NBA DFS: Jimmy Butler and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for May 27, 2021

It’s been eight years since the Los Angeles Lakers played a playoff game in front of the Staples Center crowd. That drought will end on Thursday as they host the Phoenix Suns at 10 p.m. ET, with the first-round series in the 2021 NBA Playoffs tied 1-1. LeBron James says playing in front of the LA crowd during the postseason is the reason why he joined the Lakers, so he will be full of adrenaline for this matchup. That alone makes James one of the potential Thursday top NBA DFS picks as the Lakers seek their first series lead.

James will cost you $9,800 on DraftKings and $10,300 on FanDuel to roster him in Thursday’s NBA DFS lineups. Always one of the priciest options available, rostering James means you’ll have to look for some low-cost, high-reward players elsewhere to balance out your lineup. Perhaps stacking James with Dennis Schroder, who had 24 points in Game 2, would be an effective NBA DFS strategy? Before locking in any NBA daily Fantasy basketball lineups for Thursday’s NBA DFS action, 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 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.

And on Wednesday, McClure included 76ers guard Ben Simmons as one of his top picks. The result: Simmons posted 22 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals to return over 6x value on both FanDuel and DraftKings. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Thursday, May 27 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, May 27

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Thursday is Heat forward Jimmy Butler at $8,400 on DraftKings and $9,100 on FanDuel. Butler had a near triple-double in Game 1 vs. the Bucks but then struggled in Game 2. He will look to bounce back in Miami and Butler has scored at least 20 points in his last seven home games.

At 31-years-old, Butler had the best season of his career. He ranked fifth in the NBA in player efficiency rating (26.5), while averaging 21.5 points and career-highs in assists (7.1), rebounds (6.9) and steals (2.1). Additionally, Butler has been in this position before of being down 0-2 in a playoff series and facing a must-win Game 3. Miami was in this same position in last season’s NBA Finals and Butler responded in Game 3 with a legendary performance, posting 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a Heat win.

Part of McClure’s NBA DFS strategy for Thursday includes Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. ($7,100 on DraftKings and $7,500 on FanDuel). Porter Jr. scored 25 points in Game 1 vs. the Blazers and then had 18 points in just 32 minutes of action in Game 2 as the Nuggets blew out Portland.

Porter Jr. has stepped up as the Nuggets’ No. 2 scoring option following the season-ending injury to Jamal Murray (knee). Add in Will Barton (hamstring) being out, and Porter Jr. has shown why he was the top-ranked prospect in the country coming out of high school. The second-year forward is averaging 22.3 points per game since the All-Star break, which is an increase of nearly eight points from before the break. Portland’s 23rd-ranked defense has no answer for him, making Porter Jr. one of Thursday’s top NBA DFS picks.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Thursday, May 27

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.

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