Number one overall pick Cade Cunningham made his NBA debut on Saturday although it wasn’t a performance worth remembering. He scored just two points in 19 minutes of play, however the Pistons (1-4) did pick up their first win of the season. Cunningham is bound to improve his play, starting with Sunday’s game vs. the Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET. Playing for a rebuilding Pistons team, he will also get every opportunity to showcase his skills which makes him an intriguing NBA DFS pick.
But the team on the other side won’t make things easy for Cunningham with the likes of Kevin Durant and James Harden attempting to get the Nets (3-3) over .500. Cunningham’s ability to fill up a box score is reminiscent of Harden but is it still too early to slot him into NBA DFS lineups? And are there any other rookies worth factoring into Sunday’s NBA DFS strategy? Before locking in your NBA DFS picks for Sunday on sites like FanDuel or DraftKings, be sure to check out the NBA DFS advice, player rankings, stacks 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.
On Saturday, McClure listed Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas in his player pool on both sites. The result: Valanciunas had 27 points, 14 rebounds and four assists to return 51.5 points on DraftKings and 47.8 points on FanDuel. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Sunday, Oct. 31 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 Sunday, October 31
One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Sunday is Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo at $11,000 on DraftKings and $11,300 on FanDuel. The reigning Finals MVP is coming off a 28-point, 13-rebound performance on Saturday which is his fifth double-double in six games this year.
Antetokounmpo is putting up his typical All-NBA numbers with averages of 27.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. The Bucks get an early season test vs. the Jazz on Sunday and Antetokounmpo will be out to prove that Milwaukee is still the class of the NBA. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert has been no match for Antetokounmpo as the Greek Freak averaged 32 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists last year vs. Utah.
Another key in McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Harden ($9,900 on both DraftKings and FanDuel), who is coming off a season-high of 29 points on Friday to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Harden clearly found his groove as he went to the free throw line 19 times after doing so just 15 times total through the first five games.
Brooklyn faces Detroit on Sunday and Harden put on an absolute show the last time he saw the Pistons. He posted 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists vs. Detroit last year as both the point and rebound totals are his career-highs in a Nets uniform. With Kyrie Irving still unable to play, look for Harden to force the action and fill up the box score once again.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Sunday, October 31
McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Sunday 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 Sunday? 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.