Making it Rain in Portland

Making it Rain in Portland

By Oliver Maroney. The Splash Brothers that No One is Talking about, The Rain-Brothers. We all know about the Golden State Warriors and their young dynamic duo in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They led the league in three pointers going first and second respectively a few seasons ago, which is why they received the nickname, Splash Brothers. But I believe we have a new floor wetting duo emerging, a duo that almost no one foresaw. Hello, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. McCollum headed into season number three, Lillard headed into season number four, and coincidentally both coming out of mid-major schools are going to become household names during this NBA season. They’ve both been fasttracked to NBA stardom as their team underwent a significant overhaul this off-season. They’ll look to become the next “Splash Brothers” this season. The story for Lillard most already know, a two-time all-star, he’s regarded as one of the NBA’s best point-guards. After a $125 million-dollar deal, the Weber State standout is looking to achieve even more. The striking and charismatic guard averaged the most points per game in pre-season, even ahead of Curry, he’s looking to ride that same wave this regular season as well. Starting back-courts shots per game:McCollum/Lillard – 42.5Beal/Wall – 31.5DeRozan/Lowry – 30Klay/Curry – 29.5Harden/Lawson – 28.5 — Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) October 31, 2015 With his shooting partner, McCollum, the pair have contributed 41.5 shot attempts per game in their first two contests. By comparison Thompson and Curry have only taken a combined 29.5 shots per game through their first two contests. They even made SI’s 70 reasons to watch the...
Hoopscritic DFS: Boogie Fever

Hoopscritic DFS: Boogie Fever

We’re off to a great start this NBA season with our third consecutive day of profit while fighting through two 3-game slates in the process. The value picks yesterday (Schroder and Felton) did not quite live up to expectations, but them being in the lineup didn’t cost us because of their popularity with everyone else. We missed cashing in tournaments for the first time this season, but missing the money happens more than people might realize. A bankroll strategy I use with regards to tournament entries is never use more than 25% of the money I’m playing that day. It still gets you exposure to tournaments, but you also aren’t going broke in the process trying to chase the big payday. Let’s get right into what went right and what went wrong with yesterday’s lineups.   Fanduel: PG Dennis Schroder- 16.2 FDP PG Raymond Felton- 10.2 FDP SG Sasha Vujacic- 11.4 FDP SG Kent Bazemore- 16.7 FDP SF Carmelo Anthony- 42.9 FDP SF Paul George- 35.1 FDP PF Blake Griffin- 42 FDP PF Paul Millsap- 38.7 FDP C Marc Gasol- 36.1 FDP Total: 249.3 FDP DraftKings:           PG: D. Schroder- 17.25 FDP SG: K. Korver- 29.75 FDP SF: P. Pierce- 18 FDP PF: B. Griffin- 45.5 FDP C: M. Gasol- 36.5 FDP G: R. Felton- 11.75 FDP F: P. Millsap- 42.75 FDP Util: D. Jordan- 35.25 FDP Total: 236.75 FDP   What went right? After looking at yesterday’s slate, I went in with a plan to load up on big men and forwards and to punt the guard positions. And for the most part, the plan worked pretty well. The...
Hoopscritic DFS: Don’t Be Results-Oriented

