There are seven games tonight, one of them attracting by far the most national attention. At 7:30, on NBA-TV, Houston must visit Atlanta without James Harden, who is suspended.
Ouch. Injuries continue to affect every team in the NBA and frustrate those of us who play in traditional and/or daily fantasy leagues. The Mavericks lost two starters (and what looked like a winnable game) early in the first quarter last night. Tyson Chandler (ankle) lasted about 40 seconds, Monta Ellis (hip) four minutes.
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.
There are 11 games on this busy NBA Saturday, in advance of a quiet (and early) two-game slate tomorrow. Three excellent Western Conference tilts will not only be exciting to watch, they could be profitable.
Congratulations if you pre-qualified for the $500,000 NBA Slam Dunk, with a top prize of $100,000 to be awarded tonight. You can still enter at DraftKings for a $100 buy-in until the maximum of 5,555 teams is reached. Second place earns $40,000, third is worth $20,000 and all 1,100 cash payouts are guaranteed.
Now that Josh Smith is gone, what does the long-term future hold for Greg Monroe? A rival executive believes he will end up with the New York Knicks. “I could see $48 million for four years. I don’t think he’s a max (contract) guy, but he is pretty good. He might get more based on who is left on the board. I could see New York overpaying him,” the executive told SheridanHoops. Monroe has a trade veto after signing his qualifying offer
Saturday wasn’t my night. Though it was great to watch Lou Williams score a career-high 36 in Cleveland, who could have predicted that?
This evening, I don’t really care if the Lakers win or lose, as long as the score is high. Overtime would be a bonus.