The holidays are upon us and Saint Nick has treated us with a great 11-game slate Tuesday evening highlighted by what should be an epic battle between The Brow & The Process. The first game of the night tips at 7:05 in Philly and will match the Association’s second-leading scorer, Anthony Davis coming off his 2nd lowest total of the season (a 12-point showing in San Antonio on Sunday), against Joel Embiid who posted his career game (for now) on Sunday with a 33/10/3 explosion against the Nets. These two squared off in New Orleans just 12 days ago, and JoJo added this swat to his rapidly growing portfolio of highlights – a gif doesn’t do this bad boy justice, YouTube video a must for this one … (turn your sound up to hear the SWAT!)
This game also gives us our first two revenge spots of the night as the Pels backguard, Jrue Holiday and Tim Frazier mates both began their careers in Philly. Frazier, 2015 D-League MVP & Rookie of the Year, went undrafted and will be forever grateful for that first 10-day contract and opportunity the Sixers gave him in 2015. Timmy posted a respectable 7/6/6 line in 29 minutes in the last matchup. Jrue missed that tilt; however, he went bonkers when the two squads faced off in February with a 24/12/3/4 line en route to a 54 DK point performance. This after dropping 58 DK points with a 20/13/7/3/1 line the last time he played in Philly – Jrue’s StatMuse query in games against is pretty impressive.
We have a couple additional Revenge Games of note (hit us up on the Twitter machine and let us know if we missed any)
- Tony Allen (Celts @ Grizz) The Grindfather hosts the club that drafted him today – Allen has fared fairly well against his former squad, averaging 26.4 DK points in 9 games against, with a floor of 22. Additionally, rumor has it, the Grizzlies are currently shopping Allen. (NBA Rumors: Memphis Grizzlies Taking Offers For Tony Allen?)
- Roy Hibbert (Lakers @ Hornets) The big man gets to host in his first revenge matchup vs the Lakeshow. We don’t have much to go on here, other than Hibbert’s revenge games against the Pacers (26 DK points in ’15 w/ Lakers & 11 DK points in ’16 w/ Hornets) Gross, we know… but our job to mention him.
- Matthew Dellavedova (Cavs @ Bucks) Delly posted 20 DK points on 25 minutes of run in his first revenge tilt vs the Cavs, despite going just 1-5 from the field.
- Luis Scola (Nets @ Raptors) Scola makes his first return to Toronto. He’s at the minimum, BroLo is out and he posted a 15/11 Double Double vs the Spurs in just 16 minutes a couple weeks ago.
- Anthony Bennett (Cavs @ Bucks) Just as with Scola, BroLo being out provides some extra minutes for Scola, Bennett, Booker and Justin Hamilton. If this game blows out like it should, Bennett could be the one in line for the garbage time run. Bennett has a little extra revenge motivation as he was waived by the Raptors and the 1st Canadian to be drafted #1 overall hails from Brampton, so we get the double narrative revenge homecoming game!
Shout out to @DevoBrainJ for tipping us off to the Nets narratives above!
Back to the theme of big men doing battle, Demarcus Cousins gets the TrailBlazers front court in the hammer game. Probably not much of a “battle of bigs” to be honest, Portland doesn’t have anyone to slow the big fella and Boogie is no stranger to dropping 50-burgers against this squad.
Additionally, Boogie, notorious for killing coaches, went on record last night with the first nice words he’s ever had for a coach, after Joerger went to his defense recently.
Injury Narrative of the day goes to Kevin Love. Love has already been declared out with a knee issue which insta-boosts usage for Kyrie & The King… and Mr. Channing Frye. Now, it’s a well known NBA DFS strategy to jam-in one or both of the Cavs big 3 when 1 or 2 sit. Yet, per nbawowy.com – looking both at just the 2016-17 and including last season, Kyrie & Lebron’s usage actually stays flat or goes down slightly with Love off the court. We’ll need to dive a little deeper into results when Love sits – any insight would be appreciated. The one thing that is clear is that Channing Frye’s usage takes the biggest jump to third behind the remaining big two at 20% with Love out. It’s also worthy of a narrative note that the Bucks handed the Cavs their worst loss of the ’16-17 campaign with a 118-101 drubbing in Milwaukee in late November. The King doesn’t take these things lightly.
In closing, we’ll mention the “Battle of Texas Narrative” as the Rockets host the Spurs with a 213 game total, and the Rockets are actually favored. Unlikely that the Spurs sit anyone here – but it’s POP, and this line may indicate someone’s getting the night off. If minutes open up for Jonathan Simmons, and you’ve had a little egg nog already, you could take a punt flier on Simmons’ homecoming game. Simmons was born & raised in Houston and went to University of Houston after stints at two different junior colleges. He will most likely have friends & family in attendance, the story of his journey to the Association is pretty cool – worth bookmarking for a read later. (Jonathon Simmons’ impossible NBA dream coming true with Spurs)
Let us know what we missed @NBANARRATIVES — Thank you!