Hoopscritic DFS: Don’t Be Results-Oriented

It took all of two days for the first major DFS disappointment of the year as one of my top plays of the slate, Andrew Wiggins, completely threw a wrench in what was otherwise a fantastic lineup. The  consensus prediction for the game was right on the money too; neither team played any defense and both teams were playing at a fast pace. He just wasn’t a priority at all offensively in this game. Which is strange enough in itself, but Wiggins also wasn’t contributing in any other facet either as he normally does. 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks and 2 turnovers. It’s good to have this lesson come early though as the one thing any DFS player cannot be is results-oriented. I’ll take Wiggins in last night’s situation against the Lakers 100/100 times as it was just unlucky he was on the roster during one of his worst games as a pro. Still, it stings to think “what could have been?” with a normal performance from him, considering how the rest of our lineups played out. Let’s get right into it what went right and what went wrong. FanDuel Lineup: Emmanuel Mudiay- 25.5 FDP Rajon Rondo- 18.4 FDP James Harden – 43.2 FDP C.J. McCollum- 47.7 FDP Paul George- 46.4 FDP Andrew Wiggins- 8.2 FDP Kris Humphries- 17.2 FDP Julius Randle- 30.2 FDP Greg Monroe- 52.8 FDP Total= 289.6 FDP DraftKings Lineup: Mudiay- 32.75 FDP Harden- 46 FDP George- 50 FDP Humphries- 19.5 FDP Koufos- 25.75 FDP McCollum- 51 FDP Wiggins- 9.25 FDP Monroe- 55 FDP Total= 289.25 FDP   What went right? It’s a...
Hoopscritic DFS: The Real Fun Begins

Hoopscritic DFS: The Real Fun Begins

It’s always a good feeling to start the season on the right foot with wins across the board in our match-ups. Short-game slates are always tougher because of how little variation everyone’s lineup has. So if you don’t hit on your one or two contrarian picks, your lineup is going to be weak. Thankfully, that wasn’t us yesterday! Let’s get right into what went right and what went wrong with yesterday’s roster on DraftKings. PG- Steph Curry- 63.5 FP SG- Kyle Korver- 13.5 FP SF- Harrison Barnes- 25.75 FP PF- Kevin Love- 38.75 FP C- Andre Drummond- 52.75 FP G- Jimmy Butler- 32.25 FP F- Marcus Morris- 38.5 FP Util- Kent Bazemore- 8.25 FP Total: 272.5 FP   What went right? So it turns out that Steph Curry ($9,500) is pretty dang good at basketball and proved it in big time fashion yesterday. With Jrue, Tyreke and Norris Cole all out, the Pelicans just didn’t have an answer for him from opening tip. Steph’s ownership percentages were probably a little lower than they should have been because of the name value behind Davis and LeBron, which really helped boost our lineup. Andre Drummond ($8,200) fit right into our projections as Atlanta was absolutely dominated in the paint on both sides of the floor by him. He turned it on in the second half and brought back shades of prime Dwight Howard with his crazy athleticism. His offensive game is still incredibly raw when he tries to create for himself, but the opportunities will be there on a nightly basis as Detroit continues to develop him as their franchise player....
Clock Strikes Dame

Clock Strikes Dame

    As a collective NBA fan base we’ve been gifted a unique opportunity here, with the 14-15 Blazers all but a distant memory, one man remains. You know him as Dame. Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is in a rare position to rip the league apart, without remorse, and free of criticism from the masses. Lillard is a scorer, a shooter, a high usage player, and most importantly he has the Rod Tidwellesque chip on his shoulder. Coming out of a mid-major program in College, Lillard admitted he had a lot to prove, and that’s what he set out to do. That hungry, angry, resilience never died. Lillard became the first player ever to participate in all five All-Star events, what’s more he did it in his sophomore season. He followed up a stellar sophomore season with his second straight All-Star appearance in 2015. Although comically, it did take a personal letter to get him in there. Lillard has come a very long way, over-looked college prospect to NBA All-Star is quite the jump. All that being said, one could argue this is the first year that the Portland Trail Blazers will be Lillard’s team. In a jaw-dropping move LaMarcus Aldridge took his talents to Alamo City, leaving the young and ever defiant Lillard to carry the red and black solo. Aldridge was the big splash, but the Blazers were mucking around in the mud all off-season. In-fact, the entire Blazers starting line-up is gone. Aldridge, Wes Matthews, Nicolas Batum, and Robin Lopez are all pursuing the Larry O’Brien in different digs this year. A team only two years...
Hoopscritic DFS: Opening Night

