The Chicago Bulls still hold the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, but they have won just three of their last 11 games. Among the discussion of their freefall are the murmurs about Zach LaVine’s future with the team, as he is an unrestricted free agent after this season. LaVine missed 10-of-19 games between January 15 and February 24, but he’s missed just one game since then and has been a strong choice for NBA DFS lineups over his last five starts.
During that stretch, he has scored 23.8 points, picked out 6.6 assists and made 45.2 percent of his three-pointers. The Bulls look for a much-needed win against New Orleans on Thursday, and LaVine looks to be a top choice in the NBA DFS player pool, after he scored 32 points with five assists and six rebounds against the Pels earlier this season. Before you lock in your NBA DFS picks for Thursday, 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 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.
On Wednesday, McClure listed 76ers center Joel Embiid as one of his top NBA DFS picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Embiid scored 30 points with 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks to return 59.5 points on DraftKings and 62.5 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 the Thursday, March 24, 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, March 24
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks on Thursday is Nuggets center Nikola Jokic ($11,400 on DraftKings and $11,800 on FanDuel). Since missing a game against the Houston Rockets on March 4 with a non-COVID illness, the reigning league MVP has come back strong. Over his last 10 starts, he has averaged 30.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 8.1 assists and shot 58.7 percent from the field.
Denver hosts Phoenix on Thursday night, which is playing in the second game of a back-to-back and is coming off of a grueling game against Minnesota. Jokic didn’t play against Phoenix in the Nuggets’ last meeting with the Suns on November 21, but he was sharp when Denver opened the season against them. In that game, he scored 27 points with 13 rebounds and two steals.
Another part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Bulls guard Alex Caruso ($4,600 on DraftKings and $4,400 on FanDuel). McClure included the Chicago defensive stopper in his last game on Tuesday against Milwaukee, where he produced 19 points on both DraftKings and FanDuel as one of the day’s most inexpensive starting guards. He missed 21 games from January 23 to March 9 (wrist), but he has been in the starting lineup for the last two games after coming off the bench in his first four back.
Caruso’s offensive potential is limited, but his forte is racking up Fantasy points through hustle plays. In his last two starts, he has 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals. In his previous game against New Orleans this season, Caruso came off the bench to score nine points to go with three assists and three rebounds. He’s also in line for both more minutes and more scoring opportunities with Bulls’ leading scorer DeMar DeRozan (adductor) listed as out.
How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, March 24
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 Thursday? 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.