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Friday, November 15, 2013

There were only two games on Thursday night, both of which are discussed later in today's column. We begin with a quick look at NBA matchups.


Fantasy owners with weekly lineups often focus on the number of games played by a team/player in a given week, without only vague attention paid to matchups -- you cringe if your best player is going up against the Pacers. But if you play in leagues with daily lineups, and particularly if you've waded into the world of daily fantasy leagues, you're aware how critical matchups are for fantasy production. The following team rankings were valid last night, though the two games played on Thursday may have caused minor variations. Teams are listed in descending order for 'most' or 'highest' per game, but teams are listed in ascending order for 'fewest' or 'lowest' per game:


Most possessions per game (fastest pace) -- Lakers, Timberwolves, 76ers, Warriors, Rockets, Mavericks/Clippers

Fewest possessions per game (slowest pace) -- Raptors, Kings, Pacers, Grizzlies, Bobcats, Bucks


Allow the most points -- 76ers, Clippers, Rockets, Lakers, Wizards, Pistons

Allow the fewest points -- Pacers, Spurs, Bulls, Raptors, Bobcats, Suns


Allow the most steals -- Thunder, 76ers, Lakers, Mavericks, Bulls, Jazz

Allow the fewest steals -- Kings, Spurs, Knicks, Bobcats, Hawks, Suns


Allow the most blocks -- Bulls, Magic, Nuggets, Pelicans, Rockets, Raptors

Allow the fewest blocks -- Heat, Trail Blazers, Nets, Warriors, Clippers


Allow the most rebounds -- Lakers, Wizards, 76ers, Timberwolves, Bucks, Nuggets

Allow the fewest rebounds -- Grizzlies, Heat, Pacers, Raptors, Clippers, Trail Blazers


Allow the most 3-pointers made -- 76ers (at 12.3 per game, they are miles ahead of any other team), Rockets, Hawks, Thunder, Heat, Mavericks

Allow the fewest 3-pointers made -- Celtics, Trail Blazers, Magic, Warriors, Pacers, Raptors


Allow the most assists -- 76ers, Lakers, Wizards, Cavaliers, Hawks, Clippers

Allow the fewest assists -- Pacers, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Jazz, Bucks, Celtics


Allow the highest FG percentage -- Pistons, Wizards, Pelicans, Clippers, Heat, Grizzlies

Allow the lowest FG percentage -- Pacers, Rockets, Warriors, Bulls, Spurs, Suns


Allow the most FT attempts -- Clippers, Mavericks, Warriors, Knicks, Nets, Celtics

Allow the fewest FT attempts -- Spurs, Timberwolves, 76ers, Pacers, Trail Blazers, Hawks


These rankings, all readily available on a dozen different sites, will change fairly often and are based on a small sample size, but they give some indication of teams’ strengths and weaknesses. So for instance, should you play Wesley Matthews vs. the Celtics on Friday? Possibly, but the Celtics negate Matthews' strengths by shutting down the 3-point line (fewest 3s allowed). They're more prone to chase shooters even if it leads to a foul (sixth-most FTs allowed), but Matthews only attempts 2.5 FTs per game and is making them at a 75 percent clip. The applications of such matchup-based data are limitless, and they're critical to maximizing the production of your roster. Now, let's dive into last night's games.

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Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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