We have a nearly-full slate of 14 NBA games on Friday. Making sense of them and trying to sort out the best opportunities is a first step to picking the right players in DFS contests.
It has become fashionable to include Russell Westbrook in the MVP discussion, and as we all know, fashion and Westbrook go together like Anna Sui and horned Viking hats. Not only did Westbrook win MVP honors at the All-Star game while coming up one point shy of Wilt Chaberlain’s record of 42 points in the NBA’s midseason showcase, he has taken that performance and built some momentum off of it, leading the Olahoma City Thunder into a somewhat secure standing in
Yet another star player may be done for the season. Derrick Rose needs surgery for a torn meniscus. Considering his history with that right knee, we don’t expect him back even if the Bulls advance in the playoffs.
James Harden rightfully led Monday night’s headlines with his second triple-double of the season and a virtual ankle-breaking move on Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio. After all, there’s a reason Harden appears to be the league’s probable MVP. But rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins served notice that he could very well challenge Harden and the NBA’s other elite players in the years ahead. On the night of his 20th birthday, Wiggins notched the third 30-point game of his young career, scoring 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting
James Harden has been mixing up defenders all season long with his ability to handle the basketball, and his latest victim on Monday became Ricky Rubio. With time running out in the third quarter, Harden used a couple of crossovers on Rubio, who played him well by trying to force the lefty to go to his right, but got a bit too aggressive and fell right into Harden’s trap: Once upon a time, Ricky Rubio had 2 functional ankles… …then James Harden
The injury bug continues to have a negative affect on the NBA, in real life and fantasy. Last night All-Stars Stephen Curry (ankle) and LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) were scratched, and both their teams lost.
Why is the trade deadline different from all other nights of the year? It’s not. The West just got tougher. In the East, where there’s no life-or-death importance attached to getting better, the top teams sat this one out while the bad teams—your Knicks and 76ers—dumped, shut down or otherwise disposed of their best players in order to tank more definitively.
A 13-game NBA slate the day after a busy trade deadline is a difficult DFS challenge. For a real-world analysis, read Chris Sheridan’s breakdown of all ten deals. We’re here to help you navigate the maze of changes and turn uncertainty into a profit at DraftKings.