Zhou Qi: Working To Gain Weight and Learning From Yi and Yao


Is rookie Chinese center Zhou Qi just 10 kilograms away from achieving his dream? Can he become an NBA role…

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Los Angeles Lakers: Luring King James

The Lakers are a young team that’s likely years away from reaching their full potential. But that won’t stop them…

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Rookie Ladder: Mitchell the New Don in SLC

A lot has changed over the last month. But Ben Simmons has still been just as incredible. Without further ado,…

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NBA Trade Machine: It’s Shopping Season

Eric Bledsoe already moved to Milwaukee. Philly and Brooklyn agreed to a trade yesterday. Alas, shopping season is in full…

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NBA Powerless Rankings: December Edition

A lot has changed in the last month. Back on Nov. 6, the Grizzlies and Clippers were among the top…

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Houston Rockets: Landing LeBron James

At 18-4, the Houston Rockets own the best record in the Western Conference. The combination of James Harden and Chris…

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NBA: Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons

Roundtable: Most Pleasant Surprises and Biggest Disappointments

The four fellows of The Lottery Mafia share some thoughts on the NBA teams that have been the most pleasantly…

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Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

LeBron James Shouldn’t Sleep on the Sixers

The potential fit with fellow point forward Ben Simmons might not seem ideal, but the Sixers simply have too much…

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San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

Pitching King James: the San Antonio Spurs and Crafting a Masterpiece

The Lottery Mafia usually covers the non-playoff teams and the NBA Draft, among other topics. However, the summer of 2018…

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Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers

Six Thoughts on the Sixers, the Rare Young Team Built to Win Both Now and Later

It’s safe to say I was wrong about The Process. Though tanking for top picks in hopes of landing gems…

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New Orleans Pelicans v Dallas Mavericks

NBA Powerless Rankings: Early November Edition

Every NBA team has played between eight and 11 games, so the first one-eighth of the season is basically in…

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Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

NBA G League Draft Recap: Better Late Than Never

The NBA Development League, now known as the G League, held its annual draft (somewhat) recently.

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LeBron Lottery: Summer 2018 Edition

The 2017-18 regular season has only just begun. Even though there remain countless storylines of interest to follow in between…

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Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

Eric Bledsoe Blockbusters: Trippin’ in the Trade Machine

Based on the Suns slow start, in a couple weeks I was planning to pen a piece on potential Eric…

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2012 NBA Draft

All-NBA Lottery Team (2004-2017)

The odds they are a changin’. Bobby Dylan wrote that, right? Well, anyways, the lottery odds are on the verge…

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NBA Finals Game 1: Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

TLM Podcast: NBA Regular Season Over/Unders

Ilia Shatashvili, Joshua Cornelissen and myself chatted NBA over/unders earlier this week. We used the odds provided by Westgate Las…

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Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

Predicting the 14 Non-Playoff Teams

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlanta Hawks After trading Dwight Howard and losing Paul Millsap in free agency, the Hawks are probably planning…

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Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

Gary Harris is the X-Factor for the Denver Nuggets

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Gary Harris is on the verge of signing a contract extension. That…

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Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

Wayne Selden is the X-Factor for the Memphis Grizzlies

In the aftermath of Zach Randolph and Tony Allen’s departures, the Grit N’ Grind Era is living on life support. That…

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New Orleans Pelicans v Boston Celtics

Head Coach Alvin Gentry is the X-Factor for the New Orleans Pelicans

While Solomon Hill should return at some point in 2018, his extended injury absence makes it difficult for him to…

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Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

The Lottery Mafia is Recruiting Writers

It’s already that time of year again. Leaves are raining down from the trees, colors changing to basketball brown. And the…

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Portland Trail Blazers: Maurice Harkless is the X-Factor

Moe Harkless has been around the bend. The 15th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Maurice was moved by Philadelphia…

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2017 NBA Draft

De’Aaron Fox is the X-Factor for the Sacramento Kings

Sacramento is destined to miss the playoffs for the twelfth straight season. Yes, winning is still a ways away for…

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Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

Pick Six: Top Priorities for the Six Likeliest Lottery Teams in 2017-18

Entering the 2017-18 NBA season, there are nine teams who can reasonably beat their chests with both fists while verbally…

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Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers: Patrick Beverley is the X-Factor


Patrick Beverley is a pest. It takes one to know one, but the truth is in the tape. No one…

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Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

Cory Joseph is the X-Factor for the Indiana Pacers

Indiana is still tending to the wounds left by Paul George’s recent departure, but the 2017-18 season is almost here….

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2017 NBA Draft

NBA Schedule Analysis and League Pass Rankings: Lottery Edition

The National Basketball Association announced its full schedule on Monday night. Without further ado, here are some of my thoughts…

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Orlando Magic v Charlotte Hornets

For the Charlotte Hornets, Cody Zeller is the X-Factor

Despite the addition of Dwight Howard, Cody Zeller is still the X-Factor for the Charlotte Hornets.

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2017 Las Vegas Summer League Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

NBA Rookie Ladder: An Early Examination of the Upcoming Race for ROY

Unlike many of the NBA’s individual awards, Rookie of the Year occasionally goes to someone who’s strictly filling up box…

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