The Phoenix Suns have a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals as they head into Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs desperately need a home win tonight to avoid falling to an 0-3 hole, but the Suns didn’t have much trouble in the first two games, with Game 2 ending in a blowout of 20 points. Game 3 begins at 9:30 p.m. ET at American Airlines Center and will air on ESPN.
Let’s review Showdown’s fantastic outlook for the game for contests on DraftKings.
Luka Doncic ($19,800) – The only bright spot for the Mavericks so far this series, Doncic is a no-brainer as a captain pick. He dropped 45 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Game 1, racking up a fantastic 75 DraftKings points in the process. He followed that up with 52.75 DKFP in Game 2, with 35 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He will undoubtedly carry most of the offensive burden on his shoulders in Game 3, while the Mavs are hoping other guys can step in and share some of the burden as well. Either way, Doncic plays great basketball and is by far Dallas’ best option for captaincy.
Devin Booker ($15,300) – Since returning from his hamstring injury in the first round, Booker has returned to normalcy and demonstrated it in the first two games of this series. Game 1 saw him score 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for 48.25 DKFP, followed by 44.5 DKFP with 30 points with four rebounds and four assists in Game 2. Truly, the Suns’ captain’s pick could go to Booker or Chris Paul, as CP3, has been on top form throughout the playoffs. Paul comes in at $14,700, which might save you some room in your salary cap, but you can’t go wrong with either.
Maxi Kleber ($4,800) – It’s hard to pick anyone other than Doncic from the Mavericks at this point because most other Dallas players have been underplayed in the first two games. Kleber isn’t putting up insane numbers by any means, but he’s been in the same ballpark as guys like Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie in those first two games. You can get pretty much the same performance from Kleber that we saw from Brunson, but save a few thousand dollars in salary caps at the same time. Kleber should make a decent value play in Game 3.
Mikal Bridges ($7,400) – Bridges has been on fire this playoff, posting a season-high 31 in Game 5 against the Pelicans. He’s been a solid fixture for Phoenix, averaging 31.25 DKFP in the first two games against the Mavericks in the conference semifinals. He’s only scored points once in the playoffs so far and although his performance dipped a bit in Game 2 with 11 points and six assists in 39 minutes, expect that. he’s playing another great game in Dallas tonight. It’s easily worth the price if you can’t afford Paul or Deandre Ayton as a flexible game.
Jalen Brunson ($8,000) – While Brunson had a fantastic first round against the Jazz, he’s struggled to get things done against the Suns so far. He recorded just nine points in Game 2, which turned out to be his lowest point total in almost a month. He shot just 25% from the field on that outing. At a price of $8,000, its production isn’t nearly where it should be in this series so far.
Cam Johnson ($5,400) – Johnson did a great job replacing Booker in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the first round, but was dropped to the bench in his normal role. He put up decent numbers throughout the playoffs, but Game 2 saw him on the court for just 17 minutes as he put up nine points and a pair of rebounds and assists. While its price isn’t too high, you can get a similar return from a value game like Cameron Payne for a few thousand dollars less.
The Mavericks can’t seem to find an answer for the Suns on either side of the field while Doncic is the only one in a Dallas uniform who can seem to get things going. Phoenix’s defense is proving very effective against the Mavs offense and if they continue to shut down everyone around Doncic, expect another lopsided contest in favor of the Suns. Phoenix could be on its way to a conference semifinal sweep if things continue in this direction.
Final score: Suns 115, Mavericks 101