NBA DFS: Pascal Siakam and top picks for Jan. 17 FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy basketball lineups

NBA DFS players have plenty of ways to build the perfect roster on Thursday, Jan. 17 with players such as Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard among the most expensive options on daily Fantasy sports sites. DraftKings is hosting a $300K Alley Oop tournament, while FanDuel has a $333K NBA Shot, both of which award $100K to the top finisher. Keep an eye on the NBA injury report as well with LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) both out, and Gary Harris (hamstring) among the players listed as questionable. Before locking in any NBA DFS lineups of your own, be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say. He's a DFS pro who has won almost $2 million in his career, and his top NBA DFS picks, advice and strategy can be the difference in your rosters cashing or missing out on Thursday. 

McClure is 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.

McClure is off to a blistering start, cashing his first five lineups on DraftKings to open the season, as well as producing multiple other optimal lineups that have led to huge returns for followers, including as much as 40x on FanDuel and 15x on DraftKings. 

For Thursday's slate, McClure is banking on Raptors forward Pascal Siakam at $6,700 on FanDuel and $7,000 on DraftKings. The third-year pro continues to emerge for Toronto with an average of 15 points and 6.8 rebounds per game thus far in the 2018-19 NBA season. He had a career game on Sunday, recording 24 points and 19 rebounds against the Wizards. And in what should be a fast-paced matchup against the Suns on Thursday, he has a chance to return a ton of value this evening. 

Another NBA DFS pick he loves: Bulls forward Bobby Portis ($4,800 on FanDuel, $4,600 on DraftKings), who should see extended minutes with Wendall Carter Jr. (knee) ruled out for a Thursday matchup against the Nuggets. He's been struggling from the field recently, which explains why his price is under $5,000 on both sites. But he's a solid producer of rebounds, and if he can knock down just a few shots, he can be a key part of your NBA DFS strategy for Thursday. 

McClure is also targeting a player capable of putting up big numbers who has a dream matchup on Thursday. The stars are aligning for him to return 50, even 60 points on both sites, and he comes at a lower price than you would expect. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS lineup for Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NBA optimal tournament lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out. 

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