Sorare NBA | Game Week 30 Primer
Welcome to the Sorare NBA Game Week 30 Primer!
The next round of action 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 contests running Monday-Friday.
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Let's get into all the action for this week of hoops:
Game Week Rewind ⏮
After being snubbed from the All-Star starting 5, you knew Joel Embiid was going to make a statement. The big man didn't disappoint, putting on a clinic against the back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic on Saturday — finishing with 47 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and a slate-leading 84 Sorare Points.
Also, if you've ever wondered what Embiid and comedian Kevin Hart would look like standing next to each other, wonder no more:
The height difference between @JoelEmbiid and @KevinHart4real is incredible 😂 pic.twitter.com/E9K7gZFEfi— Breland Moore (@BrelandFOX29) January 29, 2023
Other notable players that provided significant value included:
- Cedi Osman (50 Sorare Points, +39)
- Chris Paul (65 Sorare Points, +31)
- Daniel Gafford (53 Sorare Points, +28)
- Precious Achiuwa (50 Sorare Points, +28)
- Spencer Dinwiddie (58 Sorare Points, +27) — second straight Game Week as a Top Outperformer 🔥
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.
3 Games: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers
2 Games: Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards
Injury & Roster Info 🏥
Here are some notable (not all-inclusive) injury/lineup situations to monitor and plan for ahead of this week's games:
The info below is for Monday, Jan. 30 — but also gives insight into future availability for the rest of the Game Week:
Ruled Out ❌
- Lu Dort, OKC (hamstring), Landry Shamet, PHO (foot), OG Anunoby, TOR (wrist), Anthony Gill, WAS (health protocol), Cory Joseph, DET (back), Anthony Davis, LAL (foot), LeBron James, LAL (ankle)
- TJ Warren, BKN (shin)
- Trae Young, ATL (ankle), Josh Hart, POR (hamstring), Jusuf Nurkic, POR (calf), Rudy Gobert, MIN (groin), Luka Doncic, DAL (ankle), Ben Simmons, BKN (knee), Romeo Langford, SAS (adductor), Joel Embiid, PHI (foot)
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 🤑
Last Game Week's Value Pick Performances:
Player | L10 | GW 29 Performance
- Spencer Dinwiddie, 31 L10, 60 Sorare Points (+29) 🔥🔥🔥
- Dwight Powell, 13 L10, 15 Sorare Points (+2) ❌
- Chris Duarte, 13 L10, 36 Sorare Points (+23) 🔥🔥
- Edmond Sumner, 7 L10, 9 Sorare Points (+2) ❌
- Yuta Watanabe, 7 L10, 17 Sorare Points (+10) 🔥
Not my best week, with some overachieving role players turning back into pumpkins on a small slate. We push on!
Game Week 30 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.
Precious Achiuwa | 23 L10 — My Precious, your Precious, all of our Precious'. Achiuwa has thrived since seeing his minutes expanded, and is coming off a massive 50-point Sorare performance on Saturday —which saw him inserted into the starting lineup for OG Anunoby. Anunoby has already been ruled out for Monday's contest, meaning Achiuwa should again start — and has averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds and 35 minutes of action as a starter this season. Plus, with OG as one of the most likely players to get moved at the trade deadline, our Precious could end up providing value for longer than your typical injury fill-in.
Also Consider: Chris Boucher (20 L10)
Dorian Finney-Smith | 23 L10 — While many (including myself) have fallen for the Dwight Powell head-fake, it has been Dorian Finney-Smith making the most of his opportunity with Christian Wood out of the lineup. The forward has been seeing huge minutes over his last five and has now strung together back-to-back 35+ Sorare Point performances. While there is a chance Luka Doncic returns on Monday, DFS should still see quality minutes and can bring some nice value at a mid-tier 23 L10.
Also Consider: Josh Green (17 L10), Spencer Dinwiddie (36 L10, ceiling potential if Doncic remains out)
Aaron Wiggins | 12 L10 — Lu Dort has already been ruled out of Monday's contest, missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury. The biggest benefactor of his absence has been Aaron Wiggins, who took advantage of his expanded minutes en route to a 23-point Sorare performance on Friday. Oklahoma City can be finicky with their rotations, but Wiggins appears to be in play for at least until Dort returns — and at just a 12 L10, can provide some flexibility in lineups to squeeze in a top-tier star.
Brandon Clarke | 22 L10 — The Grizzlies continue to battle injuries, with Steven Adams out for an extended period and Desmond Bane already ruled out for Monday's game. Brandon Clarke struggled with foul trouble on Sunday, but still was able to grind his way to 25 Sorare points — a number he's hit in three straight contests. Clarke should continue to see steady minutes in Adams' void and faces a Trail Blazers squad on Wednesday that could be down Jusuf Nurkic.
Also Consider: Xavier Tillman (17 L10)
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