The Utah Jazz have raced out to a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals and Game 3 will take place on Saturday night in the Staples Center at 8:30 p.m. ET. It’s the only game on the 2021 NBA Playoffs schedule for the day, and that means NBA daily Fantasy players will be going over every possible scenario as they set their NBA DFS lineups. The Jazz have shortened up to an eight-man bench primarily, while the Clippers have surprisingly gone to a 10 or even 11-man rotation.
And while we know that stars like Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be in high demand, oftentimes it’s the role players who determine whether or not you profit in NBA DFS tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on FanDuel and DraftKings. So where can you find value in the NBA DFS player pool on Saturday? Before locking in any NBA daily Fantasy basketball lineups for Saturday’s NBA DFS action, be sure to see the core lineup selections, player pool and NBA DFS strategy from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.
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 Friday, McClure included Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as one of his top picks. The result: the MVP had a monster night with 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists to return 78 points on 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 Saturday, June 12 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 Saturday, June 12
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Saturday is Leonard. After an absolutely sensational series where he essentially carried the Clippers past the Mavericks, Leonard has been relatively quiet the first two games against Utah, averaging 22.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
However, Leonard produced at least 55 points on DraftKings in six of the seven games he played in the opening-round series against Dallas and the veteran will know that he’ll have to take over again if the Clippers are going to get back into this series.
Leonard is shooting 58.2 percent from the floor this postseason, and when the Clippers were down 0-2 against the Mavericks, Leonard had 36 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal while shooting 13-of-17 from the floor. With the sense of urgency ramped way up, this is a great spot to use Leonard in NBA DFS lineups.
Part of McClure’s NBA DFS strategy for Clippers vs. Jazz includes stacking Leonard with George. After averaging 23.3 points. 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the regular season, George is averaging 23.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game during the NBA Playoffs 2021.
But while he’s averaging a respectable 23.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the first two games of the Jazz vs. Clippers series, he’s shooting just 34.3 percent from the floor. Considering he shot 46.7 percent from the floor during the regular season and 46.2 percent during the Clippers’ opening-round series against the Mavericks, George seems like a good bet to find his stroke sooner rather than later.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, June 12
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Saturday 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 Saturday? 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.