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NSS Blazers try to extend winning streak against the Pelicans

NSS Blazers try to extend winning streak against the Pelicans

The Blazers 4 game winning streak is their longest (winning) streak of the season. Thanks to this winning streak they improve their home records to 8-6 and are only 2 wins away from 500. The Blazers are getting wins and beating the teams that they should. This game vs the Pelicans should also be a bit a huge for Carmelo Anthony, since this was the 1st team he played in his return to the NBA on November 11th, 2019.

Melo should be making a return this game, he has been a steady contributor to the Blazers averaging 16 Ppg, 6.2 Reb and 1.1 Ast. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have been great during this run and should look to continue against the Pelicans. The 2 guards have been taking the scoring responsibilities head on

Dame & CJ’s scoring last 4 games

– @ Suns – Dame 27 pts, CJ 30 Pts

– Warriors – Dame 31, CJ 30 Pts

– Magic – Dame 36, CJ 31 Pts

– Wolves – Dame 29 Pts, CJ 26 Pts

While the winning streak is great let’s not get to crazy about it. Suns, Warriors, Magic and Wolves are all teams under 500. The importance of this wins, other than just being wins is the fact that both Dame and CJ look healthy and are playing like the deathly scoring duo that they are. The Blazers have a long way to go but they are beating the teams that they should.

Brandon Ingram breakout season continues with the Pelicans, regardless of their record, he has been the brightest spot. Unfortunately for Ingram, the losses and the hype over Zion Williamson are outshining everything he does. The Pelicans 7-23 record and losing all hope of a Zion comeback this season is really making for a tough season and could be leading towards a fire sale.

The NBA rankings came out the Blazers in the 15th spot, which sounds about right. The Blazers sit in the 8th spot and 1.5 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder

Pick: Blazers

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Who should win Defensive Player of the Year?

 

Who should win defensive player of the Year?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock I am sure you’re aware Sixers All Star center Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, and Superstar Anthony Davis of the Pelicans are the 3 finalists of this award. Who deserves it the most? After reading this the answer will be clear.

   Isolation Defense

Rudy Gobert: 16/48 (33%)

Joel Embiid: 27/72 (37.5%)

Anthony Davis: 29/91 (31.9%)

Comments: The Brow no shocker has played the best iso d of the 3 with his athletic gift.

Contested shots

Rudy Gobert: 15.0 (12.7 2s) (2.3 3s)

Joel Embiid: 11.5 ( 9.6 2s) (1.9 3s)

Anthony Davis: 14.2 (9.8 2s) (4.4 3s)

Comments: I wasn’t shocked Rudy averaged the most contested shots per game but I didn’t think he contested more 3pt attempts per game than Embiid.

Defensive Field Goals

Rudy Gobert: 360/762 on 2s (47%) 50/141 on 3s (35.5%)

Joel Embiid: 315/725 on 2s(43.4%) 45/156 on 3s (28.8%)

Anthony Davis: 366/848 on 2s (43.2%) 120/371 on 3s (32.3%)

Comments: Not surprisingly it’s very close between Joel and the Brow considering those two can shoot the 3 ball.

Defensive Rating

Rudy Gobert: 97.7

Joel Embiid: 99.7

Anthony Davis: 103.4

On and off court defensive rating

NO WITH AD on court: 103.4

NO with AD on bench: 110.2

Utah with Rudy on court: 97.7

Utah with Rudy on bench: 99.9

PHI with Joel on court: 99.7

PHI with Joel on bench: 104.0

Comments: As you can see from the provided unbiased information, Davis and Embiid have a bigger impact defensively when they’re not playing which makes sense since Utah is that good defensively. Still I gotta give AD the edge barely over Embiid.

Defending the rim

Rudy Gobert: 197/357= 55.2%

Anthony Davis: 232/428 54.3%

Joel Embiid: 187/357= 52.4%

Comments: I was a bit shocked on Gobert but clearly Joel gets wins this category.

Defending the pick and roll

Rudy Gobert: 42/88 = 47.7%

Anthony Davis: 33/94 = 35.1%

Joel Embiid: 18/52 = 34.6%

Comments: It’s close between Joel and AD but because Davis contested more, I got to give him the edge.

Conclusion

Although Anthony Davis won’t win MVP, he will surely win Defensive Player of the Year.

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