The NBA’s leading scorer will be in action Saturday, as Houston’s James Harden (36.5 points per game) and the Rockets visit the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET. Harden is flanked by Russell Westbrook, who is posting 20.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. Should Harden or Westbrook be among your top NBA DFS picks? The Bulls will be without perimeter threat Otto Porter Jr. (foot) as they attempt to keep the Rockets from winning three straight. Another Saturday NBA game pits the struggling New Orleans Pelicans, finishing a back-to-back set, against the Charlotte Hornets. The Pelicans are getting strong production from Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, while the Hornets counter with Devonte’ Graham and Cody Zeller. Which NBA DFS stacks can lead you to victory? And which daily Fantasy basketball picks will spoil your night? Before locking in your NBA DFS lineups for any tournaments, cash games, or 50-50s on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, see what SportsLine’s Mike McClure has to say.
McClure is a DFS professional with nearly $2 million in career winnings. He’s also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NBA DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NBA DFS player.
McClure rolled through the 2018-19 NBA season, producing multiple lineups that led to huge returns for followers, including as much as 40x on FanDuel and 84x on DraftKings. Now, he’s off to a blistering start to the 2019-20 NBA season, cashing on both sites on Tuesday’s Opening Night 2019 and then following that up with returns as high as 20x on DraftKings the next night. Overall, his lineups have cashed a whopping 80 percent of the time so far on DraftKings and 60 percent on FanDuel. Anybody following him has seen huge returns. Now, he’s turned his attention to Saturday’s NBA DFS slate.
For Saturday, we can tell you McClure is high on Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Luka Doncic ($10,600 on FanDuel, $9,600 on DraftKings). Doncic is excelling in the first month of the NBA season, scoring 28.1 points, grabbing 10.4 rebounds and dishing out 9.3 assists per game. His scoring average ranks sixth in the league and his assist average is second only to LeBron James‘ 10.5 dimes per game. Doncic went off on the Knicks on Friday night, recording 38 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in eight games this season. The second-year pro from Slovenia and the 5-3 Mavericks get the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, a team that is just 2-6 overall and gives up 117.9 points per game, sixth-most in the NBA. The Grizzlies will likely try to stop Doncic with Dillon Brooks, who allowed Evan Fournier to score 19 points, grab seven rebounds and deal six assists in a 118-86 loss on Friday.
Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy Saturday also includes rostering Bulls power forward Thaddeus Young ($5,000 on FanDuel, $4,200 on DraftKings). Young has been a valuable addition to the Bulls’ front-court, scoring 9.9 points and grabbing 3.6 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game off the bench. The 13-year veteran signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Bulls during the offseason, and with Porter out Saturday against the Rockets, Young figures to be in line for his first start of the season.
McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Saturday. The stars are aligning for him to return 50, even 60 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.
So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS lineup for Saturday? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NBA optimal tournament and cash game lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.