Day 7 - 10: Lest We Forget

I am presenting my next four picks as I will be going on a trip for the long weekend. On Monday, Australia and New Zealand commemorate the first major military action fought by the joint forces during the First World War. We all hate wars, but we remember those who did fight so we won't have to, and a future where man learns to be a better race. Together.

Here we go...



On the 22nd and 24th, between Memphis, Boston and Detroit, I've already picked the top guys and so I am looking for those who potentially can have 20+ PRABS from that combined pool. I find the Detroit starters very strong, and the remaining players there I reckon are better generally than Memphis and Boston's 2nd best players. Thus, Drummond and KCP.

Boston's Evan Turner is another option as Avery Bradley nurses an injury -- I hope I can still pick him later but it's okay if I miss out on him.

Houston's Game 5 does not offer me anything much after Harden and Howard except maybe Ariza.

On the 23rd and 25th, I have juggled Charlotte's Walker and Portland's Lillard, switching them many times. In the end, I figure Portland has higher chance to extend and if not, Lillard will perform better in an elimination game than Walker.

I'll revisit Dirk in Game 5. Of course, not in a wishing kind of way.

Peace!

37 comments:

  1. When will we be abel do see our pick scores and other peopel scores ?

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    1. Probably never... :/
      They keep you on the line eh
      Even Derrick Rose returns before we'll see our pick scores.

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    2. You should probably ask the organizers for your money back then.

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  2. Welp, now I have to change my pick. I'm not confident enough to stick by Taong given his unlucky results so far ;)

    That pushes Drummond back to game 4 for me. Jackson is the game 3 pick. Worst come to worst, I lose Thomas, but I believe Boston can win one at home. I mean, if Houston can...

    I won't be around tomorrow as my students are scheduled for a dreaded Saturday afternoon final exam. Meaning I miss my Raptors game... so I'm taking Paul George tomorrow with the sole reasoning being I want to pick PG13 in a game I can't watch. I have very little interest in putting myself through that kind of torture.

    Current outlook:
    Tonight: Jackson
    Tomorrow: George
    Sunday: Drummond.

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    1. Lol! I'm sweeping our Google Drive floors for now :P Movin' up, baby! mrrsteel is makin' a killin'!

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    2. Welp. Never drift away from strategy, I guess. I deserved that 25 from PG13.

      Disaster.

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  3. WHERE ARE THE STANDINGS JOENG!!!!!
    Bende krabbers... U did a very good job Jasper Van Ash, Onnoezelen teun!

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  4. I assume you have a system in place to get the stats you require for the system? If not, I've created a couple of php scripts that download from stats.nba.com and store them in a mysql database.

    Also, could you get it so that it filters the team dropdown based on whom has games that date? That would be helpful.

    Good luck everyone!

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    1. Msg me. I'll forward to site dev. Or email drive@ganaca.com.au

      Thanks.

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    2. I've emailed that address. Hope it helps!

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  5. I assume you have a system in place to get the stats you require for the system? If not, I've created a couple of php scripts that download from stats.nba.com and store them in a mysql database.

    Also, could you get it so that it filters the team dropdown based on whom has games that date? That would be helpful.

    Good luck everyone!

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    1. Hi Chris, this can be helpful to me? I just made a front end to make picks, and etc.. but this tool you are describing is something I need.

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  6. Kemba or Damian tommorow ? Stuck between the two and Reggie Jackson or Zach Randolph today ? Both teams might not win a game , both players have similar stats

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    1. Search for each's elimination game stats the past 5 years (Except Kemba) and see if they rise up on those games. If yes, pick on Game 4. If not, on Game 3.

      Either way, please share your findings below. Cheers!

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    2. I have the exact same dilemma with the exact players available. I'm doing Randolph & then Damian. Good luck!

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  7. Oh & Taong I don't agree that Portland has a higher chance to extend. I was at those first two games & it looks like these teams are in two entirely different skill leagues. Hence I'm going with Lillard, could very well be a sweep.

