NBA DFS: Nikola Jokic and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for Jan. 16, 2022

By the time NBA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings begin in earnest, Phoenix and Detroit’s 1 p.m. ET game will already be in the books. That leaves just three other games to choose from when crafting your NBA DFS lineups. However, one of those games features a matchup between two of the bottom-five Fantasy defenses when Houston visits Sacramento. The Rockets have been the worst Fantasy defense against opposing point guards, which could mean big things for Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox.

Since January 2, Fox has averaged 24.5 points, 5.1 assists and a steal per game over eight starts. The Kings also played Houston on Friday, and Fox finished with a game-high 27 points, as well as eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. With a limited NBA DFS player pool on Sunday, can Fox be counted on to turn in another top performance? Before setting your NBA DFS picks, 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 Saturday, McClure included Nuggets center Nikola Jokic as one of his top NBA DFS picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Jokic finished as the top center on DraftKings and top-three on FanDuel after putting up his eighth triple-double of the season. His 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds returned 57 points on DraftKings and 50.9 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 Sunday, January 16, NBA DFS slate and locked in his top daily Fantasy basketball picks. You can…


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