Sorare NBA | Game Week 27 Primer

Sorare NBA | Game Week 27 Primer

Welcome to the Sorare NBA Game Week 27 Primer! 

The next round of action kicks off today, and we're here to break down all the relevant information for the upcoming slate. Be aware! Lineups lock early today with the first game tipping off at 6:50 p.m. ET! 

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Let's get into all the action for this weekend of hoops: 

Game Week Rewind โฎ

The leaderboards were stuffed with stars in Game Week 26, highlighted by LeBron James and Jayson Tatum who finished first and third respectively in scoring with 76 and 68 Sorare Points. 

Buried in between was Rockets big man Alperen Sengun who notched 71 Sorare Points, good for the second highest "outperformer" (those who exceed their L10 average by the most points).  

Two of our value plays - T.J. McConnell and Walker Kessler found themselves in the top five of outperformers as well, surrounded by vets Jrue Holiday and Fred VanVleet who had throwback performances last week.  

Some other notable players that provided significant value included:

  • Keldon Johnson (65 Sorare Points, +35) 
  • Isaiah Joe (45 Sorare Points, +29)
  • Kyle Anderson (51 Sorare Points, +25) 
  • Joe Ingles (39 Sorare Points, +25)
  • Trevelin Queen (32 Sorare Points, +24)

Multi-Game Monitor ๐Ÿ—“

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.

Despite many teams playing on the Monday holiday, the majority will have two games during the upcoming Sorare Game Week. Use the notes below to maximize your opportunities on court. 

2 games: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks,  Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors

1 game: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

0 games!!!: Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons 

Injury Info ๐Ÿฅ

Here are some notable (not all-inclusive) injury/lineup situations to monitor and plan for ahead of this week's games.

  • LeBron James is questionable in a home matchup against the Grizzlies who appear to be back at full strength. 

  • The Orlando Magic are one of a few teams with a back-to-back during this weekend stretch and the team is dealing with a major questionable tag attached to Franz Wagner. If the team is careful with a prized young team member, it may open some additional opportunities for Mo Bamba, Bol Bol, or Franz's brother, Moe Wagner. 
  • Domantas Sabonis missed his first game of the season the other night and remains questionable with an illness. Sabonis didn't practice on Thursday and the Kings will have another front court body available with Neemias Queta active from the G-League. IF Sabonis doesn't go, it'll open some great value in the Kings front court. 

The info below is for Friday, Jan. 20 — but also gives insight into future availability for the rest of the Game Week:

Ruled Out  โŒ

  • Brandon Ingram, NOP (toe), Zion Williamson, NOP (hamstring), Jonathan Isaac, ORL, Mitchell Robinson, NYK (thumb), Ricky Rubio, CLE (injury management), Christian Wood, DAL (thumb)

Doubtful ๐Ÿค•

  • Klay Thompson GS (injury management) 

Questionable โ“

  • Najee Marshall, NOP (toe), Herb Jones, NOP (back), Franz Wagner, ORL (ankle), Trae Young, ATL (ankle), Bogdan Bogdanovic, ATL (knee), Donovan Mitchell, CLE (groin), Jeff Green, DEN (finger), TJ Warren, BKN (injury management), Ziaire Williams, MEM (illness)

The designations above are as of Monday at 10:00 a.m. EST. As injury information is breaking at all hours prior to lineups locking, an excellent resource for up-to-date news is the Underdog NBA Twitter account.

Value Plays ๐Ÿค‘

Last Game Week's Value Pick Performances:

Player | L10 | GW 26 Performance 

  • TJ McConnell, 16 L10,  60 Sorare Points (+44) ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  • Malachi Flynn, 10 L10, 0 Sorare Points (-10) no emoji could possibly capture the sadness. 
  • Walker Kessler, 24 L10, 56 Sorare Points (+32) ๐Ÿ”ฅ

McConnell and Kessler were both fantastic, but I would like to avoid discussing Flynn, who after playing nearly 20 minutes a night with VanVleet - was essentially DNP'd the last three games with VanVleet powering through (and dominating) a bad back.

I vow to turn it around this week with the value picks below. 

Game Week 27 Value Picks:

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

Isaiah Hartenstein | 10 L10 — As noted last week with the Kessler recommendation, I love using my low-cap spots on players that have some built-in peripheral statistics. With Mitchell Robinson out, Harteinstein has averaged nearly 24 minutes per game this season, posting 5.8/7.6/0.6 in that time. While that might not leap off the page it provides a comfortable baseline with room for growth while allowing you to "spend" on stars. The Knicks gave Jericho Sims a bit more run in the last game that Robinson was removed from, entering him into the conversation and potentially tampering with some Hartenstein expectations, but either could be serviceable with any clarifying news on the situation providing a lean in either direction. 

Also Consider: Jericho Sims (9 L10)

Richaun Holmes | 7 L10 — This suggestion is entirely dependent upon the status of Domantas Sabonis, who did not practice on Thursday and missed the last game due to illness. In that time, Holmes put up 28 Sorare Points and led the front court for the Kings. While the Kings are adding some depth tonight with Neemias Queta's availability, it's Holmes who should earn the biggest benefit if Sabonis sits. The Kings are one of a few teams on a back-to-back, which could influence the coaching staff to play it a bit safer with Sabonis than otherwise. Though - tonight's game against the Thunder is likely far more winnable than tomorrow's against the Sixers, perhaps throwing a wrench into plans to rest Sabonis one more time. 

Also Consider: Neemias Queta (8 L10), Alex Len (3 L10) 

Dwight Powell | 15 L10 — A trio of backup big men in the value plays! Why not? Powell is likely to see a significant role increase with Christian Wood sidelined with a fractured thumb. He doesn't come with quite the same discount that Hartenstein or Holmes would offer, but he comes with much greater security thanks to his existing role on the Mavericks team. I'd mark his upside below that of both Hartenstein and Holmes, but at least you know he'll be out there.  

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