NBA DFS: DeMar DeRozan and top FanDuel, DraftKings daily Fantasy basketball picks for Jan. 24, 2022

Indiana rookie Chris Duarte has been somewhat up-and-down during the Pacers’ current road swing, but his downs have still provided a decent floor for NBA DFS lineups. Last week against the Clippers and Warriors, he made 20-of-30 shots for 51 total points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and six steals. He finished as the top player at his position on both FanDuel and DraftKings last Thursday following his performance against the Warriors.

In the matchups before and after Golden State, he scored 28 total points in two games against the Lakers and Suns. However, he was in the starting lineup for the Phoenix game on Saturday, and finished with 17 points — including a 3-for-6 night from beyond the three-point arc. Duarte was good on Saturday, but will he come back on Monday with another showing like he had against the Clippers and Warriors? Before finalizing your NBA DFS picks for Monday, 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 Sunday, McClure included Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant as one of his top NBA DFS picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Morant finished with 35 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to return 60.25 points on DraftKings and 55.6 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 Monday, January 24, 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 Monday, January 24

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Monday is Chicago forward DeMar Derozan, who is listed at $9,100 on DraftKings and $9,000 on FanDuel. His depleted Bulls side couldn’t pull out the win on Sunday night against the lowly Orlando Magic, but he still had a strong game. DeRozan dropped a game-high 41 points to go with five rebounds and two steals.

McClure included DeRozan in his picks for Sunday as well, and he was a top-five player at two positions on FanDuel, and the top-scoring power forward in DraftKings’ main slate NBA DFS tournaments. On Monday, the Bulls take on an Oklahoma City team that has been a bottom-five Fantasy defense against opposing forwards on both sites. Chicago has yet to play OKC this season, but with San Antonio last year, DeRozan scored 20 points with six rebounds in his lone game against the Thunder.

Another key in McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas ($8,300 on DraftKings and $7,500 on FanDuel). Since missing a game on New Year’s Day (health and safety protocols), Valanciunas has made nine starts and averaged 18 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. In his most recent game against New York last Thursday, he finished around those averages, but also had two blocks and a steal.

In Valanciunas’ previous game against Indiana in November, he scored 19 points and finished with 13 rebounds and a block. Over their last three games, the Pacers have given up an average of 58 points in the paint, which is the highest mark in the NBA. In his last four starts, Valanciunas has hit 57.7 of his shots and 35.7 percent of his three-point attempts, but he also comes into tonight well-rested after three days off.

How to set your NBA DFS lineups for Monday, January 24

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Monday 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 Monday? 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.

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