NBA DFS: LeBron James and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for Jan. 21, 2021 – CBS Sports

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With only three games on Thursday’s NBA DFS slates, owners must be choosy when filling their NBA DFS lineups. The pair of 10 p.m. ET games feature excellent potential NBA DFS picks, as Zion Williamson leads the New Orleans Pelicans on the road against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz. The other 10 p.m. ET game sees Julius Randle and the New York Knicks face Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Should Williamson, Mitchell, Randle or Curry be prime facets of your NBA DFS strategy Thursday? And what other players should you consider for daily Fantasy basketball tournaments, 50-50s and cash games on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel? Before locking in any NBA daily Fantasy lineups for Thursday’s NBA DFS action, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball picks 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 Thursday, Jan. 21 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 Thursday, Jan. 21

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for his Thursday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Bucks guard Jrue Holiday at $6,600 on DraftKings and $7,600 on FanDuel. Holiday is scoring 15.7 points, grabbing 4.2 rebounds and dishing 5.1 assists per game this season. That includes a 22-point, four-rebound, six-assist effort Monday against the Nets.

Holiday crossed the 20-point plateau for the second time in three games Monday, and was one of three Bucks to go for 20-plus against Brooklyn. Holiday’s consistent play is showing on the NBA DFS stat sheets, as he is averaging over 34 daily Fantasy basketball points on DraftKings this season. McClure thinks Holiday is undervalued in his matchup against the Lakers, making him one of the NBA DFS picks you should be all over. 

Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering Lakers forward LeBron James at $9.200 on DraftKings and $9,500 on FanDuel. James is going for 23.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game this season. That includes a 19-point, five-rebound, five-assist night against Golden State on Monday.

James’ totals against the Warriors represented his NBA DFS floor this season, but was still good for over 33 daily Fantasy basketball points on DraftKings. James’ ceiling is much higher, of course, as he has popped for 50-plus NBA DFS points six times already in 2020-21. 

James has been spectacular on the road this season, going for 24.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists — and Thursday’s road test against the Bucks offers NBA DFS owners prime opportunity for another big night.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, Jan. 21

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Thursday 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 Jan. 21? 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.

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