The first day of 2021 stocks the NBA DFS player pool with 20 teams set to ring in the new year with 10 games of NBA DFS action. Among the NBA DFS stars in action is Trae Young, who leads the Atlanta Hawks against Kevin Durant and the host Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks also host Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET.
Are Young, Durant, Antetokounmpo or LaVine smart NBA DFS picks Friday? Or are there players that face even stronger NBA DFS matchups? Before setting any NBA DFS lineups for Friday, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball picks 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.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Friday, Jan. 1 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 Friday, Jan. 1
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for his Friday NBA daily Fantasy lineups is Wizards guard Bradley Beal at $9,400 on DraftKings and $9,500 on FanDuel. Beal is posting 31.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game so far this season. That includes scoring 28 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing three assists in Thursday’s loss to the Bulls.
What’s impressive about Beal’s NBA DFS output so far is that he is scoring at a high rate despite shooting 39.7 percent from the field in the last three games. But Beal is cashing in at the free-throw line, shooting 88.5 percent from the stripe — well over his 80.8 career percentage. Beal and the Wizards get the Timberwolves on Friday, a team he torched for 37 points and 5.5 assists per game last season. Lock him in your NBA DFS lineups and look for a big return against Minnesota on New Year’s Day.
Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy also includes stacking Beal with guard Raul Neto at $3,400 on DraftKings and $4,500 on FanDuel. Neto has doubled his career scoring average so far this season in Washington, dropping 10.4 points per game to go with 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in just 17.6 minutes per game. That includes a 15-point, four-rebound effort in 22 minutes Thursday against the Bulls.
Neto has been spelling Russell Westbrook at the point in Washington, and dropped 22 points Sunday in 32 minutes starting for Westbrook against Orlando. Westbrook isn’t playing on the back end of a back-to-back against the Timberwolves after working for 39 minutes Thursday, setting up Neto for another huge opportunity Friday against Minnesota. McClure understands that NBA DFS value, and recommends you roster Neto in all NBA DFS formats.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Friday, Jan. 1
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Friday 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.