Sorare NBA | Game Week 14 Primer

Sorare NBA | Game Week 14 Primer
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Welcome to the Sorare NBA Game Week Primer! 

Game Week 14 kicks off today, and we're here to break down all the relevant information for the upcoming slate. Lineups lock at 6:50 p.m. EST, with the upcoming competitions running Monday - Thursday. 

Before hopping into the action — we've got a couple of new Sorare NBA competitions to highlight, which add some serious game theory to the mix on where to utilize the various players in your collection... No 🧢 and Underdog: 

Multi-Game Monitor 🗓

In Sorare NBA, having a player with several games during a competition can be a big advantage — with an extra chance at a ceiling performance. Here are the teams with 2+ contests in Game Week 14:

3 Games (!): Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat

2 Games: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors

Fire up your fringe Clippers players!

Injury Info 🏥

Here are some notable (not all-inclusive) injury situations to monitor and plan for ahead of this weekend's games. The info below is for Monday, Dec. 5, but also gives insight into future availability for the rest of the Game Week:

Ruled Out ❌

  • Al Horford, BOS (back), Michael Porter Jr., DEN (heel), Kenrich Williams, OKC (knee), Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM (injury management), Torrey Craig, PHO (groin), Chris Paul, PHO (heel)

Doubtful 👎

  • Ja Morant, MEM (ankle), Jon Konchar, MEM (toe)

Questionable ❓

  • Malcolm Brogdon, BOS (illness), Grayson Allen, MIL (foot), Mo Bamba, ORL (back), Brook Lopez, MIL (rest), Christian Wood, HOU (illness), Jordan Poole, GSW (ankle), Andrew Wiggins, GSW (adductor), Kawhi Leonard, LAC (ankle), Paul George, LAC (hamstring), Jimmy Butler, MIA (knee)

Important Potential Returns:

  • James Harden, PHI  (on track to play)
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  • Khris Middleton (returned on Friday)

The designations above are as of Monday at 1:00 p.m. EST. As injury information is breaking at all hours prior to lineups locking, a great resource for up-to-date news is the Underdog NBA Twitter account.

Value Plays 🤑

*Note — these selections are based purely on L10 value in lineups — and do not consider the auction or market prices of the players listed. 

Andrew Nembhard, IND | 17 L10 — The Indiana Pacers are dealing with some depth issues at guard, with Tyrese Haliburton (groin) out at least one more game and T.J. McConnell questionable (illness) — and the biggest beneficiary has been rookie Andrew Nembhard. The second-rounder has thrived since being inserted into the starting lineup last week (and hitting a game-winner against the Lakers) and has now put up 30+ Sorare points in back-to-back games — seeing over 35 minutes in both contests. 

Also Consider: T.J. McConnell (20 L10, if active), Buddy Hield (26 L10, Increased Usage with Haliburton out), Bennedict Mathurin (26 L10)

Tim Hardaway Jr., DAL | 21 L10 — After struggling with consistency for the better part of the season, Tim Hardaway Jr. has turned it on of late. Putting up Sorare totals of 35, 50, and 47 in his last three games, Hardaway's L10 of 23 has yet to catch up with his increased production. Playing alongside Luka Doncic (who draws all the defensive attention) and putting up a steady diet of points, rebounds, and threes, Hardaway is capable of providing ceiling performances at a mid-tier price. 

Also Consider: Josh Green (13 L10)

Jaylen Nowell, MIN | 17 L10 and Naz Reid, MIN |14 — With KAT still sidelined, Jaylen Nowell has continued to punch above his L10 weight — putting up 25+ Sorare points in four straight contests. While his average has crept up to 17, he's still a good bet to surpass it with his current minutes and usage in the offense — so back to the well we go!

Backup big Naz Reid has also taken advantage of the KAT injury (and Rudy Gobert's ineffectiveness) — putting up a whopping 50 Sorare points on Saturday in 29 minutes of action. Both Nowell and Reid should continue to outplay their current caps with ease, at least in the short term. 

Also Consider: Kyle Anderson (22 L10)

Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers role players — Both teams have three games in the four-day slate — and also happen to be two of the most injury-plagued squads in the league. Miami recently got star Jimmy Butler backbut I'd expect him to miss at least one of the contests on this slate. His potential absence opens the door for fringe players like Haywood Highsmith (15 L10) to see additional run. Tyler Herro (31 L10) could also see ramped-up usage on the busy schedule.

The Clippers are a bit more interesting, and will likely be without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at some point during the week — opening up surplus usage for Terance Mann (18 L10), Robert Covington (11 L10). Ivica Zubac (27 L10) could also see opportunities for a ceiling game (which we saw last week in a 31-point, 29-rebound performance). 

Additionally, the fringe/bench players from MIA and LAC could be excellent dart throws for those looking for cheap options in the Underdog Competition. 

Disclaimer: The author or members of the Lucky Trader staff may own NFTs discussed in this post. Furthermore, the information contained on this website or the Lucky Trader mobile application is not intended as, and shall not be understood or construed as financial advice.
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