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NBA Draft 2019: Best & Worst First Round Picks

Sekou DoumbouyaThe first main event of the NBA offseason occurred last Thursday, as the 30 teams combined to select 60 new players in the 2019 NBA Draft.

It is too early to make sweeping conclusions about which teams fared well and which teams didn’t. That will need to wait a few more years. Based on what we know right now about the players and more …

NBA Playoffs Overall Player Ratings: Best & Worst Postseason Performers

Montrezl HarrellCongratulations to the 2018-19 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors! Toronto edged out the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in a tight, entertaining series that unfortunately saw much injury-related disappointment for the Warriors.

Now, it’s time to look back at the playoffs as a whole. Which postseason players have made significant moves up or more …

Player Ratings for Past Week of NBA Finals: Kawhi On Fire

Kawhi LeonardIs the Golden State Warriors’ reign above the NBA finally over? The Toronto Raptors have them just one away from a non-championship season, something that hasn’t happened in Golden State since 2016.

Toronto’s 3-1 lead is heavily on the shoulders of a superstar performance from Kawhi Leonard, but a variety of more …

NBA News, Form Trends & Playoffs Week 7 Player Ratings: Siakam Can

Pascal SiakamThe climax of the NBA season has finally arrived, just eight months after training camp started in the fall.

The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are the only teams left standing from their conferences and are now locked in a fierce competition for the 2018-19 NBA title. Toronto defended its more …

NBA Player Risers & Fallers for Playoffs Week 6: VanVleet Plays His Role

Fred VanVleetOne of the NBA’s conference finals series ended pretty quickly. The Golden State Warriors played without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but they still dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-game sweep earlier in the week.

The other series, fortunately, has provided loads of entertainment value. The Toronto Raptors currently lead the more …

NBA Playoffs Week 4 Player Risers & Fallers: Explosive George Not Over Hill

George HillThe NBA playoffs have blessed us some great basketball so far, especially in the current second-round series. The Milwaukee Bucks did take care of the Boston Celtics in only five games, but the other three series are all still in progress.

The Portland Trail Blazers-Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers-Toronto Raptors are both going to more …

NBA Playoffs Players’ Form for Week 3: Iggy Popping & Hood Good

Andre IguodalaOnly eight teams remain in the NBA playoff bracket. All four series have had at least two games played thus far and we have seen some great basketball. A lot of stars have risen to the moment and every team remaining seems to be playing defense at a very high level.

It’s time to focus on more …

NBA Playoffs: Who’s Hot & Cold in Week 2?

Damian LillardThe NBA’s first-round series are slowly coming to a close. Two Western Conference matchups are still going, but the other six series all wrapped up in five games or fewer.

Some of the quick series weren’t surprising, like the Milwaukee Bucks sweeping the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors beating the Orlando Magic in five games. However, I think most people assumed the more …

Who’s Hot & Not? NBA Player Risers & Fallers for Playoffs Week 1

Kevon LooneyThe NBA playoffs are where legacies are made. The regular season matters and is certainly still fun, but we see players show their true colors when the pressure is turned up a few notches.

Throughout the playoffs, we are going to see players have ups and downs. Some of them are going to be more …

NBA Week 25 Review: Risers & Fallers For Last Week Of Regular Season

Nikola VucevicAnother NBA regular season is in the books. It was an exciting year where battles for playoff seeding took place up through the last night of the season. Surely, more intrigue will come when the postseason starts on Saturday.

Only 16 of the 30 teams remain but we will consider all 30 squads as we look at three risers and fallers from more …

NBA News: Ups & Downs of Week 24 of the NBA Season

Chris PaulThe NBA regular season has just one week remaining. Predictably, the best teams in the league are ramping up their level of play with the playoffs just around the corner. The league’s weaker teams have mostly struggled to win games during this time of year as they vie for spots in the NBA draft lottery that will take place in May.

Let’s decide which teams are more …

This Week’s NBA Trends & Latest News: The Risers & Fallers for Week 23

Eric BledsoeAre you ready for the playoffs to start? The race for seeding is in full swing for both conferences.  Outside of the East’s 4-5 matchup (likely the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers) there isn’t a single playoff matchup that is remotely set in stone right now.

On the other end of the standings, there are several teams looking forward to the playoffs, but for more …

NBA News & Latest Form: Positives & Negatives in Week 22

Jonathan IsaacMost NBA teams have only about 10 games remaining. Even so, the playoff seeding in both conferences is still very much up in the air. About 18 teams in the league are definitely gunning for wins at this point.

Every little stretch of extreme play, either positive or negative, can mean a big move in the standings. A few teams stood out on more …

NBA Latest News & Form: Week 21 Risers and Fallers

LaMarcus AldridgeLast week, much of the NBA was on a stretch of extreme play. This week, though, competitive balance was restored and caused a lot of teams to regress to the mean. Only four teams in the league are now on a winning or losing streak of more than two games.

