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NBA DFS: Giannis Antetokounmpo and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for Jan. 8, 2022

The NBA is approaching its halfway point and the Milwaukee Bucks already played their 41st game of the season on Friday night and will play their 42nd in the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday. The defending NBA champions rank fourth in the NBA in scoring (112.3) and 10th in pace (99.1) and that makes them a popular option for NBA DFS stacks. That should be no different on Saturday as they take on a Hornets squad that ranks second in the NBA in scoring (115.5 ppg) and pace (100.8) in a game where the total is a whopping 234.5 points.

So which players from that game should you be targeting for your NBA DFS lineups on Saturday, and who else in the NBA DFS player pool should be in your lineups? Stars like Donovan Mitchell, Domantas Sabonis, Jayson Tatum and Julius Randle are all scheduled to be in their respective lineups and are among the highest-priced options at their positions. Before locking in your NBA DFS picks for Saturday, 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 included Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as one of his top NBA DFS picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Jokic had 33 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks to return 66 points on DraftKings and 65.5 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 Saturday, January 8 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, January 8

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Saturday is Jazz center Hassan Whiteside at $3,500 on DraftKings and $6,100 on FanDuel. The veteran center has been one of the game’s best rim protectors for nearly a decade and he’s also proven himself capable of making an impact offensively by hammering the offensive glass and taking advantage of size mismatches.

Whiteside has played off the bench behind Rudy Gobert this season and is averaging 7.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in just 15.6 minutes per contest. With Gobert in health and safety protocols, Whiteside now slides into the starting lineup where he’ll have tremendous upside while playing a lot of minutes against a large Pacers frontcourt that includes Sabonis and Myles Turner.

Another key in McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes rostering Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,600 on DraftKings and $11,700 on FanDuel). The two-time NBA MVP is once again putting up sensational numbers, averaging 28.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor.

With guards Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Jrue Holiday and George Hill all in health and safety protocols, Antetokounmpo will assume a lot of primary ball-handling responsibilities and that adds to his upside as a distributor in a game where the pace should be pretty rapid. He’ll have even higher triple-double potential than normal, and that makes him a worthwhile investment for your NBA DFS lineups.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Saturday, January 8

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.

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