NBA DFS: Jimmy Butler and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for Oct. 23, 2021


Despite adding Nikola Vucevic last season and trading for Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan this offseason, Zach LaVine is still the alpha dog on the new-look Bulls and he’s proven it the first two games of the season. LaVine has 66 points in Chicago’s first two games on just 36 shots and the Bulls are 2-0 behind his dominant offensive performances. Now Chicago will play its third game in four nights, so should you be adding LaVine to your NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, or will the Pistons have a plan in place to stop him after playing him Wednesday?

The NBA DFS player pool certainly isn’t short of guard options with Damian Lillard, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic and Devin Booker all scheduled to be in action as well. So who has the best matchup on Saturday, and where can you find cheaper options to afford upper-echelon talents like those in your NBA DFS rosters? Before locking in any NBA DFS picks for Saturday 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 Friday, McClure listed Rockets forward Christian Wood among his top NBA DFS picks. The result: Wood had 31 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, returning nearly 9x on DraftKings and over 7x 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 Saturday, Oct. 23 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 Saturday, October 23

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Saturday is Spurs guard Dejounte Murray at $7,100 on DraftKings and $8,100 on FanDuel. Coming off a career year and now in his sixth season under Gregg Popovich, many have Murray pegged for a step towards stardom in 2021-22 with DeRozan leaving during the offseason.

Murray averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game last season and he’s averaging 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists through his first two games despite shooting just 37.1 percent from the floor. The Spurs will take on a Bucks squad that gave up 137 points to the Heat on Thursday and allowed Miami to shoot 53.1 percent from the floor.

Part of McClure’s NBA DFS strategy also includes rostering Heat forward Jimmy Butler ($8,500 on DraftKings, $8,900 on FanDuel). Butler didn’t have to do much during Miami’s opener against the Bucks because the Heat bench scored a staggering 75 points.

However, he still put together an efficient night by shooting 6-for-10 and scoring 21 points with six assists and four rebounds in just 29 minutes. Butler continues to prove that he’s willing to fill whatever role Miami needs of him in a given night, be it as a lockdown defender, scorer or distributor and usually it’s a combination of all three. There’s inherent NBA daily Fantasy benefit to someone who can stuff the stat sheet like that and that’s why you’ll want to roster him on Saturday.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, October 23

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