Last season, 23-year-old Shai Gilgeous-Alexander fully established himself as one of the NBA's top young stars, and averaged 23.7 points per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder. After a pair of disappointing losses to start the season, the Thunder are 0-2, but Gilgeous-Alexander is again the team's top scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game. On Sunday, the Thunder take on the Philadelphia 76ers, who are coming off of a 109-114 loss to Brooklyn on Friday night.
The Nets combination of Joe Harris and Patty Mills combined for 25 points and made 6-of-13 3-point attempts. Can Gilgeous-Alexander find the same blind spots in the Philly defense that the Brooklyn shooting guards did on Friday and return big value to NBA DFS lineups on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel? Before finalizing any NBA DFS picks for Sunday, be sure to check out the NBA DFS advice, player rankings, stacks and top daily Fantasy basketball picks 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.
On Saturday, McClure listed Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas among his top NBA DFS picks. The result: Valanciunas had 20 points, 17 rebounds and three steals, returning 53.25 points on DraftKings and 54.4 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Sunday, Oct. 24 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 Sunday, October 24
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Sunday is Kings guard De'Aaron Fox at $8,300 on DraftKings and $8,500 on FanDuel. Fox is still getting into the groove when it comes to his overall efficiency, but has been a strong facilitator for the Kings' offense to start the season. Through two games, he's averaged 6.5 assists per game with 2.5 steals to create extra possessions for Sacramento.
On Sunday, the Kings host the Golden State Warriors, who have been one of the league's worst teams at protecting the ball through two games. The Warriors have averaged 19 turnovers per game to start the year, and for an active defender like Fox, that promises to lead to some extra scoring opportunities on offense. Fox is the third-leading scorer on the Kings, but teammates Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield are off to hot starts as well, so Fox should continue to dish out assists even if he's still finding his rhythm as a shooter.
Part of McClure's NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering Grizzlies guard De'Anthony Melton ($4,200 on DraftKings, $5,300 on FanDuel). Melton is off to a great start this season, and is averaging 21 points per game through his first two outings. Against the Clippers on Saturday, he had 22 points and seven rebounds as the Grizzlies knocked off Los Angeles, 120-114.
While Dillon Brooks has been out with a broken hand, Melton has benefited from the extra opportunity and capitalized in a big way. He's taking twice as many shots than he did over the course of last season and has made more than 56-percent of them. Memphis plays a flailing Lakers team on Sunday, who have allowed the second-most points per game of any team in the NBA, and Melton should feast again as a top scoring option for the Grizzlies.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Sunday, October 24
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Sunday 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 Sunday? 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.