Dream Team NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 13

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Updated: March 15, 2021

Now that we are back to full weeks after the All-Star break, we can see the effect of the condensed fixture for the second half of the season. There are NO teams playing 2 games over the next fortnight, and in fact, only New Orleans and Oklahoma City play 6 games in the fortnight. Every other team plays either 7 or 8 games, with the exception of the LA Lakers, who play the maximum 9 games for the fortnight. 

What does this mean? Effectively, the number of games becomes less important, and it’s more about who is scoring well, and the matchups for individual teams. It also means you need to keep a close eye on back to back games if you are planning on picking up players who tend to miss one of those games. The no-brainer selection this week is LeBron James. As previously mentioned, the Lakers have 5 games this week, with match ups against Golden State (away), Minnesota (back to back), Charlotte, Atlanta and Phoenix (away, back to back). Games with Golden State are typically high scoring, Minnesota just flat out suck – as do Atlanta. LeBron has only missed 2 games all year, so he is unlikely to miss a game due to rest, especially with Anthony Davis still out of the line up. I would be very surprised if you see a match up this week without ‘The King’ in their team.

Unfortunately, apart from LeBron, there is no one really worth looking from the Lakers that you can look at. No one has really stepped up with a boost in Fantasy points with AD out. Montrezl Harrell has stayed the same, and has even seen a slight minutes reduction since AD has been out. Marc Gasol would have been one to look at, but he is also missing games at the moment due to COVID protocols. 


Schedule Breakdown

Max Game (9) Teams – LA Lakers

For Week 13, there are a few teams that have 4 games, with no back to back matchups. This also includes games leading in to, and out of, Week 13.

Brooklyn (NYK, @Ind, @Orl, @Was) – This is great news for Kyrie Irving, and to a lesser extent James Harden. With Kevin Durant still out injured, these two have been scoring magnificently for the Nets. Kyrie scored 44 and 21 Fantasy points in Week 12 against Boston and Detroit respectively. Harden scored 29 and 39 in the same games. If you have Nick Claxton on your bench, get ready to sell him off, as Blake Griffin will be playing for the Nets immanently, which will likely affect his scoring potential.

Dallas (LAC, LAC, @Por, @Por) – Sadly for those (including myself) who went with Luka Doncic as Captain in Week 12, he missed one game due to injury. He did play the last game of week against Denver, so you can feel comfortable retaining or bringing him in for Week 13.  His oft-injured team mate Kristaps Porzingas also missed the second game of a back to back in Week 12. He did start the week well however, scoring 35 Fantasy points against the Spurs. He is a bit too hit and miss for his price, but if you are willing to take the punt, he could be a great point of difference.

Denver (Ind, Cha, Chi, NOP) – With all 4 games at home this week, the Nuggets have a great schedule. Everyone should have Nikola Jokic in their team, and he will also be a popular Captain option. Perhaps more importantly, his mid-priced team mate Michael Porter Jr seems to be coming into some good form. He will be priced at around $8 million, so could be an option if you don’t have the cash to get to a full premium player. Week 12 saw him drop scores of 25 and 27 in their two games. 

Detroit (SAS, Tor, @Hou, Chi) – Detroit’s Fantasy scoring is much like their season – a shambles. Jerami Grant is their top averaging player, at just over 21Fppg. He would be a risky pick, as he could just as easily score you a 30, as a 14. He should be priced at under $10m though, so could be considered if you are a bit tight on cash.

 


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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