The 16-team playoff field is set for NBA Playoffs 2021 and the first batch of games will be Saturday, 2:30 PM ET.
The play-in tournament was full of drama, to say the least, with the Los Angeles Lakers surviving quite a scare to bag the 7th seed. Memphis, too, needed an extra five minutes to eliminate the Golden State Warriors to get in as the eighth seed.
In the East, the Celtics rode on Jayson Tatum's 50-point night to punch a ticket to face the powerhouse Brooklyn Nets. The Washington Wizards Read More
1.) Dennis Schroder, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
It sucks to see LeBron James go down like that and worse, he could miss a couple of weeks with that high ankle sprain. Fantasy-wise, a lot of players will benefit from the King's absence. Schroder will handle the ball a lot and some usage also trickles to Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker. That said, my money is on Schroder to bounce back from a sub-par outing against Atlanta.
2.) Pascal Siakam, C, Toronto Raptors
Probably a desperation move, Nick Nurse Read More
I did offer 5 bargain options for last night with mixed results. If you happen to take up the cue and start Theo Maledon and Robert Williams, you must have won your league. Maledon had 11 points, four rebounds, and nine assists (although the lack of defensive stats is a bummer) while Timelord swatted six shots on top of two points, four rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
The other picks were Elfrid Payton, Shake Milton, and Terence Davis II and it was TD2 who flamed out in the one-point loss to Read More
It's just been a little over two weeks since the 2019-20 NBA season tipoff but it already provides us with plenty of material for some really fascinating facts and stats:
1.) The Assists Battle
LeBron James is the runaway leader in APG early in the season with 11.1 but Malcolm Brogdon edged him 79-78 for the total assist count as the Pacers played their eighth game Thursday.
Four out of the top 5 in APG this season were nowhere near the league leaders in the category last season. Only Russell Westbrook. Read More
1.) Russell Westbrook is still top-10 in fantasy basketball.
This year's fantasy draft has Brodie as an early Round 2 pick but even with James Harden around, the Rockets offense is designed to accomodate another high-usage player. And it's not like Westbrook has not played with Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George before.
Last season was a down year for Westbrook and he still finished in the top 15. Odds are he will not be averaging a triple-double for the fourth straight year but he Read More
1.) Sixers knocking down their free throws.
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Philly stole one in Toronto in Game 2, 94-89, the first time the team won up north since 2012. One way they did it is by making their free throws, making 24 out of 26 from there.
2.) Raptors still played D.
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Even with the loss, it was the fifth consecutive time that the Raptors held their opponents under 100 points and 42% shooting. Only 11 other teams have done that in the Read More
For those who bleed stats, not just Damian Lillard's 50-point outburst in Game 5, check these 7 insane numbers to get you through the day:
1.) It's not the playoffs without Timmy or Stockton.
via Sports Illustrated
It's the first NBA playoffs without LeBron James since his rookie year but a fact that many overlooked is that Tim Duncan and John Stockton never missed the playoffs in 19 NBA seasons.
The longest streak of active players who have not missed the playoffs is James Harden (13 Read More
Who To Pick And Avoid For NBA DFS Saturday-- March 2, 2019
Who To Pick
Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC Thunder
Russ is still doing Westbrook things and now that PG is sidelined ahead of Saturday's matchup with San Antonio, look for Westbrook's usage to skyrocket. He had a 24-assist game this season versus the Spurs so he has proven he can bring his A-game against this team.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Golden State Warriors
Cousins is a favorite of mine because he can pile up fantasy points in a Read More
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder ($11,900)
I usually don't suggest putting the guy with the highest salary but against the Phoenix Suns, I beg to differ. The Suns have been the worst in the league in giving up points (113 points) and ranks 24th when it comes to opponent field goal percentage. I expect Brodie to come out guns ablaze and even come up with a triple-double.
Josh Jackson, SF, Phoenix Suns ($5,700)
Jackson has recently been on fire recently and produced 29 points on 9-of-16 Read More
NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off with an early voting period exclusively on the NBA App and NBA.com beginning Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. ET. In honor of the impending vote, lets take a look at who should make it this year. Keep in mind that this year, there will be no East V West, it has moved to a draft format. It’s clear that the All-Star game is dying since none of the players care, so the draft will at least add some life into it. Useless or not, I’ve always liked Read More