Dream Team NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 8

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Updated: February 8, 2021

As we are all very, very aware, there have been a number of games lost due to health and safety (COVID-19) protocols. The plan from the NBA was to reschedule these for the second half of the season. Last week, the NBA jumped the gun and rescheduled two Washington Wizards games to that week. The Wizards were only meant to have 2 games that week, so it was an ideal time to catch up. This also meant that Portland and Charlotte had to postpone their game that week.

Teams with games postponed so far this season.

1 Game – Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Orlando, Utah, Atlanta, Detroit, Golden State, Minnesota, Indiana, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Denver and Detroit

2 Games – Oklahoma City, Chicago, Cleveland, Charlotte and Sacramento 

3 Games – Boston, Phoenix and Portland 

6 Games – Washington and Memphis

So for those keeping count, that is 25 of the 30 NBA teams that have had games postponed. The only teams to escape the virus (so far) are the two LA teams, San Antonio, Toronto and New York.

We already know that Washington have had two games rescheduled, and according to NBA.com, Golden State and Phoenix will play their game on March 4 (American time). Keep in mind that these games could be rescheduled at any time, so be sure to keep up with the latest news on Social Media.

Given the precedence that was set with Washington, it is possible that Dallas will have their postponed game in Week 9, as they only have 2 games scheduled. The postponed game was against the Pelicans, who have 4 games in Week 9. It is unlikely that the NBA will make the Pels play 5 games in a week, so if it does happen, expect one of their other games to be postponed.

 


Schedule Breakdown

Max Game Teams – Denver, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota and Toronto

What week it was in the NBA. Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry (x2), Nikola Vucevic and Fred Van Vleet all cracking the 50 point mark in Dream Team NBA. There were also another 10+ players who scored over 40 Fantasy points in a game. This will make for some big scores in Week 7, as apart from Fred Van Vleet, the other players are pretty highly owned (just not by myself). 

Looking forward to Week 8, it should be another bumper week. Popular players Jokic, Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo all have 8 games over the next fortnight, so make sure you do what you need to get them into your team. In COVID news, Kevin Durant was forced to miss the start of his game against Toronto after having an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Bizarrely, he was given the all clear not long after, and was able to check into the game, before being pulled out AGAIN in the 3rd quarter after a close contact had a confirmed positive test. He then missed the game against the 76ers, and will be forced into a 7 day quarantine, ruling him out for us this week in Dream Team NBA. This will see increased usage for both James Harden and Kyrie Irving (who also missed the game against Philly with a sprained finger). The Clippers only have 3 games this week however, so they will be a low priority to bring in.

If you can only get in one player this week, it has to be Denver’s Nikola Jokic. The Serbian big man had a massive week in Week 7, scoring a massive 64 Fantasy points in the game against Sacramento. Denver play the Bucks, Cavs, Thunder and Lakers in Week 7. A tough schedule to be sure, but Jokic will want to sure up his MVP candidacy against fellow contenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James.

Steph Curry put on a scoring master class on Sunday, scoring 57 points on 61% FG shooting and 58% from beyond the 3 point arc. This helped him to 53 Fantasy points, to go with his other two game of 51 and 27 Fantasy points. He is in great touch at the moment, so don’t hesitate to bring him into your team also.  


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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