The 2021 NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday and the Celtics are in as the No. 7 seed after beating the Wizards on Tuesday in the NBA play-in tournament. Boston will now face Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night in Game 1. Boston’s Jayson Tatum is coming off his third 50-point game of the season, and that will likely make him a popular option for NBA DFS lineups on Saturday.
Can Tatum continue to carry a heavy scoring burden without Jaylen Brown (wrist) against a team loaded with superstars focused on stopping him? Meanwhile, the NBA DFS player pool on Saturday night will also include the likes of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Nikola Jokic. Before locking in any NBA daily Fantasy basketball lineups for Saturday’s 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 Warriors guard Stephen Curry as one of his top picks. The result: Curry had 39 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals to return 57 points on DraftKings and 53.3 points on FanDuel. 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, May 22 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, May 22
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Saturday is Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. at $8,200 on DraftKings and $7,500 on FanDuel. Porter’s length and scoring ability likely would have made him a top five pick in the 2019 NBA Draft if not for a back injury, but the Nuggets took a chance on him at No. 14 knowing that it would be unlikely that he played much as a rookie.
The gamble has paid off for Denver, now in his second full season, Porter is averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and his ability to score in a variety of ways has him looking like a potential star. Porter shot 54.2 percent from the floor and 44.5 percent from the 3-point line this season and he’s been averaging 22.3 points and 7.5 boards, while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor and 46.4 percent from the 3-point line since the NBA All-Star break.
Part of McClure’s NBA DFS strategy for Saturday includes rostering Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon at $5,000 on DraftKings and $4,800 on FanDuel. Since being traded from the Magic to the Nuggets, Gordon has taken on a reduced overall role but it’s been one that has allowed him to focus on what he does best.
After shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and being used as a stretch four with the Magic, Gordon is shooting 50.0 percent with the Nuggets and is being used as a slashing four where his athleticism shines. Look for Gordon to try and find open spaces with the offense essentially operating through Jokic with Jamal Murray (ACL) out for the year. In addition, Gordon has scored 26 or more points on DraftKings in two of his last three outings, making him a complete steal at this price point.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, May 22
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.