There is a lot of star power coming at us tonight as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Milwaukee Bucks in a late-night NBA DFS Showdown Slate matchup. Between Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George there are a lot of high ceiling, and high priced, options available to us. There is a salary cap though, so we do have to take a look at some more cost-effective options as well. 



Los Angeles Clippers

Marcus Morris – Questionable (ribs)

John Wall - Out

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Probable (knee)

Bobby Portis – Out


NBA DFS Showdown Slate Picks


Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

From a roster flexibility standpoint, Leonard works better tonight and with the forward performing at increased levels of success as he continues to work his way back, it is hard to overlook him. While he certainly is having success on the court, Leonard’s workload is also increasing and the forward is certainly proving to be up to the task. In his last four games, Leonard has been a force offensively with 29.3 points per game while adding six rebounds and 4.8 assists. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

You are certainly paying a premium here to secure Antetokounmpo for tonight, and it certainly becomes a roster construction issue. In his last five games, the forward hasn’t scored less than 50.5 DK points and he is performing at quite the elite level with 37.4 points and 13.8 rebounds per game in that stretch. Antetokounmpo is making a mockery of any knee soreness, but we should keep an eye on his status regardless. 

Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks

Now with Bobby Portis sidelined, there continues to be opportunity for a little extra offense from Holiday and the point guard continues to deliver. Holiday is averaging 7.2 assists per game this year to go along with 19.4 points as he is not letting any increased scoring take away from his playmaking duties. 



Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers

George seems to be perpetually dealing with knee soreness, but aside from a little extra rest, it has not slowed him down this season. Leonard has surged past George on most nights offensively, but that is not to say anything bad about George who is also averaging 25.3 points per game in his last four. Perhaps more importantly, as we know he can score, George has 7.5 rebounds and six assists per game in that stretch as well. 

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

We are getting there with Middleton as the Bucks ease him back into action, but his minutes and production are both rising faster than his price. He went from 18 to 20 minutes in his last game, and with 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists it was his best game yet. Things should only get better from here. 

Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers

Powell is, most nights, a strong third option on the offensive side for the Clippers, and they will need him tonight to keep up with the Bucks. The swingman is coming off a 27 point effort against the Bulls in which he also got to the line 10 times while making each free throw. After three rough shooting games in a row in which he made four shots each, it was a good sign to see Powell bounce back. 


Dart Throw

Nicolas Batum, Los Angeles Clippers

Batum shouldn’t have any issues finding his way into another 25 or so minutes of playing time tonight and that gives him enough time to fill the box score. While Batum doesn’t particularly excel at anything specific on a nightly basis, he does enough to hit a 4x to 5x return on this price. 

Joe Ingles, Milwaukee Bucks

Ingles seems to have settled into a steady role playing about 20 minutes a night for Milwaukee. The issue is that he is only averaging about 4.5 shots per game in that stretch so, while it does limit his value some, he could easily run into a few three-pointers.


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