The relative lack of more …

NBA News & Form Guide: Risers & Fallers for Week 20

Andre DrummondThis was an NBA week of extreme play. In the past eight days of play, five teams went undefeated. Three other squads failed to register a win. There was certainly no shortage of potential candidates for Week 20’s lists of risers and fallers.

So with about one month remaining in the NBA season, let’s examine the recent changes in the more …

NBA Week 19 Form Trends: The Risers & Fallers

Jake LaymanWe’ve now gotten to see more than one week of play since the All-Star break. Any adjustments that coaches or players made during the break have shown themselves.

Some teams have benefited from those adjustments, while others have taken a step back. Three teams stick out as making a positive move in the past week, while three others have taken a clear step more …

NBA Latest Form & Trends: Risers and Fallers for Week 18

Paul MillsapBecause of the NBA All-Star break, there were only two days’ worth of regular NBA games in the past week. However, because of all the preparation time that teams had, these games were definitely a good barometer for the sort of play we can expect to see from all 30 teams.

With some background information on more …

Week 17 NBA Trends: Pure Magic as Hornets Stung

Nikola VucevicIt’s NBA All-Star Weekend time, which means we are already around 70 percent done with the 2018-19 regular season. Teams have made their final trades of the season, yet some squads still have some shopping to do on the buyout market.

A lot of teams have solidified their identities this season. Others are more fickle and have had recent hot or more …

NBA Risers & Fallers for Week 16: Bucks The Trend

Eric BledsoeThe NBA trade deadline on Thursday had a tremendous impact on the league. It affected teams who made moves as well as others who may have attempted moves, but failed.

However, we are also coming to the end of another regular week of play in the NBA. Most teams played two, three or more …

NBA Latest Trends: Risers and Fallers for Week 15

Collin SextonThe trade deadline isn’t for another six days, but the past few days have been packed with updates on two very important situations.

First, Anthony Davis made a formal trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans. Second, the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster move that looks to more …

NBA Latest News & Form: Risers & Fallers for Week 14

D'Angelo RussellThere wasn’t too much movement in the standings this week in the NBA. For the most part, the good teams are continuing to prove their mettle and the bad teams are doing just the opposite.

Even still, some teams still stood out for their good and bad play since last Saturday. We have been closely paying attention to more …

NBA Week 13 Risers & Fallers Latest News: Jazz In Tune, Clippers Blunt

Ben SimmonsThe 13th week of this NBA season was mostly about very good teams flexing their muscles. Squads like the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz had great weeks.

Of course, many of their victims were the league’s lottery teams. So what we’re seeing right now is a more …

NBA Week 12 Risers & Fallers: Portland Hot, Detroit Not

Jusuf NurkicThe halfway point of the NBA season passed for most teams this week. The race for playoff seeding has started, as has the race for the bottom of the standings as teams look toward the elite prospects in this summer’s draft class.

If you are paying attention to the landscape of the league, especially for betting purposes, it’s important to more …

NBA Week 11 Risers & Fallers: Milwaukee Buck Up Ideas, Raptors’ Injury Bug

Khris MiddletonThe NBA standings are still tough to figure out, but some clear tiers are starting to form.

The East’s top five teams stand head and shoulders above everyone else in the conference. The next five are in a similar place and then the bottom five teams are all bad. In the West, the top three are close, the next five are tightly packed, the following six are more …

NBA Latest News: Risers and Fallers in Week 10

Jimmy ButlerMany people see Christmas as the real beginning of the NBA season. From that point, playoff races really start to heat up and we see the real identity of the league’s players and teams.

However, we have been tracking all 30 teams in the NBA ever since mid-October. All of the squads have gone through more …

NBA Form Guide & Latest News: The Ups and Downs at Week 9 of the Season

Devin BookerWeek 9 of the NBA season brought some regression to the mean in many ways. Several of the Western Conference’s early-season hot starts from supposed lottery teams have officially ended, with teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings falling in the playoff standings.

In the East, the Miami Heat and more …

NBA Week 8 News Update: Who’s On The Up & Trending Down?

Rudy GayIt’s the middle of December, but the 2018-19 NBA standings are still super unclear. Seeds two through five in the Eastern Conference are just one game apart, and the bottom four are just two games apart from each other.

The Western Conference is where chaos truly resides. Only 5.5 games separate seeds 1 through 14. All 14 of those more …

NBA Week 7 Form Guide: Which Teams Are Trending Up & Down?

Gordon HaywardWe are approaching the one-third point of this NBA season. A great sign for the league’s competitive balance is that 24 of the 30 teams are within two games of a playoff spot. That hasn’t been the case at all at this point in past seasons.

However, with so many teams performing close to an average level, there are a lot of squads checking the more …

NBA News: Risers & Fallers for Week 6 of the 2018-19 Season

Juancho HernangomezWe are close to the one-quarter mark of the NBA season. Many early-season trends have normalized by now, but there are still plenty of surprises every week on the individual and team level.

Let’s discuss some of the teams that have both boosted and dropped their stock in the past week. more …