Revenge games and birthday games galore in The Association on Friday night’s 9 game slate! We also get a battle of brothers, one of which who has been crushing lately with extended run and lastly we get a battle of UK Blue big men as Anthony Davis and Karl Anthony-Towns go at it tonight in Minnesota.
We’re going kick things off with the alumni narrative – this one has a little added fuel on the fire as two years ago when KAT had his wildcats undefeated and gunning towards a national title, Brow went on record saying his 2012 national championship team “would destroy” the 2015 version. (’12 UK would “destroy” ’15 Cats – Anthony Davis)
As history has it, Brow got his title in ’12 while KAT’s squad would fall short of the title game, losing in the final four to Sam Dekker’s Badgers to finish the season 38-1.
Now, we could debate for days who would have won that hypothetical battle of UK squads, what we have hard data on however is the mano y mano battle of the two bigs in the NBA and the ’16-17 Brow absolutely destroyed the ’16-17 KAT when they met in November. Brow dropped 45/10 en route to a 68.5 point performance on DraftKings.
After we leave Minnesota, we’re going to take narrative street to NYC where the Knicks have locked up the “most dysfunctional franchise award” for the season. Despite the dysfunction, we love the spot Willy Hernangomez is in tonight as he faces his brother on the other side of the court! Willy has been running good over the last couple of weeks and with Noah unlikely to play, we expect him to crush value. We feel pretty strong that Carmelo Anthony is due for an eruption spot due to the controversy and trade rumors, add in the revenge game factor for Melo and this might be the eruption!
Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets @ Knicks)
Wilson Chandler (Nuggets @ Knicks)
Robin Lopez (Bulls @ Suns)
Wayne Ellington (Heat @ Nets)
Roy Hibbert (Lakers @ Bucks)
Boban (Spurs @ Pistons)
and last but not least… our favorite
Lance Stephenson (Pelicans @ Timberwolves)
Lance got 20 minutes of run and closed out the game the first time he put on a Timberwolves jersey on Wednesday, tonight he gets to face the team that cut him not long ago! Make ’em dance Lance!
NBA Birthday Games
Paul Millsap (Hawks @ Kings)
Zaza Pachulia (Warriors @ Grizzlies)
Bobby Portis (Bulls @ Suns)
As always, let us know what we missed @nbanarratives — Thank you!