NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 1/8

NBA | Staying Ahead of the Curve, 1/8

Each Monday, I will be taking a look at upcoming injury/suspension impacts, teams/situations to attack, and NBA players who I believe will either be under-owned or underpriced. On bigger slates, it’s easy to get lost in the vast number of options, sudden injury news, etc.

Having an idea ahead of time of whose price you should be immediately aware of can help you sort through the chaos. More importantly, anticipating which NBA players are in a position to take a step forward ensures you will get a player that doesn’t just outperform his salary but does so at suppressed ownership.

From this point forward, all stats will be filtered to include the previous 10 games (~three weeks) only, in order to catch trends that haven’t had enough time to drastically change season-long numbers.

Without further ado:

Injury/Suspension/Trades Impacts
Myles Turner
Turner missed last game and didn’t practice today (Monday), so there’s a reasonable chance he’ll miss another. Sabonis is the obvious play in that case, but Kyle O’Quinn has plenty of GPP appeal given his upside. In fact, Indiana faces Cleveland tomorrow night, so O’Quinn could end up seeing 20 minutes or so in a blowout.

Dante Exum & Ricky Rubio
Rubio left tonight’s game early and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the game. Chances are probably fairly high that he won’t be back for the next one. Raul Neto will get plenty of run at PG and is decent from an FPPM perspective. Expect him to be massive chalk. I’m more interested from a GPP angle in Donovan Mitchell, though. Mitchell will have to play more of a point guard role and should see his assist rate spike as a result.