NBA DFS: James Harden and top picks for Jan. 11 FanDuel, DraftKings daily f
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Nine games are featured on the NBA DFS main slate Friday evening with two matchups tipping off at 7 p.m. ET and the action extending well into the evening before wrapping up with Warriors vs. Bulls at 10:30 p.m. ET. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Joel Embiid are some of most expensive options, and there is NBA injury news to keep an eye on as well with LeBron James (groin) out and Giannis Antetokounmpo (hip) listed as a game-time decision. Before locking in any NBA DFS lineups of your own for a tournament on a site such as FanDuel, DraftKings or Yahoo, be sure to check out what Mike McClure has to say. His top picks, lineups and advice can give you an edge because he’s won almost $2 million in his career as a professional DFS player. 

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 is off to a blistering start, cashing his first five lineups on DraftKings to open the season, as well as producing multiple other optimal lineups that have led to huge returns for followers, including as much as 40x on FanDuel and 15x on DraftKings. 

For Friday’s slate, McClure is banking on Rockets guard James Harden at $12,600 on FanDuel and $12,500 on DraftKings. Harden continues to put up insane numbers as he regularly produces value for NBA DFS players despite being one of the most expensive players on a nightly basis. Facing one of the league’s worst defenses in Cleveland tonight, Harden has a chance to push for 70 or 80 points on both sites if he has a good shooting night.

Part of McClue’s NBA DFS strategy also includes targeting Jazz forward Royce O’Neal ($3,500 on FanDuel, $3,300 on DraftKings), who gets an extremely favorable matchup against a porous Lakers defense that will be without LeBron James again this evening. Utah is missing several key players, including forward Thabo Sefolosha (hamstring), so expect big minutes and valuable production from O’Neal at a near-minimum price on Friday.

McClure is also targeting a player capable of putting up big numbers who has a dream matchup on Friday. The stars are aligning for him to return 40, even 50 points on both sites, and he comes at a lower price than you would expect. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS lineup Friday? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NBA optimal tournament lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out. 

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