Ascending MPJ, Lakers Concerns, and Other Seeding Game Takeaways

Ascending MPJ, Lakers Concerns, and Other Seeding Game Takeaways

Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha weigh in on the fantasy takeaways as seeding games come to a close this week.

Inconsistent Lakers

The three best teams before the shutdown – the Lakers, Clippers and Bucks – have each experienced varying degrees of struggles in Orlando, but the Lakers' are the most concerning. While they righted the ship, to some degree, in Monday's win over the Nuggets, LA has looked out of sorts on the offensive end. Per 100 possessions, the Lakers rank dead-last in Orlando in scoring, made threes, field goal percentage and three-point percentage, while ranking second-to-last in assists and free throw percentage. In other words: the Lakers have the worst offense in the bubble – even worse than the 0-7 Washington Wizards.

It all starts with LeBron James, who, before Monday's game, was averaging just 21.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting – including 28.6 percent from three. James has also struggled at the line, and his decision-making has lacked the confidence we're used to seeing. Like James, Anthony Davis looked much better Monday night. But prior to that, Davis was alternating between imitations of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar one night and Eddy Curry (sorry, Eddy) the next. Three of Davis' six lowest-scoring games have come in the bubble, including an eight-point abomination against the Pacers in which he got to the line only twice in 35 minutes.

Come playoff time, bet against two of the league's top 10 players at your own risk. But there's no debating that the

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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