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NBA DFS: James Harden and best FanDuel, DraftKings daily Fantasy basketball picks for Jan. 24, 2020

When scanning sources for NBA DFS advice before entering tournaments, cash games, or 50-50s on FanDuel or DraftKings for Friday, proven analysis and timely information is vital for locking down your NBA DFS lineups. How else would you choose between Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson when the Nuggets take on the Pelicans at 8 p.m. ET? Or Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler when the Clippers play at the Heat at 8 p.m. ET?

Meanwhile, James Harden, Andrew Wiggins and Russell Westbrook will be among the more intriguing NBA DFS stacks Friday when the Houston Rockets play the host Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. ET. Before entering any NBA DFS picks for a tournament like FanDuel’s $400K Friday NBA Shot Machine and the $400K NBA Friday Special on DraftKings, be sure to check out the optimal NBA DFS strategy from Mike McClure, a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million.

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 rolled through the 2018-19 NBA season, producing multiple lineups that led to huge returns for followers, including as much as 40x on FanDuel and 84x on DraftKings. He saw multiple huge cashes again early in the 2019-20 NBA season and got 2020 off to a blistering start with his optimal lineup returning at least 7x on DraftKings on three of the first five days of the new year. Anybody following him has seen huge returns. 

Now, he’s turned his attention to the Friday NBA schedule. Head to SportsLine now to see his optimal NBA DFS picks. Here are five of the most expensive players in Friday’s NBA DFS player pool. Get pricing and projections for every player at SportsLine:

McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Friday

For Friday, McClure is high on Harden at $10,800 on FanDuel and $11,100 on DraftKings. Harden totaled 27 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 threes, 13-15 FT), five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday’s victory against the Nuggets. Harden leads the NBA in scoring at 36.9 points per game, and adds 7.4 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 37.3 minutes per contest.

Harden and the Rockets get the Timberwolves on Friday, a team he has dominated this season to the tune of 40.5 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per outing in two games. Couple that with Minnesota being 25th in the NBA at defending Harden’s position, and it is easy to see why McClure favors the big investment for your Friday NBA DFS squad.

Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy on Friday also includes rostering Sacramento Kings center Dewayne Dedmon ($3,900 on FanDuel, $4,600 on DraftKings). Dedmon went for 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 threes), 10 rebounds and two assists Wednesday against the Pistons. The 30-year-old veteran produced his second double-double of the season — with both double-doubles coming when coach Luke Walton played Dedmon at least 30 minutes.

While Dedmon is contributing just 5.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 29 appearances, he could get another starting spot Friday because Richaun Holmes (shoulder) shows no timetable to return. Couple that with Dedmon and the Kings facing off against the Bulls — a team dead last in the NBA defending his position — and he’s one of the NBA DFS picks for Friday you should be all over. 

How to set your NBA DFS lineups on Friday

McClure is also targeting another player who has a dream matchup on Friday. The stars are aligning for him to return 50, even 60 points on DraftKings and FanDuel. 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 for Friday? Visit SportsLine now to see the full NBA optimal tournament and cash game lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.

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