The NBA continues a whirlwind second half to its season on Friday with 10 more games on the schedule, and that will make for a loaded NBA DFS player pool. Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell are all among the most expensive players at their respective positions on FanDuel and DraftKings. Celtics vs. Kings currently has the highest total of the night, with the over-under listed at 233 on William Hill Sportsbook.
However, with the Celtics favored by seven, should you be including multiple Boston players in your NBA DFS stacks, or should you shy away for fear that they might blow the Kings out and pull their starters? Success in NBA daily Fantasy is always about balancing high-priced stars with more affordable high-upside options in your NBA DFS lineups. Before locking in any NBA DFS picks for Friday’s action, 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 Friday, March 19 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 Friday, March 19
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for his Friday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Nets guard James Harden at $11,000 on DraftKings and $11,300 on FanDuel. Since forcing a trade out of Houston, Harden has looked like one of the league’s best facilitators, averaging 11.5 assists per game since making the move.
He’s also averaging 25.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game since joining the Nets, and over his last three games he’s averaged 70.5 points per game on DraftKings and 65.6 points per game on FanDuel. On Friday, he’ll take on a Magic squad that ranks 17th in the NBA in defensive rating (112.4) and that he posted a triple-double against in his first game with Brooklyn on Jan. 16.
Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Mavericks guard Luka Doncic at $10,700 on DraftKings and $10,400 on FanDuel. Doncic’s counting stats closely mirror last year’s, as he’s averaging 28.5 points, 9.3 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game. But after a poor shooting start to the season, Doncic has found his rhythm and his efficiency numbers are where we start to see a jump.
The 22-year-old is shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from the 3-point line despite hitting just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc through January. Since then, Doncic is shooting 41.7 percent from deep and so far in March, he’s been taking a more active role as a facilitator. He’s averaging 11.6 assists per game so far this month and on Friday he’ll match up with a Portland squad that he blitzed for 44 points, nine assists and seven rebounds on Feb. 14.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Friday, March 19
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.
So 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 almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.