Sorare NBA | Game Week 15 Primer
Welcome to the Sorare NBA Game Week Primer!
Game Week 15 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.
Game Week Rewind ⏮
I had a personal sweat in the Rare Contender, with a truly bizarre lineup taking home 5th place. What a performance from Julius Randle, who was the second-highest score on the slate (34 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 3PT on Wednesday).
The highest scorer? A massive return from Damian Lillard, who reminded the league about Dame Time in Thursday night's thriller against the Denver Nuggets:
DAME FOR 40.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 9, 2022
ALREADY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/ZBOKd77rZM
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 15:
2 Games: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards
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 ❌
- Bradley Beal, WAS (hamstring), Wendell Carter Jr., ORL (foot), Jalen Suggs, ORL (foot), LaMelo Ball, CHA (ankle), Gordon Hayward, CHA (shoulder), John Collins, ATL (ankle), DeJounte Murray, ATL (ankle), Tyrese Maxey, PHI (foot), Cade Cunningham, DET (shin), Desmond Bane, MEM (toe), Brandon Ingram, NOP (toe), Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN (calf)
- PJ Washington, CHA (eye), Colin Sexton, UTA (hamstring), Anthony Davis, LAL (illness), Jalen Smith, IND (knee), Mike Conley, UTA (knee)
Important Potential Returns:
- Ben Simmons, BKN
The designations above are as of Friday 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 🤑
Last Game Week's Value Pick Performances:
- Andrew Nembhard, 17 L10, 61 (+44) 🔥
- Tim Hardaway Jr., 23 L10, 47 Sorare Points (+24) 🔥
- Jaylen Nowell, 17 L10, 27 Sorare Points (+10) ✅
- Naz Reid, 14 L10, 11 Sorare Points (-3) ❌
*Note — these selections are based purely on L10 value in lineups — and do not consider the auction or market prices of the players listed.
Aaron Holiday, ATL | 8 L10 — DeJounte Murray is reportedly out around two weeks with an ankle injury, which frees up a ton of usage for an already-banged-up Hawks team. While Trae Young should be the biggest beneficiary (I could see him blowing past his 45 L10 for a ceiling performance), the loss of Murray frees up plenty of usage in the backcourt. Enter Aaron Holiday, who performed well on Wednesday en route to a 21-point Sorare performance in 29 minutes of action. Bogdan Bogdanovic should also see his usage ramp up — though at a L10 of 28, he's already a bit too elevated for my taste.
Also Consider: A.J. Griffin (20 L10)
Deni Avdija, WAS | 22 L10 — Bradley Beal remains out with a hamstring injury, which opens the door for some value via Washington's role players (and makes Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma very attractive ceiling options). Deni Avdija has been seeing steady minutes over the past few weeks — and outside of a -3 point dude last weekend, has shown the ability to rack up counting stats across the board. With the minute increase likely to continue with Beal and Rui Hachimura (ankle) on the shelf, Avdija has a good chance to outperform his 22 L10 price.
Also Consider: Monte Morris (24 L10), Daniel Gafford (16 L10), Corey Kispert (19 L10)
Jalen McDaniels, CHA (19 L10) — I am already prepared for this pick to burn me, but I can't ignore the numbers that Jalen McDaniels has been putting up of late. After an extremely uneven start to the year, McDaniels has now put up 30+ Sorare points in three straight contests, while seeing 33, 34, and 35 minutes of action. While his consistency is frustrating, McDaniels is hot right now and seeing projectable minutes that far outweigh his modest L10 cap of 19. And if P.J Washington (eye) ends up missing time, his usage should surge even more.
Also Consider: Nick Richards (19 L10) and Kai Jones (8 L10) are nice dart throws with upside if Washington misses time.
Mitchell Robinson, NY (21 L10) — The biggest knock on Mitchell Robinson is that he can't stay healthy. But when he is in the lineup, the shot-blocking big is capable of putting up ceiling performances — and his 21 L10 is affordable for 40+ potential. He also has a juicy matchup against the Hornets on Friday — one of the worst teams in the league at defending bigs.
Also Consider: Quinton Grimes (17 L10)