A devious plan
most entry level DSLR, especially Nikon use the same sensor as a higher model but the RAW files are lossy compressed in order to keep the lower product from killing the higher one.
this RAW compression hurts most in the highlight detail.
to overcome the lossy compression killing the highlights (more important than shadows), underexpose so that the highlights fall in the midtone of histogram. the camera algorithm will not mess about with midtones because it knows that is where all the important stuff is so it will instead compress the shadows detail which in most cases is noise anyway!
after bringing the RAW files in ACR/LR simply bring back the shadows using the default Adobe profile and not one of the camera profiles because they don't reveal shadows as good as the default adobe profile.
give it a try and and test out this theory.
*the best photos to test this plan is photos with high contrast such as clear sky with clouds and shadows in the foreground or midground.