Hoopscritic DFS: Opening Night

The NBA season kicks off with a 3-game slate, which gives us a high variance start to the NBA DFS year. There aren’t a whole lot of options for us to choose from tonight which makes our value picks tonight that much more important. Tonight’s plays will be on DraftKings.  Let’s get right into it.   Detroit @ Atlanta Spread: Atl -7 Over/Under: 197.5 Elite Plays: Andre Drummond- $8,200 on DK Drummond heads into his 4th season with all the opportunity in the world to break out. The Pistons moved on from Greg Monroe and brought in Ersan Ilyasova to better compliment Drummond in the post. After a preseason of averaging 15.9 points and 12.6 rebounds, he looks ready to embrace his role as the best player on the Pistons. Drummond is the chalk play at center tonight for several reasons. Other than Horford, there is little depth at the position. Drummond will be in for a major rebounding night with the 3rd highest rebounding rate last season against a Hawks squad that was one of the worst rebound teams in the NBA last season. Tiago Splitter will help, but Drummond is in a great position to start off the year with a double-double. Drummond is a strong cash game play tonight. Kent Bazemore- $3,000 on DK Bazemore becomes one of the best plays on the board tonight with him slated to be the starter at SF. At minimum price, he doesn’t have to do a whole lot to justify his salary in tonight’s game. Reports from this offseason say that Bazemore has vastly improved his game all facets...
How to DFS: Basketball Edition

How to DFS: Basketball Edition

As a new basketball season is now upon us, so is another year of making money with daily fantasy basketball. I’m excited to be starting a new DFS series with Hoopscritic and will be posting daily about my favorite picks and plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. If you are new to playing DFS basketball, or just new to DFS in general, here are a few tips that will make your season a profitable one. Minutes, Minutes, Minutes: There is not a single thing more important in building successful lineups than knowing how many minutes a player is expected to play. Unlike in football or baseball, where a player can have a huge night with just one play (like a home-run or 70-yard TD pass), basketball requires him to be on the floor for an extended period of time. Opportunity is everything for a DFS roster and more minutes leads to more opportunity. A player who exemplifies this is Brandan Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies. Wright is an incredibly productive player and has been one of the best reserve big men in the NBA for years. However, playing less than 20 minutes per game limits his upside in DFS. He’s certainly a viable “punt” option on most nights because of his productivity in his limited role, but it is important to distinguish a player’s real life value and their upside in DFS on a nightly basis. Also, keep close attention, especially in the first couple weeks of the season, is how coaches balance and use their rotation. Do some starters have a short leash? Will he let the bench play extended...
Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks 2015-16

Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks 2015-16

The Atlanta Hawks had one of the better regular seasons in recent memory.  They did it without a clear super star on their roster and played solid team basketball led by Mike Budenholzer.  They seemed to have built the perfect team, reminiscing of the 2004 Pistons.  Even with all the off court turmoil they experienced in the front office, they were able to go out on a nightly basis and perform at a high level.  They won over 60 games last season for the first and only time in their franchise history.  Then the playoffs came.  The Hawks were beat up with injuries and the change of pace the playoffs bring were no match for the depleted Hawks. Key Offseason Additions:  Tiago Splitter, Tim Hardaway Jr., Marcus Eriksson, Dimitios Agravanis Key Offseason Losses:  DeMarre Carroll The big change for the Hawks roster was losing DeMarre Carroll to free agency.  His ability to guard the opposing team’s best player is something that will be missed this season.  DeMarre didn’t always show up in the box score but where he did show up was his opponents stats.  Even when the elite guards and forwards he had to guard on a nightly basis put up large numbers, they usually did it in a less than efficient way than they are used to.  How the Hawks make up for this loss will be the biggest thing to keep an eye on this up-coming season. Paul Millsap Ever since coming from Utah, Paul Millsap has been a consistent piece for this Hawks team.  His ability to play a wide range of positions and pairing...