NBA DFS: Stephen Curry and top DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy basketball picks for May 3, 2021

The Utah Jazz sat atop the Western Conference standings for most of the season, but they’ve slipped into a tie with the Phoenix Suns for the No. 1 spot. A big reason for that is because Utah has played without Mike Conley Jr. (hamstring) and Donovan Mitchell (ankle) in recent games and the All-Star backcourt will be out again on Monday. That presents an opportunity to someone like Joe Ingles for more playing time and the Aussie has rewarded those who have rostered him in their NBA DFS lineups. He is averaging 16.2 points per game as a starter compared to 9.9 as a reserve and is expected to get the start again vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Ingles carries a moderate price tag of $6,600 on DraftKings and $5,700 on FanDuel. His cost means that you can splurge on high-end NBA DFS players, and there are plenty of them available in Monday’s eight-game NBA slate. But who should be considered for your NBA DFS strategy with other teams also battling injuries like Utah? Before making any NBA DFS picks for Monday’s action, be sure to see the NBA DFS advice, player rankings 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.

And on Sunday, McClure included Knicks forward Julius Randle as one of his top picks. The result: Randle posted 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists, returning over 51 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 Monday, May 3 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 Monday, May 3

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks for Monday is Warriors guard Stephen Curry at $10,800 on DraftKings and $9,700 on FanDuel. The two-time MVP is leading the NBA with 31.3 points per game, which would be a new career-high. He’s also averaging 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game, while leading the NBA with 291 made 3-pointers.

Curry has taken his game to another level since the All-Star break and is averaging 33.9 points in those 21 games. The Warriors are fighting for one of the play-in spots and Curry is doing everything he can to keep his team in playoff contention during the NBA’s stretch run. He’ll get a great matchup on Monday against a New Orleans Pelicans team that ranks 25th in the NBA in points allowed. Look for Curry to put up another MVP-worthy performance, making him one of the best NBA DFS picks.

Part of McClure’s NBA DFS strategy includes includes rostering Pistons guard Josh Jackson at $5,600 on DraftKings and $5,200 on FanDuel. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson has bounced around the league but is having the best season of his career in his first year in Detroit. He’s averaging a career-high of 13.5 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

McClure is especially high on Jackson on Monday due to the Pistons being without basically half its roster. Seven different players are listed as out, including three starters, and Detroit will give a young player like Jackson every opportunity to show what he can do given those absences. 

Additionally, the team Detroit is facing, the Orlando Magic, has injury issues of its own with eight players listed as out. With so many regulars unavailable, this game projects as one of those late-season, high-scoring affairs and someone like Jackson should take advantage of the circumstances.

How to set NBA DFS lineups for Monday, May 3

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