NBA daily Fantasy players who have been relying on 30-plus points from Damian Lillard will have to adjust their NBA DFS strategy as the Portland star has left the Orlando bubble to deal with his knee injury. The NBA DFS player pool for Saturday, however, still has plenty of big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Anthony Davis and LeBron James who can be centerpieces for NBA DFS lineups.
Russell Westbrook (quad) is also back in the mix after missing the first four games of Houston’s series against Oklahoma City. Which big names are the best NBA DFS picks for Saturday? And which players priced under $5,000 should be part of your NBA DFS strategy? Before entering any NBA daily Fantasy contests on sites like FanDuel or DraftKings, be sure to see the top NBA DFS picks, player pool and core lineup selections from Mike McClure, a DFS pro who has won almost $2 million.
McClure is 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. He saw multiple huge cashes again early in the 2019-20 NBA season and got 2020 off to a blistering start with his optimal lineup returning at least 7x on DraftKings on three of the first five days of the new year. He’s returned 4x or more multiple times since that point. Anybody following him has seen huge returns.
On Tuesday, McClure was all over Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard as one of his core lineup picks for DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Leonard filled the stat sheet with 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal — returning over 50 points on DraftKings. Anybody who built lineups around him was well on the way to a strong return.
Now, he’s turned his attention to Saturday’s NBA DFS slate. Head to SportsLine to see his optimal NBA DFS picks.
McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Aug. 29
For Saturday’s NBA playoff slate, McClure is high on Blazers guard CJ McCollum at $8,100 on DraftKings and $7,200 on FanDuel. Often overshadowed by Lillard, McCollum has put up plenty of impressive numbers recently. He’s averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals against the Lakers in this series.
His best performances came in Game 3 when he recorded 28 points and eight rebounds — returning over 50 points and almost 7x value on DraftKings. With Lillard (knee) out, McCollum is set to carry the scoring load for Portland in this matchup, making him one of the must-roster NBA DFS picks at his price.
Part of his optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari at $5,500 on FanDuel and $6,300 on DraftKings. The 10th-year pro is an important part of OKC’s balanced offense. He’s averaging 18.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in this series against Houston.
He’s hit 35.8 percent of his 3-pointers and has sunk all 25 of his free-throw attempts in this series. This pivotal Game 5 matchup has an over-under of 226.5 points at William Hill, the highest on Saturday’s NBA schedule. Getting Gallinari in your NBA DFS lineups is a great way to get exposure to this high-scoring matchup at an affordable price.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Aug. 29
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. You can only see who it is here.
So who are DFS pro Mike McClure’s top picks for NBA DFS lineups on Saturday? Visit SportsLine now to see the top NBA DFS picks and player pool from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.