JEREMY'S DAILY JEWELS
We’re hit by an onslaught of injuries on Monday’s slate, so most of this column will focus on who’s most likely to pick up the slack while their teammate(s) miss time.
The graphics are intended to show who sees an increase or decrease in various stat categories without the injured player on the court. All numbers are in terms of per 36 minutes. The most relevant category is probably FD/36 (Fanduel points per 36 minutes), but FG% and usage are both still important.
Sometimes when the numbers predict that a certain player should perform worse without their teammate on the court, they also receive enough of an increase in playing time to still be a good play. I wouldn’t suggest taking on/off stats as gospel.
Other times, the sample size is just to small to take much away from these numbers (I see you Zach LaVine).
Then there are unique cases such as with the Milwaukee Bucks. Without their leading rebounder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, we’d probably expect their second leading rebounder, center John Henson, to grab a few extra boards. But as was the case last Saturday, guard Khris Middleton actually picks up the slack on the boards without Greek the Freak. Henson sees his rebounds go down.
Here’s Milwaukee’s increases/decreases per 36 minute without Greek the Freak on the court:
Currently only J.J. Redick is out for the Sixers. But if Jerryd Bayless, who’s questionable, also sits, it could be T.J. McConnell time again.
The Memphis Grizzlies are questionable for their game on Monday with the Sixers. No, seriously, James Ennis, JaMychal Green, Chandler Parsons, and Mike Conley have all already been confirmed as out. Meanwhile, Andrew Harrison, Mario Chalmers, Dillon Brooks, Jarell Martin, and Brandon Wright are questionable. Depending on how many of these guys end up sitting this one out, Coach J.B. Bickerstaff may be looking for guys on the street outside of the FedExForum to come suit up for the team.
Kris Dunn will be out for the Bulls, and I’ve already given my disclaimer to take LaVine’s numbers with a grain of salt.
The Clippers will be without the services of DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers, C.J. Williams, Danilo Gallinari, Jamil Wilson, and of course Pat Beverley when they entertain the Timberwolves.
When we take a look at which teams have been giving up the most raw Fanduel points over the past 12 days (all positions), the thing that really stands out is how stout of a job Philly has been doing at limiting their opponents.
There are no back-to-backs on Monday’s slate. Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Washington are all coming off two full days of rest.
Let’s Talk About Pace, Baby:
(League rank since January 1)
UTA (26) @ ATL (11)
PHX (20) @ MIL (23)
PHI (6) @ MEM (24)
CHI (4) @ NOP (16)
MIA (29) @ HOU (5)
WAS (12) @ DAL (17)
POR (19) @ DEN (21)
MIN (28) @ LAC (1)
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