10 Definitely Interesting, Possibly Helpful NBA Notes for January 13, 2015
Every day while doing NBA DFS research, I invariably stumble across some unexpected nuggets of information that are occasionally helpful, but always interesting in one way or another. Here are 10 for Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
1. Over the past two games, Damian Lillard has knocked 14 three-pointers, more than nine entire NBA teams have hit during that span.
2. In his last two games against the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins recorded his third- and fifth-highest FanDuel point totals of his entire career. On March 27, 2015, he blasted New Orleans for 71.0 FanDuel points, and just a week later, on April 3rd, Cousins again put up 70 (or 70.5, to be exact) against the same team. In each of those games, Cousins grabbed 20 rebounds. Cousins has picked up his rebounding recently, grabbing 13 boards per game in January, more than any other month this year. And if you’re still not convinced that Cousins will have a monster game, he’s got DvP working in his favor, as well – at 49.5 FanDuel points per game allowed, the Pelicans are the third-most generous team in the NBA to opposing centers.
3. In his first three games back from injury, Rudy Gobert has attempted a total of 10 shots. But that’s what Gobert does, and he’s still getting his points. On Saturday, he recorded his fourth game in the past two years of three or fewer field goal attempts and 30+ FanDuel points. The only other player with four such games during that span is DeAndre Jordan.
4. After last night’s 30-point effort against Minnesota, Kevin Durant has scored 20+ points scored in 24 consecutive games (and 31 of 32 this games played this season). It’s the longest streak by any player this season, and in fact, the player who came closest was Stephen Curry, who exceeded 20 points in the first 14 games of the season. As far as active streaks of 20+ point-games, DeMarcus Cousins is riding a six-game streak.
5. Rajon Rondo is currently averaging 13.5 assists per game + steals per game, which leads the NBA, and in fact, you have to go back to 2011-12 to find another player to record a mark that high. That player? Rajon Rondo, the Celtics iteration. While his Wednesday opponent, the Pelicans, appear to be a good matchup, New Orleans has actually allowed the fewest steals to point guards in the NBA, and they’ve been the third best in DvP against point guards over the past 10 games, surrendering just 35.6 FanDuel points per game. Only the Rockets and Celtics have allowed fewer during that stretch. Still, in what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game, it’ll be tough to fade Rondo.
6. If you’re planning on deploying Kemba Walker at your PG spot, home games are the time to do it. Walker shoots 45.2% from the field at home, but when he’s on the road, that number falls to 39.7%. Likewise, he averages nearly four more FanDuel points at home than on the road this year (35.6 at home, 32.0 away). On Wednesday, Walker’s Hornets host the Atlanta Hawks.
7. Since January 1, Al Horford has put up 42.7 FanDuel points per game, leading all centers in the league. He hasn’t had a month of 40+ FanDuel points per game since February 2013, when he averaged 43.7 per game. On January 9, Horford scored 64 FanDuel points, joining the Gasol brothers and Andre Drummond (who did it twice) as the only centers to notch 64+ FD points in a game this season. It was the second-highest total of Horford’s career.
8. With Draymond Green likely to be resting on Wednesday, Marreese Speights steps in as an immediate value play. As a Warrior, he’s played just three games in Green’s absence, but (in the admittedly small sample) Speights has seen his usage jump from 27.7% to 32.1%, his field goal attempts jump from 6.8 to 10.7 per game, and his FanDuel points per game climb from 13.7 to 20.0 per game.
9. Zaza Pachulia now has more double-doubles this year than DeMarcus Cousins. Last night, he scored 14 points and grabbed 12 boards en route to his 20th double-double of the season, putting him just one double-double shy of his career-high mark of 21, which he set in 2005-06 as a member of the Hawks. It took him 78 games to reach that mark, compared to the 37 it’s taken him to reach 20 this year. Pachulia is now tied with Pau Gasol for third-most double-doubles in the NBA among centers this year, trailing only Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan.
10. Nuggets coach Mike Malone is being wishy-washy about which of his two point guards will start tomorrow. Given that Nelson joined the league when Mudiay was still learning to crawl. But it’s easy to understand why he might not want to watch Mudiay shoot the basketball. Among players with minimum of 20 games played and 25 mpg, Mudiay has the third-worst effective field goal percentage in NBA history at 34.3%. He’s behind only Kendall Gill (33.7% in 2000-01) and Speedy Claxton (33.8% in 2006-07). And if you’re not into advanced stats, his 31.2% from the floor is seventh-worst in NBA history. He’s behind a slew of players I’ve literally never heard of, guys like Bill Tosheff, Dan Boven, Bill Calhoun, Jack McMahon, and Joe Fulks (all of whom played in the 1950s), and the immortal DeShawn Stevenson, whose 2008-09 season FG% of 31.2% ranks one spot higher than Mudiay’s.
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Research for this blog was pulled from NBA.com, ESPN.com, Basketball Reference, StatMuse, RotoWire, and RotoGrinders’ own player pages.
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