RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Pre-Season edition

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Updated: August 19, 2018

With the AFL Fantasy season drawing to a close, it’s time to turn our sites to the NBA season (after you’ve signed up to play AFL Fantasy Finals Pick’em that is!). The NBA has released their schedule for the 2018/19 season, and we are here to break it down and give you the relevant information that can help you in your Real Dream Team NBA campaign.

First off, let’s start with the basics. The season kicks off on October 16 (American time) with a potential Eastern Conference finals preview between Boston and Philadelpia. All teams will get at least 1 weeks break over All-star weekend, from 15th February to 21st February. The season wraps up on April 10 before the NBA turns it’s sights to the playoffs.

So, what does all this mean for RDT NBA? At the time of writing, RDT NBA hasn’t opened, and actually hasn’t released any information about rule changes, pricing or changes to the schedule. Last season, Sportsdeck merged the two weeks around the All-star break, as well as the two weeks at the end of the season. If this happens again, the details below will need to be updated.

Season Breakdown

As we all know, the key to a decent score in the RDT NBA game is maximising the number of games players on your team have in any given week. 4 game weeks are great, 5 game weeks are golden. The below table shows the breakdown of weekly games for each team.

Golden Weeks

I would like to think it is not coincidence that the team that has the most golden weeks (5 game weeks) are the Golden State Warriors. They are the only team with two 5 game weeks. The first on is week 5, with the second one in week 23. The Warriors were once again active in the off-season, signing injured former King and Pelican DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins. It will be interesting to see how he integrates into Steve Kerr’s offense, but you won’t need to concern yourself with that conundrum until at least January. Cousins injured his achilles towards the end of last season, and no-one really know when he will be back. There is also massive question marks about how effective he will be on his return. An achilles injury is a tough one to come back from, especially for someone of Boogie’s size.

Denver and Portland are the only other teams that have a 5 game week throughout the season.

Black Holes

The one game weeks are an absolute killer when it comes to RDT NBA. You just flat out can’t afford to have anyone on your court when they play just one game. The vast majority of 1 game weeks are in the final week of the season. It is likely that Sportsdeck will either a) merge this week with the week before, or b) disregard this week entirely. Either way, you don’t need to worry about that particular week.

As with last year, there are also a bunch of 1 game (and 2 game) weeks around the All-star break. Again, I expect these weeks to be merged together. That leaves just 3 teams with 1 game weeks throughout the season.

Week 14 sees New York and Washington play the annual game in Europe, facing off in London. You need to ensure you don’t have any players from these teams in your team for that week. Detroit (week 5) and Portland (week 16) are the only other teams with 1 game weeks.

The 1st Quarter

Getting off to a strong start is key to any Fantasy game. Maximising the scoring capabilities of your initial team and building your overall team value will stand you in strong stead as the season progresses. I have broken down the first 6 weeks of the season to analyse which teams have the most games over the first 6 weeks.

The table shows each teams’ total games, and their number of 4 game weeks are shown in brackets.

The team that immediately jumps out as a target is Toronto. They acquired San Antonio Spurs All-star forward Kawhi Leonard in the off-season. Leonard was injured for the majority of last season, playing in only 9 games of a possible 82 during the regular season. There hasn’t been any confirmation from the Sportsdeck team, but I am expecting he will get a discount on his starting price due to his injury. If he is healthy to start the season, he will need to be in your team.

Dallas is another team to look at. They traded for rookie Luka Doncic on draft night. He is my extremely early prediction for Rookie of the Year, having spend last season playing for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague competition. Not only did he lead his team to the championship at just 19 years of age, he was also named the Euroleague MVP. He will be one of the more pricey rookies, given that he was selected at pick 3, but is well worth the money.

Stay tuned once NBA RDT opened, and we will create the OTLS Monster League and articles will become a bit more regular.


Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

Header graphic by Corey Wade Media (@CoreySWade)

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