NBA DFS: Nikola Jokic and optimal FanDuel, DraftKings daily Fantasy basketball lineups for Aug. 30, 2020

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum proved that he had star quality throughout his first two seasons in the NBA. With Kyrie Irving leaving Boston last offseason, Tatum knew that he’d have to elevate his game in 2019-20. He averaged 23.4 points and 7.0 rebounds during the regular season and helped lead Boston past the Sixers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Tatum has become a fixture in NBA DFS lineups along the way and could be heavily rostered on Sunday as the Celtics begin their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Raptors.

However, the NBA DFS player pool has plenty of star power on Sunday with the Clippers, Mavericks, Nuggets and Jazz also in action. With FanDuel and DraftKings both hosting large-field daily Fantasy basketball tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on Sunday, finding value that affords you the luxury of going after stars like Tatum, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic will be critical. Before entering any NBA daily Fantasy contests on Sunday, 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. 

Now, he’s turned his attention to Sunday’s NBA DFS slate. Head to SportsLine to see his optimal NBA DFS picks

McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Aug. 30

For Sunday’s NBA playoff slate, McClure is high on Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic at $9,500 on DraftKings and $9,300 on FanDuel. Denver, down 3-2 in its series against Utah, is looking to stave off elimination. That means plenty of minutes and looks for Jokic, Denver’s best player, in this win-or-go-home matchup.

Jokic has been extremely productive from a daily Fantasy standpoint this series. He’s topped 45 points on DraftKings in four of five games. He was perhaps at his best in Game 5, scoring 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists to help the Nuggets extend the series. McClure is looking for more of the same from him on Sunday, making him a smart choice for NBA DFS lineups. 

McClure’s NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering Clippers forward Paul George at $8,300 on DraftKings and $7,800 on FanDuel. After a relatively slow start to the series against Dallas, George erupted for 35 points last Tuesday. He was extremely efficient, needing just 25 minutes on the floor to pile up that total. 

It helped that he shot 66.7 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and hit every single free throw. That performance returned over 5x value on both sites. McClure is expecting another big performance from George against a Dallas team that is missing Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and has several other players who are less than 100 percent, clearing the way for George to be one of the top NBA DFS picks for Sunday’s slate. 

How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Aug. 30

McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Sunday. 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 Sunday? 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.

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