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🏀 Jock MKT NBA Picks | Thursday, 3/25/21

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Alex Hunter breaks down the NBA contests on Jock MKT NBA for Thursday and gives you his top NBA DFS picks and fantasy basketball advice.

Welcome to Jock MKT, where DFS becomes a stock exchange, allows users to buy and sell in real-time for real money. To play, simply download the app here and get to trading! We’re going to review the basics, including how JockMKT differs from making regular NBA picks, and how it aligns with the fantasy basketball games you already know. Below I present to you three of my favorite Jock MKT NBA Picks for Thursday, March 25, based on the expert projections from No. 1 DFS player in the world Alex “Awesemo” Baker.

 
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The Jock MKT Starter Kit: NBA Picks | March 25

How to Play at Jock MKT

To begin, enter the NBA Daily Market when the Initial Public Offering (IPO) phase is under way. Leading up until the start of the first game, bid up on players you are interested in acquiring on the open market. Is there a player who you consider a favorite to finish at the top of the rankings? Invest as much or as little as you want in their fantasy performance, with shares beginning at $1 and ranging all the way up to $25. See potential injury news that could open up an opportunity for another player to acquire fantasy points? Make speculative bids for shares of the back-up, hoping for that news to break after the IPO phase is complete.

The next part of the game occurs during live trading. Unlike regular NBA DFS where your plays are locked in, you can buy and sell shares of players while the games are happening based on their production and where you could see them finishing amongst the field. Track as current points, projected points, and live price for each player is updated in real time, allowing you to track the action and invest in an instant to account for news. Trading can be done all the way up until the final buzzer of the night’s final game.

At the end of the games, each player share is paid out based on their final rankings of fantasy points amongst the field. If the shares you own are worth more than what you paid, you win money. It’s as simple as that! For more information, check out the Jock MKT website.


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Thursday night’s five-game slate will be missing four of the NBA’s biggest names, as Joel Embiid (knee), Stephen Curry (tailbone), Anthony Davis (calf) and LeBron James (ankle) have all been ruled out. The void left behind by these superstars obviously creates plenty of opportunities for their teammates, and some of these clubs are dealing with further injuries beyond their studs. In addition to Embiid, the 76ers have listed Danny Green (hip) and Seth Curry (ankle) as questionable. If these two starters were to join Embiid on the sidelines, Philadelphia would produce some excellent values, most notably Tobias Harris and Shake Milton. Harris is a worthwhile spend no matter the status of Green and Curry, beating his Jock projection in five of his last nine, but his value would grow even further if these two were unable to suit up. When Embiid, Curry and Green have been off the floor, Harris’ usage rate has leaped 6.3 percentage points to a team-high 30.6%. After him, Milton gains the second-largest usage in this situation (29%), and he would be a top candidate to enter the starting five against a Lakers defense that has rated as the seventh-weakest unit in the league in the past two games.

The Knicks are also presenting an injury dilemma. After having COVID-19, Derrick Rose was cleared to rejoin his teammates Monday but wasn’t ready to play Tuesday night due to “conditioning” reasons. Rose spoke publicly about his battle with the virus, saying his symptoms were 10 times worse than the flu, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all if he sat out at least one more game before making his return. His absence would be a big boost to the remaining Knicks’ ball handlers, and the main player I would be focused on in the IPO would be Elfrid Payton. Payton returned Tuesday after missing five in a row with a hamstring injury and drew the start against the Wizards. He chipped in with 22.25 Jock points in only 20.5 minutes of work and would have likely seen much more if New York didn’t run away with the 18-point victory. In the first half of this dominating win, Payton logged 14.7 minutes, putting him on pace for 29.4 minutes. He wasn’t listed on the injury report ahead of Thursday night’s rematch with Washington, and he should see close to 30 minutes if Rose continues to be sidelined. This is a perfect spot for Payton, with the Wizards ranking first in pace and 23rd in defensive efficiency, and his 19.78 Jock-point projection is far too low for the likely situation of Rose being out.

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My Jock MKT NBA Picks for Tonight:

Julius Randle

Randle has exceeded his Jock projection in six of his last 10, including three performances above 50 Jock points. It doesn’t matter which guards are available for the Knicks; the offense is going to run through Randle, and he would be hard-pressed to find a better matchup for his skillset than the Wizards. On top of being the fastest team in the league, this soft defense has been getting destroyed by big men, allowing the sixth-most rebounds and fourth-most points in the paint per game across its last 10.

Tonight will be the third time this season Randle has been in this dream spot, and he supplied 48 Jock points per game in the first two meetings against the Wizards.

Jordan Poole

Poole has started in all of previous three games Curry has been sidelined, and after struggling against Ben Simmons and an elite 76ers defense on Tuesday, he is in a perfect bounce-back spot tonight against the Kings. Prior to the 20.5-Jock-point showing against Philadelphia, Poole was producing 34 Jock points per game in his previous two.

Poole has handled a team-high 36.9 minutes per game with Curry hurt, and against this Sacramento defense that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency — and is on the second night of a back-to-back — Poole should shine and potentially post the biggest fantasy output of his career.

 
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Marcus Morris

Since joining the starting lineup five games ago, shifting Nicolas Batum to the bench, Morris has been a very steady option, surpassing his Jock projection four times. He has been a member of the first unit on seven occasions this season and is generating 24.5 Jock points per game in that role. In his most recent two games, Morris caught fire from beyond the arc, nailing 5 3-pointers in each start, which is a solid boost on Jock MKT considering the site rewards 0.5 fantasy points for every made 3.

After recording 25 Jock points against the Spurs last night, Morris will face the same defense Thursday. He is safe target tonight that should provide profit at a low cost.


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