Philadelphia's Joel Embiid has long been considered an elite NBA player, but his career-high 50-point outburst on Friday against the Bulls also launched him into second in the NBA in scoring this season. At 30.5 points per game, Embiid trails only Washington's Bradley Beal entering Sunday's prime-time NBA DFS slate. But should Embiid be considered one of Sunday's elite NBA DFS picks when the Sixers take on the Toronto Raptors?
Embiid is being listed at $10,900 on DraftKings and $11,100 on FanDuel in his first game after recording over 90 points on DraftKings. While he likely won't explode for that level again, is Philadelphia's big man worth the investment? And who else should you consider as part of your NBA DFS strategy? Before locking in any NBA DFS picks for Sunday, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball lineups 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 Sunday, Feb. 21 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, Feb. 21
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for his Sunday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. at $5,900 on DraftKings and $5,700 on FanDuel. Porter is scoring 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season. That includes a 22-point, seven-rebound effort on Friday against the Cavaliers.
Porter's scoreless effort Tuesday was a distant memory for the second straight night, as Porter stuffed the stat sheet for over 32 points on DraftKings against Cleveland. When you factor in Porter's 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, Porter presents the kind of all-around value that McClure looks for. A road game at Atlanta beckons for Porter and the Nuggets on Sunday, and with Paul Millsap (knee) and JaMychal Green (shoulder) both sidelined, it is a prime opportunity for Porter to pile up points.
Part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Nuggets center Nikola Jokic at $10,800 on DraftKings and $10,600 on FanDuel. Jokic is averaging 27.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season. That includes a 16-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist effort on Friday against the Cavaliers.
Although Jokic played second fiddle to Jamal Murray's 50-point outburst, his sixth triple-double of the season was still worth nearly 60 points on DraftKings. Jokic is shooting a career-best 57.1 percent from the field and a career-best 87.5 percent from the charity stripe this season. Those impressive stats have helped him record over 57 points on DraftKings in Denver's last five games. Look for that trend to continue on Sunday against the Hawks, a team that's giving up 113.1 points per game, which ranks 21st in the NBA.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Sunday, Feb. 21
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 Feb. 21? 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.