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  8. Could have had Thomas today and Randolph on Tuesday , had I switched my picks , oh well , But for tomorrow , it is super hard to choose between Damian or Kemba , Damian is more consistent and the player , but has struggled all season against Chris Paul , is he good enough to put off a great game, Kemba on the other hand has no Batum , which gives him more offensive load and has no wing defender to check him ,

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    1. Made the right choice with Damian , he had 39 while Walker only had 27 , I have him for Game 4 , but stuck between Randolph or Howard for today , Howard is more consistent but Randolph has the higher chance of reward

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  9. Last minute switch for me. I was picking Lillard because, with Charlotte and Portland both playing today and no guarantee of a game 5, I wanted to play it safe. The benefit of Portland playing second is that I can now switch my pick to the guy I really wanted today, C.J. McCollum, in the Google Drive league. Can't do it in Drive and Slam, but at least I can in the traditional DTTF. So Lillard can wait for a later time.

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    1. Forgot to mention that Lillard was "playing it safe" because I had Lillard and Kemba still, and didn't want to risk one of them if there would be no game 5 in either series. So far I'm pretty happy with the switch. McCollum is matching Lillard!

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  10. Indiana winning yesterday (Boo!) did help me in DTTF, as a guaranteed Game 6 means that Paul George no longer HAS to be my pick on Tuesday. He still might be, but now it's not a locked in pick. That means that today no longer HAS to be Isaiah Thomas, since if Boston loses, I can always pick him on Tuesday and move George to later. So today, I'm picking Tobias Harris. He hasn't really got it going this series, but at the end of Game 3 he was starting to pick up some momentum. Great player who can fill the scoresheet with all three scoring categories, playing on a team that is certainly going to lose their series.

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    1. Just when I thought when Avery Bradley went down for the Celtics that series was over. Boston won game 3 but Atlanta appeared to be pulling away to take a 3-1 series lead, then Celtics roared back, forced OT and dominated that tying the series up at 2. Atlanta still has the home-court edge but a tied series is still a tied series.

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    2. Never count out Boston. They are a 2nd half team, maybe they are a late-series team too?

      Also, brilliant call on Toby Harris, Tangent.

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    3. Thanks! I got a lot of luck to help me though. Morris and Drummond got 2 quick fouls in the 1st, setting up Harris in the first half. And then Morris got fouls 4 and 5 in the second half, which really helped Toby become a focus.

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  11. Interesting series right now in the east with IND-TOR and BOS-ATL tied at 2-2. Tonight, Charlotte and Portland look to join at 2-2, while Dallas tries to stay alive ... and surely will not :(. I'd be nervous picking a Maverick. This might be over very, very quickly. For me, the choice is between Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker. One guy is Taong cursed today, the other has made it through his curse. I'll pick that guy, so Walker it is. That'll leave me with Lillard and Al Jefferson, so I can sit back and see which series are 2-2 vs. 3-1 before deciding on Wednesday's pick.

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    1. If you are wondering "Should Mason Plumlee be picked?", I'd say don't really consider it. He's needed fluke outings to get his big games. He got 21 rebounds and 9 assists. Don't count on a repeat.

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    2. ^^good call on Plumless. Lowly 27 from him tonight.

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    3. Yep. I was wrong. I'd gladly take a 27 from Plumlee, although perhaps I might need him next round.

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  12. Trying to pick tonight's late game Clippers @ Blazers, wanting C.J. McCullum but only showing games for the 26th. Any help much appreciated!!

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    1. I think each day locks at the first game. On Saturday I would have switched from Lillard to McCollum in Drive and Slam, but it was already locked.

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    2. Dang, my Luck!! Thanks for the response

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    3. Yeah, it's unfortunate, but with the multipliers in the later rounds, you have a chance to recover with some good picks and strategy.

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  13. The Taong curse continues. I originally had Lillard pencilled in, but I removed him after this post. Decided to go off the board and pick Zaza Pachulia. While Aminu would have been better (did anyone at all have him?), I'm thrilled that the Zaza pick outperformed the more popular Felton, Dirk, Lillard and McCollum picks. Thrilled.

    Looking forward to a post tomorrow about what to do re: IND-TOR, BOS-ATL, MIA-CHA and POR-LAC. Playoffs just got interesting.

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    1. I did the same, switching my original Lillard plan for Kemba. I'd say it worked. Kemba was the only popular pick to defeat Zaza tonight.

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  14. Things have changed in a hurry. Paul broke his hand, and Griffin was on the bench in the fourth with a quad problem. Suddenly, hold on to your Blazers, we might be needing them for next round. Four series tied 2-2. I've got my plans ready, and it's going to be very, very interesting!

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  15. How long does it take to have an updated standing in the drive&slam? Just to know..I appreciate your work :)

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    1. Thanks Umberto! The D&S dev have the end of Round 1 as the make-or-break point.

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