With real basketball currently on hiatus, DraftKings has launched simulated basketball games! Tuesday’s game is between the Cavaliers and Thunder, and it gets underway at 3:00 p.m. ET. Take note of the rules since this contest doesn’t work like any other contest we have had before.

Set your free to play lineups here: Simulated Basketball $2K FREE Contest (CLE vs OKC)

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Note: All salaries will be Flex prices unless noted as Captain’s Pick prices.


Oklahoma City Thunder

Danilo Gallinari ($7,000) is one of the safer plays in this game. He doesn’t have a massive ceiling, but he scores 31.71 DKFP per game and we normally see him score right around his average. It’s also interesting to see Gallo priced below Dennis Schroder ($7,800). Schroder averages 31.27 DKFP, so slightly less than Gallinari, yet he’s $800 more expensive. Gallo is the stronger play of the two.

Chris Paul ($9,800) is a bit expensive, but he has solid upside. I normally wouldn’t think he is worth this price tag, although there aren’t a ton of great fantasy producers in this game. CP3 averages 37.33 DKFP, the second most of any player in this game. He is from a must play although he can be considered viable. For a high-priced guard on OKC, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($8,600) makes a bit more sense to me since his salary is a bit more reasonable. He has a similar upside to Paul and averages nearly the same amount of DKFP per game.

My favorite value play from the Thunder is Steven Adams ($5,400). This is a pretty cheap price for a guy that has fairly consistently delivered solid games for OKC. He averages 30.04 DKFP, the ninth highest scoring average in this game. Adams also hasn’t had many duds, scoring under 19 DKFP just five times all season. With a bit of upside and a high floor at a reasonable price, Adams is a good option in the mid range.

Cleveland Cavaliers

For the Captain’s slot, I think Andre Drummond ($15,600 CP/$10,400) makes for the best play. He averages 47.3 DKFP for the season, easily the most in this game. CP3 is the next best fantasy producer and he averages about 10 less DKFP per game. Despite the large gap in production, Drummond is only marginally more expensive. Lineups should start with Drummond in the 1.5x slot. Since the players in this game aren’t all that expensive, he isn’t tough to fit in.

The next highest priced player on the Cavs is Kevin Love ($9,400). He averages 37.12 DKFP, so he offers almost the same exact production as Chris Paul for $400 less. Like Paul, Love is a viable play, but not a guy we have to roster. Colin Sexton ($8,800) is also in the same price tier. It’s a pricing I don’t quite understand. Sexton has been a fine fantasy option and has developed in his second season in the NBA although he still only averages 30.9 DKFP. Love and Paul are both players that I want would want to roster before Sexton. The extra fantasy production is well worth the extra salaries.

There are some other interesting plays in the Cavs’ front court other than Love and Drummond. Due to injuries and trades, there have been other players that have stepped up and had good games at times. As a starter, Tristan Thompson ($5,800) averages 31 DKFP and he’s made more starts than he’s had games off the bench. A riskier play than Thompson with a bit more upside is Larry Nance ($5,000). In his handful of starts, Nance has averaged 37.1 DKFP. If we draw a game where he was in the starting unit, he would be one of the better plays in this contest. In a recent simulated game, we drew a game where Nance started and he was a massive difference maker in that contest.

How does Simulated Basketball work?

DraftKings will choose an NBA matchup and prior to each game, entrants can draft free DFS Showdown lineups for the upcoming simulated game. Lineups will receive fantasy points for a player’s performance within a randomly-assigned game earlier this season (any game from the 2019/20 season is eligible, not just the specific Showdown matchup listed above).

Which players are eligible in the player pool?

Players who have played in at least 15 games in the 2019/20 season are eligible to be drafted.

What do I get if I win?

Every free contest will award DK Dollars that can be used to enter DFS contests.

What are DK Dollars?

DK Dollars act just like cash and can be used to enter any daily fantasy contest on DraftKings. DK Dollars cannot be withdrawn from your balance.

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