Philadelphia's Joel Embiid is coming off a two-game stretch that has seen him put up monster stats. He dropped 40 points against the Clippers on Friday, which followed a 50-point outburst against the Magic on Wednesday. Philadelphia is back on the road against San Antonio on Sunday, but can you count on him to continue producing at such a high level for your NBA DFS lineups? Embiid has played his best basketball of the season during the month of January, and has averaged 33.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and shot 56.2 percent from the field in 10 games.
The 76ers last faced the Spurs on Jan. 7, and Embiid finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Another such performance would suit daily Fantasy basketball players, but can he find a way to keep producing at the level he has over his last two starts? Before locking in you 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 included Bucks sharpshooter Khris Middleton as one of his top NBA DFS picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Middleton finished with 34 points, six rebounds and five assists to return 52.5 points on DraftKings and 49.7 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, January 23, 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, January 23
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Sunday is Bulls forward DeMar Derozan, who is listed at $8,900 on DraftKings and $8,400 on FanDuel. On Friday against Milwaukee, DeRozan scored 35 points to go with six rebounds and three assists in a losing effort. DeRozan leads Chicago in scoring this season, just ahead of Zach LaVine, who has missed the last four games and is unlikely to return tonight when the Bulls play Orlando.
In the recent games in which LaVine (knee) has been out, DeRozan has averaged 28 points and 5.5 assists. In two games against Orlando this season, he scored 52 total points with eight rebounds and six assists. Without several other key players unavailable for Chicago tonight -- and for the next several weeks -- DeRozan should see a bump across all his offensive numbers as the Bulls' unquestioned playmaker.
Another key in McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Grizzlies guard Ja Morant ($9,600 on DraftKings and FanDuel). Since missing a Jan. 8 start against the Clippers, Morant has come back strong and averaged 25 points, 7.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds over his last seven games. In Friday's victory over Denver, Morant nearly matched his season-high scoring total with 38 points, while also recording six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Memphis plays Dallas for the final time this season on Sunday. Morant probably would have liked to have a better overall showing in his last meeting with the Mavericks than his 19 points and eight turnovers on Jan. 14, but he also had eight assists, five rebounds and two steals. Morant has also scored 25 or more points in each of his last three games, which makes him a no-brainer for your NBA DFS lineups on Sunday.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sunday, January 23
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.