The Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-1 lead over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday with a 112-102 victory and now they’ll look to take more control of the series on Thursday night in Orlando. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET and with big money on the line in NBA daily Fantasy tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on FanDuel and DraftKings, NBA DFS players will be studying every individual matchup closely in search of value. Each of the series’ four big stars produced in a big way on Tuesday, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis combining for 62 points while Russell Westbrook and James Harden combined for 63.

Those four players will undoubtedly be popular options in the NBA DFS player pool for Thursday’s single-game NBA daily Fantasy slate. However, finding the right role players to get into your NBA DFS lineups for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals will also be critical after some extraordinarily impressive bench performances in Game 3. Before locking in any NBA daily Fantasy lineups for Lakers vs. Rockets on Thursday, be sure to see the core lineup selections, player pool and NBA DFS strategy from Mike McClure, a DFS pro who has won almost $2 million.

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 identified Raptors guard Kyle Lowry as one of his top picks. The result: Lowry had 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot — putting up over 60 points and over a 7x return on DraftKings.

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. 10

For Thursday, McClure is high on Westbrook. Coming off a disappointing 4-for-15 performance in Game 2, Westbrook went off in Game 3 in Houston’s loss. He shot 13-of-24 from the floor on his way to 30 points and added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

After missing the first four games of the 2020 NBA Playoffs and then playing limited minutes as he worked his way back, Westbrook has clearly worked himself back up to a full workload after playing over 35 minutes on Tuesday. He’s taken at least 20 shots in three of his last four games. Houston will need another big performance on Thursday to get the series back to all square.

Part of his optimal NBA DFS strategy for Wednesday includes Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo. The 34-year-old has had spurts where he’s played a significant role for the Lakers this season and after missing the first five games of the postseason, he’s playing big minutes against the Rockets and coming through in a big way.

Rondo is averaging 13.0 points, 7.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals over nearly 28 minutes per game so far in this series. On Tuesday, Rondo played more than 30 minutes for just the third time all season and delivered 21 points and nine assists for a 10x return on DraftKings. 

How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sept. 10

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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