

When I wrote the Showdown Playbook on Friday I wrote that Kawhi Leonard was my top play at the captain spot and it paid off. Kawhi dropped 41 game points and also dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds, for 58.75 fantasy points. Leonard is also playing a ton of minutes each night. Even in a 14-point win over the banged-up Jazz on Friday he still played 38 minutes. Vegas believes this game will be a blowout with the -13 spread, but it may not matter for Kawhi. I am perfectly going back to the well with Leonard tonight.

Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers

I believe Anfernee Simons is a very solid pay-down option at the captain spot tonight. He has been back from his injury for three games and hasn't been shy. He has played 37 and 36 minutes in the last two games and gotten up 27 and 21 shot attempts scoring 27 and scored 37 and 49 fantasy points. With that type of volume, that gives Simons a massive ceiling if he gets hot, and he is cheaper than he should be.

NBA DFS Showdown UTIL Top Plays

Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

Many of you are probably surprised George isn't in the  Captain portion of this article. He is the highest player on the slate, however, I do not feel he has the highest upside on this slate. Paul George has finished with over 40 fantasy points in three straight games, and is coming off a whopping six steals against the Jazz. The steals could be high once again tonight with the Blazers having the third-highest turnover rate in the NBA. I love George as a utility option, just not at the captain spot.

Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers

I had thought Shaedon Sharpe would have slowed down with Anfernee Simons back, but that hasn't been the case. In the three games with Simons this year his usage rate has taken a bit of a dip, but it hasn't mattered. He is still playing a ton of minutes, and is averaging more points, rebounds and assists with Simons. Sharpe is a no-brainer play for me tonight, as he is too tantalizing to pass up.

James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers

Harden has settled into his role nicely with the Clippers as of late. He isn't forcing things on the offensive end as he has had over two turnovers just once in the last five games. He is nowhere near as aggressive as he once was so it caps his ceiling each night. Harden does have a great floor as of late scorning over 34 fantasy in his last five games. If this game does end up being a blowout that could affect Harden's production tonight, but I am not too worried about it.

Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers

I have been pounding the table to play Ivica Zubac in the last few showdown articles I have written. He is just so solid scoring over 25 fantasy points in seven straight games and he is still cheap sitting at $6,200. He can also give you a ceiling game like he did the other night scoring over 40 fantasy points with an 18-12 double-double. Deandre Ayton is questionable tonight, but either way, Zubac is locked in for me once again.

NBA DFS Showdown Value Top Plays

Toumani Camara, Portland Trail Blazers

Over the last few games, Camara has benefited with Deandre Ayton being out. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in the last three games while playing at least 27 minutes. With Ayton out, he has been crashing the glass grabbing nine and 13 rebounds in his last two games. If Ayton comes back, I like Camara much less, but he is still in play.

Matisse Thybulle, Portland Trail Blazers

Thybulle is a sneaky play at just $4,200 tonight, and I am surprised he is that cheap. He has played at least 31 minutes in three straight games with Malcolm Brogdon banged up. Even if Brogdon comes back tonight I feel Thybulle will still get over 25 minutes with him being a defensive menace. This team needs Thybulle on the court to try and slow down Paul George or Kawhi Leonard. As long as he knocks down a few shots, he can hit his value tonight.

Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers

All of a sudden Powell has played over 30 minutes in three straight games off of the bench. He has gotten up 11 shot attempts in each game and is the go-to scorer alongside Russell Westbrook. The problem is he doesn't do much more than just score with just seven rebounds and three assists in his last three games. But we know Powell can become an absolute flame-thrower at times, and maybe he can do it tonight at just $4,400.

Daniel Theis, Los Angeles Clippers

Daniel Theis has gone for 24 and 28 fantasy points in his past two games played while playing over 20 minutes in each. He missed Friday's game with an illness but looks good to go for tonight. He is priced under $4K on this slate because we have seen the floor fall out. I think you plug him in tonight, and take advantage of his cheap price tag so you can load up on stars.


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