After just four games on Thursday's NBA schedule, there is a much more robust NBA DFS player pool with 10 games on Friday's schedule. Superstars such as Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Steph Curry and Anthony Davis are expected to suit up, giving lots of elite options to daily Fantasy basketball players. But as any experienced NBA DFS owner knows, high costs come with players of this high caliber.
Thus, decisions will have to be made to stay under your NBA DFS salary cap, and those often involve rostering more economical options. So, which players are expected to supply production that exceeds their NBA DFS price tags? Before making any NBA DFS picks for Friday, 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 over $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.
On Thursday, McClure highlighted Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard as one of his top NBA DFS picks. The result: Leonard finished with 32 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals, returning 57 points on DraftKings and 58.2 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to NBA action on Friday and locked in his top daily Fantasy basketball picks. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.
Top NBA DFS picks for Friday, March 24
One of McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Friday is Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,500 on DraftKings and $11,700 on FanDuel). The two-time MVP continues to make this year's MVP chase a three-player race alongside Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic. In his last game, Antetokounmpo posted a 31-14 stat line despite playing less than half the game.
For the season, he is averaging a career-best 31.2 points per game, to go along with 11.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Khris Middleton (knee) is out on Friday, so look for Antetokounmpo to be even more aggressive in looking for his shot. And he has the right opponent to do that against as the Utah Jazz already appear to be looking forward to next season as they are sitting their top three scorers in Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton. Thus, Antetokounmpo should feast off an undermanned side.
Another part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Hornets shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk ($3,000 on DraftKings, $3,800 on FanDuel). The fifth-year guard began the year with the Knicks but then landed in Charlotte at the trade deadline. He's receiving much more playing time with the Hornets and had a season-high of 15 points in his last game on Thursday.
Mykhailiuk also played a season-high of 30 minutes as he benefited from in-game injuries to Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr. Rozier is doubtful and Oubre is questionable for tonight, so Mykhailiuk is likely in line for more court time. He's averaged double-digits across the 81 career games he's played at least 20 minutes, so he could be a cost effective option on Friday.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Friday, March 24
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Friday 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.
Who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS lineups for Friday? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NBA DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a professional DFS player who has over $2 million in career winnings, and find out.