We’re over two weeks into the 2019-20 NBA season and NBA DFS players are starting to get the lay of the land on a league that changed dramatically this offseason. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have quickly found their chemistry as the Lakers lead the Western Conference at 6-1. They’ll host the Heat on Friday night in the final game of the evening at 10:30 p.m. ET. James and Davis could be popular NBA DFS picks in tournaments and cash games on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Meanwhile, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 31.7 points, 7.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game entering a Friday night matchup between the Nets and Trail Blazers. With Irving and Damian Lillard going head-to-head, could you consider both for your NBA DFS lineups as they look to one-up each other? Be sure to see the optimal NBA DFS strategy from SportsLine’s Mike McClure before you make your Friday daily Fantasy basketball picks.
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 Wednesday’s NBA DFS slate.
For Friday, we can tell you McClure is high on Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday ($4,100 on FanDuel, $4,200 on DraftKings). The younger brother of Justin and Jrue Holiday is now in his second season out of UCLA and is taking advantage of an opportunity with Jeremy Lamb (knee) out.
After playing just 29 minutes in the first five games with two DNPs, Holiday has averaged nearly 24 minutes with Lamb out and is coming off an 18-point performance in a win over Washington on Wednesday. Holiday is 7-for-12 from beyond the arc in the three games since Lamb went down and has only turned the ball over twice. Look for Holiday to receive another heavy workload on Friday, making him a bargain after turning in at least a 6x return on DraftKings in his last two games.
Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering 76ers forward Tobias Harris ($6,500 on FanDuel, $6,400 on DraftKings), who has had four 40-point games on DraftKings already this season. Harris is averaging 19.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals, making him a valuable multi-category contributor with positional versatility since you can line him up at either forward spot.
He’s shooting a career-high 50.5 percent from the floor and continues to complement Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, with Al Horford and Josh Richardson effectively rounding out the starting five. Harris has two double-doubles this season and three games with at least 20 points and seven rebounds. He’s also recorded a steal in 6-of-7 games.
McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Friday. 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 Friday? 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.