An eight-game slate features two late starts where we expect a lot of points. The schedule-maker has not been kind to the Warriors, who finished 3-3 on a recent six-game Eastern swing in eight days.
If you were to browse through the list of NBA champions since 1980, you’d find that there is just one notable outlier to the rule that suggests title contenders need a superstar to win it all – the 2003-04 Pistons. While that Detroit team featured four players who were either already multi-time All-Stars or went on to become multi-time All-Stars later in their careers, no one would have mistaken any of those Pistons players as the prototypical “superstars” entering the 2004 postseason.
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The Atlanta Hawks’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans may have ended their 19-game winning streak, but the loss didn’t negate their January of historic proportions. The Hawks finished the month of January with an NBA record 17 wins and zero losses. The accomplishment was honored Wednesday evening as the NBA announced its conference players of the month.
Why do doubts remain about the Atlanta Hawks? The Hawks are 40-8. They have lost twice since Thanksgiving. They have beaten Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, the LA Clippers, Cleveland again, Portland, the Clippers again, Memphis, Washington, Toronto, Chicago again, Oklahoma City and Portland again. The Hawks just completed the best undefeated month in NBA history, going 17-0 in January. They have won 19 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in league annals. They have won 12 straight road games. What seems to be the
Today is Groundhog Day and there’s a strange sense that we’ve seen this movie before. Eight NBA games tip off at 7:00 Eastern, including a few mismatches, not always the easiest to predict for DFS purposes.
Anyone who picked the Lakers to beat Chicago on Thursday should be rolling in cash this morning. Not exactly all-stars, Jordan Hill, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are becoming DFS bargains. Each played more than 40 minutes in a double-overtime upset and padded their stats in the extra frames.
The All-Star reserve selections were finally announced on Thursday and as expected, there were predictable picks to go with inevitable omissions. The selected are as follows: West: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan and James Harden. East: Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.