Happy Friday in the NBA my friends! We have a very intriguing matchup for the NBA DFS Showdown slate tonight. The Brooklyn Nets led by Mikal Bridges continue their West Coast trip taking on Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are starting to find their stride winners of two straight games while the Nets have lost four straight games.

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Total: 227 

Spread: Lakers (-7)

Brooklyn Nets Injuries:

Los Angeles Lakers Injuries

NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis is the best play at the captain spot tonight because he has the best floor and ceiling. It is just a question if you want to pay for him because he is $1,200 more expensive than his teammate LeBron James. He is worth the price of admission for me tonight. He has scored at least 59 fantasy points in four of his last five games. He will match up with Nic Claxton tonight who is lengthy and could cause some issues, but I feel AD will be just fine.

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron has been doing LeBron James things as of late. He has gone crazy for some time but has been extremely solid. He has scored at least 40 fantasy points in five of his last six games. Unfortunately, when you have to pay $10,600 for him he isn't quite hitting the value we would like. LeBron is in play tonight because of who he is and this game is in primetime. But because of the price, he isn't someone I am jamming into my lineup if I can not afford to.

Mikal Bridges, Brooklyn Nets

After an underwhelming beginning of the month, Bridges has started to catch fire over his past four games. He has scored at least 21 game points in four straight games including a 42-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers a few games ago. He has shown his ceiling over the past four games scoring over 50 fantasy points in two of those games. If Brooklyn is going to win this game and snap their losing streak, it will be on the back of Mikal Bridges.

NBA DFS Showdown Utility Top Plays

Nic Claxton, Brooklyn Nets

Claxton just continues to be solid for the Brooklyn Nets as the only true five-man on their roster at the moment. He has kept his double-digit rebound streak going to six games after posting a 12-12 double in his last game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He gets a tough matchup against Anthony Davis tonight which could cause him to struggle on the offensive end. His floor is solid though because of his rebounding. If he adds a couple of stocks as well, he should be solid once again.

D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

I really like D-Lo at his price tonight going against his former Brooklyn Nets team. He is just sitting at $7,200 which is very solid with how aggressive he has been on the offensive end as of late. Over his last five games, he has gone over a 30% usage in two of those games. He also has taken at least 12 shots in four of those games as well, including two games with over 20 attempts. With Russell being this aggressive and showing that his ceiling is within reach, against a Nets defense that ranks in the bottom third of the NBA. 

Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers

Austin Reaves is now under 7k after just being fine as of late. With Russell taking a lot of the load on the offensive end, Reaves has been a bit quiet. What has kept him afloat though is the fact he has dished out at least six assists in four of his last five games. Reaves should continue to stay solid tonight and should float around the 25-30 fantasy points night in a good matchup against the Nets.

Cam Thomas, Brooklyn Nets 

After two straight games of Can Thoms checking up shots, Thomas took a backseat in the last game. He played just 22 minutes and scored eight points on seven shot attempts. Not the best showing from him. If Thomas gets in the game early and starts knocking down shots, he can really put his stamp on the game. It's hard to take him out of the game when that happens even when he is poor on the defensive end like he was in their last game. I am going back to the well with Thomas tonight.

NBA DFS Showdown Value Top Plays

Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets

Dorian Finney-Smith is a volume play because he is playing around 30 minutes each night. The Nets are very small with Day'Ron Sharpe out with injury meaning DFS has to play a lot of small ball-center. This is a game in which Nic Claxton could get into early foul trouble and DFS could see an even more extended run. He isn't a great fantasy, points-per-minute guy. However, at his price of $5,000, you will gladly take 25 fantasy points.

Jarred Vanderbilt, Los Angeles Lakers

Even with Cam Reddish sitting out with injury the Lakers elected to play Jarred Vanderbilt. They they opted to start Taurean Prince but Vanderbilt played 26 minutes to Prince's just 21. If the Lakers elect to match the Nets small ball lineup at any point tonight I would expect Vanderbilt to be the best candidate at that over Christain Wood. Vanderbilt is a hustle guy and should grab a solid amount of rebounds in this one. At just $3,400 I expect Vanderbilt to smash that value in this one.


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