Last night we witnessed a Shooting Guard battle between DeRozan and Harden. DeRozan countered Harden’s 31pts with his own 41pts and 11 rebounds, helping the Raptors scrub the Rockets, 99-96.
Avery Bradley helped the Celtics beat the Hornets scoring 30, while Kemba Walker dished 12 assists and 28pts, with 3 rebounds of his own. Celtics won 116-104, keepong their slim lead ahead of Brooklyn, Indiana and Charlotte.
Nerlens Noel and his double-double of 19pts 14 rebounds was not enough to beat the Lakers and Jordan Clarkson’s 26pts and 11 assists. The Lakers win another “must lose” game and might be in danger of having their plan blow up in their face. The Lakers could lose the rest of their games by double digits and could still find themselves 7th in the NBA Lottery and losing their top 5 protected draft pick – #TankingIsHard.
Another solid night of NBA action that seemed to be more Double-Double Monday, as we push towards the final 8 games or so of the season.
Games played from 3-16 thru 3-29-15:
If the MVP race was restricted to the kind of metrics used in Daily Fantasy, then it would look very different within those who play point guard. In reality Steph Curry is having a terrific year, but has been a 4th option in the PG position, and with his cost, you have to look elsewhere for similar production at a better value. Look what Elfrid Payton has produced in just 6 games at a better price point. Reggie Jackson has been solid since leaving OKC and Shved cracks the top 10 APPG and crazy plays in March.
You notice in the Shooting Guards we have a bottleneck of value in the top 5 with Eric Bledsoe, Victor Oladipo and DeMar DeRozan. When you look closer you see that Oladipo is doing a bit more with less. Four of the top six Shooting Guards by APPG, will be seen in the Playoffs, so you should expect them to keep their averages up. For Oladipo he’s still proving himself to take the next step, while Bledsoe continues to justify his recent $70m contract in September.
Everyone of these guys has had a blow up game this month, except I do not remember Wilson Chandler’s. If you have paid any attention to the Utah Jazz, you are not surprised that Gordon Hayward is 4th in APPG. You may be surprised that the Nuggets have two players on this list, (one in the PF) meaning that if Lawson is All-Star capable and the Nuggets have 3 Forwards that can score then how are they so awful, #Management. Amazing stat if you can afford them: if you have Lebron and Kawhi on your team your lineup cashes over 40% of the time. #ScienceIsAwesome.
In Power Forwards you have a logjam of guys within 3pts of each other, making cost per point a necessity. The Bulls without D.Rose have two Power Forwards in the top 5, with the possible R.O.Y. in Nikola Mirotic. Wiggins has the name recognition and will probably get rookie-of-the-year, but it should be Mirotic and his smooth stroke. He has been the offense in Rose’s absence most games and in March has been on fire. Anthony Davis and the Pelicans still have an outside chance to make the playoffs, but being 3 games back with 8 games left is a tall task. You will still expect “The Brow” to do what he can and continue to be the guy you have to have each night he plays, if you can afford him. It’s why our “Projection to Salary” report is so invaluable.
Watching basketball on a nightly basis has made this a lot fun breaking down Centers. Finding the value in Gobert before his price shot up and seeing Gorgui Dieng climb into the top 10, has made this month exciting for Centers, and made us big fans of new, young guys. Boogie is so dominant that if you can afford him and find value in other guys – you take that chance. But often times the top guys are not the guys that cash the big checks. You often find the same overall value with Brook Lopez or Rudy Gobert that you can upgrade that Forward/Guard position to improve your chances.
These reports we provide on our RotoCanon Page, help you make the best decision possible. Decisions like if you had Kemba, Clarkson, DeRozan, Bradley, Gobert and Booker on a lineup, you might have won $150, (#WeDid, #CalledIt). Contact us with any questions or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you and your success.