Moneyball NBA – Points FOR and AGAINST
Pearcey gives us a special edition of his daily fantasy NBA article looking at scoring for and against so far this season.
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No Daily line-up tips but rather an analysis of how many Moneyball points each team averages FOR and AGAINST so far this season.
Note – averages effective after games played on 03/12/2015.
MONEYBALL POINTS FOR:
|Golden State Warriors||55.62||44.175||17||13||16.35||115.3||228.75|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||57.27||32.58||15.67||14.77||16.83||108.89||212.35|
|San Antonio Spurs||55.7||36.95||17.16||12.94||14.26||98.63||207.13|
|Los Angeles Clippers||50.78||33||13.79||11.26||13.47||102.74||198.09|
|New Orleans Pelicans||50.37||32.52||13.89||9.89||14.05||101.63||194.23|
|Portland Trail Blazers||55.14||30.32||12.11||9.05||15.47||100.63||191.77|
|New York Knicks||54.19||28.97||12.95||11.58||14.47||97||190.22|
|Los Angeles Lakers||52.47||27.5||14.66||9.667||14.44||97.33||187.19|
As we can see from the table above the team that scores the most Moneyball Points per game is the Warriors, which will come as no surprise to anyone. Next on the list is the Thunder, with the majority of their points made up by the stellar play of Westbrook and Durant. Third on the list is somewhat surprising – the Spurs. Apart from Kawhi Leonard who is a staple on most squads, there is not a single other player in the Spurs line-up that would be considered a must-have. Just goes to show how good they are as a team. Two good young teams, the Celtics and the Magic, round out the top 5.
At the other end of the scale we have the lowly 76ers who have only won one game for the season. Next on the list is a slight shock, it’s the Bucks. With the athletic players they have it would be expected they would feature higher. The struggling Lakers squad come in third and the defensively-minded Jazz and Grizzlies come in forth and fifth respectively.
MONEYBALL POINTS AGAINST:
|New Orleans Pelicans||55.26||33.95||14.11||10.53||12.89||109.05||210|
|Los Angeles Lakers||56.8||35.58||13.56||10||12.94||105.72||208.72|
|Portland Trail Blazers||52.93||31.34||16.32||10.42||12.11||101.74||200.64|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||48.73||30.42||19.78||10.11||14.55||103||197.48|
|Los Angeles Clippers||56.27||30.474||14.95||5.26||15.26||101.79||193.48|
|Golden State Warriors||50.4||30.68||18.2||7.7||15.45||99.9||191.43|
|New York Knicks||52.8||26.84||14.74||9.47||12.42||98.16||189.59|
|San Antonio Spurs||49.96||31.58||15.37||7.16||14.63||88.79||178.22|
At the top of the table are the teams that you want your Moneyball squad members to be playing against, as they give up the most amount of Moneyball Points. At the top of the list are the Rockets who give up a huge 213.9 Moneyball Points per game. Next on the list is the Pelicans who give up 210.0 Moneyball Points, and then we have the Kings who give up 209.7 Moneyball Points. The Lakers (208.7) and Nuggets (207.9) round out the top 5.
At the other end of the scale are the Spurs, who only give up a measly 178.2 Moneyball Points per game. No use picking a player when their team plays against the Spurs. Next up is the Jazz, who are only slightly better at 179.2 Moneyball Points conceded. The Heat gives up 184.2, mainly due to Hassan Whiteside’s great defensive work, and then the Pacers (185.4) and Cavs (187.6) finish off the top 5.
HOW CAN THIS HELP YOU?
When picking your Moneyball squad, in addition to looking for high-scoring and good value players, look for players that are playing against teams that give up a lot of Moneyball Points, such as the Rockets, Pelicans or Kings. For example if the Thunder are matched up against the Rockets then Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook are going to be a great play. Alternatively, don’t pick from players that are up against the teams that allow the fewest Moneyball Points, such as the Spurs, Jazz and the Heat. There just will not be a lot of points to go around. A player is a lot less likely to have a big score when they are playing against a good defensive team than they are when they are playing in a high-paced, free-flowing game.
Hopefully the above analysis will come in handy and help you boost your Moneyball wallet!
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