NBA Eastern Conference X-Factors

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The term X-factor is vague enough that it allows me get away with picking almost anyone for each respective team….

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NBA League Pass Rankings: Lottery Edition

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NBA NATIONAL TV GAMES CHART TEAM O/U TNT ESPN ABC NBATV TOTAL ADJUSTED LOTTO 1. LAL 50.5 12 13 6…

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2019 NBA Draft: If We Called the Shots…

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This brief article takes a look at who we (the royal we) would take in the 2019 NBA Draft if…

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Projecting NBA Draft Prospects: R.J. Barrett

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Height: 6-7 Weight: 208 lbs. Wingspan: 6-10 Projected NBA Role: Offensive Initiator Birthday/Age: 6/14/00 (19 years old) Hometown: Toronto, Canada School: Duke Blue…

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Projecting NBA Draft Prospects: Grant Williams

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Height: 6-7.5 Weight: 240 lbs. Wingspan: 6-9.75 Projected NBA Role: Power Forward Birthday/Age: 11/30/98 (turns 21 in November) Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina…

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Projecting NBA Draft Prospects: Jarrett Culver

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Height: 6-6.75 Weight: 194 lbs. Wingspan: 6-9.5 Projected NBA Role: Two-Way Wing Birthday/Age: 2/20/99 (20 years old) Hometown: Lubbock, Texas…

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Trippin’ in the Trade Machine: Exploring a Dozen Potential Anthony Davis Deals

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Having won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery (aka the Zion Williamson sweepstakes), the New Orleans Pelicans may decide to enter…

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NBA Powerless Rankings: Ping-Pong Ballin’ and Dreamin’ on Zion

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Zion Williamson is arguably the best NBA prospect to step foot on a college basketball court in some time, which…

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NBA Powerless Rankings: One Month Remains

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A month from today the NBA’s 2018-19 regular season will be over. Another 1,230 games in the books. Without getting…

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NBA Powerless Rankings: First Quarter Edition

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The Detroit Pistons played their 21st game on Monday night, which means that all 30 teams are officially in the…

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Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker is the X-Factor

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Most of the basketball world was flabbergasted by the Milwaukee Bucks making Thon Maker the 10th overall pick in 2016….

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New Orleans Pelicans: Elfrid Payton is the X-Factor

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What do the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and…

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Denver Nuggets X-Factor: Is Isaiah Thomas the Answer?

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Having moved back to the South Jersey/Philly area (after a brief two-year stint in Texas) around age 10, I was…

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Cleveland Cavaliers X-Factor: How Good is Rodney Hood?

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Rodney Hood took a step back last year. The former Duke Blue Devil was expected to become the top offensive…

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Dallas Mavericks: Harrison Barnes is the X-Factor

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Lost in the fact that the Dallas Mavericks have been idling in the doldrums is the improvement of Harrison Bryce…

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Detroit Pistons: Reggie Bullock is the X-Factor

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After falling just short of the playoffs last season, the Detroit Pistons, led by last year’s Coach of the Year…

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Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker is the X-Factor

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Chicago’s own Jabari Parker became the latest NBA player to head home. But will he be a boon or a…

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Charlotte Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the X-Factor

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has started 162 consecutive regular season games, and 357 of 361 career games (including four postseason starts). However, MKG…

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Brooklyn Nets X-Factor: Caris LeVert Boasts Star Potential

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We’re not all going to accept the point of view of the Taoist farmer, suspending judgement about what’s good or…

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Boston Celtics X-Factor: Does Gordon Hayward Still Got Game?

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After missing all but a few minutes of the 2017-18 season, Gordon Hayward is set to rejoin Boston’s All-Star team.

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Boston Celtics X-Factor: Does Gordon Hayward Still Got Game?

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After missing all but a few minutes of the 2017-18 season, Gordon Hayward is set to rejoin Boston’s All-Star team….

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Atlanta Hawks X-Factor: John Collins Has the Juice

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“I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can’t help but compare…

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Six Trade Scenarios for Jimmy Butler

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Have you checked your Twitter feed lately? Chances are if you’re reading this, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski or The Athletic‘s Shams…

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TLM Podcast: Debating NBA Over/Unders

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This episode was recorded during the dog days of late August, prior to several big news stories (Lee Jenkins-to-L.A., Jimmy…

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NBA League Pass Rankings: Lottery Edition

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As you’re already aware, the NBA released the full regular season and national TV schedules on Friday. And so, it’s…

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In N’ Out of the NBA Playoffs: So Last Season?

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We the people at The Lottery Mafia recently rolled out our Powerless Rankings: Offseason Wrap-up edition, as well as an…

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Streaks of Stink: Missing the NBA Playoffs

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One-third of the league has missed the playoffs at least two years in a row. We will take a quick…

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Three Potential Kawhi Leonard Trade Scenarios

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Before ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski or New York Times writer Marc Stein breaks the big news that renders this article…

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Belated 2018 NBA Draft Tidbits

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After taking some time to relax and reflect, here are some team-by-team thoughts on last Thursday’s NBA Draft.

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