Real Dream Team NBA – Schedule Analysis – Week 9

Updated: December 16, 2019

It’s getting close to Christmas week, which means a few things for Real Dream Team NBA coaches. As it is entirely possible I won’t have time to get an article done next week, I thought it best to cover it off this week.

  1. Schedule Analysis becomes very important. As you can see from the Schedule Breakdown below, there are very few 4 games teams on Christmas week – and even less 8 game teams over the next fortnight. Maximising the amount of games on your court will be tricky, and hopefully you have planned well enough to minimise the impact of the low game week.
  2. Make sure your teams are set. As we all know, the RDT NBA week normally starts on a Tuesday, and Christmas week is no different. We will have one day of games on Tuesday, before the entire league is given the day off on Christmas Day Australian time. In the normal chaos of the festive season, don’t forget to get your trades done and your line ups set.
  3. Enjoy a stress free Christmas Day. Well, from an NBA perspective anyway. There are no NBA games, so you won’t need to sneakily check your scores under the Christmas Lunch table.
  4. Get ready for a massive Boxing Day. This is a marquee day for the NBA, as they have multiple blockbuster games played on their Christmas day. It will be a good excuse to sign up for Kayo (or even just get a 14 day trial……) as it will be non-stop action from 4:15am EDST. Raptors v Celtics kick us off, followed by 76ers v Bucks (6:45am EDST), Warriors v Rockets (9am EDST), Lakers v Clippers (12pm EDST) and finishing with Nuggets v Pelicans (2:30pm EDST). There are some great matchups, and you can even use the Kayo Multiscreen functionality to watch the basketball and the Boxing Day test at the same time (I swear this article is not sponsored by Kayo!)

As an early Christmas present, I thought I would link to a few of my favourite NBA YouTube clips. Feel free to sneak into the back room on Christmas Day and watch these if you need a break from your family.

1986 Slam Dunk Contest

The Malice in the Palace

Vince Carter literally jumps over a 7ft guy at the Olympic Games

Larry Bird was a Decent Passer

Michael Jordan Game Winners

Klay Thompson 3 Point Record



Schedule Breakdown


8 Game Teams

As mentioned above, there are only two teams with and 8 game fortnight coming up. This means you will need to look at premiums with 3 games in at least one of the next two weeks – unless you have planned exceedingly well. Also make sure you are not overloaded with players from Charlotte and the LA Clippers. Both have a 4 game week in Week 10, but only 2 games in Week 10. Any more than 3 players from these two teams after week 9 will mean you are playing at least 1 player with just 2 games.

Memphis (Mia, @OKC, @Cle, Sac) – For Memphis, it is the two rookies that you can look at and consider playing on the court this week. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke are both returning from injury, so the last game against Sacramento as a back to back could be a concern. Both have performed admirably so far this year, so a sideways trade from one of your other rookies could be on the cards. If you still have them in your team, you can comfortably play them on the court this week.

Toronto (Cle, @Det, Was, Dal) – Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry are the two players to consider from the Raptors. Siakim has been much more consistent than Lowry, but both are averaging above 24Fppg.


Oh Captain, My Captain!

Last Week’s Selection – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Predicted Avg – 38

Actual Scores – 41, inj, 34, 28

Another Captain curse from myself selecting Giannis over James Harden. Giannis injured his leg in the first game, causing him to miss the second game of the week, and be slightly limited in the remaining games. Harden on the other hand continued his crazy numbers, with scores of 28, 54, 61 and 30 rubbing salt into the wounds of many a coach.

When choosing a captain this week, take note that Dallas star Luka Doncic will miss all week with a high ankle sprain. Make sure you trade him out and definitely do not captain him. Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are also under injury clouds for the Pistons.

Paul George (LAC)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil)

Devin Booker (Phx)

Pascal Siakim (Tor)

Bradley Beal (Was)

Keeler’s Captain Choice – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil)

Predicted Average – 35Fppg

It’s pretty light on for Captain selections this week, so I’ve gone with the safe bet of the Greek Freak. Paul George has the best WOD, however Kawhi will always take the majority of the shots for the Clippers. Kawhi himself can’t be looked at, as he will likely miss the second game of their back to back this week.

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