NBA DFS: Nikola Jokic and the best DraftKings, FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Daily Picks for January 16, 2022
By the time the NBA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings begin in earnest, Phoenix and Detroit’s 1 p.m. ET game will already be on the books. That leaves only three other games to choose from when building your NBA DFS rosters. However, one of those plays features a clash between two of Fantasy’s last five defenses when Houston visits Sacramento. The Rockets have been Fantasy’s worst defense against opposing point guards, which could mean big things for Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox.
Since Jan. 2, Fox has averaged 24.5 points, 5.1 assists and one steal per game over eight starts. The Kings also played Houston on Friday, and Fox finished with a game-high 27 points, along with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. With a limited NBA DFS player pool on Sunday, can Fox be counted on to deliver another top performance? Before you set your NBA DFS picks, be sure to check out NBA DFS tips, player ratings, stacks and top daily fantasy basketball picks from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.
McClure is a DFS pro with nearly $2 million in career earnings. He is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine which uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as matches, statistical trends and injuries.
This allows him to find the best NBA DFS values and create optimal rosters that he only shares on SportsLine. They are must-haves for any NBA DFS player.
On Saturday, McClure included Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as one of his top NBA DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Jokic finished first center in DraftKings and top three in FanDuel after netting his eighth triple-double of the season. His 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds netted 57 points on DraftKings and 50.9 points on FanDuel. Everyone who included him in their lineups was well on his way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to the NBA DFS slate for Sunday, Jan. 16, and has locked down his daily top fantasy basketball picks. You can only see them by going to SportsLine.
Top NBA DFS picks for Sunday, January 16
Jokic is again one of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Sunday at $12,000 on DraftKings and $10,900 on FanDuel. The Denver big man has been Fantasy’s leading scorer at both venues this season, and has been particularly strong in games after those in which he has scored under 20 points. In four such starts this season, Jokic has averaged 31.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, and that’s the script for him tonight at home.
Denver has a traditionally tough game against Utah on Sunday night, but the Jazz haven’t looked much like each other in their last four games. Jokic may not come away with as many boards on Sunday with Rudy Gobert returning to the Jazz after a five-game stint on health and protocols, but Gobert hasn’t slowed Jokic’s attack in the latest encounter in October. In that encounter, Jokic finished with 24 points, six assists and six rebounds.
Another key to McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy is stacking Jokic with Nuggets swingman Will Barton ($5,900 on DraftKings and $5,700 on FanDuel). Barton missed a game against the Clippers last Tuesday under health and safety protocols, but was back in the lineup Thursday to score 21 points. He played just 22 minutes in Denver’s blowout win over the Lakers on Saturday but scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Among the Nuggets who have played at least 30 games this season, Barton is third on the team in offensive utilization at 21.9%. In a team that’s been missing a lot of its household names this season, Barton is Denver’s second-leading scorer with 15.2 points per game. Of the 12 teams Denver has faced twice this season, Barton’s second-highest average point total came against Utah, at 20.5 points per start.
How to set NBA DFS lineups for Sunday January 16
McClure is also targeting a player who could leave en masse on Sunday because of a dream game. This choice 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 his NBA DFS rosters into optimal for Sunday? Visit SportsLine now to see the best NBA DFS picks, rankings, tips and stacks, all from a professional DFS player who has nearly $2 million in career earnings, and find out.