joel-embiid.jpg
Getty Images

The NBA is preparing for this weekend's All-Star break with nine games on Thursday's prime-time NBA DFS slate. Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors take on Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. ET. And Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Oklahoma City Thunder against DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs at 9 p.m. ET.

Are you wise to consider Lowry, Tatum, Gilgeous-Alexander or DeRozan in your NBA DFS strategy Thursday? And what other players are in line for huge outputs in daily Fantasy basketball tournaments, 50-50s and cash games on websites like DraftKings and FanDuel? Before locking in any NBA DFS picks for Thursday, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball lineups 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.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Thursday, March 4 NBA DFS slate and locked in his top daily Fantasy basketball picks. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.

Top NBA DFS picks for Thursday, March 4

One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for his Thursday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard at $10,700 on DraftKings and $10,100 on FanDuel. Lillard is going for 29.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game this season. That includes a 22-point, five-rebound, six-assist effort Wednesday against Golden State.

Lillard was everywhere he needed to be to secure a win against the Warriors, hitting a huge trey with 14 seconds to go and then taking a charge on the ensuing possession. Lillard's NBA DFS performance has been huge recently, popping for almost 55 daily Fantasy basketball points per game on DraftKings in his last nine outings. Lillard and the Blazers get the Kings on Thursday, a team he has gone for 29.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game this season.

Part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Knicks center Nerlens Noel at $5,600 on DraftKings and $5,500 on FanDuel. Noel is averaging 4.7 points, 59 rebounds and 2.0 blocks this season. He went for four points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks Tuesday against the Spurs.

Noel is the prime example of how scoring in NBA DFS isn't just about points. The former Kentucky standout pulled down double-digit rebounds for the second straight game, and also swatted 13 blocks in his last five outings. That all-around effort has netted Noel an average of 24.5 NBA DFS points per game on DraftKings in his last nine outings. 

The Knicks get the woeful Pistons on Thursday, and with backup Taj Gibson (ankle) unlikely to play, McClure sees the potential for Noel to turn in another strong effort.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, March 4

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Thursday 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 Thursday? 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.