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The first full month of the 2020-21 NBA season rolls on Thursday with five games dotting the NBA DFS slates and 10 teams stocking the NBA DFS player pool. Among the more popular NBA DFS picks in action will be Denver's Nikola Jokic, who is averaging a triple-double this season as he takes on Stephen Curry and Golden State at 10 p.m. ET. Indiana's Malcolm Brogdon is leading the Pacers in scoring and assists heading into a 10 p.m. ET matchup against Damian Lillard and Portland.

Are Jokic, Curry, Brogdon or Lillard wise facets of your Thursday NBA DFS strategy? And what other players should you consider for daily Fantasy basketball tournaments, 50-50s and cash games on websites like DraftKings and FanDuel? Before finalizing any NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings 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.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Thursday, Jan. 14 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, Jan. 14

One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for his Thursday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Sixers center Joel Embiid at $10,000 on DraftKings and $10,200 on FanDuel. Embiid ranks eighth in the NBA by scoring 26.6 points per game and is fifth in the NBA pulling down 12.1 rebounds per outing. That includes a monster 45-point, 16-rebound effort Tuesday against the Heat.

Embiid's back was sore after playing 39 minutes against Miami in the OT victory, which is understandable after shooting 69.6 percent from the field, also dishing four assists and swiping five steals. The effort was worth over 84 NBA DFS points on FanDuel -- effectively doubling what a mere mortal could have hoped to produce for daily Fantasy basketball players. Embiid and the 76ers get the Heat again Thursday, which means Embiid is a must-roster choice.

Part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering Heat forward Precious Achiuwa at $4,400 on DraftKings and $4,100 on FanDuel. The rookie from Memphis is scoring 8.3 points, pulling down 5.3 rebounds and dishing 1.0 assists per game. That includes a 17-point, 13-rebound, three-assist outburst Tuesday against Philadelphia.

Achiuwa earned his first start of the season for the shorthanded Heat against the Sixers, and responded with career highs in minutes, points and rebounds to earn almost 40 daily Fantasy basketball points on DraftKings. The 20th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft gets another chance to shine Thursday, as the Heat could have as many as five players unavailable for a return date against the Sixers. McClure loves the upside that Achiuwa can provide for NBA DFS lineups. 

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, Jan. 14

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 Jan. 14? 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.