The 2021 NBA Finals continue on Saturday as the series shifts back to Phoenix where the Suns will host the Bucks in Game 5 at 9 p.m. ET. The series is level at 2-2 and the Suns will hope that a return home will ignite their offense after averaging 118 points per game the first two contests and 101.5 points per game in Milwaukee. NBA daily Fantasy players have been leaning heavily on the Phoenix backcourt as Chris Paul has averaged 21.0 points and 8.3 assists this series while Devin Booker has put up 27.5 points and 4.0 assists per game.
So should you expect Paul and Booker to put up bulky numbers again and put them into your NBA DFS lineups for Game 5, or are there better ways to spend your salary cap space for this single-game space? The Bucks certainly have the momentum after winning the last two games, while Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have done well to supplement Giannis Antetokounmpo. Before locking in any NBA DFS picks for Bucks vs. Suns on Saturday, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball projections from SportsLine's Mike McClure.
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.
And in Game 4, McClure had Antetokounmpo as his MVP on FanDuel. The result: Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks, producing close to 70 Fantasy points. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Suns vs. Bucks NBA DFS slate for Game 5 on Saturday and locked in his top daily Fantasy basketball picks. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.
Top NBA DFS picks for Suns vs. Bucks, Game 5
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Game 5 is Antetokounmpo again. Game 4 wasn't an offensive explosion for Antetokounmpo, but his impact on both ends of the floor still led to a great daily Fantasy outing. Shots weren't falling from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line for the two-time league MVP. But he still hit 11 of 19 from the field overall in Game 4, and he's hitting over 60 percent of his shots from the field in the series.
With control of the series on the line in Game 5, you can expect another full load for Antetokounmpo. That likely translates to 60 or 70 Fantasy points on both sites, and even though eat up a significant amount of salary cap room, McClure still views him as a must-have NBA DFS building block for Saturday.
Part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy for Saturday includes rostering Suns forward Jae Crowder. So far in the 2021 NBA Finals, Crowder ranks fourth on the squad behind Paul, Booker and Deandre Ayton in minutes per game (35.5) and the veteran is averaging 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Crowder is 12 for 36 from the 3-point line during this series but has shot 38.8 percent from beyond the arc so far this postseason and shot 38.9 percent during the regular season. We know that Crowder is going to see the floor a lot in Game 5 and he's a good bet to have a better shooting night given that he hasn't shot the ball up to his standard recently.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, July 17
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Saturday because of a dream matchup. 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 is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS lineups for Saturday? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NBA DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.