11/22 NBA Results Analysis
So as this is my first article I will let you know two things that weigh heavily in my research for the NBA. Narratives and injuries. There are fewer things I love more than narratives in this world. I love a good story, everyone does. To me, the same things apply to the NBA and there were two obvious narratives in the NBA yesterday. Eric Bledsoe facing the Suns for the first time since that whole debacle and Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant, two dudes that generally do not like each other. Instead of trying to predict which of either Westbrook or Durant would go off I decided to play them both with Bledsoe. On the injury side of things when Patrick Beverly of the Clippers was declared out for a indefinite amount of time, Lou Williams entered my lineup at shooting guard. Once Giannis was ruled out for the Bucks, Khris Middleton entered at the other shooting guard spot. Both of those guys were going to see extra minutes and usage. DeMarre Carroll entered the lineup at the other small forward spot next to Durant. Once Trevor Booker was declared out for the Nets I loved Allen Crabbe but I loved my two other shooting guards more so I went with Carroll instead figuring he would see Kevin Love defense and some extra usage. Though he busted I believe it was still a good play, Carroll was just incredibly inefficient shooting 4 of 12 from the field. My power forwards were Carmelo Anthony and John Collins. John Collins was another injury beneficiary as Luke Babbit and Mike Muscala were both out essentially giving the Hawks no choice but to play the crazy efficient Collins. That efficiency with extra minutes equaled a 40.5 FanDuel game from a $5200 salary player. Carmelo was the only player in my lineup that was not benefiting from injuries or a narrative but he was playing in a pace up game and no matter what Westbrook does, he is still going to pass the basketball. To me that made Melo a good play, not a great one, but a good one. Finally my center, the man of the hour, Thon Maker. It was Thon Maker day in the DFS world or at least it should’ve been. Once John Henson was ruled out there was NO OTHER OPTION than to play Thon Maker a bunch of minutes and hope he did okay. We were looking at a center who was $3400 on FanDuel who was going to receive a ton of minutes and had extra usage to spread around due to Giannis being out. Once Giannis was ruled out it amazed me that everyone on earth didn’t just plug and play every Buck worth anything against a very bad Suns team. Regardless this lineup was good for cashing in all cash games and cashed in tourneys as well.