Deciding which NBA DFS strategy to utilize can make or break your chances of cashing in on Game 2 of Heat vs. Celtics on Thursday evening in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Single-game NBA DFS contests on sites like FanDuel or DraftKings allow you to pick one player as the ‘captain’ or ‘MVP’ for Thursday’s single-game NBA DFS slate. This player will come at a higher price, but will return more points than the other players on NBA DFS rosters.

With Boston looking to even the series with a victory on Thursday, and players such as Kemba Walker, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo among the NBA DFS options who can provide a great return at a reasonable price, you’ll want to see the top core lineup selections, player pool and NBA DFS advice from SportsLine’s 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 Tuesday, McClure identified Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as one of his top picks. The result: Jokic filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 22 rebounds, 13 assists, three blocks and two steals — putting up 75 points 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. 17

For Thursday, McClure is high on Miami point guard Goran Dragic. Dragic has been a consistent threat for the Heat recently, scoring 20 or more points in seven of his last 10 outings. The veteran guard is coming off an impressive performance against the Celtics in Game 1, recording 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Plus, DFS owners who have rostered Dragic have seen some big rewards recently, including 35 or more points on DraftKings in six of his last eight games. Dragic is only the sixth-most expensive player on DraftKings and FanDuel, making him a smart choice for NBA DFS lineups.

Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy for Thursday includes rostering Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who erupted for 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals in Boston’s Game 1 loss. 

Tatum has been virtually unstoppable thus far in the postseason, averaging 25.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. He’s also been great from long range, knocking down 40 percent of his shots from behind the arc in the playoffs. And with Boston needing a win to avoid going down 0-2, Tatum should be extremely aggressive on the offensive end of the floor against the Heat. Lock him in as one of the top overall NBA DFS plays on Thursday.

How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Sept. 17

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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