Ollyphant

Mar 18, 2013 at 10:59 o\clock

Pacers-Warriors

by: ollyphant   Keywords: fantasy, basketball

The Golden State Warriors are dropping fast in the western conference playoff race.  They lost a crucial game this week to an eastern conference playoff team Indiana and the loss only furthers the perception that the Warriors are not ready to play with the big boys. The loss comes at an especially inopportune time for the Warriors because the Lakers are making a strong push for the eighth seed in the west and somebody is going to have to have to fall for them to do that. The Warriors have had a blessed season so far in terms of cash fantasy basketball. They’ve gotten brilliant games out of David Lee, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson for much of the year but recently they’ve struggled more than their fair share. Curry hit seven treys and scored nearly 40 points in this one but David Lee and Klay Thompson didn’t hold up their end and the Warriors couldn’t defend the simplest of offenses.

This stands in stark contrast to the Pacers who got great nights from a trio of players in cash fantasy basketball. David West is making a case to be the next great power forward cash fantasy basketball right now and his 28 point performance Tuesday night helped him there. Additionally he’s a competent defender with a knack for the steal. Steals are an often overlooked part of cash fantasy basketball but if you can get them from a forward you have to take them. That’s why Paul George looks like such a great player in fantasy right now as well. He’s a better rebounder than West though and he may end up being the best player overall on this team before long. Roy Hibbert had a down night but his entire year has been down to this point so it’s not much of a shock if you’ve been paying attention.

Both of these teams are more than talented, that they're going in opposite directions. The Warriors have struggled since the All-Star break, while the Pacers have become the 2nd best team in the Eastern conference. It looks as though both of these teams might be just a bit away from actually contending for NBA title, but this game should be able to showcase exactly just how far along they are. Look for the Pacers to end up winning this game and moving on. If they can do so, they will continue to take the right steps.