The 2020 NBA Playoffs continue on Thursday with Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. After the Rockets won the first game of the series behind 36 points from James Harden, the Lakers have won the last two matchups to take a 2-1 series lead. Anthony Davis has averaged 30 points and 12.5 rebounds in those two wins and he’ll be one of the more popular options in the NBA DFS player pool for Thursday’s single-game slate.

The Lakers have had the deeper bench so far this series, but NBA daily Fantasy players will be looking for value on both sides as they craft their NBA DFS lineups for Thursday. So which role players step up in a critical Game 4 matchup and what combination of big-name stars should you be rostering? 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 stacking Westbrook with Rockets big man Jeff Green. With Houston using just an eight-man rotation on Tuesday night, Green played a whopping 35 minutes and produced in a big way.

He shot 7-for-11 from the floor to finish with 16 points and kicked in a few other daily Fantasy points with two rebounds, an assist and a steal. As a stretch four/five, Green suits Houston’s style perfectly and he’s shooting it extremely well this postseason. He’s knocking down 44.9 percent of his 3-point attempts in the 2020 NBA Playoffs and has the chance to provide needed ancillary scoring on Thursday.

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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