The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday night in Cleveland and Kevin Durant and LeBron James will captain two teams full of the most talented players in the league. Ja Morant will be one of seven players making his NBA All-Star debut at 8 p.m. ET and the Grizzlies guard could be poised to put on a show after an exceptional first half of the season. Morant is averaging 26.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game this season and he could be a sneaky All-Star Game MVP candidate. But does he warrant inclusion in your NBA DFS lineups?
This is as loaded of an NBA DFS player pool as you can have for a single-game slate and finding the players with the biggest scoring upside in what should be a high-scoring game is a sound NBA DFS strategy. So which players will be looking to steal the show and which bonafide superstars should be trusted as you fill out your NBA DFS rosters? Before making any 2022 NBA All-Star Game NBA DFS picks, 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.
In the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, one of McClure's top NBA DFS picks was Bucks mega-star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The result: Antetokounmpo led all players in the game by making all 16 of his shot attempts to score 35 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on their way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to Sunday's 2022 All-Star Game 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 the 2022 NBA All-Star Game
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for his All-Star Game NBA daily Fantasy lineups is James. With the Lakers battling health issues and struggling to find a rhythm after acquiring Russell Westbrook this offseason, James has taken on a larger scoring role for the franchise this season. He's averaging 29.1 points per game this season, the most since 2009-2010 when he was with the Cavaliers.
James is taking a career-high 7.9 3-point attempts per game and knocking them down at a respectable 35.3 percent clip. But with so many around the world of basketball questioning his status as the best in the game during a difficult season for the Lakers, expect James to try to assert himself around the rim and as a facilitator. James has averaged 22.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game during his All-Star career and that's a solid baseline for NBA daily Fantasy purposes on Sunday.
Another part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. This season, Tatum leads the league in attempts from the field, with 1,153. In a game where defense is more of a charade than an initiative, a player that is comfortable taking a high volume of shots is a good place to start looking for easy Fantasy points.
In his last three starts before the break, Tatum has hit just under 50 percent of his attempts and drained 41.7 percent of his three-pointers. He's also been assertive on the glass and grabbed 8.7 rebounds in those starts while dishing out 4.7 assists. Tatum's offensive usage rate is up to 31.1 percent through the first half of the year, and he'll likely look to get more than the 17 minutes of play he got in last year's game.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game
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.