The Raptors should be playing with desperation as they try to climb out of an 0-2 series hole against the Celtics on Thursday evening in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. From an NBA daily Fantasy standpoint, players like Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol could have more value as they play with their backs against the wall. Should you bank on them in your NBA DFS lineups?

And who are the top NBA DFS picks from Clippers vs. Nuggets, a game with a projected total of 223 points at William Hill? Before setting your NBA DFS strategy for DraftKings or FanDuel on Thursday, be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say. He’s won almost $2 million as a daily Fantasy pro, and his NBA DFS advice, core lineup picks and player pool can give you a big edge on this slate.

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. 

On Wednesday, McClure was all over Rockets forward Robert Covington as one of his top picks. The result: Covington erupted for 21 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and two assists — returning over 50 points and 8x or more value both on FanDuel and DraftKings. Anybody who followed his NBA DFS advice was well on the way to building a winning lineup.

Now, he’s turned his attention to Thursday’s NBA DFS slate. Head to SportsLine to see his optimal NBA DFS picks. 

McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Sept. 3

For Thursday’s NBA playoff slate, McClure is high on Nuggets center Nikola Jokic at $9,800 on FanDuel and $9,500 on DraftKings. Jokic provided big daily Fantasy returns in the last series against Utah, accounting for 45 or more points on DraftKings in six out of seven games. 

He’s a reliable source of rebounds and assists, and he has 30-plus point upside, especially when his 3-pointers are falling like they were in the last three games of that series. He hit 12 of 21 from beyond the arc during that span. McClure loves this matchup for Jokic against Clippers center Ivica Zubac, making him a great choice for NBA DFS lineups on Thursday.

Part of his optimal NBA DFS strategy for Thursday includes rostering Raptors guard Fred VanVleet at $7,700 on both sites. The combo guard accounted for 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Game 2. Those were decent numbers, but could’ve been much stronger if he’d improved upon his 3-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.

He’s just 5 of 23 from beyond the arc in this series, and McClure is banking on a higher percentage in Game 3 from the career 39.3 percent 3-point shooter. If he can pace closer to hit career average, he’ll be well on the way to providing big numbers for daily Fantasy numbers. With Toronto in desperate need of a win, McClure like VanVleet as one of his top NBA DFS picks for this slate.

How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sept. 3

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.

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