We are now in the midst of Round 1, and soon the schedule will change with each date featuring 1 or 2 matches instead of the usual 3 or 4. It is important to look ahead and make sure that on average case scenarios, you still have someone to pick on a future date. Also, make sure you will not be forced to pick between two or more good players and possibly lose the chance to pick one of them.
Monday's game features 3 matches: Heat@Bobcats Game 4, Hawks@Pacers Game 5, and Spurs@Mavs Game 4.
If you still have either Al Jefferson or Kemba Walker, make the pick already because the Heat will be looking to sweep so that they can rest some of their old knees already. Game 3 showed that while his injury bothers him, Al can still produce in the high 20s. Moreso now that they are facing elimination. Alas I already picked both players.
The Pacers won Game 4 over the Hawks, and that series just became weirder. Since this is Game 5, it is imperative that you should have picked at least one player from the team you think will lose this series. If not, then you have to pick one now because Game 6 will be held on the same date with three other matches, which by then you will be hard-pressed to pick a certain player and discard the others. For myself I already picked 2 Hawks and 1 Pacer, so I can afford to wait a while longer (and for the reason that I am now perplexed about this series and honestly cannot predict already who will survive).
Even though the Mavs are now up 2-1 versus the Spurs, I do not feel that that is so. The Spurs are so good this year that I feel the Mavs are the ones down 1-2. Really! I feel the Mavs should treat Game 4 like they will be forced on the edge of elimination if they lose that game. Who here will bet for the Mavs in a best-of-three series against the Spurs with two games in San Antonio? Just as I thought, none! (Okay, Mavs fans you are not counted.)
So... No Bobcats left. No Hawks left, too. And undecided on the Pacers at this point in time. And as a Mavs fan, you know I can't pick a Mav while they are up 2-1. And I can't get myself to pick a Spur. So tentatively, I pick the player whose forearm got attacked by LeBron's throat...
Someone please give me a good reason to pick a Spur.