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NBA DFS: Trae Young and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for April 9, 2021

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While there may be more competitive games among the NBA’s nine-game Friday night slate, there may not be one more exciting than the Washington Wizards taking on the Golden State Warriors. Both teams have middle-of-the-pack offenses but have bottom-10 defenses which leads to high interest for NBA DFS owners. William Hill Sportsbook is also expecting plenty of points as the over-under of 239.5 is the highest of the night. Point guards Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry will be going head-to-head in a rivalry that dates back years, and as always, both are desirable NBA DFS picks for Friday night.

But the former MVPs won’t come cheap with both Westbrook ($11,100 on DraftKings, $11,200 on FanDuel) and Curry ($9,900 on DraftKings, $9,600 on FanDuel) ranking first and second, respectively, in price on both sites. That means your NBA DFS strategy should be to balance your lineup out with more affordable options if you elect to roster either player. Before locking in any NBA DFS lineups for Friday’s action, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings and top daily Fantasy basketball lineups 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. 

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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.


And on Thursday, McClure included Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in his core lineup picks. The result: the rookie went off for 16 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, returning over 42 points on DraftKings. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to the Friday, April 9 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 Friday, April 9

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for his Friday NBA Daily Fantasy lineups is Hawks guard Trae Young at $9,200 on DraftKings and $8,100 on FanDuel. Young is delivering 25.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game this season. Atlanta gets Chicago on Friday and Young dropped 37 points with seven assists and six rebounds when these teams last played.

McClure also likes Young because of the circumstances he’s faced with Friday as the Hawks are decimated with injuries. Starters John Collins (ankle) and De’Andre Hunter (knee) are both out, while Clint Capela (Achilles) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) are listed as questionable. Those four are among the Hawks’ top six scorers so there is a huge void in terms of points that Young will have to help fill. The third-year guard is certainly capable of that as he has three games this season with 40+ points.

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Part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy on Friday includes rostering Warriors forward Kelly Oubre Jr. for $6,300 on DraftKings and $6,400 on FanDuel. Acquired in a trade after Klay Thompson’s Achilles’ tear, Oubre Jr. has started all 49 of his games for the Warriors and is contributing 15.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Currently the 10th seed in the West, the Warriors are making a playoff push, which is good news for veterans like Oubre Jr. He’s played 37 minutes in back-to-back games entering Friday and has averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over these contests. Golden State gets a great matchup vs. the Wizards on Friday as Washington allows the most points in the NBA. McClure foresees Washington’s porous defense allowing plenty of Warriors to have big games, including Kelly Oubre Jr.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Friday, April 9

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