The Charlotte Hornets are getting healthy as the 2021 NBA Playoffs approach. LaMelo Ball returned from a 21-game absence due to a wrist injury and scored 11 points on Saturday against Detroit. Malik Monk (ankle) also scored 11 in his return to the lineup in that matchup. Daily Fantasy basketball players will now need to decide which Hornets factor into their NBA DFS lineups on Sunday as Charlotte draws a matchup against a stingy Miami Heat defense.
Which players from that 8 p.m. ET Heat vs. Hornets matchup should you target on daily Fantasy site like FanDuel and DraftKings? And which other options around the league in the NBA DFS player pool on Sunday evening are set to provide huge returns? Before making any NBA DFS picks for Sunday's action, 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.
And on Saturday, McClure included Mavericks guard Luka Doncic his core lineups picks for DraftKings. The result: Doncic posted an absurd 31-point, 20-assist and 12-rebound triple-double. That was good for more than 80 Fantasy points and 7.4x return on investment. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Sunday, May 2 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 Saturday, May 2
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Sunday is Doncic again, this time at $10,600 on FanDuel and $10,800 on DraftKings. Doncic is no stranger to monster stat lines, but his massive triple-double on Saturday showed just how valuable he can be in daily Fantasy. McClure likes this spot for him on Sunday vs. the Kings as well.
Sacramento ranks 29th in the NBA in scoring defense, giving up 119 points per game. And with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) still listed as day-to-day, a huge amount of the offense should run through Doncic as the Mavericks look to keep winning in an effort to avoid the play-in tournament.
Part of McClure's NBA DFS strategy for Sunday includes rostering Knicks forward Julius Randle at $10,200 on DraftKings and $9,700 on FanDuel. Randle has been the centerpiece of New York's resurgence in 2020-21. The Knicks sit in fourth place in the NBA Eastern Conference standings at 35-28 as they close in on their first postseason appearance since 2012-13.
Randle is averaging 24.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season. For Sunday, it's all about the matchup. The Knicks visit the Rockets, the worst team in the Western Conference. Houston, which has an eye toward next year already, has eight players with injury concerns for Sunday's game. Randle has returned at least 5x value on DraftKings in nine of his last 13 outings, so confidently lock him in your NBA DFS lineups for Sunday night's slate.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Sunday, May 2
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.