Bernucca: A Closer Look at Warriors’ Chase for 73 Wins

Warriors Championship Rings Top Curry

It’s time to get serious about the Golden State Warriors and their pursuit of 73 wins. Even before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle required media members to have an ironclad opinion 10 minutes after something happened, I have always been a more patient sort. Yes, a record 24 straight wins to start the season got my attention. But that is less than one-third of an NBA campaign. Over the course of 5 1/2 months and 82 games, teams slump. Teams


DraftKings Advice: I Like Julius Randle; Win $4,000 Free

Julius Randle

Once again, a variety of NBA weekend start times will affect daily fantasy play at DraftKings. All Day contests at 3:30 EST include the Bulls and Clippers. The largest pools close at 6:00, spanning the other six games, then there’s Turbo (7:00) and Late (8:00) action on two games each. [Read more…]


Sprung: What Has Gone Right and Wrong for Eastern Conference Contenders


For the first time in roughly two decades, the Eastern Conference is better than the Western Conference from top to bottom. Nine East teams are at .500 or better – nearly twice as many teams as last season, when sixth-seeded Milwaukee finished 41-41. And the East actually has a winning record against the West this season at 100-98 What changed so quickly from last season, when articles were written about how there was the greatest disparity in conference strength in recent memory? “I


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


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


Scotto: Sheridan Hoops Top 10 Small Forwards

LeBron James

While point guard is regularly lauded as the top position in the league in terms of star power and depth, how about some love for the small forwards? Seven small forwards featured on this list participated in Team USA’s minicamp this summer. This list includes two MVPs, a scoring champion, a Defensive Player of the Year, a recently crowned Rookie of the Year, a “Greek Freak” and a Finals MVP. Proven veterans such as Luol Deng and Joe Johnson – as well as


The NBA’s All-Underrated Team

George Hill

Which are the most underrated NBA players at each position? Which players have the capability to breakout and achieve stardom this season? Let’s take a look at which players are the likeliest and why.     [Read more…]