DraftKings Advice: I Like DeMarcus Cousins; Win $20,000 Free

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The original 10-game NBA schedule is down to eight, with postponements due to snow in Philadelphia and Washington. All eyes are on Cleveland, where LeBron James $9700 will break in new coach Tyronn Lue. The best value might be Kyrie Irving $6800, as it remains to be seen whether Kevin Love $7200 will be featured or forgotten. The Bulls dropped a 9-point decision in Boston last night despite 28 from Jimmy Butler $8500 and 27 from Derrick Rose $5800. Fatigue could be a

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Towns, Porzingis, Okafor lead most impactful rookie class in 5 years

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If you’ve noticed that this year’s rookie class is being talked about and praised around the league and in the media, there’s good reason for that.  This year’s top five picks— Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis and Orlando’s Mario Hezonja— are making a larger early impact than any top-five group in at least a half decade. A detailed statistical analysis of top five picks over the last five years shows that over the first two

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Fantasy Spin: Road Warriors Go For 20th Straight

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Launching a seven-game road trip, Golden State edged Utah 106-103 on Monday to remain unbeaten. Tonight in Charlotte should be a slightly easier task. Al Jefferson (calf) is out, giving Cody Zeller $3800 an opportunity. Kemba Walker $7500 and Nicolas Batum $7400 are the safe plays, Jeremy Lamb $4800 the value pick but it’s hard to recommend them. [Read more…]

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Five Things To Watch: Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns are a fascinating bunch to watch, in the way fans watch a demolition derby for the promise of imminent destruction. Coach Jeff Hornacek, entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, has to right the ship without the benefit of a rising star to buoy hopes for the future. That Hornacek was able to cobble together an 87-77 record the last two years without a single All-Star is a testament to his coaching ability. But he lost

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SH Blog: Nuggets fire Shaw, but fault remains mixed; Javale McGee set to clear waivers

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It certainly wasn’t shocking to see the Denver Nuggets fire Brian Shaw. After all, they’ve lost 12 of 13 games and we’re just days removed from a chant of “1, 2, 3… six weeks!” during another defeat, leading to serious questions about their effort. The 57-win Nuggets of two years ago under George Karl have rapidly transitioned to a laughing stock under Shaw, falling to 36-46 a year ago and now poised to finish much worse this year (currently at 20-39). Shaw, 48,

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Tweet of the Night: Rudy Gobert reacts to scuffle between Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len

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With the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns both fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences, things got quite feisty during their contest on Monday. There were a total of three ejections, five technicals and two flagrant fouls during the game, and things truly boiled over in the third quarter when Alex Len and Hassan Whiteside went at each other. After Whiteside grabbed an offensive rebound off a Dwyane Wade miss and dunked over Len, the Miami Heat center came down

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Fantasy Spin: Suns Could Shine Again

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After a busy 14-game Friday in the NBA, fatigue might be a factor this evening. Multiple superstars were available last night with five-digit salaries but the pickings are relatively slim tonight — only two healthy players cost more than $8000. [Read more…]

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