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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 …

NBA Risers & Fallers Reviewed: Week 5 Sees Chaos & Inconsistency

LeBron JamesThe 2018-19 NBA season continues to be one of the most unexpected campaigns in recent history.

The prohibitive favorites in their conferences (the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics) haven’t found a groove. Teams with mediocre expectations (LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and more …

NBA Movers News: Risers & Fallers for Week 4 of the 2018-19 Season

Montrezl HarrellHow has your favorite NBA team fared in the first four weeks of the season? Chances are, their performance has already seen many ups and downs. Pretty much the entire league has been quite inconsistent with its performance.

We have been tracking the league’s trends over the past week, so let’s discuss some of those teams that more …

NBA Week 3 Risers & Fallers: Cavs Calamity as Raptors, OKC & Nets On The Up

Kyle Lowry: NBA Week 3 Risers & FallersThe NBA’s first few weeks have been marked by lots of three-pointers, very fast-paced games and offenses generally having their way with defenses. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.

One clearly positive thing from the early season is the competitive balance in the league. Seventeen of the 30 teams have a more …

NBA Review: Risers & Fallers for Week 2 of the 2018-19 Season

Marc GasolWith just over two weeks of NBA play over in the 2018-19 season, we are still at a point where teams are finding their identities. Even so, we can start to see where squads are trending.

Most teams have performed somewhat within the realm of reasonable expectations for them. A few teams in more …

NBA Form Review: Risers and Fallers for Week 1 of the 2018-19 Season

Anthony Davis: NBA Week 1 Risers & FallersWe are just over a week into the 2018-19 NBA season. So far this season, there have been lots of surprise players and teams. In some cases, they have been pleasant surprises. In other cases, they have been disappointments.

Even though sample sizes for most teams are small, it is not too early to check in with the state of the more …

Baffert’s Game Winner Scores in Del Mar Futurity

Mario GutierrezFollowing Bob Baffert trainees in Grade 1 contests for juveniles is generally a good policy but in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Stakes on September 4 most bettors picked the wrong one.

It was Baffert’s second string, the appropriately named Game Winner, the 8/5 second favorite, who gave his more …

Carrick Surprises at 38/1 in Secretariat Stakes

John VelazquezThe crowd cheered when Chad Brown’s 4/5 favorite Analyze It took the lead in the stretch in the Secretariat Stakes but the 38/1 shot Carrick managed to get his head in front in the final 100 yards and win by a neck at Arlington Park on August 11.

Trained by the UK-born Tom Morley for Donegal Racing, Carrick had been pushed along by John Velazquez for more …

Lady Aurelia Retires From Racetrack: Review Of Her Career

Wesley WardGlobetrotting sprint star Lady Aurelia is set for a new career as a broodmare. Trained by Wesley Ward, the four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy dazzled at the highest level as far afield as the UK and France.

Ward knew from day one that Lady Aurelia was something special, her work at home was spectacular. She was more …

Justify Out Of Big-Race Targets: Will Triple Crown Winner Race Again?

Bob BaffertHall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has announced that his Triple Crown winner Justify has been ruled out of his August big-race targets, the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. A leg problem that is ‘under evaluation’ is the cause of the break in his schedule.

Justify broke every rule in more …