LeBron James’ 2018 arrival in Los Angeles returned the Lakers to contender status, but the addition of Anthony Davis one year later might be what ultimately ends up putting them over the top. Through two games in the Western Conference Finals, Davis has 68 points, 19 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, helping Los Angeles build a 2-0 lead over the Nuggets. Game 3 tips at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday inside the Orlando bubble.
Denver will be looking for defensive answers and NBA DFS players will need to figure out if Davis can again provide those types of numbers. Is he a strong pick for NBA DFS lineups or are there better values in the Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA DFS player pool? Before finalizing any NBA DFS lineups for Game 3 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 Sunday, McClure identified Lakers forward Anthony Davis as one of his top picks. The result: Davis filled the stat sheet with 31 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal — putting up over 51 points on DraftKings.
Now he’s turned his attention to Tuesday’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. 22
For Tuesday, McClure is high on Nuggets guard Jamal Murray. Murray has been one of the biggest surprises in the 2020 NBA Playoffs as he’s progressed from a player who has averaged 15.6 points throughout his career to an offensive force capable of taking over a game. He’s erupted for 40 or more points four times during the postseason, including a couple 50-point outings against the Jazz.
The Lakers have kept him relatively in check through two games as he scored 21 in Game 1 and 25 in Game 2. But McClure believes another big showing could be on the way for NBA DFS players. Murray scored 25 points despite poor 3-point shooting (2 of 9) in Game 2, and if he can get a few more of those to fall, he could easily be looking at 30-plus points in this matchup. Expect the Nuggets to get him plenty of looks as they aim to avoid the 0-3 series hole, making Murray one of the top NBA DFS picks on this single-game slate.
Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy for Tuesday includes rostering LeBron James. King James was just that in Game 2, scoring 26 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing four assists and swatting two blocks in 36 minutes. That marked James’ eighth straight double-double of the postseason.
James’ scoring in the 2020 NBA Playoffs (25.6 ppg) has been virtually identical to his regular-season numbers (25.3 ppg), but he is grabbing 2.2 rebounds per game in 12 postseason starts this season. And while he is dishing 1.5 fewer assists per game, that means James is assimilating more into his natural small forward position than taking over the point for the Lakers. James’ NBA DFS price tag may be high, but so too is his value Tuesday in all NBA DFS formats.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sept. 22
McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Tuesday. 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 Tuesday? 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.