Five things – Making sense of Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers hot streaks


Here are a few thoughts from the Hoops Lab, as we prepare for Week 11 of the fantasy basketball season. Keep in mind, the rest-of-season rankings also update today, so check those out as you prepare for this week’s games. Between the rankings and this article, we’ll also help you identify some good trade candidates. So, without further ado, let’s dig into it.

Nets win nine in a row

The Nets have been in the sixth slot in this five-part article for the past two weeks, the last story I’ve had to cut before turning it in. This week, it’s past time that we paid attention to what’s going on in Brooklyn, and decide what we, as fantasy basketball managers, want to do about it.

What’s that sound? Oh yeah, that’s what silence sounds like. The Nets have been a megaphone for extraneous noise for the past few seasons, with off-court actions and consequences drowning out the awesome potential of the team. Well, now we’re seeing what happens when they close out the unnecessary clamor and focus on the hoops. They’ve quietly won nine straight games, 13 of their past 14 and 18 of their past 23. The team that once seemed as though it was one more scandal or losing streak away from blowing up the experiment is now only 2½ games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference and has blown out the past two NBA champions by a combined 48 points.

On the fantasy hoops front, the stability is yielding some of the best fantasy outcomes we’ve seen for this Nets team. Kevin Durant has turned in a month worthy of both the NBA and the fantasy hoops MVP. In his past 13 games, he has averaged 31.5 PPG (60.2 FG%, 94.5 FT%, 39.1 3P%), 6.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.1 3PG, 1.2 BPG and 1.0 SPG while missing only one game.

Kyrie has missed only two of his past 17 games, and has averaged 26.0 PPG (50.6 FG%, 91.1 FT%, 38.0 3P%), 4.9 RPG, 4.6 APG, 2.9 3PG and 0.9 BPG.

Even Ben Simmons is rounding into form. While he has missed five games during this span, in the past 14 he has played, all…Source

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