The Denver Nuggets have been a force throughout the 2020 NBA Playoffs, becoming the first team in NBA history to twice rally from 3-1 down and advance to the next round. The Nuggets are in their first Western Conference Final in team history, and face a pivotal Game 4 on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET inside the NBA's bubble in Orlando, and for Denver to even the series at 2-2 would require more standout NBA DFS performances from players likes Jamal Murray, Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic.
Are Murray, Grant or Jokic wise NBA DFS picks Thursday out of the single-game NBA DFS player pool? And what about Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, or role players like forward Kyle Kuzma? Nailing a perfect NBA DFS lineup isn't something to be left purely to chance when entering tournaments on sites like like DraftKings and FanDuel. Before locking in any NBA DFS lineups for Game 4 of Nuggets vs. Lakers, don't miss the NBA DFS advice, core lineup picks and player rankings from SportsLine's Mike McClure, a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million in his career.
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 rolled through the 2018-19 NBA season, producing multiple lineups that led to huge returns for followers, including as much as 40x on FanDuel and 84x on DraftKings. He saw multiple huge cashes again early in the 2019-20 NBA season and got 2020 off to a blistering start with his optimal lineup returning at least 7x on DraftKings on three of the first five days of the new year. He's returned 4x or more multiple times since that point. Anybody following him has seen huge returns.
The last time these teams met on Tuesday, McClure identified Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as one of his top picks. The result: Murray filled the stat sheet with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists -- putting up over 61 points on DraftKings.
Now he's turned his attention to Thursday's single-game Lakers vs. Nuggets DFS slate. Head to SportsLine to see his optimal NBA DFS picks.
McClure's top NBA DFS picks for Sept. 24
For Thursday, McClure is high on Nuggets guard Jamal Murray. The four-year veteran might have averaged 18.5 points per game during the NBA season, but the postseason has been an entirely different story. In 17 postseason games so far, Murray has been a machine -- averaging 26.6 points per outing in leading the Nuggets to their first Western Conference Finals appearance.
Murray has also stepped up his game across the board in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, pulling down 5.0 rebounds and dishing 6.5 assists over 39.1 minutes per game. Murray also hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers late in Tuesday's game to keep the Lakers at bay, and has been making treys at a 47.7-percent clip in the postseason. Murray's NBA DFS star power has never been higher, and McClure recommends him in all formats Thursday.
Part of McClure's optimal NBA DFS strategy for Thursday includes stacking Murray with Nikola Jokic. The five-year veteran went off for 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals Sunday in Game 2, and put up a 22-10-5 stat line in Tuesday's Game 3. Jokic is dropping 24.3 points and grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game so far in the Western Conference Finals.
Jokic is giving the Nuggets 25.2 points per outing in 17 postseason games -- well over his 19.9 ppg during the regular season. And he has teamed with Murray to become one of the best duos in the postseason, forcing the Lakers to defend both the perimeter and the paint for the full 48 minutes. McClure knows this, and advises NBA DFS owners to anchor their lineups around this top NBA DFS stack in all formats.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sept. 24
McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Thursday. The stars are aligning for him to return 50, even 60 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. 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 are DFS pro Mike McClure's top picks for NBA DFS lineups on Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to see the top NBA DFS picks and player pool from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.