I love watching sports and writing about them as well, but I’ve never really written about the content. With that I mean, game analyses and prognoses of the games. This is going to change now with this series, where I try to give up a round up of the games played in a certain period.
Prior to the season there’ was one big favourite to clinch the title in the play-offs: Golden State Warriors. It doesn’t matter right now in the regular competition, but they look fresh and if they don’t get too many injuries, they are the number 1 contenders for the NBA Championship title. But there are going to be 16 play-off spots up for grabs: 8 in each Conference, so there’s a lot to play for.
In the Eastern Conference most teams have played around 14/15 games and Toronto Raptors are doing very well. They have won 12 games and lost 3, but they even had 12-1 at one point and with a 80% win ratio, they have started this season very well. The Milwaukee Bucks are a force to be reckoned with as well with 10 wins and 4 losses, with a 71,4% win ratio. The Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtic, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets all follow with just 50% win ratio.
At the bottom the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a lot since LeBron James left and they are 15th in the standings with only 2 wins and 12 losses. Also Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are struggling. All of them have 11 losses and they need to improve, if they really want to have a chance at the play-off places.
In the Western Conference Golden State Warriors are flying with 12 wins and 3 losses, just as much as Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference with 80% ratio. Although they suffered a defeat against LA Clippers (121-116), they are still up top and managed to get a win against Atlanta Hawks (110-103). Portland Trail Blazers are doing good as well with 10 wins and 4 losses – 71,4% win ratio – and are following Warriors closely. This Conference is a bit tighter as you can see, with Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies and LA Clippers all following close to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Everyone follows each other closely and a win or a lost game, defines whether you are in the play-off places or below them. The Phoenix Suns are really struggling with only 3 wins and 11 losses. The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves need to make sure to get some wins, to not get into the same problems as the Suns and to have hope of clinching play-off places later in the season.
Right now the big shots are also leading in the stats. In points per game (PPG) Steph Curry (GSW) is leading with 29,5 points, followed by LeBron James (LAL), Joel Embiid (PHI) with 27,6 points and Kevin Durant (GSW) with 27,5 points and James Harden (HOU) with 27,3 points. In rebounds per game (RPG) Andre Drummond (RET) is leading with 16,4 rebounds per game , followed by Hassan Whiteside (MIA) with 14,8, DeAndre Jordan (DAL) & Joel Embiid (PHI) with 13,4 and Rudy Gobert (UTA) with 13,2 rebounds per game.
Top assisters (APG) is Kyle Lowrie (TOR) with 10,7 assists per game, followed by Jrue Holiday (NOP) with 9,3, John Wall (WAS) with 8,3, Trae Young (ATL) with 8,2 and James Harden with 7,7 assists per game.
Top-3 3-pointers are Stephen Curry (GSW) with 62 made, followed by Kemba Walker (CHA) with 52 and JJ Redick (PHI) with 48.